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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