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Orkin Pest Control Company

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Aptive Environmental

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Anthem Pest Control

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Acme Pest Management Inc.

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Ace Pest Control

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Accel Pest and Termite Control

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ABC Home and Commercial Services Pest Control

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Aardvark Pest Management Company

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AAA Assassin Enterprise Pest Control

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5 Star Termite and Pest Control

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Although Los Angeles is a fairly temperate city year-round, it does have its seasons, and with each one comes different pest types you may need to deal with during certain times of the year. 

Here, we’ll show you:

  • Which pests are the worst during hot conditions
  • Surprising indoor winter creatures 
  • The flying insect that seems to elude everyone
  • Biting pests to watch out for in Los Angeles

Summer Pests in Los Angeles

Black Widow Spiders

Female black widow spiders in California are a solid black color with a bright red hourglass on the underside of the abdomen, and some individuals are quite large, measuring up to 13 millimeters in length. 

The familiar tales of sexual cannibalism, where females eat the males after mating, are typically only observed during captivity, and that’s only if there are no other food sources offered. 

Black widow spiders typically construct a messy web made of silken fibers. They prefer to nest in dark, undisturbed areas such as:

  • Small animal burrows
  • Construction openings
  • Woodpiles
  • Basements
  • Under patio furniture

Black widow bites are potentially dangerous, especially for small children and vulnerable adults. The latrotoxin in the venom causes several symptoms, including:

  • Severe pain 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Accelerated heart rate

Despite popular belief, black widow bites rarely cause death, and physicians usually only administer antivenom to relieve severe pain.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are also called sugar ants. They’re a tiny, reddish-brown species that thrives on sweet foods. Their large numbers and ability to split their colonies make them formidable pests in Los Angeles. 

Pharaoh ants emit three powerful pheromones that identify foraging trails, mark food sources, and warn of impending danger. This potent chemical is why you’ll sometimes see a trail of several ants following each other. 

Worker ants are responsible for feeding the queen. However, during times of severe famine, she often feeds on larval secretions. 

Unlike other species, Pharaoh ants have multiple queens, making the colony that much more resilient. Furthermore, each one can lay up to 400 eggs every time they mate. 

Fall Pests in Los Angeles

Mosquitoes

In early fall, mosquitoes reach a population peak, especially if warm rains wash over the region at just the right time. Mosquitoes are made worse by human-made objects filling with water and acting as breeding areas for females to lay their eggs.  

Millions of hatched larvae develop, taking only a few days to add to their numbers. While most are eaten by predators, it still leaves swarms of females to reach human hosts for a required blood meal. 

Zika and West Nile viruses are typically non-factors for mosquito-borne illnesses in California. However, there are several cases of equine viruses reported each year throughout the Los Angeles area. 

Winter Pests in Los Angeles

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a year-round pest in all parts of the U.S. However, they typically peak during the winter months when summer travelers settle back into their homes. Then, infestation levels rise as apartments and condominiums spread the insect from one unit to the next. 

Scientists once thought that the lack of sanitation was a factor in bed bug infestation levels. However, that theory has since been disproven. 

In addition, there seems to be no correlation between economic variables. In other words, bed bugs can infest both the wealthy and the poor alike. 

Spring Pests in Los Angeles

Termites

The western subterranean termite causes millions of dollars in damage each year along the coastal states, including California. It chews through wood products, devastating homes and other structures. 

Although termites won’t eat through an entire building, they can damage it enough to render it unsafe to occupy.

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites require a high level of moisture. For that reason, they are less prevalent in the Los Angeles area than they are in San Francisco. However, under the right conditions, you may still get them. 

For example, if you have a leaky roof or overwater your lawn, it could attract dampwood termites. That’s because they prefer to infest water-soaked, decaying wood. 

Drywood Termites

You’re much more likely to be visited by drywood termites in Los Angeles than any other species. That’s because they need very little moisture to survive, and it does not require constant contact with the soil like its subterranean cousin. 

Whatever the species, California termites swarm in early to late spring. Winged termites perform a ritual dance in the air looking for suitable mates, and you can tell them apart from flying ants because termites have wider bodies, while ants have skinnier segmented bodies. 

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