5 Tips for Controlling Common Spring Pests

Many common household pests become active during the spring. Some of these creatures are just nuisances, but others can cause real harm. If you are encountering issues with unwanted pests, then try these five simple tips:

1. Repel Wasps with Clever Gardening

Wasps are often aggressive, and their stings can be painful. They’re the last guest you want in your garden, but these pests are attracted to several common plants. To stop wasps from making a nest in your yard, don’t plant Queen Anne’s lace, yarrow, or sweet fennel. Instead, choose wasp-repelling plants such as spearmint, thyme citronella, wormwood, and eucalyptus.

If a wasp has already made a nest in your garden, then DO NOT try to remove it yourself. Instead, call a pest control company like Harpoon Pest Solutions.

2. Get Rid of Spiders By Eliminating Other Bugs

Few spiders will harm you or your pets, but most people still wouldn’t welcome one into their house. A great way to stop spiders from settling in your home is to prevent other bugs from wandering into their web. Treat moisture issues in your basement, garage, or attic, and install fitted screens on all of your windows to stop bugs from coming inside.

3. Keep Out Pavement Ants By Keeping Your Home Tidy

While pavement ants generally nest outdoors, they will enter your home to look for food and water. The best way to stop ants from gathering in your house is to keep it neat and clean.

  • Don’t leave food lying out.
  • Quickly clean up crumbs and spills.
  • Keep food in sealed containers.
  • Put a lid on all trash cans.

Another way to discourage ants from entering your home is to fill in any exterior cracks or crevices that might serve as entrance points for these pests.

4. Kick Out Ticks with a Great Lawn

Not only will ticks snack on you and your pets’ blood, but they can also infect you with Lyme disease. These pests like to hide in tall grass, piles of leaves, and heavy brush. To keep your property tick-free, you should:

  • Regularly mow your lawn.
  • Stack woodpiles neatly.
  • Keep your property free of debris.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can also buy a few chickens, who will happily peck away any ticks hiding in your yard!

5. Hire a Pest Control Company for Large Infestations

Sometimes, home remedies just aren’t enough to combat an infestation of springtime pests. That’s when you should contact a trusted home pest control company.

Harpoon Pest Solutions offers effective and environmentally-friendly services that will eliminate infestations and prevent them from occurring in the first place. This spring, we will come out to your home, inspect it for pests, and offer a free estimate on any services that you might need. Call us today at 215-309-8725 to schedule your complimentary home inspection.