We are finally saying goodbye to the wet, windy and utterly wild winter we’ve been suffering from here in London. But with the departure of this weather comes the dry and warmer Spring. And what does this change in the weather mean for pests?
Pests, the same as humans, need water, food and shelter to survive. Given constant access to water, pests can flourish and breed to their hearts content. This keeps them from dying out. Having an abundant water source also is a big factor into where pests build their nests.
Spiders tend to become more of a nuisance in the spring, as do flies due to the increased moisture levels and decaying organic matter from the winter. Because the soil is particularly moist at the moment too, you may experience more earwigs in your garden once the warmer weather hits.
One pest that you probably won’t see much of yet is ants. We’ve had a particularly wet winter this year, and ants aren’t a huge fan of that. Ants don’t need moisture to survive, and large amounts of water can actually wipe out their underground nests. Weeds are thriving in our gardens at the moment, so the grass and plants ants usually love to eat are being pushed out.
So what can you do to eliminate the threat of pests in your home and garden this Spring? We’ve got these tips for you.
• Eliminate any standing water in your garden or in your home. This is the easily accessible water sources that pests love. Eliminating them will ensure pests don’t nest on your property.
• Repair any leaky pipes or faucets. The freeze thaw effects of winter may have broken some outdoor and indoor pipes. Have a good look at your pipes, and fix any that are leaking.
• Air out your crawlspaces and lofts. Open the windows and let the Spring breeze in. Airing out these places will dry them out and stop moisture from building up.
• Clean out your guttering. We’ve had the back end of a few nasty storms this winter, and your gutters are bound to be chock full of leaves and other debris. Give them a good clean out as part of your Spring cleaning routine.
• Empty the bird baths. Once again another source of standing water, you should change it and clean it regularly. The birds will thank you too.