Spring Bugs

When spring hits, temperatures rise, causing bugs to come out of hibernation and make their way into homes to look for food and water sources.

Here in Naperville, carpenter ants, silverfish and box elder bugs are the biggest pests, causing many to call in the pros.

“We’ve noticed as the weather has gotten better, our phones go crazy, this is kind of a crazy week for us, we’re definitely going to be working overtime with all the calls that’s coming in,” said Jared Borg, owner of Pointe Pest Control.

Borg says that using a local pest technician is the fastest way to eliminate bugs and can run you anywhere from $400-$500 a year. But if your budget doesn’t fit the bill or you’re skeptical about pesticides, there’s a few remedies you can try on your own.

“For some insects there may be baits or traps available, it’s like a roach motel and it’s a little box and it’s sticky inside, and any insect that walks in is going to get stuck and not be able to move on and reproduce,” said Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic Assistant. “There are also baits that have a chemical in them but it’s enclosed so it’s not like you sprayed your baseboard and really coated your house with an insecticide, it’s enclosed and an insect goes in, takes a little bit of it and takes it inside and shares it with other insects so it’s a little cleaner kill.

And though there are many bugs that you want to get rid of, there’s one that you might want to keep around.

Most spiders are really our friends, they eat other insects, they aren’t insects and so they can be helpful to us and they will reduce insect populations,” said Yiesla.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who hasn’t had a bug invasion quite yet, there’s a few things you might want to do.

“Your best bet is to make sure everything in your home is in order as far as the cleanliness, the trash is taken out, dog foods are a common problem, you want to make sure that none of that is out, so you want to eliminate all food sources,” said Borg.

You can get more information on spring bugs at www.pointepestcontrol.net

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