Should I Skip My Pest Maintenance Service?

We’re reaching that time in winter—the excitement for cold weather and hot chocolate has worn off and everyone is in grin-and-bear-it mode until spring. Winter always has unexpected  ups and downs, and this year was no different. Even pest activity fluctuates unpredictably during the winter.

For some households, it’s all-out war against the spiders and roaches seeking refuge from the harsh outdoors. For others, bugs seem to suspiciously disappear altogether. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have had a pest-free winter, you may be starting to question if you even need your next pest maintenance service.

After all, the bugs are gone… right?

Nope. Those tricksters are still there, preparing to return with a vengeance once the weather warms up. In fact, skipping your pest maintenance at this stage in the game could land you in damage-control mode well into the summer. We see it happen all the time. Here’s why:

 

Your pest protection barrier is crucial.

All pest control products run their course and break down completely after a few months. Skipping your January or February service leaves your home completely exposed come March and April.

We may live in a civilized society with roads, houses, and property lines… but for bugs, life is the Wild West. They go wherever they can survive.

Without that pest barrier, your home will be just another great place to set up shop. Trust us, it’s much easier to start out the spring season with a good pest offense than to be running yourself ragged with defense.

 

Pest control is on ongoing battle.

Bugs outnumber us… by a lot. Specifically, there are about 200 million insects for every person alive. Can you even imagine that? Actually, don’t try to—you might get nightmares.

For pest management purposes, it means that bugs are constantly knocking at your door.  Taking back your yard from an ant invasion is a satisfying victory, but the overall win is keeping it from happening again.

Speaking of ants… they’re the worst. They form supercolonies spanning entire states. he only thing preventing your backyard subcolony from replenishing its ranks is the behind-the-scenes work of your trusted pest control products.

We could go on and on about ants, or any other bugs for that matter, but for your sake we’ll leave it at that. If you want to learn more about specific bugs and the unique threats they pose, check out our learning resources.

At the end of the day, we’re here to help you protect your home and family. We know through a lot of experience that the best thing we can do is keep up your regular pest services—first and foremost by maintaining your home’s pest barrier. If you have any questions about your next quarterly service, definitely give us a call! The more you know, the better we can all work together.

Sources: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/buginfo/bugnos