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What You Need To Know About Pests In Carlsbad, CA

There are a lot of pests in California, and many of them live in the Carlsbad area. If you find pests in your home or business and you don’t know what they are or if they’re dangerous, our Pest Library is the place to find the answers you’re looking for about all the most common pests in our area. For immediate relief from Carlsbad pest pressures, contact K&M Pest Solutions today!

Ants

Ants are small insects that regularly invade our yards and homes. Their small size means that it is easy for them to find their way indoors through the smallest openings. They typically move inside while searching for food or to find shelter from harsh elements.

Two of the more common ants invaders in our area are the Argentine ant and the harvester ant.

  • Argentine ants live in large colonies and travel together in large wide trails while searching for food sources. When crushed, they emit a musty, unpleasant odor.
  • Harvester ants got their name because of their habit of collecting seeds to use as a food source. Their presence in our yards causes bare spots, and these ants can deliver painful stings to people and animals.

Ants are difficult pests to prevent because they successfully invade both our indoor and outdoor spaces. Maintaining many nesting sites means that you will continue to see them until you eliminate all their nests. In addition to being annoying and taking over our properties, ants cause many other problems. Outside, they cause damage to lawns and gardens, and inside, some can damage the structures of our homes, others spread pathogens that make us ill, and all are capable of spreading bacteria that contaminate both the food and surfaces of our homes.

The best way to control these pests is through regular pest control services from K&M Pest Solutions. To help you further, we want to provide you with some of our top ant prevention tips. Ants are on a constant search for food. Make it difficult for ants to forage for food on your property by keeping lids on trash cans, maintaining gardens, and keeping indoor and outdoor eating and food prep areas clear of food debris. Many ants are attracted to areas of moisture. Make sure to repair things like leaky pipes, air conditioners, and poor ventilation in your home. Seal up spaces in your foundation and exterior walls that ants could use as points of entry.

Bed Bugs

While bed bugs were largely unheard of several decades ago, today, they are a household name. Bed bugs are adept hitchhikers that move from place to place with people or inside of our belongings like luggage or secondhand items like mattresses or other furniture. Bed bugs are closely associated with people because our blood is their preferred food source, and because blood is their sole food source, it means that they live where we live, visit, or spend a lot of time.

In order to feed, bed bugs bite through our skin, feeding in a linear pattern. Most people do not react to their bites, but those allergic to their saliva will develop a red, itchy, uncomfortable rash. Unlike other blood-feeding pests, bed bugs aren't currently associated with spreading pathogens that make people ill. But this doesn't mean we should ignore their presence. When bed bugs get into our homes, they hide their flat, oval bodies during the day, emerging at night to feed as we sleep. Large populations of these pests can develop right under our noses! The more bed bugs present in your home, the trickier it will be to get rid of them.

The best way to prevent problems with bed bugs is to partner with a professional that can offer regular pest control services. In addition, it is important to know some of their most common hideouts so you can regularly inspect those areas of your home. Bed bugs often hide in our bedrooms in the seams of mattresses, within upholstered furniture, and within cracks in walls or behind wall trim. Clutter also provides these pests with a place to hide.

Here are some other bed bug prevention tips:

  • When out in public areas, keep your belongings away from other people's things.
  • When traveling, always inspect your hotel room for bed bugs before bringing your luggage inside.
  • Take care when purchasing used items for your home. Thoroughly clean them and check them for bed bugs.
  • Regularly vacuum your home and change your family's bedding, washing and drying it on the highest heat cycle the fabrics can handle.

Cockroaches

One of the most important pests to guard your home against is the cockroach. Once roaches find their way into your home, these pests quickly take over and become a danger to you and your family. Cockroaches are insects that gather around unsanitary areas, carrying human pathogens, bacteria, and parasites on their bodies. These insects spread serious diseases, trigger allergies that cause coughing and runny noses, incite asthma attacks in kids, and contaminate food.

If you have discovered cockroaches or signs of their presence, such as coffee-like droppings in drawers or cabinets, the intruders are likely German cockroaches, American cockroaches, or oriental cockroaches. These three species have made household names of themselves. They can move into our homes or from structure to structure inside deliveries, furniture, or secondhand appliances. No matter the species, cockroaches don't belong in our homes or businesses, and you should take immediate action to have them accurately identified and eliminated by contacting a professional.

The best way to eliminate cockroaches is to take action as soon as you notice any signs of them. Call us to perform the pest control services needed to eliminate these insects and stop them from returning in the future. In addition, implementing the following prevention tips that eliminate food and water sources will help you avoid a large infestation of these pests.

