A pest is a destructive organism which wreaks havoc in a home or business. Some can be parasitic, while others will eat the food on a property and leave a mess behind them. In many cases, it’s not uncommon for a pest to spread disease. For example, fleas carried the bubonic plague that wiped out one-third of the European population in the Middle Ages. In many cases, pests reproduce quickly and cause numerous problems for a property owners. Below are the most common pests that can be encountered in Escondido and California in general. If someone finds a pest on their property, they need to call a professional pest controller immediately to fight the infestation before it gets worse.
The most common pest found in California is the bed bug. Bed bugs are a parasitic pest which feeds on humans and pets when they sleep. They are called bed bugs because they are nocturnal. Many of them are no larger than 5-7mm long and 2-3mm wide. They have small, oval-shaped bodies and are a nondescript brown. When they have fed, they gain a reddish hue and look bloated. Bed bugs reproduce quickly and are adept at hiding in the tiniest of spaces. They can fit anywhere that a person could wedge two slips of unfolded paper into. Some of their most common hiding places are between mattresses and box springs, in cracks in the walls, and behind electrical outlets. Thankfully, bed bugs are a pest which doesn’t carry disease, but they can quickly become an overwhelming problem for home and business owners.
Another populous pest is the termite, which is a wood-eating menace that causes billions of dollars’ worth of damage each year throughout the United States. In California, the three types of termites are the subterranean, the dampwood, and the drywood. Termites can also be divided into the categories of soldier, swarmer, and worker. The soldiers defend each colony, the swarmers reproduce and leave to form their own colonies, and the workers maintain tunnels and find food. As a pest, termites are particularly destructive because they can cause structural damage by building their colonies in support beams. There are many treatments to counteract this pest, but all need to be applied by a pest control professional, who can also identify if there is any damage that needs to be taken care of immediately.
Finally, people need to fear the rodent, a pest which is a mammal characterized by its growing incisors on its bottom and top jaws. The most common rodent pests that people will encounter in California are the rat and the mouse. Rodents transfer numerous diseases through their bites and feces and often invade properties in search of food. They reproduce quickly and are nocturnal, leaving their homes in search of food at night. Most people won’t realize they have rodents until the infestation has already developed and spread, making them a serious problem not only for people’s health, but also for their homes. A professional pest controller should be called to handle these infestations.
Pests can get out of hand quickly and cause numerous problems for the people who encounter them. If property owners suspect a pest invasion, they should call a pest control company immediately to help curb the population and prevent it from spreading. While there are some DIY pest control methods, they are not as effective as professional treatments and can lead to accidental poisoning or property damage.
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Many home and business owners can find hundreds of articles discussing Do It Yourself (DIY) pest control methods and might struggle to determine what is reliable and what is not. It can also be difficult to determine whether or not products will work, and many people fail to control larger infestations with Do It Yourself methods. In addition, Do It Yourself procedures carry huge risks like accidental poisoning, mismanaging chemicals, and damaging property. This doesn’t mean that these methods don’t have advantages, but people should be aware of the hazards of doing it themselves. Below are some tips on how home and business owners can still manage pests without suffering from as many drawbacks that come with DIY pest control.
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.
Pest Control is one of the largest industries in the United States and is expected to have an annual growth rate of 2.9%. One of the reasons why it has become a profitable, ever-growing industries is the rise of bed bugs across the United States and the world. As society becomes more global, goods and people are able to travel greater distances on a more regular basis. Tourists, in particular, can end up becoming carriers for bed bugs and their eggs by staying in hotels or locations where there are many people. Bed bugs do not mean a place is dirty, but they often appear in areas where humans congregate. The more people that visit a place, the more likely bed bugs are to become a problem, which is why the hospitality industry is one of the biggest carriers of pests. Vacationers can accidentally bring pest eggs home and create a new infestation. Pests like bed bugs are frequently discovered in nursing homes, motels, hospitals, and apartment buildings where many individuals come together.
Another rising trend in pest control is the presence of mosquitos. The past 15 years have been some of the hottest in living record. These temperatures, combined with humidity and the presence of standing water, leads to thriving mosquito populations that spread disease and bite humans. Pest controllers are frequently called to action to limit the spread of diseases like malaria and the West Nile virus, especially in the South and West of the United States. Unlike bed bugs, mosquitoes are an exterior problem that requires spraying pesticides over a large area or eliminating eggs at their outdoor sources in ponds, lakes, or swamps. As time goes on, commercial, residential, and industrial properties find themselves needing more effective pest control measures as interior and exterior pests become more common.
So, where can people find more effective pest control methods? After effective and toxic pesticides were banned in 1972, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposes stricter regulations on new products, the pest control industry has turned to new methodologies. One of the most popular developments has been the increased use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which combines state of the art technology with common sense pest prevention. Some examples of IPM in practice would be:
Other elements of IPM were developed to limit the use of toxic materials that are potentially harmful to humans, pets, and natural plant life. Exterminators and others will use chemicals and products in an increasing order of toxicity. Safer products will be used first, followed by materials that use increasingly harsh ingredients until the pests are removed. The goal of IPM is to use environmentally friendly, benign materials to prevent injuries, hospitalization, or death. Pest control has become more effective, safer for living creatures, and a growing industry with many new job opportunities for interested individuals.
Pest control is an attractive field because it is one that is always needed and constantly growing. Professional exterminators do not need to have higher education and instead receive on the job training which usually lasts three months. Employees need a professional certification, and can often choose a specialty like rodent control. As said before, as the world has become more global, pests have found it easier to move across the globe. New, invasive species means people need trained professionals capable of handling all sorts of new pest problems, meaning the field has room for growth and expansion.
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