Atlanta is home to many awful pests, including mosquitoes, stinging insects, rodents, and more.
However, many of these pests are seasonal, so if you live in Atlanta, which pests can you expect to see during each season? To help you out with this, we’ve compiled the following list of the worst pests by season in Atlanta.
Stinging insects: Spring brings with it nicer weather and, unfortunately, stinging insects, like bees and wasps. Bees are beneficial to the environment due to their essential role in pollination. However, wasps are a massive pest because they are territorial and can be aggressive towards humans. If you’re allergic to bee or wasp stings, you’re at increased risk during Atlanta’s spring and summer months.
Ants: Ants are one of the most common spring pests. They typically target our kitchens because they’re looking for easy food and water sources. Once inside your home, more ants will soon follow and begin to colonize the area. Ant colonies can have hundreds, even thousands of ants, making them a tricky pest to control. Keeping your floors free of crumbs and residue from spilled liquids, as well as regularly cleaning your pantry, can help you avoid an ant problem during warmer months.
Silverfish: Silverfish are attracted to moisture, so you will usually find them in bathrooms. The best way to prevent them is by eliminating water sources, such as leaks from pipes or faucets. Cleaning your shower liner and curtain can also help prevent silverfish from finding your bathroom attractive.
Spiders: Spiders are typically associated more with the cold fall and winter months. However, Georgia is so hot that many areas that spiders usually hide in, such as the attic, are too hot. As a result, spiders are drawn to the interiors of your cooled home. Blocking entryways, such as openings under doors or near pipes, are crucial ways that you can prevent spiders from entering your home.
Ticks: Ticks can be found in Georgia from late spring to early fall. Unfortunately, they can transmit many hazardous diseases, like Lyme disease, to our families and us. They often live in tall grass, so keeping your plants and grass trimmed is a critical step in preventing ticks from gathering in your yard. On hikes, wear long sleeves and pants to avoid ticks from getting on you.
Mosquitoes: Atlanta is infamous for its large mosquito population. Mosquitoes are irritating pests because of their itchy bites, which can, unfortunately, transmit dangerous diseases like malaria and Zika. Mosquitoes love standing water for breeding, so if you have standing water on your property, treating the water can significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home.
Rodents: Rodents seek warmth, shelter, and food during the colder months, which is why there is typically an increase in rodent sightings indoors. Rodents are masters at thriving in urban, human environments and can live off of many food sources. Once inside your home, rodents breed rapidly and will quickly expand the infestation, which is why blocking their entry into your home is incredibly important.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches are associated with uncleanliness and are disgusting critters that can spread many diseases to us through food contamination. They typically live in small spaces near food and moisture, which is why they love human homes, especially during the winter months. You will normally find them in the kitchen or bathroom.
Wildlife: Atlanta is home to many dangerous wildlife pests, including raccoons, coyotes, bats, opossums, pigeons, and more. Wildlife pests are hazardous to us because they can attack us, our families, and our pets. Even worse, many wildlife pests carry dangerous diseases, like rabies, which they can spread to us through bites, scratches, and saliva.
Raccoons are especially prominent during the winter months as they will enter homes through chimneys or attics in search of a place to make their den during the winter. Like many other winter pests, wildlife often searches for shelter in our home during the harsher months and will gladly make our home their home if they find easy access to food or shelter.