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Nuisances in the Spring

Spring Pests in the Treasure Valley: What to Expect and How to Prepare

As the first signs of spring tentatively peep out from the frost-encrusted ground, we, the people of the Treasure Valley, begin to stir with anticipation. Despite the persistently nippy temperatures and the wet blanket that Mother Nature continues to toss our way, we can’t help but look forward to the true arrival of the spring season. However, along with the colorful bloom of flora and the melodic chorus of fauna, spring brings with it an unwelcome parade of pests.

The Blooming Pest Population in Spring

The advent of spring at precisely 3:24 pm on Monday, March 20, 2023, (yes, I’m that precise) is not just a call for us to enjoy the warming weather but also a signal for increased pest activity. The next few months will see a frustrating increase in critters like spiders and wasps. However, some pests seem to have a special affinity for spring. Let’s take a closer look at them.

The Green-Loving Clover Mites

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First up on our spring pest parade are the clover mites. While they might sound like adorable little creatures, they can be quite the nuisance. Clover mites are tiny arachnids that have a particular fondness for green, leafy plants. Spring’s cool temperatures and wet environment offer the perfect conditions for these mites, encouraging the greening of the plants around your home and subsequently, their activity.

Although these mites are harmless and won’t bite, they can invade your home in large numbers, leaving behind small red spots when squished. Not exactly a delightful addition to your spring home décor, right? To prevent a clover mite invasion, here are a few tips:

  • Inspect the seals around doors and windows. Any gaps can serve as an invitation to these pests.
  • Create a plant-free perimeter of at least 2 feet around your home’s base to avoid attracting them.
  • Plant pest-repelling flora, including those that deter clover mites.
  • Regular home and yard treatments can effectively control the clover mite population, keeping your home mite-free.

The Ever-Present Ants

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While ants are a year-round pest, their presence becomes especially noticeable in spring. This season brings two unique ant-related issues to our attention.

Firstly, you may begin to see winged ants around your home. Don’t panic! These are not a new, flying ant species. They’re simply the reproducing caste of the ant society. If you’re curious about the specific species, feel free to bring a sample into our office for identification.

Secondly, the frequent weather changes in spring cause ant sightings to increase dramatically. As temperatures rise during the day, ants become more active outside. However, as the weather cools off at night, they might decide your home is a cozier place to hang out.

To keep these pesky intruders in check, a Quarterly Pest Control program with Barrier Pest Control can prove to be immensely helpful.

Your Spring Pest Control Solution: Barrier Pest Control

Spring is a time to enjoy the beauty of nature, not to stress over pests invading your home. At Barrier Pest Control, we understand this and are here to offer you a pest-free spring experience. Whether it’s clover mites, ants, or any other spring pest, our comprehensive pest control services can help protect your home.

Our goal is not just to control your current pest problem but also to prevent future infestations. With our thorough inspections, tailored treatment plans, and follow-up services, you can focus on enjoying the season rather than worrying about unwanted guests.

Let us help you welcome spring without the worry of pests. Get in touch with Barrier Pest Control @ (208)463-4533 today for a hassle-free, pest-free spring season.


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