Spring Bugs of 2023 in Maryland & Northern Virginia
While many of us are enjoying a warmer-than-average winter this year, unfortunately, so are many bugs! Due to our mild winter, pest populations will be higher than average.
Beyond bug generations surviving the winter, the milder temperatures provided more moisture and promoted early plant growth, giving incredibly hospitable environments and food sources to those bugs awakened early. In fact, our pest experts have spotted some bugs that usually appear in mid-April!
Here Are The Spring Bugs to Look Out for in 2023
Spiders will enter your home through gaps between doors, open windows, utility lines, and inside secondhand furniture, crates, or packaging. They enjoy dark environments, like the basement, a crawlspace, or an attic.
Ants will take advantage of any opportunity to get indoors and find new food sources, including
- Pipes & plumbing
- Wall & foundation cracks
- Attic vents
- Utility lines
The most significant springtime bug to worry about is the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants aren’t like the annoying ants in your house — they are bigger and more destructive than other ants.
Carpenter Ants will create homes inside your walls and wooden structures, causing significant damage. Though they excavate wood as they move, they do not eat it. They travel from their nest throughout the rest of your house, seeking food. These ants tend to colonize areas with high moisture.
Four signs of carpenter ant activity:
- Rustling sounds in your walls
- Piles of sawdust
- Wood shavings
- Carpenter ant sighting
Termite swarming is prevalent in the spring and after rain showers. They can eat enormous amounts of wood around your property and cause extensive, expensive damage before you even know they’re there.
Seven signs of a termite infestation:
- Hollowed or excavated wood
- Mounds of wood shavings
- Sagging wooden floors or ceilings
- Crumbling wooden structures
- Chipped or warped paint on wooden surfaces
- Visible termites or their wings
- Mud tubes
Since the winter of 2022/23 was so mild, there have already been mosquito sightings throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Mosquitoes bite and suck blood, leaving behind itchy spots. Still, their biggest threat is the viruses and bacteria they can carry, including
- Zika virus
- West Nile virus
- Chikungunya virus
- Heartworm for pets
Flies wake up in the spring but move more sluggish than average. You’ll likely spot them near windows and lights, making erratic movements and noise as they try to find a way out of your home.
Appropriately named for their attraction to boxelder trees, the boxelder bug will latch onto other trees and plants if available. These pests are dark grayish-black with red stripes.
Mice and rats are a nuisance year-round; however, annual breeding cycles begin around March, so you might notice an influx of activity. They usually enter your home through doors, vents, roof gaps, and pipes.
Ticks have been able to stay active due to the mild winter and will only get more prevalent as the weather get warmer and consistently stays that way.
Wasps are ready to build their new colony for the spring season. They will form a hive in a dry area, like under a deck, porch, furniture, or soil.
Earwigs are slender bugs with sharp pincers that eat seedlings and garden plants. They are very resilient bugs, and due to the mild winter, not as many died this year. Eggs are already hatching, and larvae will infest your gardens and home.
They can multiply quickly and damage your gardens and crops, so prompt removal is necessary.
Tips To Prevent Spring Bugs
- Keep things clean and clutter-free: Debris and food crumbs attract bugs and other critters. Unfortunately, they also like to hide amongst the clutter.
- Maintain your yard: Keep hedges and bushes trimmed. Store firewood away from your home to reduce access points.
- Inspect and make repairs: Inspect your home for leaks, cracks, and damage and make repairs as soon as possible to avoid optimal conditions for nesting bugs.
- Enroll in seasonal pest management: Protect your home from 20+ pests with a year-round pest protection program. We’d love to partner with you to enjoy bugs free home!