In the region around Little Rock, you can expect all sorts of pests to show up at your home. Rodents, wildlife, and stinging insects are all common to the area, and with each season, you’ll find different ones.
Here, we’ll show you:
- The identifying features of each pest type
- The insects to watch out for during the summer months
- Why the winter draws rodents indoors
- The most dangerous creatures to be aware of
Which Summer Pests Are the Worst in Little Rock?
Everyone knows that summer is the worst season for mosquitoes, and that’s especially true for Little Rock.
Eggs that were laid several months ago hatch as a result of warm rains washing over them. It only takes a few days for new adults to emerge, ready to bite their next victims.
One mating pair of mosquitoes can create thousands of offspring in a short time. The result is a growing population throughout the summer months and peaking in late August.
Ticks are parasitic arachnids that feed on human and animal blood, and although they prefer dogs and cats, people will do just fine.
For that reason, they spread diseases, such as
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Lyme disease
Unfortunately, broadcast pesticide spraying has limited results for this blood-sucking menace. However, the introduction of certain wasp species and other tick predators seems to be gaining traction worldwide.
Which Fall Pests Are the Worst in Little Rock?
Hornets are wasps that are similar in appearance to yellowjackets. Like other wasp species, they build paper-like nests in trees, eaves, overhangs, and porches.
The peak population of the hornet’s colony is in early fall. Then, when the weather gets cooler, the workers die off while the queen overwinters after finding a suitable location, typically within a thick pile of brush.
The hornet’s diet consists mainly of sweet foods, and that’s why you often see them scavenging for rotting fruit around fields and orchards.
When humans get too close to the nest, the workers release attack pheromones, signaling the females to sting the intruders. But unlike honeybees, they won’t die afterward. That’s why you’ll likely get stung multiple times when a nest of hornets attacks you.
Bed bugs are fast becoming the most challenging pest in the U.S. due to their rapid increase in population. Although professional exterminators view them as a year-round problem, they tend to peak in late fall.
During the summer travel season, many people bring bed bugs back with them when they return home. Travelers typically transport them in luggage, and they are difficult to spot most of the time.
Which Winter Pests Are the Worst in Little Rock?
Mice are one of the most widespread pests in the world. They are everywhere, providing a source of food for both animals and birds.
However, they become a problem when they move their nests inside your home. They leave fecal material and urine trails everywhere, and they often chew through wood and wiring, creating all sorts of damage.
Which Spring Pests Are the Worst in Little Rock?
In Little Rock, snakes are most active during the spring and summer months, and as the temperature gets warmer, you’ll mostly find them at night.
Copperhead snakes are in the family of venomous pit vipers known for their copper-colored head. However, they are one of the shortest, measuring just under three feet in length.
Like most pit vipers, copperheads have a broad head compared to their body. Their color pattern varies from dark brown to almost pink at the center.
However, what’s most important is that copperheads blend in well with their environments. For that reason, their camouflage makes them almost impossible to see, especially at night. The result is several reports of accidental bites each year, mostly from stepping on them.
Cottonmouth snakes are the world’s only semiaquatic viper species. As one of the most dangerous snakes in the U.S., it delivers a potentially fatal bite.
You can find the cottonmouth snake around slow-moving lakes, streams, and marshes. On occasion, you’ll notice one swimming between barrier islands.
Timber rattlesnakes are what you’ll run into around the outlying areas of Little Rock. Since the city continues to grow at a fast pace, more encounters are expected.
Of all the rattlesnake species in the U.S., the timber rattlesnake is by far the most dangerous, containing a neurotoxic venom yield much higher than other snakes in the region.