Pests have long been a threat to the quality of life we all enjoy due to their ability to transmit disease and cause significant damage to property and this year expects to be no different. Many of our customers have been inquiring about what bugs they should be on the lookout for this year, so we put together this list of the top 5 pests likely to cause homeowners the most concern in 2012.
Ants: There are more than 700 different species of ants in the United States and this number is actually growing at a rapid pace. The more we travel and engage in international commerce, the more opportunity new species have to immigrate to the U.S. Recent discoveries include the hairy (or Caribbean) crazy ant which continues to make its way northward through the Southern states and the odorous house ant. With so many types of ants to combat, it’s important to remember that each species must be treated uniquely. If you spot ants in your home, call a pest professional immediately to prevent a full-blown infestation.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches carry and can transmit up to 33 different kinds of bacteria and research has shown they can also trigger asthma attacks in children. They also reproduce very quickly with the female able to lay up to 50 eggs at one time. Yuck!
Termites: It’s not about if you will get termites in your home, but when, especially living in the South. Termites are voracious eaters, active year round and cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year – more than storms and fires combined – and the damage is most often not 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.
Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are a constant battle in many states from March through October. This notorious pest is most known for the red, itchy welts they leave behind on their victims but they can also transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. These blood suckers need only a very small amount of stagnant water to breed and can develop from egg to adult in 7-10 days. You can reduce the mosquito population in your yard by removing all sources of standing water and cutting back unnecessary vegetation around your home.
Fleas: Fleas aren’t just a problem for Fido anymore. Populations are booming in across the U.S. and not just in homes with pets. A lot like bed bugs, fleas have become increasingly resistant to common treatment methods allowing the breeding cycle to continue. To help reduce the chances of fleas infesting your home, vacuum often and bathe furry friends frequently.
We hope this information will help you stay pest-free in 2012!