Bugging Out: Common Household Insects That Emerge as Winter Thaws

As we hopefully get close to the warmth of spring, it’s not just flowers and foliage that emerge from hibernation. The thawing temperatures also awaken a variety of household pests, ready to make their presence known in New York homes. From termites to ants, cockroaches, and spiders, let’s dive into some of the most common pests that come crawling as winter retreats.

Termites: The Silent Destroyers of New York Homes

Termites are notorious for their destructive capabilities, and as winter fades, they become more active. Subterranean termites, in particular, swarm in the spring, searching for new locations to reproduce and establish colonies. These voracious pests feed on the cellulose in wood, causing structural damage that can compromise the integrity of a home (and lead to costly damages and repair costs). Early detection and prevention are crucial when it comes to termites, making a termite protection plan a necessity for New York homeowners.

Ants: On the March for Food and Water

As the ground thaws and temperatures rise, ants emerge from their winter hideouts in search of food and water. Common species like pavement ants, odorous house ants, and carpenter ants can become problematic for New York homeowners as they forage indoors.

Carpenter ants, in particular, pose a threat as they excavate galleries within wood, including structural lumber, causing significant damage if left unchecked. Identifying and treating carpenter ant infestations early is essential to prevent costly repairs down the line.

Cockroaches: The Resilient Survivors of Winter

Cockroaches are known for their resilience, and they can survive cold temperatures by seeking shelter indoors. As spring approaches, they become more active, scavenging for food and water in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the home. It’s important to note that cockroaches aren’t just creepy, crawly, and shocking to run across on your kitchen counter! Cockroach infestations can also pose health risks, as these insects may transmit pathogens, trigger allergies, and increase asthma symptoms.

Spiders: Eight-Legged Intruders on the Hunt

Spiders are a common sight in homes year-round, but their populations may increase as winter thaws. As predators, spiders follow their prey indoors, seeking shelter and sustenance. While many spiders are harmless, some species like the brown recluse and black widow can deliver venomous bites, posing health risks to humans.

Get Ahead of Spring Pest Activity with an Annual Pest Control Plan

As winter gives way to spring, the emergence of common household insects can catch you off guard. However, with an annual pest control or termite plan from Knockout Pest Control, you can take proactive steps now to protect your homes against spring pests.

Don’t let pests bug you this spring. Contact Knockout Pest Control today to take the first step toward a pest-free home.

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