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Does your home have a pest problem? You aren’t alone. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), pest control is a $7.4 billion industry. Even though pest problems can include a wide variety of insects, rodents, and other invaders, take a look at the top offenders and what you can do about them.

Bed Bugs
According to the NPMA’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey, 97 percent of pest control professionals had treated homes or other buildings for bed bugs within the past year. Even though public places, such as hotels, might seem like the top place to find these invaders, the NPMA’s data shows that single-family homes and apartments are the winners (or in this case, the losers).

What do you need to know if you suspect your home has bed bugs? These invaders:

  • Don’t just live in beds. Even though bed bugs are often found in mattresses, they also live and breed in other soft surfaces (such as couches and carpets), floorboards, outlets and wall receptacles, and wallpaper.
  • Feed on humans. If you don’t see bugs, but you have unexplained bites, you may have this pest.
  • Are easy to identify. Bed bugs are small, flat, round, reddish-brown bugs.
  • Like to hide. Don’t expect to see bed bugs openly wandering your home. These pests hide in cracks, crevices, and hard to see spaces.

If you know or suspect your home has bed bugs, call a pest control professional as soon as possible. These bugs aren’t easy for the novice to exterminate on their own. Instead of wasting time and money on ineffective treatments, hire an expert to control the problem.

Ants
In a recent survey from Consumer Affairs, both homeowners and renters rated ants as the pest they worry most about. Unlike bed bugs, ants come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and types. Some of the most common ants that cause home pest problems include:

  • Carpenter ants. These reddish black ants are 5/8-inch in size, according to the NPMA’s PestWorld website. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood to build their nests and can cause serious structural damage to a home.
  • Odorous house ants. These small-sized ants are dark brown or black. While they don’t cause serious home damage, they do give off a rotten odor.
  • Argentine ants. These dark brown ants colonize near food sources and may invade your kitchen or other eating areas.

While many homeowners believe termites and carpenter ants are the same, these two pests are different invaders. Even though both are attracted to warm, humid environments, termites eat wood and carpenter ants simply tunnel through it.

Termites
If termites aren’t ants, what are they? These often-feared pests can cause major home damage if not treated promptly by a professional. According to Consumer Affairs, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage and infest nearly 600,000 homes annually.
As a home pest, termites:

  • Eat wood. Again, termites feast on woody substances (such as your home’s walls and framing).
  • Swarm in the spring. If you don’t see termites, you may still have an infestation. These pests tend to wait until the warm spring weather to swarm. Even though termites prefer warm weather, you can have an infestation at any time of the year.
  • Create mud tubes. These tubes are shelters for the pests. The pencil-width tubes are made in walls, floors, and other areas of the home.

Like other pests, termites require professional help to eradicate. A pest control expert can inspect your property for signs of termites and create an effective treatment plan to remove the pests and prevent a repeat infestation.

Does your home have a pest problem? Contact Diam Pest Control for more information.