Why Every Overland Park Home Should Be Protected From Pests
October 15, 2019
People often think if they can’t see something, then they’re not in danger. But did you know that some pests can expose homeowners, their families, and their pets to disease or other potentially dangerous health problems? And some pests can cause damage to a home’s structure. You might not even know that these pests are hiding in your home.
What Are Some of the Most Common Pests in Overland Park?
There are several ant species in the Overland Park area. They infest homes in search of food, and some species, like the carpenter ant, can cause structural damage to homes.
Bed bugs –
Bed bugs can be found in more than just hotels. They are considered ‘hitchhikers’ because they get into people’s luggage, backpacks, purses, and other belongings and are transported to other locations, such as ride-shares, planes, or buses. And they have no problem making their way into people’s homes.
Both the American and Oriental cockroaches lay approximately 16 eggs in one case. The lifespan of an adult can range from 5 to 26 weeks, and they may have as many as 200 offspring in total per female. It doesn’t take long to develop an infestation once they start breeding in a home or business. They can track disease and bacteria across counters and other surfaces, putting you and your family at risk.
Pantry pests –
These pests are more than a little annoying because when they get into homes and pantries, it can lead to throwing away a lot of food. Pantry pests can chew through cellophane and plastic bags to get inside of packages. They lay eggs inside food or along the folds of boxes, flour bags, and other foods.
There are several species of spiders in Kansas, but the most concerning ones in the Overland Park area are the brown recluse, black widow, and the wolf spider because their bites can require medical attention. Spiders do not consume human food, so when you notice their presence in your home, it probably means they have followed other pests into your home.
Termites don’t enter a home in search of human food. They are searching for wood to feed on and can cause thousands of dollars in damage before a homeowner even knows they are there.
Don’t let the size of a tick fool you. They can cause serious health issues such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and Lyme disease to name a few. People have lost work and suffered months and even years recovering from a tick bite. Some people have even died. Ticks are not a pest anyone wants to deal with, and they can even present a danger to our pets.
If you want to find out more about any of these pests, you can click on the links for any of them to learn more about them and see pictures to help you identify the type of pest you may be dealing with in or around your home.
As you can see, there are numerous types of pests that can invade Overland Park homes throughout the year. Some of these pests may feed on human or pet blood, some have poisonous bites, some can transmit diseases, and others can cause damage to homes. DIY methods do not tend to take care of infestations and some pests require heat treatments that homeowners are not able to do effectively on their own. It is best to have a professional company like Augustine Exterminators protecting your home and family.
Contact Augustine Exterminators to learn about year-round pest control service, to schedule a free home inspection, or to ask questions about any pests that are plaguing you!