From insects and arachnids to rodents, pests are found everywhere in the Bristol area. These bothersome species tend to be determined when it comes to nesting in human habitations, but it is possible to stop them. Usually, this requires the intervention of a professional pest control technician.
Pest infestations can happen to anyone and on any piece of property. Even a generally clean and well-maintained property may be susceptible if just one small crack in a building's exterior makes it possible for the pest to gain access. Someone who has an expert-level understanding of pest behavior is able to discover these vulnerabilities so that they may be corrected.
Some pests, such as termites and carpenter ants, are incredibly destructive. Bees and wasps sting while fleas and bed bugs bite. Ants are a tremendous nuisance when they find a reliable food source in a kitchen. Rodents may be the most worrisome of all pests because of their destructive tendencies and because they are known to transmit a multitude of illnesses to people and pets. All of these are excellent reasons for scheduling an inspection by a licensed pest control professional.
Insects like ants are among the most common pest problems in Bristol. Typically black or brown, ants are quite small and have six legs. Carpenter ants are larger than most ant species in Bristol, with adults sometimes reaching 13 millimeters in length.
Bed bugs are flat and oval-shaped. Usually, they are brown, but their color turns reddish after a blood meal. They have no wings, and adults are about the size of a pinhead.
At just three millimeters long, fleas are tiny, but they can make life miserable. They have no wings and are good at jumping. Their flat bodies are brown with an occasional red tint.
Bees, carpenter bees and wasps all have wings. Bees have hairy bodies and frequently have black and amber stripes. Carpenter bees are larger, and they may be colors such as black, metallic blue or even purple. Wasps may be identified by their relative lack of hair when compared to bees and their noticeably thinner waist.
With their eight legs, spiders are arachnids, not spiders. They have multiple eyes and generally display colors like black and brown. However, some members of the species are striped or show brighter colors like green and yellow.
Destructive subterranean termites vary in appearance depending upon their role in the colony. Some are dark brown and have wings while others are cream colored and do not have wings.
Rodents come in all shapes and sizes in the Bristol area. The most common pests are mice and rats. Four-footed mammals, these species are covered in brown or black fur. Some members have a tail and ears that are covered with scaly skin instead of hair.
Many pests essentially are vegetarians. They eat things like nuts, seeds, berries, nectar and pollen. This means that they may wreak havoc in vegetable and flower gardens. Other pests are more omnivorous. They may eat insects, arachnids and small animals.
Most human food appeals to pests. Meat, nut butters, jelly, syrups, pasta, bread, fruit, vegetables and more all are vulnerable. Even pet food is attractive to most pests. However, fleas and bed bugs dine on blood.
Many of the common pests in Bristol have a preference for living in dark, secluded spaces. This protects them from predators and ensures that they are less likely to be detected by people.
Outdoors, nests may be located in underground burrows or protected beneath a fallen tree. Some pests may use the hollow of a tree. Other pests prefer an elevated location. They will build a nest dangling from the branches of a tree. Woodpiles and yard debris piles also provide good spots for a nest.
When they make their way indoors, pests have a multitude of hiding places from which to choose. Wall voids, attics, basements and crawlspaces are all likely nesting spots. Some species will build a nest in a drawer, cupboard or pantry.
As long as the pest has good access to food and water, they may be able to nest just about anywhere.
PROBLEMS WITH PESTS
In Bristol, some pests are mere nuisances. That is the case with spiders. Other pests present more of a problem. Stinging insects make everyone uneasy, and people who are allergic may suffer a life-threatening reaction. Some pests cause damage to buildings. They chew through wood, plastic, sheetrock, electrical wires and everything else that they encounter. Extensive repairs may be required after an infestation is eliminated.
Many pests tend to be nocturnal as they are better protected in the darkness. They may travel by underground tunnels or inside walls to avoid detection. They are constantly in search of food for themselves or their colony. When a food source is discovered, it will be returned to repeatedly.
Most species prefer to avoid contact with people, so they are likely to run or try to hide when confronted. Nonetheless, some will turn aggressive, and this can be dangerous, especially when rodents are involved.
Stinging insects inflict a painful wound that may be particularly dangerous to people with an allergy. They may have a severe reaction that requires medical intervention to stop.
Fleas, bed bugs and other pests may bite. Rarely serious, some people may have an unusual reaction that flares up for a day or two after the bite.
Rodents pose the most serious health concerns. Noted for carrying the plague and hantavirus, they also may spread rat bite fever. Even contact with rodent waste products may cause illness.
SIGNS OF A PEST INFESTATION
Professional pest control may be needed when these signs are noticed:
-Sounds of scurrying or rustling behind walls or above ceilings -Evidence of bites on people or pets -Numerous spider webs around the property -Seeing nests suspended from the eaves or concealed in drawers and cabinets -Piles of shed wings -Holes in food packaging -Waste products on floors and counters
To help prevent pest control issues the following steps should be taken:
-Seal up or cover all holes and cracks in building exteriors -Do not allow yards to get overgrown -Store woodpiles far from structures -Eliminate clutter from the property -Repair water leaks -Store food in glass or metal containers
While a multitude of pests are always trying to invade Bristol homes and offices, it is possible to keep them at bay with the help of an experienced and licensed pest control service.
Call SafeGuard today for a free pest control inspection.