Each season brings different pest problems and activities. So, if you live in the Detroit area, what pests should you be concerned about during each season?
To help you out, we’ve broken the top pests down by season:
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches are bugs that nobody wants in their house. They are typically attracted to warmer climates and can be found near warm pipes and food sources, such as the kitchen. Cockroaches are highly adaptable bugs that can live off of access to trash, crumbs, and dust. To prevent cockroaches, keep your home as clean and tidy as possible. Avoid stacking boxes or items on the ground, as cockroaches look for easy hiding spots and may use those items as a hiding spot.
- Ticks: Although we associate ticks with dogs, ticks are nasty pests that feed on both human and animal blood. They can spread diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever through their bites. Ticks typically live in shrubbery and overgrown grass, so keeping your yard neat can help to prevent ticks from invading your property.
- Centipedes and Millipedes: Michigan is home to many types of centipedes and millipedes, especially the common house centipede. Millipedes are especially attracted to rain, which is why you may notice more of these strange pests out and about during the spring. While centipedes and millipedes feed on other insects and spiders, which is helpful, they also have incredibly painful bites that may require medical attention if they become infected.
- Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes reproduce in the springtime, allowing for mature mosquitoes to be prevalent during the hot summer. The hotter the weather, the faster a mosquito can grow and multiply, making hot Michigan summers ideal for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes tend to stay near stagnant water, where they prefer to live and hunt.
- House flies: House flies are primarily active during the summer because they reproduce in later spring. Their eggs hatch quickly during hot weather, and flies even grow faster during the hot summer. Having flies in your home is frustrating, but flies can be prevented with some steps. House flies only eat liquids, so make sure to cover and keep garbage inside sealed containers. Take your trash out frequently so that your trash doesn’t end up spilling and attracting flies within your home.
- Bed bugs: Bed bugs are active throughout a large part of the year but are typically most active throughout August to January. Bed bugs often invade our homes without our knowledge, as they are tiny bugs that only come out at night to feed on human blood. Their bites are not considered medically dangerous. However, it can be psychologically damaging to know that you are not safe, even in your bed. Bed bug bites are usually itchy, may appear in a straight line on your body, and may resemble a poison ivy rash. If you notice new bites on your body in the morning, we recommend immediately reaching out to a professional as bed bugs are complicated to rid yourself of.
- Spiders: Spiders are opportunistic pests that will look for shelter and food within our homes. Unlike other pests, spiders are actually helpful to us because they eat other, more damaging insects like ants. If they find easy access to other insects, spiders are likely to make your home their home. Watch out for typical signs of spiders, including cobwebs, egg sacs, and seeing spiders on your walls.
- Rodents: Rodents are prominent in the Michigan area and seek out warmth during the fall and winter months. Many types of rodents have collapsible ribs, which allow them to squeeze through incredibly tiny spaces. This makes rodent prevention difficult, as they only need a space the size of a nickel or quarter to invade your home. Professional exterminators can inspect and seal off these entryways to prevent rodents from entering your home. This can be a huge help, as rodents breed incredibly rapidly once inside our homes, making infestations difficult to squash.