Our lovely home state of California boasts mild winters and warm, dry summers. The climate in the area gives bugs an opportunity to flourish throughout the year. It may even feel like they have the run of your property at times. The following bugs are quite common in California; by knowing what to look for, you may be able to help stop an infestation before it starts.

Spiders

While many people don’t like the look of spiders, they can actually be very useful. They eat other insects that may be invading your property, helping to keep the bug population down. Still, you probably don’t want to have them in your home. Not only are a few species poisonous, but they can also contaminate food. If you want to cut back on the number of spiders you see in your house, reduce the clutter so these pests don’t have anywhere to hide. In addition, don’t bring anything into your house (like a package) before looking it over first.

Roaches

Roaches are looking for food, and they’ll seek out any crumbs or sticky spots in your home in search of nourishment. Cockroaches don’t sting or bite, but they can cause issues with your air quality. In particular, if you have someone in the house suffering from asthma or allergies, it is important to take care of an infestation as soon as possible. Fix any leaks and fill in cracks and crevices that may allow roaches to access your home. Keep your kitchen as clean as possible.

Ants

There are many different species of ants, including fire ants, carpenter ants, and Argentine ants (also known as sugar ants). Ants are pesky and persistent and can be difficult to get rid of once they start appearing in your home. To help the situation, make sure all of your food is properly stored.  Sweep the kitchen floor each evening, don’t leave pet food exposed, and wipe up spills as soon as they occur.

Ticks

Ticks can cause disease, so it is important to address an infestation as soon as possible. First, make sure that your lawn is cut on a regular basis. Ticks (and fleas as well) like longer grass because it gives them a place to hide. To that end, make sure you get rid of any debris in the yard and keep it as clean as possible. Look into a perimeter pesticide treatment to keep ticks as far from the structure of your home as possible.

Earwigs

Earwigs primarily come out at night. They like to eat flowers, leaves and fruit and are often found in large numbers. They access your property through cracks and crevices in the home. Earwigs look scary, but they will not hurt you. If you want to get rid of them, make sure you don’t have any piles of mulch or leaves outside. Patch up as many holes and cracks as you can to stop them from gaining access to your home.

There are other pests in our area, but these are some of the most common. If you are concerned about level of bug activity on your property, get in touch with Bug Guys Pest Control. We’ll work to get rid of your pests quickly and efficiently.

 

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