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Warm Weather Pests: More Than Just a Nuisance

Warm Weather Pests: More Than Just a Nuisance

As Spring starts to (finally) show its face here in Western NY, the fresh air and sunshine have likely inspired you to tackle cleaning projects that you’ve put off all winter. What’s at the top of our list? Pest-proofing for the warmer months ahead, of course!

As mother nature wakes up from a long winter’s nap, so do many critters and insects. And while you may think these pests are simply bothersome, warm weather invaders like ants and termites can pose serious threats to people and property if left untreated. Below are some common warm weather pests that we see here in NY and how you can keep them at bay:


Among the most common pest infestations in the warm months are ants. These insects, though small, can cause major damage to property if left alone; particularly carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are typically interested in wood that has been damaged by water, so it’s important to address water leaks and damaged wood in the home as soon as it’s discovered. Additionally, ants are attracted to sweet foods, so ensuring your kitchen remains free of crumbs and keeping foods properly sealed and stored will go a long way in preventing these unwanted guests from making an appearance.



While termites are active year round, they’re especially prevalent during April and May, otherwise known as “swarming season.” Prevention is paramount when it comes to termites, as they can quickly destroy flooring, wooden beams, furniture, electrical wiring and more once they’ve gained entry to your home. Termites are attracted to moisture, so maintaining efficient drainage around the perimeter of your home is good practice, including gutters and downspouts. Additionally, wood-to-ground contact creates a greater opportunity for termites to enter, providing food, moisture, and direct access to your home. For example, wood siding, door and window frames should be at least 6 inches off the ground. Also, refrain from storing firewood against your home, as it creates a similar inviting environment for termites.


Cluster Flies

These pesky insects, sometimes referred to as “attic flies,” usually appear on warm, sunny days in early spring. They can enter the home through very small openings, and infestations can lead to unhealthy living conditions and damage to furniture and other property. The best way to prevent a cluster fly issue is to seal up any cracks you spot around your home using sealants like caulk or weatherstripping, especially near doors, windows and vents. Cluster flies are also drawn to garbage and clutter, so keeping your home free of both can further prevent an infestation. Additionally, fly screens are available for doors and windows, which are designed to keep the smallest of insects out.



Another top offender on our list of warm weather invaders is the spider. Aside from leaving behind droppings and webbing, spiders can cause structural damage, and certain species can even pose health risks when their venom is introduced into the environment (i.e. the black widow). The good news is that there are preventative measures that you can take, much like we’ve already discussed above, to keep these eight-legged friends outside. Sealing around windows and doors regularly is a best practice, as well as replacing any window screens with holes or tears. You may also want to keep outdoor light usage to a minimum, or switch to yellow sodium vapor lights to deter other pests that spiders like to feed on. Finally, as always, a clean, clutter-free home keeps infestations at bay, minimizing attractions and hiding places for pests.

While the greatest form of pest control is prevention, it’s not always possible to keep infestations at bay; that’s when it’s time to call in the professionals. At Excelsior Pest Group, we have extensive experience treating and mitigating these common warm weather infestations. Our service specialists receive continual training under the New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation, and we proudly employ Integrated Pest Management certified methods. Learn more about how we can help you keep your home or business pest free this spring (and year round!)