The Northern states with their ice storms and piles of snow really notice when spring arrives. All the pests that hide from the brutal winds and bone-snapping temperatures emerge from their attic spaces and their walls to bring spring misery. This is not the case in Tallahassee. It is rare for pests to hibernate or overwinter in Northern Florida. But that doesn't mean spring isn't an important time of year to fight pests. On the contrary, Florida pests thrive in spring.
Florida winters bring more rainfall and occasional drops in temperatures. Though the low temperatures might make you put on a jacket and some pants, they don't bother those bugs and wildlife all that much. It is the moisture that affects them most. They enjoy a nice drink from a puddle in your yard and the moisture in the soil around your house. But what they love most is what moisture does to the wood of your home.
Rainwater rots wood.
You might think it strange to say that water will rot the wood of your house because it gets rained on all the time, but there is a difference between being soaked for an evening and being soaked for weeks. When rains come, they soak your house for a short time and then the rain is dried up. If you have a broken gutter and water running down the side of your home, you'll have puddles forming in places they should not be, like in a doorway, on the corner of your home, in a window sill and so forth. The problem with this is that the wood of your home has a fiber saturation point, which is usually around 30%. When the moisture content of the wood exceeds the FSP, your wood can rot. This is because wood decaying spores, which are normally blown away, settle on the wood and begin to damage it so rot can take place. When temperatures warm up these spores can germinate into tiny fungus that secrete enzymes that soften wood.
There are many bugs that are drawn near homes that have soft or rotted wood. Subterranean termites are the worst. These wood eating insects will get inside the structure of your home and channel pathways through support beams and load bearing walls in a matter of a few years.
If you are fortunate enough to dodge the termite bullet, you're not out of the woods. Small bugs will chew away on those rotted areas and make them worse. Carpenter ants will be lured in to burrow up inside rotted areas and begin to chew on areas that are not rotted.
Mice, rats, and other rodents will exploit those weakened areas and gnaw their way into your wall voids. This can bring disease and bacteria illness into your home.
This spring, be sure to check all your gutters and make sure that they are working and unobstructed by leaves or debris. See that they channel water away from your home. Inspect around your house and make sure no puddles are collecting near your exterior walls. If you have puddles, consider filling them in with crushed rock.
This spring, make sure your home isn't becoming vulnerable to pests. Hire a handyman to fix rotted areas and get yourself on a pest plan. Partnering with a pest control company is more than getting rid of irritating bugs and wildlife. It is a necessary part of protecting your investment.