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What You Need To Know About Common Pests In Holly Springs, NC

The pests in the Holly Springs area don't mess around when they get into your home or business. What problems can they cause, and what should you do if they infest your building? You'll find the answer to these questions and more about most common pests in our area in our Pest Library.

Ants

a large carpenter ant up close

There are many species of ants common to the North Carolina area, including the odorous house ant, the fire ant, the little black ant, and the carpenter ant. These ant species can appear in many different colors and sizes, including black, red, orange, and dark brown. The largest of these species is the carpenter ant, measuring in at about five-eighths of an inch long. The smallest of these species is the little black ant, usually no more than one-sixteenth of an inch.

Most types of ants can infiltrate the home through small cracks and crevices in walls or foundations. Each ant species is attracted to different things and will rely on various factors when infesting an area:

  • Carpenter ants are attracted to moist or rotting wood in the area.
  • Little black ants are attracted to sweet or sugary foods left outside.
  • Odorous house ants prefer high protein foods such as peanut butter and deli meat and will find many ways to enter the home searching for these foods.
  • Fire ants are opportunistic feeders and choose to settle in areas that are rich in food and water.

You cannot treat most ant species at home with DIY techniques. In order to truly remove an ant infestation from your lawn, you'll need professional pest control methods.

Cockroaches

a smokybrown cockroach on bread

German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and smokybrown cockroaches are extremely common around the North Carolina area. In fact, the German cockroach is the most frequent invader in homes worldwide. Each of these three common species has six legs, antennae, and a pair of folded wings. Despite their flying capabilities, most cockroaches prefer to crawl rather than fly.

Cockroaches are far more than just a nuisance, they are capable of spreading dozens of pathogens, parasite eggs, and chronic illnesses that require immediate medical attention. When crawling across surfaces and into food prep areas, these pests may also contaminate food, ingredients, and even water supplies. If you identify one of these pests near your home, you will need to contact emergency pest services right away.

If cockroaches have not yet appeared around your North Carolina residence, there are some prevention steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Start by sealing off any cracks and gaps around the property, and remove any access points around doors and windows. Next, keep your home and floors as clean as possible to prevent food messes from attracting cockroach vectors. Finally, get frequent home inspections done around your property to ensure that pest activity levels are not higher than usual.

Mosquitoes

a mosquito full of blood

Thousands of mosquito species exist in the North Carolina area, and while they may not all be identifiable to the average homeowner, they are a very real threat. Most mosquitoes measure about an eighth of an inch and appear in color patterns of brown, yellow, or striped black and white. They often produce a whining or buzzing sound that is clearly audible when nearby. The most identifiable part of these pests is the bites they leave behind, characterized by small red bumps and a sensation of itchiness.

While most consider mosquitoes a nuisance pest, professional entomologists agree that these pests are some of the most dangerous pests on the planet. Not only are they capable of spreading serious diseases, but they are well known for creating virus breakouts in certain populations and even birth defects in pregnant women.

You cannot completely eradicate mosquito populations from an area, which is why prevention is key to remaining healthy. Start by managing vegetation levels in the yard, and frequently prune or cut back shrubs as needed. Ensure that all standing pools of water are drained or treated with larvicide to prevent or discourage mosquito breeding. Finally, have your home treated with professional mosquito abatement on a regular basis. Contact the professional team at Ready Pest Solutions to receive your mosquito control quote.

Rodents

a tiny house mouse eating seeds

From house mice and Norway rats to unique varieties of roof rats, there are several types of rodent species that inhabit the North Carolina region. Rats and mice often appear similar in form, with a few differences that separate them in behavior and body type. Mice are small, sharp-nosed pests with a pair of large ears and a furry tail. In contrast, rats are much larger rodents, accompanied by blunt noses, short whiskers, and pointed ears.

Rats and mice cause a lot of damage to homes, including food contamination, property destruction, and other types of health risks. While rats tend to be more aggressive than mice, mice still have the inherent ability to bite, causing physical damage to people and pets. While breeding, both rats and mice will break into quiet or dark spaces to create nests and rear their young. They are rapid breeders, which means that DIY prevention steps or home remedies will not be enough to eliminate the entire infestation.

If you are concerned about rodents making their way to your home, start by sealing off gaps around windows, spaces underneath doors, and any holes that rodents could travel through to get inside your home. The best kind of rodent protection begins with prevention. For professional help with your mouse or rat infestation, please contact the professionals at Ready Pest Solutions.

Spiders

a black widow spider on a web

The spider species of North America are not particularly dangerous, but several of the ones found in the North Carolina area can cause health concerns or even property destruction. The most common species in our area are the black widow spider, the wolf spider, and the house spider. Wolf spiders and house spiders are by far more prevalent, and you'll find them both outside and inside commercial and residential buildings. In contrast, black widow spiders are much more dangerous but also much less common. You can identify these species by the following characteristics:

  • The black widow spider is completely black and identified by the small red hourglass on the bottom of their thorax.
  • The wolf spider has small bristles or hairs that cover its entire body. They are the largest spider species on this list at between three-eighths to one and three-eighths of an inch long.
  • House spiders are usually quite small, no more than three-sixteenths to five-sixteenths of an inch.

All spiders possess fangs and some form of venom, but few can break the skin or inject enough venom to be dangerous to human health. Some species, such as the black widow, can cause serious health complications post-bite. If you think a black widow spider has bitten you, please seek medical attention immediately.

Preventing spiders around North Carolina properties begins with managing pest prey that are already there. Inspect your home and lawn for signs of insects such as flies, beetles, ants, or smaller spiders. Heightened levels of pest activity will equal higher levels of spider activity.

Termites

two termites near house

One-eighth of an inch long and creamy white, eastern subterranean termites are some of the most destructive household pests on the East Coast. These insects are long and narrow and usually found in basements, garages, and crawl spaces. They are very secretive pests and tend not to create much noise, which is why infestations tend to be very severe.

Termites cause over five billion dollars in damages to homes every year. Some of these species, including the eastern subterranean termite, are heavily involved in the process. Termites actually consume the wood they infest, which structurally weakens the beams and any surrounding support structures. If left alone long enough, eastern subterranean termite infestations can make very short work of homes on the East Coast.

Preventing eastern subterranean termites begins with pretreating your building. Have your structure and any related wooden buildings treated with anti-termite technology and get a termite monitoring system or bait station installed on your property for additional security. For the best kind of termite control measures, turn to professional treatments. It's a good idea to have regular inspections made through a professional pest control provider to ensure that termite populations are not present. Click here to schedule a termite control inspection from Ready Pest Solutions.

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