With 2010 widely considered to be the "year of the bed bug,"
many of our customers have been asking what pests will be big this
year. Here's our list (ranked in order) of pest predictions for
2011 that are guaranteed to make a major impact on homeowners
- Ants: Many homeowners may be surprised to
learn that ants are at the top of our list for pests to be aware of
this year. In fact, ant infestations are the number one reason why
many homeowners call a pest professional. One of the biggest
problems with treating ant infestations is that there are literally
hundreds of different species, each requiring its own, unique
method of treatment. New ant species are constantly being
discovered, including the ever present odorous house ants and crazy
rasberry ants. To avoid an infestation, a pest professional should
be contacted immediately.
- Termites: Everyone who lives in the South
knows, "it's not if you're going to get termites, but when."
Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year,
and many homeowners are not aware that their homeowner's insurance,
most likely doesn't cover termite damage. Termites are present year
round and homeowners should look for a 24/7 system to protect their
homes, such as the new Sentricon® termite colony elimination system
with Always Active® technology. Additionally, if signs of a termite
infestation are suspected, it is important to call a pest
professional immediately to prevent severe structural damage to the
- Bed bugs: As mentioned above, last year was,
with no question, the year of the bed bug. Cities all across the
country experienced record numbers of infestations from these
blood-sucking pests. Unfortunately, this year, bed bugs are
predicted to be just as big of a problem, if not bigger due to
their increased resistance to some treatment methods and their
sophisticated hitchhiking abilities. Additionally, bed bug
populations will continue to grow since most homeowners aren't
aware they have bed bugs until there is an infestation. Bed bugs
require professional treatment. There is no home remedy that will
work; vigilance is key in dealing with bed bugs.
- Fleas: In recent years, fleas have become more
resistant to products currently sold on the market, allowing the
breeding cycle to continue and making them harder to treat.
Typically associated with the family pet, fleas can also bite
humans because they are looking for a warm-blooded host to attack.
To keep fleas from infesting the home, vacuum often and bathe furry
loved ones frequently.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches are another pest to
be aware of this year. These pests can wreak havoc on your health,
potentially spreading 33 different kinds of bacteria and triggering
asthma attacks in children. Since female cockroaches can lay up to
50 eggs at a time, a pest professional should be contacted
immediately if an infestation is expected.
As always, be sure to check back with our blog throughout the
year for tips on how to prevent these pests from entering your