Seasonal Pest Forecast

Spring: Carpenter Ants, Pavement Ants

With warmer weather coming very early to Vermont this year, many ant species got a head start. The black carpenter ant thought spring had arrived with the 80 degree temps in March and activity was much like we see in May. With temps back to normal for this time of year, sporadic activity will be seen when temps reach about 60.

Typical spring activity, usually seen in May, will have ants appearing in kitchens, baths, and other areas where moisture and food is available. If you are seeing any black ants inside your home, there is a pretty good chance you have a nest located in an exterior wall of your house. Areas where carpenter ants nest are usually around windows, doors, roofs, and the area where decks or porches join the house. They prefer wood that has been wet in the past but will nest in sound wood.

We will be starting preventive and full treatments in May for pavement and carpenter ants. Ask about our Residential Quarterly Service Program that will cover ants and any other pests you may have.

Year-round: Bed Bugs

The bed bug remains an insect of concern year-round. Infestations are increasing throughout the country, especially in the Northeast. All travelers should take precaution when staying in hotels. Check your mattress, box spring, and head board, and leave suitcases in the bathroom if just an overnight stay. When returning home, place contents of suitcase into the wash immediately, store suitcase away from bedrooms, or place in plastic bag for storage. If you awake with strange bites similar to mosquito bites, you may have bed bugs. If you suspect you may have a problem, call us today for an inspection.

The bed bug remains a year-round problem.

The bed bug remains a year-round problem.

The bed bug remains a year-round problem.

Squirrels can become problematic in the winter.

Squirrels can become problematic in the winter.

Squirrels can become problematic in the winter.

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