Few tasks around your home have a one-and-done solution. From the never-ending chore of cleaning (if you’re a parent or a pet owner, you know this all too well) to the laundry list of renovations and repairs that should’ve gotten done last year, it takes real-life superpowers to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping up with your house.
At Lloyd Pest Control, the last thing we want to do is to add more assignments to your docket—but we need to remind you of one task that sometimes gets pushed to the back burner until it’s too late: pest control.
In Southern California, pests don’t seem to take a break throughout the year. As new pests roll into town with the changing seasons, they are on the hunt for safe places to shack up, eat, and mate—and your home can provide the perfect conditions to do so.
While professional pest control can help remedy an ongoing infestation, scheduling regular pest control treatments throughout the year can keep you proactively protected while preventing the gamble of DIY pest control. (Fewer chores and less stress? Time for a big sigh of relief.)
But just how often should pest control be done at your house? And what pests should you be worried about throughout the Southern California seasons?
Is Quarterly Pest Control Worth It?
When it comes to regularly scheduled pest control, we suggest having your home treated once a quarter or every two to three months. And for good reason! General pest control—including treatments for pests like ants, spiders, rodents, roaches, silverfish, earwigs, and fleas—can become ineffective after a few months go by, which could leave your space exposed to incoming pests.
With quarterly treatments from Lloyd, you’ll be in a better position to safeguard your house from pests no matter what type of property you have or its location.
What Do Quarterly Pest Control Treatments Include?
During each treatment, one of our field-experienced pest technicians will monitor hot-spot areas for changes in pest activity. Even if pests aren’t directly visible, we will create environmentally-friendly pest control barriers—including sprayed applications and/or rodent traps that are pet-friendly—to guard your home against common pests all year long.
Ongoing Termite Prevention
If you’ve experienced a termite infestation in the past, our Termite Protection Plan is an annual program that will ensure termites don’t find their way back into your home. Available to customers whose properties received a whole structure treatment or a clean bill-of-wood-health from Lloyd, our protection plan is a transferable drywood and subterranean termite guarantee that lasts the lifetime of your home and includes:
- A free annual inspection to ensure we’re keeping termites away.
- Early detection of termites and wood-destroying invaders so we can help stop problems before they take hold of your home.
- Prompt eradication treatments for any termites that try to settle in your home. Even if it becomes necessary to fumigate your home again, we will provide this service at no charge.
Note: Our Termite Protection Plans are policies that include an annual premium.
Seasonal Pests in Southern California
Every year, a multitude of pests converge in Southern California. Depending upon the weather, some pests are more prone to infest your home or business due to their specific breeding season or need for man-made shelters for food and survival.
January through March
At the beginning of the year, pests are searching high and low for warmth and easily accessible food sources. Without professional pest control in place from Lloyd, your home could be a haven for cold, hungry insects and wildlife. Additionally, as we move into spring, certain pests become more active as they seek out areas to colonize with nearby food sources.
The most common pests calls we receive from January through March include:
- Subterranean termites
Note: Subterranean termites begin to swarm in early spring.
April through June
With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, pests in SoCal have gained a foothold establishing their numbers in the warmer weather. As they seek out food sources to feed their colonies, they can easily make their way into your home if it’s not protected.
The most common pests calls we receive from April through June include:
July through September
As the hottest three months of the year, July, August, and September continue to provide the perfect climate for a plethora of pests. Many pests we see from April to June are still thriving, and their drive to nourish their colonies hasn’t waned.
Pests we frequently treat from July through September include:
- Drywood termites
Note: Drywood termite swarmers begin to take flight in September.
October through December
During the final three months of the year, temperatures start to drop again—meaning pests will begin seeking out a comfortable place to survive through the winter. During October and November, drywood termites are still out and about, too, searching for any exposed wood to sink their teeth into.
Autumnal pests we commonly treat from October through December include:
- Drywood termites
On top of all the seasonal pests we treat, there are a few outliers that are just as likely to infiltrate your home any time of the year, including:
Prevent Pests All Year Long with Quarterly Pest Control Services
With so many pests trying to knock down your door all year long, quarterly pest control services from Lloyd will help to keep your home protected—no matter what pests are in season. Give us a call today to discuss unique, annual pest control programs built for your property type and location. When you choose Lloyd Pest Control, the bug stops here!