2013 TOP FIVE PESTS
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 full-blown infestation.
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 droppings.
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 professional.
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!