Whether you have pesky ants marching through your kitchen or creepy spiders lurking in the corner, pests can wreak havoc on your home. Discover safe, natural pest control methods for a worry-free environment.
Residential Pest Control responds quickly to prevent infestations from getting out of hand. Rapid treatments protect fabric, books, and wooden goods from moths and insects and safeguard food supplies by avoiding contamination.
Pest control is crucial for various reasons, as it helps to protect human health, maintain the structural integrity of buildings, safeguard crops, and preserve the overall well-being of ecosystems. That’s why hiring Pest Control Ocala is essential to reduce pests in your home.
When termites invade a house, they can cause costly damage that is often not covered by homeowners insurance. A sagging floor, unexplained drywall cracks, and wood items that seem to have been eaten away may all be signs of a termite infestation.
Termites are wood-eating insects that form colonies and use a caste system to maintain their structure. The lowest level is worker termites, which are sexually and developmentally immature individuals who take part in nest building, food gathering, and care for the young. Soldiers are orangish-brown, while reproductives (alates) are pale and white in hue.
Bed bugs are not only bothersome insects, but they can also cause significant health issues. The insects are flat and reddish brown, and adults and nymphs hide during the day in crevices and cracks, such as those in mattress, box springs, nightstands, and bed frames; under clothing and drapery pleats, along baseboards and wall-to-carpet edges; and behind pictures, smoke detectors, and electrical switches.
Bed bugs leave their harborage areas at night to feed on people and other mammals (including pets). Bite victims experience a colorless welt that itches severely.
Bed bug infestations are common in apartment buildings, where many live nearby. The pests can spread quickly because they go unnoticed and undetected by tenants, who may not report them to management.
Rodents cause problems in and around the home by chewing wires, damaging property, and spreading diseases. Identifying rodents and understanding their basic needs can help homeowners protect against infestations.
Rats and mice are omnivorous and eat anything they can find, including seeds, grains, fruits, meats, and feces. They also gnaw on items to wear down their ever-growing incisors.
Indoors, mice and rats are attracted to garages, basements, and crawl spaces, seeking protection from predators and harsh weather conditions. They may also gain access through cracks, gaps, and broken screens.
Reduce your risk of rodent infestation by removing food sources and nesting areas around the home. Close or seal trash bins, store foods in air-tight containers, and remove standing water inside and outside the house.
Mosquitoes often found swatting at us as we try to enjoy the outdoors, are nuisance pests that may carry disease-causing pathogens. They are most often responsible for the spread of malaria, filariasis, West Nile virus, and yellow fever.
Female mosquitoes feed by biting humans and animals with their beaks, piercing the skin to release an enzyme that stops blood clotting so they can suck blood. Female mosquitoes use the protein in the blood to develop their eggs, while male mosquitoes feed on nectar from flowers.
Mosquitoes are most active at night. They are attracted to untidy homes where crumbs, spilled food and water, and standing puddles provide breeding and resting sites. Regularly cleaning messes, storing foods in sealed containers, and removing outdoor trash can reduce these sources.
Ants are a widespread household pest. They are eusocial insects with over 12,000 species described.
Ant colonies comprise worker ants, winged males, and queens. Workers feed the queen and her young, while winged males mate with the queen and die shortly after that.
Workers are light yellow to reddish-brown in color and slender, with two nodes on the petiole and 12-segmented antennae. They can penetrate walls, ductwork, and other structures looking for food.
Ants are attracted to moisture, so it is important to seal cracks in exterior walls and other structures. Indoors, store food in sealed containers and wipe up spills promptly. Proper sanitation also helps – keep grass, mulch, firewood, debris, and other materials away from the foundation of buildings and residences. A bait-based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is the best way to control ants.