Inevitably, pests are everywhere. No matter what we do or where we live, there will always be some kind of pest nearby, waiting for the opportunity to invade our homes.
So, what kinds of pests are in the Denver area, and which ones are the most difficult to get rid of? Read on to learn more about which pests you should be on the lookout for if you live in Denver.
Why Are Some Pests More Difficult to Get Rid of Than Others?
Pests can be challenging to get rid of for numerous reasons. Breeding is a significant factor. Pests that can reproduce rapidly will always be more challenging to eliminate because you need to eradicate every single pest. If even a few pests escape, the infestation will quickly restart due to their ability to reproduce quickly.
Another significant factor in a pest’s difficulty is where they hide out in your home. Pests, like cockroaches, that hide under appliances or in walls will be more challenging to access, making them harder to eradicate. Depending on their hiding place, you may not notice that you have a pest problem until it’s widespread. For example, scorpions don’t leave signs of an infestation. The only indication you have a scorpion problem is seeing scorpions in your home, which may not happen until many have already invaded your home.
Next, a pest’s habits can impact how challenging they are to eradicate. Nocturnal pests, like bed bugs, will be more difficult to eradicate because most of us are asleep when these pests are active. In addition, bed bugs and similar pests are tiny and difficult to see with the naked eye, even if you’re awake.
Here are a few of the most challenging pests to get rid of in Denver:
Bed bugs are highly challenging pests to eradicate because they are small and nocturnal, so most people are unaware that they have a bed bug infestation. Unfortunately, Denver ranks in the top ten cities in the United States for bed bugs.
Common signs of bed bugs include spots of blood on your sheets, waking up with new bites on your body, and spotting a bed bug. Bed bug bites may appear like small red bites on your body and are often in a line or row. They may also look like poison ivy or a minor rash.
If you have bed bugs, it’s highly recommended that you contact your local pest control provider. Bed bugs typically require specialized heat treatments to eradicate because they lay hundreds of eggs during their lifetime, which need to be killed along with any bugs. Otherwise, the infestation will come back.
Ants can be difficult to get rid of because of their vast colonies, which can have hundreds or even thousands of ants. The sheer quantity of ants in a single colony makes it tough to eradicate these pests.
Denver is home to various ant species, including fire ants, Pharaoh ants, and odorous ants. In particular, fire ants are dangerous to human health because of their infamous, painful bites. Fire ants are aggressive and have intensely painful bites that can require medical attention in some humans.
To avoid an ant problem, keep your floors clear of crumbs and clean up all spills thoroughly. Ants are especially attracted to sweet foods or drinks. If one ant wanders into your home and finds a food source, other ants will quickly follow because they will follow their fellow ants into the house. Soon, they will expand the colony and infest your home.
Denver has a large variety of wildlife pests, including squirrels, raccoons, feral cats, and birds. Wildlife pests are hazardous to human health because many wildlife critters carry dangerous diseases, like rabies, which can spread to humans and pets through scratches, bites, or saliva.
Wildlife pests are also damaging to our homes and property. For example, birds will create nests with any available material on your property. On the other hand, raccoons and squirrels may eat your trash and make a giant mess.
If you notice wildlife or other pests on your property, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Denver pest control provider to have the problem dealt with quickly.