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Iowa is home to a range of different pests that can make their way into your home. Though homeowners may recognize some of the common Iowa pests, most people don't know very much about these critters. Understanding when pests come indoors, what causes them to do so, and what kind of threat they pose is one of the most effective steps of prevention. Anytime you expect you may have pests in your home, it's a good idea to get professional help. Terminix pest control experts offer safe, effective treatments for your Iowa home.
Like most of the United States, bed bugs can be a major problem in Iowa. One of the biggest challenges of bed bugs is how difficult they are to get rid of. There are some steps you can take at home to alleviate the problem, but elimination typically requires professional help. Bed bugs can live or hide virtually anywhere in your home, which is one of the reasons they are so hard to tackle. The more clutter and 'stuff' you have in a room, the more welcome they will feel. Another issue is that they can survive over a year without any food, meaning the only way to get rid of these pests is by killing them all. Though their bite is not dangerous, bed bugs will bite humans leaving itchy red spots all over the skin.
Stinging insects are another pest to look out for in Iowa. There are a wide variety of these species found in the state. During the fall and winter, yellowjacket wasps are commonly found inside the home as they build their nests in walls and attics. Spider wasps also have a tendency of ending up inside Iowa homes. Though they prefer the outdoors, they may move inside for warmer temperatures or accidentally fly inside and end up staying for a while. These species will occasionally sting if threatened.
Ticks are another pest to be aware of. In Iowa there are three main species of ticks. The most common is the American dog tick. Though this species is known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever in other parts of the country, this is not a threat from these ticks in Iowa. The lonestar tick is also quite common, and is identifiable by the single white spot on its back. Fortunately, this species does not pose health risks to humans in Iowa either. However, the third species of tick in Iowa, the deer tick, is a carrier of Lyme disease and poses serious health threats to humans. Ticks are most common from the late spring to early fall and are usually outdoors, but can be brought inside on pets or humans. Treating for ticks can be very difficult, but it is important to be aware of them and know which ones are a threat.
Unfortunately roaches are also a major concern in Iowa. In this state, several different species of cockroaches can be found. Just to name a few, the German, American, Oriental and brownbanded cockroach are all common in Iowa. The German cockroach is most often found near sources of food. You may see these pests appear more often in the kitchen, especially if crumbs are to be found. Both the German and American cockroach are brownish-red in color, and the main distinction between them is that the American cockroach is much larger. The Oriental cockroach is dark brown and can fly. The Oriental and American cockroach prefer damp areas such as basements or bathrooms. Brownbanded cockroaches are smaller than the American and Oriental cockroach, but these pests are not very picky and can be found anywhere in your home.
These are just a few of the pests you may encounter in your Iowa home. Anytime you discover pests, it is best to contact professionals to treat your home and protect you and your family.
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