Many home and business owners fear the discovery of bugs on their property. Bugs can cause many problems, ranging from being a nuisance, to making people sick, to even resulting in a business being shut down. In Escondido, the most common bugs are termites, bed bugs, and ants. Commercial and residential properties attract these pests because they often provide ideal living conditions for each one. Termites can eat the wooden frame of a building, while bed bugs can take blood from people and ants eat sugary substances or food crumbs. One of the best ways to prevent pests from entering a home or business is to close off all possible entrances, clean up food messes immediately after a spill, limit the moisture in the building, and call a professional to apply a preventative treatment.
Termites are small, wood-devouring insects which build nests and begin to devour trees and manmade structures. The three types in California are: subterranean, dampwood, and drywood termites. Each one builds their nest in a different location, ranging from underground, to moist wood like the type found near a building’s foundations, to extremely dry wood that can be found in attics or the upper floors of buildings. Termites cause millions of dollars of damage in the United States each year, and can create long-lasting structural problems that can be too expensive for home or business owners to repair. A professional pest control company should be called as soon as possible if termites are found.
The next bug is perhaps the most iconic creature people think of when they say ‘bug’: the bed bug. Bed bugs are a tiny pest that reproduces quickly and can hide anywhere in a person’s residence or business. Bed bugs are parasitic and feed on the blood of humans and pets in the household. They can go entire weeks without eating and are difficult to find because of their miniscule size and ability to hide. Because they are so small, bed bugs can hide in any location where two slips of paper can be placed. For example, a bed bug could lurk in cracks in the walls, behind electrical panels, and in box springs, bookshelves, dressers, and every other piece of furniture. Although a lot of websites advertise different DIY, pest control methods, many of them are ineffective. The best way to battle bed bugs is to call an experienced professional who can eliminate every bed bug, including their eggs.
Finally, people in Escondido frequently have problems with ants. The three most common types are carpenter, pharaoh, and thief ants. All of these ants live in colonies and typically invade homes and businesses in search of food. Carpenter ants are similar to termites because they can burrow into a building’s structure looking for a new place to live. However, they do not eat wood. Like other ants, they look for crumbs, sugary materials, and other common food staples eaten by humans. Ants are a pervasive pest that can be difficult to get rid of because they leave trails for other ants to follow. As with many pests, it’s a good ideal to call pest control.
Bugs are not always a mark of uncleanliness. Even the most hygienic homes and businesses can be plagued by this nuisances. When someone lives in an area where pests can be a problem, one of the best solutions is to have a professional, preventative treatment applied around the property. Chemicals and pesticides can be environmentally friendly. A thorough spray on a monthly, bi-monthly, or annual basis can be a great way to prevent bugs from entering, especially if the property owner also takes careful steps to eliminate entryways and food sources for the bugs. When in doubt, call an expert to keep the bugs out.
Jose D. has been providing pest control solutions to North County San Diego residents since 2000!