Another Banner Year for Ants, Stink Bugs,
Termites, Rodents and Mosquitoes
Another mild winter is well underway across most of
the country which is going to mean another year of significant pest
problems for homeowners in 2013. Local pest populations have
not been diminished by extended freezes and will multiply even more
rapidly when spring arrives. To help you be prepared, we have
put together a list of the top five pests that we believe will be
the most active and have the potential to cause the most issues
this year including ants, stink bugs and kudzu bugs, termites,
rodents and mosquitoes.
Ants: These little pests continue
to be a big reason homeowners seek help from professional pest
control companies. There are actually more than 700 different
species of ants in the United States and this number continues to
grow every year due to international travel and commerce.
With so many types of ants to combat and the fact that each species
must be treated uniquely, you should contact a licensed
professional immediately if you spot ants in your home to prevent a
Stink Bugs and Kudzu Bugs: These
"nuisance" pests were originally only a problem in a few states but
both have now spread into many states across the country.
They are from the same family of insects and both make their
biggest appearances in the spring and fall. While they don't
transmit diseases, bite or sting, these "stinky" pests do emit a
strong odor when frightened, disturbed or squashed and they can
damage clothing, furniture and other fabrics with their
Termites: Living in our area, it's
not if you will get termites in and around your home, but
when. These pests are voracious eaters, active year round
and cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year.
That is actually more than storms and fires combined
and the damage is rarely covered by homeowner's insurance.
The best prevention is a 24/7/365 termite protection plan to
safeguard your investment. You should also have your property
inspected annually by a licensed professional.
Rodents: Mild temperatures have
provided an abundant food source and the perfect breeding
conditions for many types of rodents in our area. These
unwelcome intruders can transmit diseases, cause real damage inside
a home and often bring with them other pests like fleas, ticks and
mites. They also reproduce very quickly making them nearly
impossible to control without the help of a
Mosquitoes: We wage a constant
battle against mosquitoes for most of the year and while the red,
itchy welts they leave behind are uncomfortable, they can also
transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis.
Mosquitoes need very small amounts of stagnant water to breed, a
bottle cap full is enough, and take just 7-10 days to develop from
egg to adult.
We hope this information will help you protect your family and your
home in 2013!