Most Common Spring Pests in the UK

Spring is here, and so are the season’s pests! It is time to start thinking about getting rid of bugs and other critters that come with spring. The smartest move that you can make as a homeowner is to eliminate them as quickly as possible.

Common Pests Found During Spring

You control the infestation at the start before the situation gets worse and you have a calamity on your hands. Getting rid of any pests at the earliest is the best way to make sure that your home and your family is protected from damage and illnesses.

Here is a brief look at some of the pests that are most common during spring in the UK:

Spring Insects in your home:

Ants

Your home and garden will most definitely be infested by this common pest this spring. It is important that you keep your eyes open to make sure that you catch them early on. This will not be difficult as ants are easy to spot. Conventional methods of pest control are often not effective once a full-blown infestation has occurred and this is why you need to keep a lookout for the early signs.

If you have a garden that offers them food, it will not take long before they find their way inside of your home. And if they have easy access to food, you can be sure that they will keep coming back inside.

And they will eat pretty much anything. Their diet preferences vary from fruits, vegetables and seeds, to sugar and other sweets, salty foods, fizzy drinks, and more..
Read more about ants >

Flies

These pests are a problem that all households have to put up with. Flies start coming out when the weather starts getting warm. It is difficult to isolate this problem but it is possible to control it. Keeping your home clean and disinfected can help a lot in keeping flies away.

Flies always seem to easily find their way inside your home, but not the way out. Their annoying buzzing is enough to drive some people crazy and begin a wild chase trying to get them out of the house.

Using some kind of repellent will also help you with this cheeky pest. Flies come inside of your home not so much as to look for food, but because they happen to fly nearby when your window was open and they got in.

Cockroaches

Springtime is when cockroaches emerge. Cleaning your home regularly is one way to keep them at bay. Mop your floors regularly to clean up sticky spots as well as crumbs. You should also make sure that you clean grease away from any surface. Remember to dispose of trash regularly and correctly as well.

However, even if your house is immaculate they will probably still come into your home if there is an entry. Keeping a clean house might not be enough. You will also have to make sure there’s no way for them to get inside.

Inspect windows and doors for cracks or holes, inspect pipes, check the bathroom – drains, vent. If you find something troubling seal the holes.
See the signs of a cockroach infestation.

How do pests enter your house from?

  • Cracks in walls
  • Gaps in windows or doors
  • Vents
  • Pipes

Spring Insects in your garden:

There are many insects that are pests for your flower and vegetable garden. Here are some of the vermin to take measures against this spring. Ants fit into this category as well.

What ants can hurt your garden with is take away the seeds you want to plant.

Snails and slugs

Your garden will also attract a lot of spring pests. The most common ones are snails and slugs. They will emerge to feed on your greens. The best way to get rid of them is to encourage predators such as toads, frogs, birds, ground-beetles, hedgehogs, etc. in a controlled manner, as they eat these pests.

Ticks

While they will not do any damage to your plants, they can do some serious damage to your pet or yourself. Ticks are more active during the summer but they start waking up and search for food from late spring. You should be prepared ahead of time so you can protect your pets and your family.

Ticks are one of the scariest pests because unlike the other spring insects, they can transmit dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease.

Beneficial Spring Insects

Wasps and bees

They are another type of insects that come out of hibernation during spring time. However, they might be dangerous to animals and humans but they are beneficial to your garden. To the flowers, to the orchards, to the vegetables in your garden. You should NOT kill them. Just try to avoid getting near them.

To limit the dangers of wasps stings, you should keep any outdoors garbage cans closed and not leave sweet drinks or food outside. They attract wasps and trying to get the wasps away from them can result in a sting.

Ladybirds

Ladybirds feed on spider mites, aphids – a common and serious pest of plants. They will also eat other small insects that are soft. Which makes them a natural pest control mean for your garden.

Plants that attract beneficial insects and keep pests away

Ladybirds for example like Calendula, garlic, parsley, Queen Anne’s Lace, dill, and more. Planting these in your garden will help you in two ways – in attracting the beneficial ladybirds and in keeping away insects that are considered pests, such as ticks.

Plants that will help keep your entire garden safe are thyme, coriander, chrysanthemum, catnip and more. If you have a pet cat, however, it is not a good idea to have catnip in the garden or the house, see why here.

Common house beetles in the UK that come out in Spring

The truth is that there are many different species of beetles in the UK. Most of them prefer to be in the woods and mind their own business and you won’t be seeing them flying into your house.

But out of all of them, only three are considered pests by humans, and they are the Carpet Beetle, the Ground Beetle and the Biscuit Beetle.

Ground Beetles:

They are much larger than Carpet Beetles, with the impressive 25mm in length. And they can have a variety of colouring – dark brown, violet or black, where the black is the prevalent colour.

If they enter your home it would be because they are attracted to the warmth and the light inside, as they are insects that do not stand the cold weather. It is not unusual to see them in your garden or your home, and to get rid of them you don’t have to kill them.

They are not household pests in the sense that they will damage your home or eat your food, or bite you. They will enter your home looking for shelter, so if you see any lost beetle, try to catch it live and release it back outside.

Biscuit Beetles:

They are the smallest with their 3mm length. They are reddish or brown, and yes… they will eat your cookies. The name is not just an accident. This type of beetles is not only a common pest to the UK but worldwide.

You will find these bugs in your pantry, in an open bag of flour, or biscuits, or cereals, other sweets or foods that are rich in fibre.

To prevent Biscuit Beetles invading your pantry, make sure to keep it clean and store your foods in tightly closed containers.

Carpet Beetles:

Adult carpet beetles are mostly brown with white and black spots. But it’s actually not the adult ones that damage your carpets. It’s the larvae of these beetles.

The adult ones can grow up to 4mm in length, which is rather small. But signs of having a problem with them is seeing cast-off skins around or on your floors and on the carpets. In some cases, you might have to need professional carpet beetle exterminators’ help to get rid of an infestation.

**There are other pests that will emerge during spring in your home as well as the outdoors.

Professional Pest Control

It is best to call in professional pest controllers as they have the know-how as well as the tools to make sure that all the critters that wreak havoc in your home are eliminated. They use different techniques and equipment for different types of pests. When you hire their services, you can rest easy knowing that your home and your family are safe from all the threats that bugs and other pests bring. With professionals taking care of pest control, you can prevent damage to your home and keep diseases away from your loved ones and the greenery in your garden

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