Summer marks the time of the year when pests will be at their most active, and also is the time for homeowners to be most vigilant. If you see pests now then it can be an indication of a bigger problem that should be addressed as soon as possible.
There are several groups of pests you should be aware of:
Rodents: Rats and mice are at their most active and their populations increase dramatically. Look out for droppings both inside and outside your home.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches thrive in the hot and humid Ohio summer climate. They search for food and water, and depending on the species like to live inside or around the outside of your home. As they carry disease and allergens any sighting should be dealt with immediately.
Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants chew through wood to build their nests and have the potential to cause serious structural damage to your home. They prefer damp and decaying wood and you should be on the lookout for the trails of sawdust they leave.
Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes have been in the news with concern over the spread of the Zika virus. While there are confirmed cases in the United States all have been contracted while traveling to infected countries - none were contracted within the US. More information can be found on the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html Mosquitoes in general breed in standing water so homeowners should drain standing water were possible and empty and clean buckets and other containers that will collect and hold water.
Bed Bugs: If you travel and are staying in hotels this summer always check for bed bugs. Inspect the mattress and under the sheets for the tell tail signs - spots of blood, feces and eggs. Be careful as they will "hitch-hike" on your clothes and luggage and return home with you.
Fleas: The hot and humid summer in Ohio is perfect for fleas; they emerge around March and thrive through to November. Check cats and dogs for the quick moving fleas, their eggs, and bites and black feces which turn red on a damp paper towel. Fleas are usually brought into your home by your pets so check their bedding for eggs and larvae.
Wasps/Bees: Carpenter Bees, Wasps, Bees and Hornets will build nests all around your home given the opportunity. While not all varieties sting they can invade and cause severe damage to your home. Check around window and door frames, under eaves, fascia and siding.
If you have these or any other pests, call us now on 440-428-1482 or 1-800-686-2847 and we'll give you a free estimate right over the phone. We only use EPA approval materials and all of our work is guaranteed!