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As with any state, the terrain of Arkansas plays a critical role in the types of pests state residents face. The state's landscape is dominated by mountains and forest, adding to the natural beauty of Arkansas, but bringing with it a host of insect problems. Like much of the United States, pests such as cockroaches, bedbugs, mosquitoes and flies are very prevalent. However, in Arkansas the more unique pest problems are associated with beetles, stinging insects and spiders.
Beetles have a very large presence in Arkansas, both inside homes and in gardens and lawns. Arkansas is home to thousands of different species of beetles, but two of the most common types are the Japanese beetle and the carpet beetle. In warmer months, these pests can cause extensive problems in your yard, feeding on the shrubs and flowers you have worked so hard planting. Many species of beetles are known to be found in large groups, so if you see one, chances are there are plenty more around. When the temperatures begin to drop, these pests often make their way into your home, adding to the annoyance. One of the best ways to prevent beetles in Arkansas is to avoid planting plants that are known to be a popular feeding source for beetles.
Another major Arkansas pet problem arises from all different types of stinging insects. Encountering these pests outside is troubling enough because of the painful and dangerous stings they deliver. When they make their way into your home, the problem escalates significantly. Carpenter bees, wasps and hornets are all major problems in Arkansas homes. One of the factors leading to an increased prevalence of these pests is the warmer temperatures that are being experienced around the country. Stinging insects are typically an issue during the warmer summer months. However, as temperatures remain unseasonably warm into the fall and even winter, these pests are staying alive much longer than normal. Stinging insects create nests for inhabiting, which means if you notice a few of these insects flying around, you may have a whole colony somewhere inside or just outside of your home. For this reason, it is especially important to enlist the safe and effective measures of Terminix pest control experts.
For many people, spiders are the most daunting of pests to find inside your home. While many species of arachnids are harmless, in some cases, this fear is completely warranted. Two poisonous spiders that Arkansas home owners should be aware of are the black widow and the brown recluse. Though these spiders are not, by nature, aggressive toward humans, if bitten by either of these spiders, you will need to seek medical treatment. Black widow spiders are, according to their name, black with a unique red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Brown recluse spiders can vary in color from cream to dark brown. Their distinguishing feature is a violin-shaped marking on their back. While brown recluse spiders will seek shelter indoors, the black widow prefers the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements.
Arkansas has plenty of pests that call it home, but proper treatment and preventative measures will ensure that you keep your home safe and pest free.
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