Many pests thrive throughout the entire year, but other pests are seasonal and will only thrive during certain seasons of the year.
So, as a resident of Columbus, Georgia, what kinds of pests can you expect during each season?
Flies: Flies are attracted to sweet foods or drinks around the house and quickly take over a home. Flies prefer the warm summer months and will enter your home looking for food. Whether you spilled soda, have fruit or sweets throughout your home, flies will find this and make it their preferred food source. Then they will quickly begin reproducing inside your home. Flies can also carry and transmit diseases to humans, so it’s crucial that you promptly deal with any flies you see.
Stink bugs: Stink bugs are attracted to lights, which is why outdoor lighting can be a house feature that attracts stink bugs to your home.
As their name suggests, stink bugs produce a foul odor. Unfortunately, this odor only gets stronger when a stink bug is crushed, which is why alternative treatments are recommended.
Stinking Insects: Stinging insects are at their peak during the spring and summertime. Stinging insects in the Columbus area include yellowjackets, honey bees, bumblebees, umbrella wasps, and more. Some stinging insects will only sting if they feel threatened, but others, like yellowjackets and wasps, can be more aggressive and are territorial. If you notice a nest or hive on your property, immediately contact a pest professional to have it removed and relocated.
Ants: Ants are prolific pests that create large colonies. Ant colonies can have thousands of ants, which makes getting rid of them very difficult. Most often, they will enter your home looking for food and water. To keep ants away, it’s recommended that you seal off any entry points and keep your floors clean and crumb-free.
Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are challenging to avoid in the warm, humid summer months. They can typically be found near standing water which is their preferred breeding ground. Mosquitoes are irritating pests because of their annoying bites, which leave many humans with itchy, uncomfortable bumps. However, mosquitoes can also be dangerous because an infected mosquito can transmit diseases, such as West Nile, Zika, and malaria, to someone they bite.
Ticks: Ticks are parasitic pests that can be harmful to both humans and pets. Many ticks carry and spread dangerous diseases like Lyme disease, which can cause serious health implications. There are some medications available that can prevent fleas and ticks. However, your best preventative measure is keeping your yard tidy, clearing up any debris in the yard, and mowing your lawn routinely.
Rodents: Rodents are crafty mammals that will find any way to enter your home. Rodents can be found throughout the entire year but may be found more often in your home throughout the colder months as they will look for easy access to shelter and food. Rodents are very comfortable in human environments and can survive off human waste easily. In addition, rodents can cause health hazards to humans through their ability to contaminate food and chew through wires, which can cause fire hazards.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches may be the most disliked pest out there due to their disgusting looks and association with uncleanliness. In addition, cockroaches create substances that can aggravate asthma and breathing problems.
Unfortunately, cockroaches can be difficult to eradicate because they hide underneath appliances and within the walls, making them difficult to treat. Don’t wait to reach out to a pest control company if you have cockroaches, as they can quickly breed and spread the infestation.
Spiders: Spiders are creepy, eight-legged creatures that are the cause of many people’s nightmares. Despite this, spiders actually eat other more malicious pests in our homes. Like rodents, spiders typically wander into our homes looking for food and shelter, especially during the harsher, colder months. Although most spiders are harmless to humans, Georgia is home to the dangerous black widow spider. Black widows are characterized by an all-black body and distinct red markings. Unfortunately, black widow bites can cause medical harm to humans, which is why it’s not wise to leave spiders alone in your home, even though most are benign.