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What You Need To Know About Pests In Cleveland

When bugs, rodents, or other pests find their way onto your Cleveland, Ohio property, it is helpful to have a general understanding and what they are and why they are there. Use our pest control guide to help you learn about our area’s most common household pests, including problems they may pose and how you can make your property less appealing to them!

Ants

Ants are small, social insects; they live and work together in large groups. All homeowners need to understand that if you see one ant in your home or yard, many more are nearby. Ants are some of the most common pests for homeowners to contend with because they have adapted to living with people. Though ants may have no problem living with us, we take issues sharing our property with them. Ants spread bacteria, contaminate food, and some, like the carpenter ant, damage the structure of our homes.

Most ants like to nest outside, usually in damp soil under trees, woodpiles, rocks, landscaping ties, and next to foundations or sidewalks. Carpenter ants nest in wood, generally choosing dead trees, tree stumps, or fallen trees to build their nests. When ants are nesting in our yards, they eventually end up in our homes as they are out and about searching for food. Things like trash cans, outdoor eating areas, and woodpiles initially attract them to the exterior of our homes. Spaces in the foundation, vents, and openings around utilities allow them to move in and out as they please. Though not all ants will decide to nest indoors, some will! Common nesting locations are attics, wall voids, spaces behind cabinets, structural wood (carpenter ants), and electrical equipment.

At Avenger Pest Control, we will help you eliminate problematic ants and keep them from returning. In addition to our recurring pest control services, the following prevention tips will help prevent problems with ants.

  • Replace wood in or on your home damaged by water.
  • Seal cracks in your foundation or damage to siding, shingles, or roofs that could allow ants to move into your home.
  • Take away their easy access to food by keeping lids on trash cans, maintaining a clean kitchen, and regularly harvesting gardens.
  • Quickly repair leaky pipes and fixtures that provide a water source.
  • Plant rosemary, lavender, and peppermint in gardens. Those plants are known to repel ants naturally.

Bed Bugs

Many people view bed bug infestations as something that can’t possibly happen to them! But, the truth is over the past several decades, bed bugs have made a huge comeback and have become common household pests. They hitchhike on people or in their belongings and find their way into our houses, make themselves at home, and feed our blood as we sleep. The bed bug’s diet consists solely of blood from warm-blooded animals, with people being their preferred hosts. Since we are their favorite food source, it only makes sense that bed bugs live indoors with people. Houses, apartment buildings, schools, airports, hotels, hospitals, and dormitories are common places to find bed bugs.

Bed bugs may be small, but they are fairly easy to identify if you have an idea of what they look like. Bed bugs have flat, oval bodies, six legs, short antennae, and are wingless. They are reddish-brown before feeding; after feeding, they turn a deep red and their body shifts into a cigar-like shape. Knowing what a bed bug looks like is only half the battle; you also need to know where they like to hang out in your home. Bed bugs are primarily nocturnal and, during the day, fit their flat bodies into tight spaces. Some of their favorite hideouts include the seams of mattresses, cracks in wooden furniture, behind trim or baseboards, in upholstered furniture, and behind wall voids. While bed bugs like to make themselves at home in bedrooms to have easy access to us as we sleep, they will migrate throughout your home as the infestation grows.

At your first clue that bed bugs are in your Cleveland home, it is vital that you immediately reach out to a professional. At Avenger Pest Control, we will quickly come to your aid and provide the bed bug control services necessary to eliminate these pests. Also, use the following tips to help prevent a bed bug infestation:

  • Regularly and thoroughly vacuum your floors, carpets, and upholstered furniture.
  • Regularly wash your family’s bedding, inspecting the mattresses for bed bugs in the process.
  • Place bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs in your home.
  • When traveling, always check your overnight accommodations for bed bugs before bringing your personal belongings inside. Upon returning home, immediately wash and dry all clothing taken and clean out and sanitize suitcases and bags before storing them away.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are frequent visitors to our Ohio yards and homes. They are scavenging insects that feed on almost anything, including the same foods we do, which is why they are so common inside our homes and businesses. The following cockroaches are most common in our area:

  • American cockroach: The American cockroach is the largest roach to invade structures. Along with their size, the “figure-8” shape found on the top of their heads is their most identifying feature.
  • German cockroach: The most common cockroach to find in our homes, the German cockroach prefers to live inside homes and businesses, taking advantage of the food and warm shelter that man-made structures provide.
  • Pennsylvania wood roach: These cockroaches prefer to live and breed outdoors and rarely become a problem indoors. They are most common on properties with wooded areas and woodpiles. These roaches are attracted to light and often find their way to our properties by outdoor lights or lights they notice through windows and doors.

Cockroaches are unsavory pests and are never welcome in our homes. Discovering these pests in your house should never cause you embarrassment, as these insects can find their way into or be brought into any of our Ohio homes or businesses. However, once their presence is known, you need to take quick action to eliminate them. Cockroaches carry and spread bacteria, viruses, parasites, and allergens that cause illness, allergies, and even asthma attacks. Never ignore a cockroach infestation; reach out to a professional at the first sign of a problem with these pests.

At Avenger Pest Control, we will quickly come to your aid and provide the cockroach control and prevention services necessary to eliminate cockroaches and keep them from returning. Also, use the following tips to help prevent cockroaches from taking over your Cleveland, Ohio property.

