Spring Pest Control in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island & New York
These are but a few of the more common springtime pests you may encounter in the Northeast. For more detailed information and identification of other pests please visit our Pest Identification section.
Seeing small, dark brown to almost black insects with wings? Piles of wings without insects? Could very well be the dreaded termite! Their annual mating ritual (or the termite’s reproductive stage) occurs in the spring. This ritual can last from one day to several weeks. During this time, they drop their wings. This is an indication that there is a well established colony of termites on the property.
The termite workers of the colony can do substantial damage to your home and are known as the hidden invaders. They are milky white in color and do not have wings (some people say they look like albino ants). Professional CT, MA, RI, and NY spring pest control service is highly recommended. More info
Large (1/4″-3/4″) black ants showing up in the kitchen or bathroom? When the temperature reaches approximately 50 degrees at night and the forsythias are in bloom, it’s time for the Carpenter Ant workers to come out of their winter dormancy and begin the process of finding and retrieving food and water for the colony. This is the time of year these ants become active both inside and outside the home. Typically they are seen in the kitchen and bathroom areas.
They could be coming in from an outside nest that is nearby looking for supplies. Or, there may be a colony of ants already established within the walls of your home. If activity is being seen in areas of the home besides the kitchen and bathrooms, or on rainy days or when outside temperatures are below 50 degrees, they no doubt have an existing colony within the structure.
These ants are typically more than a nuisance and should be handled by a Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New York spring pest control company. Their name is derived from the fact they excavate tunnels in wood to create a nesting site. The damage they do can be substantial. Professional service is highly recommended. More info
Orange/Yellowish colored ants (mostly with wings) showing up inside the home? Not to worry, they do no damage. It’s their annual ritual and should be over in a short period of time. Before you know it the swarm is over and the ants are gone. To verify it is the Citronella Ant, pick one up in a napkin and crush it. If you can detect a citrus smell it’s the Citronella Ant. More info
Buzzzzing in the walls? Fuzzy, little bees showing up inside the house around the windows? With winter behind them, the Honey Bee will once again begin the process of pollination along with producing and storing up honey for next winter’s food supply.
The earlier in the spring you deal with these intruders the better. As the seasons progress the development of honey in the nest increases. These bees are extremely beneficial to our environment outside, but they become a true structural pest once they establish their colony within the walls of your home. Professional spring pest control in CT, MA, RI, and NY is highly recommended. More info
Brown to reddish brown, thin-waisted wasps hovering around the sunny side of the home, seemingly not knowing precisely where they’re going? Well, it’s probably the reproductive queens of the Pollistes Wasp known as the Umbrella or Paper Wasp, looking for this year’s nesting sites. The most likely nesting sites would be inside the attic, out along the roofline and behind window shutters, attic vents and other areas protected from the rain on the sunny sides of the home.
There is also a new species of Paper Wasps which are yellow and black resembling a yellow jacket. The most distinguishing characteristic of this new species of Paper Wasps would be the back legs dangling down in flight.
The queen is the only member of the wasp colony which survives the winter frost. She emerges from her protected shelter in the spring and begins nest development once again. The earlier in the year treatment is performed the better, before nests are fully established and new eggs begin to hatch. A professional treatment will not only eliminate present activity but will also create a residual barrier which will prevent further nesting, making for a more enjoyable summer season outside. More info
Large bee that resembles a Bumble Bee making dime-sized holes in wood, such as the siding on your home, fencing, wooden picnic table etc…?
This is the time of year the Carpenter bees emerge from their wooden tunnels, then mate, and the females will bore a new tunnel in wood to deposit her eggs. She will first enter the wood cross-grain, then turn and tunnel with the grain. The first egg is deposited, and then a pollen cell, then another egg and pollen cell, etc. The pollen is food for the newly hatched eggs which will emerge in the late summer. When the next generation emerges they will often develop their own nesting tunnels in the same area. Damage can start off small and end up substantial with dozens of holes and tunnels. A professional spring pest control company in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York will not only eliminate any present activity but will also create a residual barrier which will prevent further nesting, making for a more enjoyable summer season outside. More info
Squeaking, scratching or fluttering noises in the walls or attic at night? Seeing bats around the roofline, particularly at dusk or dawn? This is the time of year these creatures emerge from their winter hibernation. Other possibilities causing the commotion could be mice, rats or raccoons.
Squirrels or birds would be active during the daylight hours. Call to discuss the signs, and determine what will need to be done to evict these creatures from your home. The earlier in the year exclusion is accomplished the better. They will be reproducing and giving birth to their young in the summer months. This makes exclusion more difficult and at times requires a waiting period to allow for the newborns to develop the ability to fly before total elimination can be achieved.
Research has found that spring and summer are when pest problems are of most concern to homeowners. A variety of pests including rodents, flies, mosquitoes, ants and termites can move in without leaving many visible warning signs during early spring.
To ensure that your home is less inviting to unwanted pests, follow these tips:
- Seal up cracks and small openings along the bottom of the house.
- Remove or drain any sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes including birdbaths, wading pools or garden ponds. Mosquitoes feed on blood causing painful bite marks and carrying diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever and Encephalitis. When outside, wear insect repellent on exposed skin to prevent mosquito bites.
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
- Keep kitchen clean by wiping counters frequently, emptying the garbage regularly and keeping food containers sealed.
- Avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.
- Keep trash containers clean and sealed both indoors and outdoors.
- Ensure all doors and windows in your home have mesh screens that are in good condition and keep doors closed when possible so pests cannot enter your home.
- Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to the home.