As the temperatures rise and the conditions become wet and humid, the types of pests we encounter can change too. Each region of Charlotte has pests that cause havoc in the summer months. Read on to find out which pests you should look out for in your area.
Rural Areas Around Charlotte
In any rural setting, house flies can be a real problem. This common pest likes to feed on and breed in decaying matter. Apart from being a nuisance, flies can transfer bacteria from manure, and other decaying matter into your house and onto your food and surfaces. If you or your neighbors keep pets, chickens or other livestock, then flies will breed easily and can quickly get out of hand.
Also keep an eye out for blowflies, termites, mosquitoes, wasps, baldfaced hornets, and ticks.
Urban Areas In Charlotte
Termites don’t take the summer off. Even though you may not be able to visibly see their presence, like the swarming termites in early spring, they are still very capable of causing damage to your home. Inspecting your home for evidence of termites in summer is a great way to prevent any long-term termite damage. Here are some signs to looks for:
Inspect your foundations and look for signs of mud tubes or other ways that termites might be able to gain entry to your home and feed on the wood.
Small Translucent Wings
Finding small translucent wings around your home, on window sills, or trapped in spiderwebs is a good indication that you might have a termite problem and should take immediate action.
Also keep an eye out for cockroaches, rats, house flies, pavement ants, mosquitoes, bed bugs, and stinging insects like hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets.
All Areas of Charlotte
Mosquitoes love the warm, wet summer weather. They need stagnant water to lay their eggs and for their larvae to grow, so if there's water standing around, they can start to multiply quickly. Mosquitoes can interfere with a good night's sleep and leave you red and itchy, and covered in bites the next day. Apart from being annoying, they can also carry certain diseases. Dealing with mosquitoes swiftly and consistently can help bring their numbers down and make summer evenings more pleasant.
Also keep an eye out for house flies, stinging insects like wasps and yellow jackets, cockroaches, and wildlife.
Of course, these pests aren't just limited to one area and it's common to find almost all these pests (and many others) across the entire Charlotte region. The key to dealing with pests is to act swiftly. Acting quickly keeps the pests from multiplying and really getting out of hand.
Despite your best efforts, pests can be really good at hiding and breeding. Sometimes you only discover them once they've done damage or become really established. Whether the problem is big or small, responding to it quickly and using a pest control expert like Thomas Pest Control is the best way to keep pests under control on your property. Contact us today to see how we can help.