Home and business owners alike should always be on the lookout for pests that can infest and invade their properties. During the spring and summertime, there are a few species of pests everyone needs to worry about that can cause damage to your property and your health. We’ve narrowed the list down to four pests that you should always be aware of during the warm weather months.
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – Stink bugs didn’t exist in the U.S. until 1996 when they were first introduced. Now, this pest has spread rapidly throughout the country and can be found inside and outside of homes and businesses. Not only are they a threat to invade (and stink up) homes and businesses, but also to local agriculture.
- European Starlings – Like stink bugs, starlings were introduced to the U.S. (mainly New York). However, this was done intentionally by Shakespeare enthusiasts who wanted to bring every bird mentioned by Shakespeare into the U.S. Unfortunately, their droppings can cause fungus to grow in soil and damage structures it comes in contact with.
- Asian Tiger Mosquitoes – There are many species of mosquitoes found throughout the country, but this foreign species can be deadly. They feed mostly during the day and are known to transmit diseases like the West Nile virus and dengue fever. What you think is a simple, itchy bite can turn into multiple doctor visits.
- Subterranean Termites – The most costly of all pests (dollar wise) goes to the one and only — subterranean termite! These wood destroying pests will eat away at the structure of your home, sometimes for years on end without ever being discovered. Termites will swarm during spring and summer months to create new colonies, thus, expanding the infestation to other areas of your home or business building.
Make sure you keep an eye out for these pests so you don’t get stuck with paying the repair or hospital bills. When your property becomes infested with pests, contact the pest management professionals at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.