  • Quickly clean up leftover food or spilled drinks.
  • Store dry goods in hard-sided containers with airtight lids.
  • Regularly vacuum your floors and wipe down counters and tables to eliminate crumbs that cockroaches like to eat.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food every day.
  • Regularly check for and repair leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Make sure there is proper ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to reduce humidity levels.

Rodents

Rodents are mammals, and more than 1,500 different rodent species are living worldwide. The three species in our area most likely to become a problem in our yards or homes are roof rats, Norway rats, and mice. All three rodent species have adapted to living near people and have learned that our properties offer them access to food, water, and shelter. Rodents are problematic in almost any habitat, and all our homes are at risk of becoming infested by these pests.

Mice and rats may want to live with us, but there are good reasons why it should never be allowed. Listed below are some of the biggest reasons rodents are so problematic around our California homes and businesses.

  • Rodents have powerful jaws and sharp teeth that they use to chew through and damage the structure of our homes and personal belongings.
  • Their chewing behaviors can cause damage to wires, resulting in short circuits or electrical fires.
  • They carry and spread pathogens, parasites, and bacteria that make people ill.
  • Rodents are constantly hungry and will feed on and contaminate your family's food sources.
  • They are prolific breeders, and just one pregnant female getting into your home will lead to a large infestation in just a few short weeks.

Rodents are tricky to prevent because they want to live with people in order to take advantage of the food and shelter our properties offer. To help you make your property less attractive to rodents, we want to offer the following prevention tips and tricks:

  • Remove common nesting sites from your property like leaf piles, deep areas of mulch, tree stumps, or fallen trees.
  • Eliminate foraging sites by keeping lids on trash cans, keeping outdoor eating areas free of leftover food, and maintaining gardens and fruit trees.
  • Inspect your home for entry points. If you discover any, use the appropriate material to repair the openings.
  • Cover attic vents and chimney openings with the appropriate screens.

Spiders

If you are dealing with a large number of spiders in your yard or home, it is because there is a larger pest problem present. Spiders don't typically move indoors on their own; they move inside while following their insect prey. Once inside, if there is prey for them to hunt and dark, quiet areas to hang out, they will stay. Examples of spiders living in our area that you may discover on your property include black widow spiders, brown widow spiders, and wolf spiders.

Though a spider bite is uncomfortable, in most cases, spider bites are harmless. Spiders are naturally reclusive and do their best to stay out of our way. While their appearance frightens many, the majority of spiders you come across are harmless. Yes, they have venom, but the venom is only strong enough to cause harm to their insect prey. The black widow spider differs because they have venom potent enough to trigger health risks in people. These shiny black spiders should never be allowed to live close to people! If you are experiencing problems with black widows or any other spider species on your property, don't hesitate to contact us for help!

To keep these unwanted, eight-legged intruders out of your home, partner with K&M Pest Solutions. In conjunction with our professional services, use the following prevention tips to help stop spiders from easily entering your home.

  • Make sure the screens in windows and doors are intact.
  • Replace damaged weatherstripping.
  • Repair defects in your roof, foundation, or exterior walls.
  • Cut back overgrown shrubs and bushes from your home that will allow spiders to move in and out of your home unseen.
  • Always inspect things like wood, plants, or boxes for spiders before bringing them indoors.

Wildlife

Several small species of wild animals are regular visitors to our California yards, such as pocket gophers, squirrels, and voles. While they are more than capable of taking care of themselves, they have learned that our yards offer them both shelter and abundant food sources. If your yard is close to a park, field, farm, orchard, or golf course, your home is quite susceptible to problems with these pests.

The damage that squirrels, pocket gophers, and voles cause in our yards and gardens are unsightly, frustrating, and costly to repair. These animals cause damage to things like grass, trees, bulbs, and landscaping and gardens plants. Most of these wild animals spend their lives moving through the tunnels or living within the burrows they have created. Since they move through the ground, keeping them off your property is difficult. The best way to guard your property against these pests or remove them from your property is with the help of our knowledgeable and experienced professionals.

Preventing problems with wildlife can be difficult, but with our help and by implementing the following prevention tips, you can guard your lawn and gardens against these pests.

  • Remove excess or overgrown vegetation from your yard that these pests like to hide in.
  • Plant gardens in raised garden boxes to help keep these burrowing pests from damaging garden plants.
  • Fill in ground holes that develop in your yards and reseed bare spots.
  • Protect the bark of trees, especially young trees, from these gnawing animals by placing a tree guard at the bottom of their trunks.

Pest Solutions You Can Count On In Carlsbad, CA

If you own a home or business in the Carlsbad area and need help guarding it against area pests, we can help. At K&M Pest Solutions, we protect homes, businesses, and people from uninvited rodents, insects, and other pests. To discover why we are the perfect answer to solving your property's pest issues, reach out to us and speak with one of our professionals today!

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