Pests may be a part of daily life, especially in hot and humid states like Alabama, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them seriously. From affecting your quality of life to causing bank-breaking structural damage and spreading dangerous disease, these little invaders can spell big trouble. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common pests found in our area and their risks.
Small, energetic and utterly devoted to serving their colonies, ants will squeeze through the tiniest of spaces in search of their next meal. While most stay away from humans, some species, like the notorious fire ants, are hostile and eager to sting at a moment’s notice. Aside from potentially painful bites, colony size is always a concern. Because ants travel in large groups, they can quickly swarm your entire home, getting into everything from food containers to potted plants to appliances. Carpenter ants, while not as destructive as termites, can also damage the wood inside your home by excavating it into hollowed nests.
Trails of ants anywhere in your home are the first sign of an infestation. The tricky part is figuring out which type of ant is the culprit. Since different ant species can look remarkably similar, it’s a good idea to call in the pros for an accurate assessment.
Like fire ants, mosquitoes are known for their burning bites and aggressive behavior, but the bigger issue here is that they’re extremely effective at spreading diseases, among them dengue fever, malaria and the West Nile virus. Of course, not all mosquitoes are disease carriers, but since it’s impossible to tell the ones that are from the ones that aren’t, it’s very important to keep all mosquitoes at bay throughout the year.
Mosquitoes are highly attracted to homes with high moisture levels or standing water, but they can also be plentiful in gardens and wooded areas.
Bed Bug Control
Arguably the most feared of all pests, bed bugs are more of a nuisance than a threat, but who wants to play an all-you-can-eat buffet to an army of tiny bloodthirsty monsters? While not considered to be harmful to physical health, bedbugs can cause very real psychological terror by disrupting sleep and making you fear your own bed. Most arrive via luggage, so if you’ve recently been on vacation and find yourself suddenly waking up with unexplained red marks, you might have a problem. Other signs to look for are sheets stained with red or rusty smudges, discarded skins, oval-shaped, off-white eggs and live bed bugs.
At Bad Bugs Pest Control, we target all of the above pests and many more with an effective combination of traditional methods like baiting, innovative industry techniques and years of experience in the field. Our mission is to help each client achieve a healthy, happy and pest-free home. While we always maintain superior safety standards, our treatment approach varies depending on individual needs and budget. We understand that every case is unique, which is why we offer a wide selection of pest management services that can be tailored specifically to you. Whether you’re looking for a preliminary home inspection, a one-time emergency treatment or a long-term maintenance plan, we’ve got you covered.