Nowhere is safe from pests, unfortunately, and Cleveland is no different. Today, we’re going to discuss the most common, difficult pests in the Cleveland area.
There are many reasons why some pests are more challenging to get rid of than others, so let’s begin by looking at the many factors that can affect a pest’s ability to thrive despite our attempts to eradicate them.
Why Are Some Pests More Difficult to Get Rid of Than Others?
The speed that a pest can breed at is a significant factor when it comes to how difficult they are to get rid of. Rodents are notorious for their ability to reproduce and can create hundreds, even thousands of babies per year. Other pests, like bed bugs, can lay hundreds of eggs during their lifetime, making it difficult to stop an infestation once they’re in your home.
Other pests are difficult to eradicate because they’re tiny or have habits, like being nocturnal, that make them difficult to spot, so you may not realize that you have a pest problem until the infestation is widespread.
Pests that live in covered areas, like within our walls or attics, may also be difficult to eradicate because they are challenging to get to. Other bugs, like bed bugs, may live within our mattresses or furniture, making them challenging to spot.
Here are a few of the most challenging pests to get rid of in Cleveland, Ohio:
Chipmunks and Squirrels
While cute, chipmunks and squirrels can quickly become pests if not dealt with. Cleveland is home to many types, including the Eastern chipmunk, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Eastern gray squirrel, Eastern fox squirrel, and red squirrel.
Both squirrels and chipmunks breed quickly. For example, the red squirrel can give birth to two to seven young after a short gestation period of only 38 days. Squirrels and chipmunks are known for living on top of roofs or breaking into our sheds or attics. Other types of squirrels and chipmunks may create large burrows in our yards, creating extensive damage to the yard.
We strongly suggest that you never approach wildlife as they can carry disease and will fight back, especially if cornered.
Termites are known as the “silent killers” because they sneakily invade and cause extensive damage to the wood in our homes, often without us noticing until the infestation is widespread. On top of this, many types of termites live underground, which makes being aware of their presence more challenging.
Depending on the type of termite, foaming treatments, Borax, or fumigation treatments may be needed to fully eradicate all the termites on your premise. Without intervention, termites will continue to eat away at your home until their food source, wood and plant matter, is no longer available.
Bed bugs are psychologically disturbing because nobody wants to feel like they are not safe even in their own beds. Bed bugs typically live within our furniture, mattresses, or nearby so that they have easy access to their preferred food source, human blood. Bed bugs come out at night to feed on human blood, then retreat to their hidden sanctuary until they are ready to feed again.
Since they can go months without a meal, bed bugs are challenging to detect, making it hard to know whether or not you have bed bugs.
If you notice new bites on your body in the morning or small spots of blood on your sheets, we recommend immediately reaching out to an exterminator to have your home checked for these nasty bugs.
Opossums are mammals about the size of a house cat, with white and gray fur. They are highly adaptable and can invade our yards and roofs. Opossums are known to have around 12 to 13 babies at a time, making them a challenging pest to eradicate due to their quick breeding.
Opossums are known for “playing dead,” so it’s strongly recommended that you never approach one, even if they appear dead. If approached, they may fight back by scratching and biting, which can transfer dangerous diseases to you. Professional help is strongly recommended.