Nobody wants to deal with a pest problem in their home. Unfortunately, pests are present throughout the entire year, no matter what we do.
So, if you live in Toledo, Ohio, which pests should you be on the lookout for throughout the year?
Termites: Termites are almost everywhere in the United States. Ohio is home to the Eastern subterranean termite, which can quickly become a huge problem for homeowners. Subterranean termites create large underground colonies and build extensive systems of mud tubes that allow the termites to travel to the surface for food. They feed on wood and will eat wood on your property until there is nothing left to consume. If you notice common signs of termites, such as decaying wood, molted skin, mud tubes, and feces, immediately contact a pest control professional.
Ants: Ants are a pest that many don’t realize can spread dangerous diseases, like E. coli and Salmonella. On top of this, they can eat and destroy your food. If you notice a few ants in your home, it’s likely that you have many more in the nearby area. If there isn’t already an established colony, then you can be sure that more ants will soon come into your home following their fellow ants’ scent trail. We recommend keeping entry points sealed off and your home free of crumbs and spills.
Stinging Insects: During the spring, stinging insects mate and build new colonies. However, stinging insects are no fun to have around your home as their stings are quite painful. Some stinging insects, such as wasps and yellow jackets, are more likely to be aggressive and territorial, posing a significant threat to you and your family.
Ticks: Ticks thrive in warm weather and typically come out in the spring or summer after they’ve made it through the winter by hiding in warmer shelters. They are parasitic pests that can be harmful to humans and pets because they can spread dangerous diseases, like Lyme disease. To keep ticks from invading your home, it’s advisable that you keep your yard tidy, grass and plants trimmed, and any debris cleared.
Fleas: Like ticks, fleas cannot survive during cold temperatures and will begin to come out during the spring and be in full bloom during the summer season. Fleas live off of animal blood, which makes checking your pets for fleas regularly very important. Flea prevention products can be a considerable asset when protecting your pets and home from a flea invasion.
Ants: If ants can find food and water in your home, they will happily invade your home and make it their new home. Once inside, they will expand their colony, which can have thousands of individual ants on average. You are most likely to see carpenter ants, pavement ants, odorous house ants, and Pharaoh ants in the Toledo area. Carpenter ants are particularly bad because, like termites, they destroy wood and cause massive property damage.
Rodents: Rodents are dangerous pests that can contaminate food, spreading disease. In addition to this, rodents are incredibly destructive to our homes as they can chew holes through our walls, insulation, and even wiring, creating a fire hazard. Unfortunately, rodents are challenging to prevent as they can squeeze through incredibly tight spaces (often only needing a hole the size of a nickel or quarter to enter a place). This makes prevention difficult. However, many pest control companies offer thorough exclusion services that can help to prevent a future rodent infestation.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches are gross pests that are associated with uncleanliness and asthma. Cockroaches secrete substances that can irritate the human lungs, especially for people with asthma or breathing problems. In addition, cockroaches breed quickly and are difficult to get rid of once they’ve entered your home.
Wildlife: Ohio is home to many types of wildlife, including raccoons, squirrels, skunks, woodpeckers, opossums, bats, and snakes. Wildlife pests are hazardous to human well-being and should never be approached, even if they appear dead, as many types of wildlife pests play dead. Wildlife can carry disease and spread it through their bites, saliva, and scratches. Other pests, like snakes, have venomous bites that can kill humans and pets.