What Pests To Expect This Spring

Spring brings warmth and life, and some of that life may be looking to infest your property.  In addition to ants, carpenter bees, box elder bugs, and ticks are three common spring pests that aren't shy about taking advantage of the opportunities for food and housing that humanity unwillingly provides, and they can cause some frustrating, even dangerous, problems when they come in close contact with humans.

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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are far from the most intimidating or dangerous species of bee that humans have to deal with, but it is often their nonthreatening behavior that ends up making them a damaging pest. Carpenter bees make their nests individually rather than creating a hive, though they often nest close to each other, and their preferred method of nesting is to tunnel into wood, hollowing out a space to lay their eggs. 

Most people won't panic at having a dime-sized hole or two in the end of one of their untreated decking boards or the unpainted trim on their shed, especially when the occupants of said holes are not terribly aggressive. But carpenter bees return to the same holes year after year, expanding their nests, and inviting others of their kind to join them.

Worse than this, carpenter bees are prime eating for woodpeckers, and if one finds your quiet neighbors' nests, the slow damage the bees are creating will be nothing compared to the destruction these industrious birds will cause.

Though not aggressive, carpenter bees will defend their nests, so property owners should consider calling in professionals to take care of them, especially if nests are in harder to reach areas.

boxelder bug on leaf

Boxelder Bugs

Some pests don't mean to come into contact with humans and aren't really a threat to people or property. These are known as nuisance pests, and one of the prime examples of a nuisance pest is the boxelder bug.

As they feed and lay their eggs on trees, boxelder bugs aren't a threat, except that they like to enter human dwellings during the colder season, and often do so in large numbers. Whenever a warm spell arrives the boxelder bugs may start to wander about, sometimes leaving fecal stains behind; a real pain to deal with.

Come spring, you're likely to be surprised at how many boxelder bugs can hide in a house, if not thoroughly disgusted or terrified.

Your best bet for avoiding boxelder bugs is to seal your house up tightly, ensuring that no cracks, warped trim, torn screens, damaged window frames, or improperly fitted door jambs can offer entry to these pests. For a complete inspection and further tips on preventing boxelder bugs, or to get treatment to reduce their numbers, consider calling a pest control company.

tick crawling on leaf


Ticks are a parasite and a dangerous one. Living in brush and long grass mostly, ticks await a warm-blooded creature's passing, crawling onto their prey unnoticed, and immediately looking for a bite. Ticks are small, but most swell up tremendously upon feeding, preparing themselves to lay eggs and multiply.

The major problem for humans is when nature comes in contact with civilization. People are certainly at risk of picking up a tick or two while out hiking or enjoying nature in other ways, but when wildlife begins to get comfortable near human dwellings is often when ticks become a real risk in our daily life.

Dropping from their furry hosts, or laying eggs that hatch on lawns or shrubbery, ticks can find their way onto pets, those with a mind for landscaping or gardening, or even a regular Joe or Jane walking in the backyard. These are the times that people forget to check for ticks, and when ticks get on humans and feed unnoticed, there is a real danger to be found.

Ticks play host to a variety of diseases, ranging from fever-inducing illnesses to life-altering Lyme disease. Dealing with ticks often includes dealing with wildlife, and whether you're spraying to eliminate and deter the dangerous blood-suckers, or looking to remove the raccoons they came in on, you'll want the professionals to get the job done right and guarantee success.


Why Are Spring Pests Such A Concern? 

We understand that pests like to come inside for the winter; that makes sense. But won't they return to the wild come spring? With Tennessee's incredible bounty of nature, why wouldn't the creatures looking to survive and thrive head away from us? Well, unfortunately, pests aren't often that thoughtful. They simply look around where they're at, and human buildings often have easily accessible food, water, and shelter. Spring is a time when pests spread out, which can actually mean you'll see more pests coming onto your property. This being the case, spring may also be a time where you'll want to evaluate just how well protected your property is from nuisance, damaging, or dangerous pests.


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