Spring weather brings new leaves, bright flowers, fresh vegetables and spring pests. Even though many of the most common insects are year-round residents in Florida, the warmer temperatures in spring lead to more activity in almost every species. The high season for bugs lasts through the hot and humid months of summer. Take control of your home and yard now to reduce the impact of these five common spring pests:

·         Mosquitoes
Although mosquitoes live year-round in Florida, they begin to build up their presence in the spring months. They’re attracted to standing water. Start by emptying out containers where they could lay eggs and hatch. Use insect repellent to avoid bug bites.

·         Termites
In Florida, termites create new colonies at the beginning of spring, which starts early. Termites look for food sources in the spring, such as tree stumps, outdoor wood or vulnerable structures. If you see a swarm of insects, don’t wait to contact your pest control service for an inspection. Whether it’s termites or carpenter ants, you want to take care of the problem before these insects set up housekeeping.

·         Stinging Insects
Many wasps and hornets hibernate in the winter, but when the warmer temperatures bring them out in the sun, they look for places to begin their colonies. Whether it’s bees, wasps or hornets, you should take care of any nests early before the colony grows. Professional pest control Tampa Florida is often the best way to take care of the nests to ensure you don’t get stung during removal. Bee colonies can often be relocated to protect the local ecosystem.

·         Ants
There are over 12,000 species of ants. Some can be controlled using bait, while others cannot. The colony must be treated. Ants often survive the cooler months of winter by being dormant, but they get more active in the spring. A pest control service professional can identify which type of ant you are dealing with and the best way to rid your home or yard of them.

·         Spiders
Technically, spiders are arthropods, not insects. In fact, spiders feed on insects and are helpful to reducing insect populations. That doesn’t mean you should allow spiders to take up residence in your home. The brown recluse spider does bite humans. Avoid an infestation by sealing up clothes and shoes in sealed plastic bags. Have a professional help you find the hiding spots to eliminate the spiders from your home.

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