For many years pests have been a threat to the
quality of life we all enjoy due to their ability to transmit
disease and cause significant property damage. Unfortunately, our
team of experts is predicting that 2014 will be no different. 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 you significant problems this year including
ants, fleas, termites, rodents and mosquitoes.
Although they may be small in size, ants continue to be
one of the most common reasons why people seek help from
professional pest control companies. There are actually more than
700 different species of ants in the U.S. alone and each requires
different methods of treatment making them particularly hard to
remove from your property.
Fido is not the only one that should be worried about
fleas in 2014. Fleas have become increasingly resistant to common
treatment methods allowing them to quickly breed and making them
very difficult to control. Always on the lookout for a warm-blooded
host to attack, they are not only attracted to family pets but
humans as well.
Living in our area, it's not if you will get
termites in and around your home, but when. These
voracious eaters are active year round and are responsible for
nearly $5 billion in property damage every year. The bad news is
their damage is rarely covered by homeowners insurance. The best
prevention to avoid the financial burden of termites is to have
your property protected with a 24/7/365 protection plan. We also
recommend that you have your property inspected for termites
annually by a licensed professional.
Rodents are another pest that we predict will cause
commotion in 2014. These not so cute furry intruders can enter the
home through a crack as small as a nickel and once inside your home
they can wreak havoc by spreading diseases, causing structural
damage to your property and often bring with them other pests like
fleas, ticks and mites. Rodents reproduce very quickly making
them difficult to control. Mosquitoes have long topped the list of
pest concerns in the South and unfortunately they are not going
anywhere in 2014. We know them from the red, itchy welts that they
leave behind but 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
1-10 days to develop from egg to adult.
If you spot any of these pests in or around your home, we suggest
you contact a licensed pest professional immediately to prevent a
full-blown infestation. We hope this information will help
you protect your family and your home in 2014!