While some pests thrive throughout the entire year, many pests will only come out at certain times. These pests may only breed during specific times of the year, or they may only be in the Cleveland area during certain weather conditions.
So, if you live in the Cleveland area, what kinds of pests should you be concerned about during each season?
- Ants: Ants are prolific pests that will quickly infiltrate any home where they can find food to sustain themselves. Once they do, they will build colonies and expand the infestation. Common Ohio ants include Pharaoh ants, carpenter ants, pavement ants, and odorous house ants. Carpenter ants can be especially bad because they destroy wood and can quickly cause extensive property damage.
- Fleas: Fleas are unable to survive in cold temperatures and will start to come out again once the weather warms. They survive on animal blood, which is why checking your pets regularly for fleas and using flea prevention products can go a long way in preventing fleas from invading your home.
- Stinging Pests: Stinging pests, like hornets, bees, and yellowjackets, mate in the spring and build new colonies. While bees are often beneficial to the environment, other stinging insects are less desirable as they have painful stings and may be more aggressive than your typical honey bee. If you locate a nest or hive on your property, it’s strongly recommended that you contact an extermination company because these insects can be highly aggressive if you remove an active nest.
- Midges: Midges, also called “muffleheads,” are bugs that appear in the Cleveland area around the end of May. They are small flying insects that may bite humans and animals and are typically found near or in water.
- Ticks: Ticks tend to show up in the spring and summertime in the Cleveland area. The most common types of ticks in this area include dog ticks, lone star ticks, and black-legged ticks. Unfortunately, they can be harmful to humans as they can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. These diseases can cause fever, fatigue, rashes, and headaches.
- Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are attracted to hot, humid climates, which Cleveland tends to have throughout May to October. You’ll also notice mosquitoes out from dusk to dawn more often. Most mosquitoes will rest in tall grass and weeds but will breed close to standing water. If you have standing water on your property, mosquito treatments can be highly effective in reducing the number of mosquitoes and breeding on your property.
- Rodents: There are many types of rodents in the Cleveland area, including mice, voles, and rats. During the winter, they look for warm places to escape the cold weather and snow. Rodents breed quickly, so the best step you can take is sealing off all entryways before they invade your home. Common signs of rodents include rodent droppings, the smell of urine, nesting material lying around your floors, and holes chewed into your floor or wall.
- Spiders: Spiders are unpleasant looking pests that nobody wants in their home. Spiders will seek a warm place to live during the colder months, where they will set themselves up to catch other bugs with their webs. To keep spiders out, seal off any cracks or entry points to your home, prevent other insects from being attracted to your home, and avoid leaving your doors and windows open.
- Stink bugs: Nobody wants to think about stink bugs making their way into your home, but many will try to invade your home in the fall time before the weather becomes too cold. If you find stink bugs, it’s advised that you do not squish them as this will release a strong, unpleasant odor. Instead, work to seal off entry points by using a caulking product to seal them and any cracks in your home’s exteriors.