  • Maintain a high level of sanitation in your house, especially in kitchens and bathrooms where cockroaches tend to congregate.
  • Store your food properly in the fridge or containers with airtight lids. Never store food on tables or counters.
  • Reduce a cockroach’s access to water or humid living conditions by repairing leaky pipes and fixtures, ensuring bathrooms and kitchens have good ventilation, and using dehumidifiers to reduce excess moisture in your home.
  • Seal openings in your home’s exterior that may allow cockroaches to find a way inside.
  • Always inspect things like bags, boxes, furniture, and appliances for hitchhiking cockroaches before bringing those items into your home.

Mosquitoes

We all know the result of being bitten by a mosquito- a red, swollen itchy welt. Like people in our area, mosquitoes are most active outside during the spring and summer. Trying to enjoy your backyard while being swarmed by mosquitoes is impossible. To take back your backyard from these unpleasant biting pests, it is crucial to partner with a professional. Professionals are able to perform regular mosquitoes treatments to control their populations and keep these biting flies away from you and your family!

Mosquitoes are biting flies; the females use their proboscis (an elongated mouthpart) to pierce the skin of an animal or human host to consume a blood meal. Blood meals are required only by the females. They need the protein from blood to produce viable eggs. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of areas of standing water or in regions prone to flooding. Properties with or near wooded areas, drainage ditches, low-lying areas, and a lot of tall grass and dense vegetation are most prone to experiencing problems with mosquitoes.

In addition to the professional mosquito control services offered by the professionals at Avenger Pest Control, use the following tips to help prevent mosquitoes from taking over your outdoor spaces.

  • Remove as much standing water from your yard as possible- fill in low-lying areas and keep gutters free of debris.
  • Store buckets and other containers upside down when they aren’t in use.
  • Regularly empty and re-fill with freshwater wading pools, pet water bowls, and birdbaths.
  • Reduce resting spots in your yard by keeping the grass cut short, cutting back shrubs and bushes, and removing brush piles.

Rodents

Many rodents live worldwide, and most cause us no issues as they live outside, well away from people in deserts, jungles, and wooded areas. However, a few have made a name for themselves as household pests after learning that people and our property provide them with their basic needs. The mouse and rat are two rodents that most people are well acquainted with and want to avoid finding in their homes. Both mice and rats are considered commensal rodents, which means they want to “share our table.” Unfortunately, the relationship between people and rodents is one-sided. We may benefit them, but rodents do not benefit us; in fact, rodents are best labeled as dangerous and destructive.

Rodents are so successful because they have a desire to survive and thrive. They have a very good sense of smell, can problem solve, and have a fast reproduction rate- those three things combined make them a tricky pest to avoid and prevent. Our yards often provide rodents with suitable food and shelter, and when living outside near our homes, it is only a matter of time before these curious creatures move indoors. Poor weather conditions and a lack of food drive rodents indoors. Inside our homes, rodents cause many problems, including structural damage, contaminating food, creating unpleasant odors, and spreading diseases and parasites. Having rodents in your home even for one day, is one day too many!

If rodents have taken a liking to your property, reach out to us at Avenger Pest Control, we will quickly come to your aid and provide the services necessary to eliminate these pests. As well as our professional rodent control services, use the following tips to help prevent rodents from taking over your property.

  • Place all trash bags in garbage cans with locking lids. Make sure garbage is removed from your property each week.
  • Remove leaf litter, fallen trees, brush piles, and other yard debris that provides harborage spots for rodents.
  • Regularly inspect your home’s exterior, sealing any openings that have developed in the foundation, exterior walls, or roofline.
  • Remove excess clutter from your home that could hide nesting rodents.
  • Store perishables in the fridge and dry goods in hard-sided containers with air-tight lids to keep your family’s food out of the reach of the rodent’s paws.

Stinging Insects

Bees, hornets, and wasps are stinging insects. Stinging insects vary in habitat and behaviors by species, but all species have a couple of things in common. Stinging insects have stingers extending from the hind end and are an essential part of the ecosystem. Bees are responsible for the pollination of plants and predatory species like hornets and wasps reduce populations of nuisance insects. Another thing that stinging insects have in common is that our yards, gardens, trees, decks, porches, and homes provide them with food, water, and shelter.

Unfortunately for all homeowners, keeping stinging insects out of our yards is difficult. They live, breed, and feed outside, and unless you put an invisible dome around your property, it is impossible to stop them from flying into your yard to forage for food or nest. Some of the most common things in our yards to catch the eye of a stinging insect are open trash cans, pet food, gardens, fruit trees, and outdoor eating areas.

Don’t allow stinging insects to make you afraid to spend time in your backyard. At Avenger Pest Control, we will quickly come to your aid and remove stinging insects and their nests. In addition, use the following tips to help prevent stinging insects from taking over your Cleveland, Ohio property.

  • Remove standing water from your property that provides a water source.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to keep foraging stinging insects out of them.
  • Keep the grass in your yard cut short and fill in ground holes and bare spots.
  • Remove fallen trees, brush piles, and woodpiles from your yard that provide nesting spots for stinging insects.

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At Avenger Pest Control, we are here for our customers and provide the services necessary to eliminate pests and keep them from returning. If pests ever become a problem in your indoor or outdoor space, we are here to help; we know how important it is to you that you maintain a home free of unwanted insects and rodents. To discover the benefits of implementing our proactive pest control services, reach out to us today!

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