No matter where you live, there are bound to be pests. Sacramento has many types of pests, including a large variety of seasonal pests.
To help you get ready for seasonal pests, we’ve created a list of what pests are most active during each season in Sacramento.
Stinging Insects: Nobody wants a stinging insect buzzing around them while they try to enjoy a nice day outdoors. Unfortunately, Sacramento is home to many stinging insects because of the many beautiful plants that grow in the area. Stinging insects may be legally protected in your area due to their essential role in pollination, so it’s always best practice to consult with a pest control expert before trying to remove a nest or hive.
Termites: Termites are wood-destroying pests that can quickly damage your home. California is home to many types of termites, including dampwood termites, drywood termites, and subterranean termites. All three types can quickly infest and damage a home. Depending on the type of termite, you may need foaming treatments or fumigation to eradicate them. Termites are most active during the spring because they love moisture, which California springs offer in the form of increased rainfall and humidity.
June bugs: June bugs are destructive yard pests. Unfortunately, their larvae, otherwise known as grubs, can extensively damage the roots of your grass, which can eventually kill the plants. While they don’t bite or hurt humans, June bugs are frustrating seasonal pests to have.
Ants: Ants usually enter our homes looking for water, food, and shelter. If they find easy access to food, they will create massive colonies that quickly make themselves at home. A single ant colony can have thousands of ants, making ants challenging to eradicate once they’ve made your home their home. Common ants in the Sacramento area include the Argentine ant, fire ant, and carpenter ant.
Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are among the most hated pests out there. They are mainly active during the summer because they love hot, humid weather, which Sacramento easily provides them with. Mosquitoes usually gather around standing water, where they will breed. If you have standing water on your property, mosquito treatments can dramatically reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property and reduce their breeding as a whole.
Fleas: Fleas are irritating pests that can transmit potentially dangerous diseases, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, to humans and pets. Fleas are fast breeders and will often infiltrate our homes when they come in on our pets. They will use our pets as hosts, lay eggs on them, and then their eggs will roll onto our carpet or pet’s bedding once they are indoors, creating an infestation inside as well. Flea prevention products and checking your pet regularly for fleas can do wonders in preventing a flea problem.
Rodents: Rodents are crafty mammals that are experts at breaking into our homes. They can squeeze through incredibly tiny spaces, often only needing a hole the size of a nickel or quarter to breach our home. Once inside, they breed rapidly and spread the infestation. Unfortunately, rodents often carry diseases and can spread them through food contamination and their bites. In addition, rodents can cause fire hazards because they chew through our walls and home, including wiring.
Cockroaches: Cockroaches are nasty pests that can carry harmful bacteria, which they may spread to us through food contamination. They also produce a harmful substance that can trigger asthma attacks. During the winter, cockroaches look for shelter inside our homes, which is why they will often congregate in our kitchens or bathrooms. Some may even live inside sewer drains, our walls, and our basement.
Spiders: Like other winter pests, spiders usually wander into our homes looking for shelter from the cold. They will eat other insects that wander into our homes, so they are a relatively benign pest overall. However, many people are afraid of spiders which makes them unsettling to have around. Unfortunately, California is also home to the black widow spider, which has a venomous bite that can cause harm to humans.