Rain is falling in a wooden barrel full of water in the garden. Pioneer Pest Management serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about why April showers bring more than flowers, including pests.April showers bring May flowers … and mosquitoes, ants, flies, and a host of other pests! Many pests are attracted to moisture — some like mosquitoes, even use it for breeding.

In this blog post, we’ll be talking about which pests are attracted to moisture and ways you can help prevent a pest infestation this spring.

Pests That Are Attracted to Standing Water

  • Ants: While ants are known to scavenge for food, they often come indoors seeking water. Some ants, like the Carpenter ant, are wood-destroying and can damage the integrity of your home.
  • Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, this includes birdbaths, wading pools, ponds, clogged rain gutters, play equipment, discarded tires, and more. Mosquitoes can spread potentially harmful viruses to people including West Nile and Zika, so it’s important to take care of a mosquito infestation quickly and effectively.
  • Termites: Here in the Pacific Northwest, we generally have two types of termite species, Subterranean Termites and Dampwood Termites. While termites are known to be attracted to wood, they’re also attracted to moist water-rich environments. Termites aren’t easy to spot and they can cause damage for years without being noticed. To help deter termites, you’ll want to repair water leaks, keep grading soil away from your foundation, and remove any plants close to your foundation.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches can contaminate food and countertops, spread disease and bacteria, and leave a disturbing odor in your home. Cockroaches are highly-resilient, so it’s advised that you hire a professional to deal with these pests.
  • Rodents: Rats and mice can spread potentially harmful diseases and infections. These pests can also damage your home, your belongings, and contaminate your food.

What You Can Do to Keep Pests Away

  • Remove debris from your gutters and downspouts
  • Fix water leaks and drips in and around your home
  • Remove buckets, tarps, birdbaths, and other sources of standing water
  • Regularly trim your grass and shrubs
  • Inspect your home’s foundation; seal any openings to help prevent pests from entering
  • Don’t store wood near your home.
  • Keep your outdoor garbage can sealed
  • Practice good housekeeping habits by sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping counters regularly
  • Ensure your window screens are in place
  • Install door sweeps
  • Remove your pet’s food and water bowls when they’re done with them

Keeping your home clean and sanitized, reducing clutter, trimming back vegetation, and removing standing water are all great steps you can take to help prevent pests from invading your home.

If you have a pest infestation, it’s important to contact a professional. They have a firm understanding of the pests in your area and will be able to effectively eliminate your pest problem effectively.