- Author: Elaine Lander
As the weather warms up, we see more insect activity in gardens and landscapes, and you may also notice more activity of insect pests in your home. Common insect pests found indoors in springtime can include carpet beetles, fleas, fungus gnats, and boxelder bugs.
In our recent post on carpet beetles, we shared that the adults of these beetles prefer to be outdoors but the immature larvae can feed on fabric, carpet, or other natural materials in your home. See our Pest Notes: Carpet Beetles for more management information.
Cat fleas are the most common parasite on cats and dogs in California and you may find more fleas on your pets in spring and early summer. More than just a nuisance, fleas can transmit tapeworms or other diseases to pets or humans. Our Pest Notes: Fleas has more information on managing fleas.
If you have indoor plants, fungus gnats that infest soil and potting mix can be a nuisance. These small, delicate-looking flies are similar in appearance to mosquitoes but are smaller and do not bite. Instead, fungus gnats feed on fungi and organic material but can also chew roots of houseplants. You can find more information on these flies in Pest Notes: Fungus Gnats. You may also find our Pest Notes: Houseplant Problems helpful.
While boxelder bugs tend to group together outdoors, they occasionally come indoors and may be annoying. The adult females lay eggs in cracks and crevices of the box elder tree's bark in spring so you may be seeing more of these black and red bugs if you have host trees like box elder, maple, ash, apple, cherry, peach, pear, or plum. Learn more about these pests and their look-alikes in Pest Notes: Boxelder Bug.
Looking for more management information for springtime insect pests in the home? Join us for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, May 20 at 1:00pm with Dr. Andrew Sutherland, Area Urban IPM Advisor for the San Francisco Bay Area. Click here to register for our upcoming webinar and see the webinar website for more information about our webinar series.
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