Close up image of a red ant on white background.The temperatures in California stay relatively warm year-round, which means that there are pests present throughout the different seasons. Still, spring sees an increase in activity because there is more rain and the temperatures start to steadily creep up, giving bugs the conditions they need to thrive and reproduce.

While many of the following pests can be found throughout the year, they are a particular problem in the spring and the summer. Learning more about them can help you devise a plan to keep them out of your home now and in the future as well.

Ants

You’ll find ants all across the country, and not surprisingly, they can be a huge issue in California as well. One particular species, the Argentine ant, is slowly taking over and flourishing in the area. They are fairly small, brown in color and smell a little when crushed. They are attracted to certain plants and love sugar, which is why some people refer to these pests as “sugar ants.” Argentine ants like to make their way inside homes and cannot be controlled easily with a simple spray.

Bees and Wasps

Bees and wasps start constructing hives in the spring, becoming steadily more active as the weather warms up. Bees love bright colors, perfume, and of course, food. Like the Argentine ants, these flying insects particularly like sugar and will hover in areas where food is present.

It is never a good idea to try and “shoo” a bee or a wasp away because you risk irritating it. Instead, minimize your movements. Chances are, the pest will simply fly away when it realizes you don’t have anything that it wants.

If you are stung by a bee or a wasp and think you are having an allergic reaction, get to a doctor right away. Otherwise, you can clean the area with soap and water and then put ice on it to help it feel better.

Spiders

Spiders like dark, damp places. You’ll often find them in basements or garages, for example, but they come out to explore when they need food. If you see spiders, you can feel fairly confident that there are bugs around the property. Those bugs are a food source for the spiders, and they are what is attracting them to the area.

For that reason, it is a good idea to resist your natural instinct to kill a spider when you see it. These pests are actually helpful, as they keep the insect population in check. There are a few species of spiders that you don’t want to have at your home, though, like the black widow or the brown recluse.

Earwigs

Earwigs like moisture and they are particularly prevalent in the spring because of the additional rainfall and because it is the time of year when their eggs are hatching. Earwigs won’t hurt you, but no one wants to discover an infestation inside their home.

The best way to keep earwigs out is to make your home as unappealing to them as possible. Your bathrooms should be well ventilated, and it is a good idea to have a dehumidifier in any areas of the home that are damp or retain moisture.

You won’t know how to treat for the bugs around your home unless you have a good idea of what you are facing. If you need additional help controlling the pest population in your area, get in contact with Bug Guys Pest Control.