It would probably come as no surprise to any Alabama natives that the warm climate of this state makes it home to an abundance of pests. Many of Alabama's insects play a vital role in the state's agricultural economy, both good and bad. However, anytime these critters make their way inside your home, it is an unwelcome intrusion. Knowing what kind of pests to expect in your Alabama home, can help you prevent infestations by preventing a problem before it ever starts.
Most homeowners shudder at the word termite, and rightfully so, as these insects can cause an extraordinary amount of harm. Unfortunately, they are quite prevalent in the Southeast, particularly Alabama. There are many different species of termites, but in the Yellowhammer state, the Formosan subterranean termite is the most feared of these pests, causing millions in damage each year.
Another common pest in Alabama is the German cockroach. These unsightly creatures are often found indoors and are known for digesting wood, causing many of the same problems as termites. Apart from the structural damage cockroaches can cause, they also carry many diseases, which they can leave behind in areas of your home. It is also common for cockroaches to excrete an unpleasant odor that can leave confined areas of your home, such as cabinets, smelling bad. Cockroaches can be tricky to get rid of because they can feed off virtually anything, even each other.
Fleas are also a major concern in Alabama, especially for pet owners. If your pets spend a significant amount of time outdoors they are very susceptible to fleas. In Alabama, the cat flea is the most common culprit, and they can easily make their way into your home on your dog or cat.
The mosquito, another dreaded pest, is also very common in Alabama as a result of the warm, humid climate. The Asian tiger mosquito is the most common mosquito in Alabama and seen throughout much of the Southeast. Recognizable by its black and white striped legs, this species is responsible for the spread of the West Nile Virus as well as many other diseases.
Alabama clearly faces a great challenge when it comes to pest control, and these are just a few of the insects that will try to make your home their own. Fortunately, there are many safe, effective ways to protect your home from these pests. Terminix is committed to working with you on an individual basis to come up with an effective treatment plan for your home. Pest management is both an indoor and outdoor effort and Terminix works to ensure that these insects never become a problem for you and your family.
If you find yourself already facing a pest problem in your home, Terminix is here to help. An initial treatment to eliminate the problem is the first place to start. Next, a continual treatment protection plan can be established to avoid future pest problems. Alabama is a breeding ground for disease-carrying pests, don't let your home fall victim.
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