By far the most common pest that homeowners have to deal with is ants. Starting in early Spring and lasting through late Fall, ants seem to be a constant source of frustration. Ants are driven by a need for food and water, so eliminating easy access to these things is an important start to your ant control. In the case of carpenter ants, they can actually cause physical, expensive damage to the structure of your home. Try to keep your home free of crumbs by vacuuming and sweeping regularly. It is also important to store food in airtight containers and keep your pantry clean. The few worker ants that you can see in your home are usually a small sample of the thousands of ants that you don’t see. Eliminating only the ones you can see is not effective. Ant baits do a much better job because they are taken back to the colony and shared with the queen and the rest of the ants. Perimeter sprays are also extremely effective at keeping ants out.
You may not start getting a lot of mosquito bites until Summer, but Spring is the most important time to put a dent in that population. The higher levels of moisture in the Spring are what mosquitos need to successfully breed. Mosquitoes look for stagnant water to lay their eggs. Popular mosquito breeding grounds are ponds, lakes, and puddles. Unfortunately, mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as 1 tablespoon of water, so Boise homeowners cannot ignore small things around their yard like buckets, pots, birdbaths, and other debris that may collect water. If you are allowing stagnant water to sit in your yard during the Spring, you are contributing to the mosquito problem. Carefully go through your yard and eliminate any of these problems that you may find.
Tick activity in the Treasure Valley starts during the Spring and ramps up as Summer progresses. The wetter the Spring, the more vegetation will grow. This vegetation provides the perfect situation for the tick population to expand. Any time you are in wooded areas or travelling through thick vegetation, it is important to check for ticks. Ticks can also live in yards, so staying vigilant is important. Ticks feed on both humans and animals, so pets are potentially at even greater risk for getting ticks. Keeping your pets up to date on their tick meds and checking them regularly can help prevent the serious illnesses associated with ticks.
You may not even realize you have vole problems in Boise until the snow melts away and you see a glimpse of the damage that they have done over the winter. Voles are related to mice and are sometimes called “meadow mice.” Voles like to dig shallow tunnels under the snow. Once the snow melts, you may see that these tunnels have torn up a significant portion of your yard. Voles breed extremely rapidly, so the population can quickly get out of control. A rodenticide or vole repellent can be an effective means of vole control.
While Idaho has not traditionally been known as a hotbed for termites, we do have subterranean termites in our area. Homeowners in the Treasure Valley may not take the threat of termites seriously enough. Termites can do serious structural damage to homes that may cost thousands to repair. Termites are rarely seen because they live underground or inside walls, but during the Spring, termites will swarm to find a mate and start a new colony. These winged termites do not fly well or long distances, so if you see swarming termites near your home, the chances are good that the nest is also close by. Other signs of termites may include: faint tapping noises coming from walls, discarded termite wings, damaged wood, floors that sag, or piles of sawdust- like material known as frass.
We want to make sure that you are prepared for Spring and the onslaught of pests. Call us today to start a regular treatment schedule that can help prevent pests from entering your home. For pest control in Boise and the Treasure Valley, contact Combs Pest Control today.