Pests: 5 Insect Invaders that Might be Lurking in Your Home

Tommy Miles - May 17, 2017

If you live in the southern United States, you likely know about bugs and their keen ability to make their way into your home. It doesn’t matter how often you clean, these tiny pests are ruthless. Did you know that most insects can enter your home through holes and cracks as small as 1/64 of an inch? Whether you see them or not, insects may be lurking in your Greenville or Midlands area home. While some insects like gnats and moths are innocuous, others, such as termites, mosquitos and fire ants, can cause damage to your property and even bring harm to you and your family. It’s important to be able to identify harmful pests and notify an experienced pest control company if or when you notice them.

Pests That Could be Lurking in Your Home

  1. Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, such as the Zika virus and Lyme disease, and can be a general and painful nuisance.
  2. Bed Bugs. Bed bugs love the dark area around your bedding and upholstered furniture. They come out at night and can leave red welts on your body as you sleep.
  3. Fire Ants. Fire ants, common in the southern United States, can also bite humans. There are distinguishable from common black ants by their rust-colored bodies.
  4. Termites. A termite colony, once established, can do thousands of dollars to your property. They thrive in dark, moist places with access to wood, paper or other organic matter.
  5. Spiders. While some spiders are harmless and can even help by feeding on other insects, others can bite humans.

Hot Spots: Where Pests Like to Lurk

Some areas in your home are hot spots for pests. You should use extra care and put in a little more attention when cleaning and caring for these areas:

  • Kitchens, especially around trashcans, pantries, dirty dishes, and pet food bowls
  • Bathrooms, specifically near water sources, like sinks, bathtubs, and toilets
  • Closets
  • Basements, attics, and crawl spaces

Keeping your Greenville area home or property protected from such a wide variety of insects requires the experience, equipment and skill of a professional pest control company like Clark’s Termite and Pest Control. We’ve been helping property owners in Greenville and all around the Midlands with their pest control needs for nearly a decade. To learn more about pest control for your home or to make an appointment, contact Clark’s Pest Control today.

How to Protect Pets from Ticks, Mosquitoes and Ants This Summer  

Tommy Miles - May 1, 2017

Fire ant removal and other pest control services in SCPets depend upon their owners to keep them safe and healthy. Pests can carry disease-causing pathogens and bacteria into a home and spread them to hosts, in some cases pets and humans. Ants and other pests are known to transport bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses and more. Learn more about the top 3 summer pests to bother pets and how you can help your best friend avoid them.

Ticks

Ticks are known to transmit a variety of diseases and can also be easily brought into your Greenville home to bite and infect your pets. Pets need to be checked daily after spending time outdoors, especially if they have been in or near water sources, like ponds, lakes, and rivers or heavily wooded areas. One way to help a dog is to decrease tick habitats and use tick preventatives. Acaricides in collars, sprays and topical treatments may help kills ticks on contact or via a dog’s bloodstream.

The use of products like these helps to kill ticks once on pets. However, what about dealing with ticks before they latch on to your furry family members?

It is important to address the outdoor environment and reduce levels of ticks where pets and children play. Clark’s Pest Control technicians can help with lawn and landscaping services to decrease the chances that animals and children will come into contact with ticks and other pests.

 

Mosquitoes

There are 150 species of mosquitoes that call the U.S. home. One species, the Anopheles quadrimaculatus, can infect hosts with malaria. Of course mosquito bites are irritating for people, but did you know that mosquitoes feed on dogs and other animals and can do more than leave swollen bites? Some species of mosquitoes can serve as the transmitter for canine heartworm.

Clark’s Pest Control Mosquito Management System can help Greenville pet owners by inspecting the exterior of a home and recommending ways to address mosquito breeding concerns. A monthly service applied during peak mosquito season can effectively kill mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding.

Ants

There are many species of ants and they have become the primary pest problem impacting the lives of families across America. Fire ants especially can cause issues for Greenville area families and their pets during the summer.

Many Greenville and surrounding area residents have seen fire ant beds in popping up in their yard, and bites can trigger allergic reactions in some pets and their owners. Technicians are available in and around Greenville and Spartanburg to kill the colonies on a property. Fire ant baits are a popular option that require two applications annually and are safe to use around both pets and humans.

 

Protect Pets and Family from Unwanted Pests

Pests such as ticks, mosquitoes and ants can cause unnecessary health issues and trigger allergic actions in your furry family friends. Take measures to reduce pest populations around your Greenville home and keep your property safe for your pets. Clark’s Pest Control is able to expertly address pest issues in and around your home. Speak with a friendly associate at 866-781-4991 to discuss your pest control options.