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.
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
We hope this information will help you stay pest-free in