Kansas is home to a range of household pests that can be both a nuisance and a major cause of destruction. One of the main concerns of homeowners is not knowing what kind of pests to expect and what kind of problems they cause. Below you will find an overview of a few of the more common pests in Kansas. Understanding what pests to expect, where to expect them and what kind of damage they cause is a key aspect of pest management.
Unfortunately for Kansas homeowners, termites are a major problem. In Kansas, the Eastern subterranean termite is the most common culprit, but arid-land subterranean termites are prevalent as well. Eastern subterranean termites feed on wood cellulose, which is in the interior part of a wooden structure. Termites need contact with warm moist soil to survive, and therefore replace the wood they tunnel through with soil. This is especially problematic because the damage is inside the wood and cannot be easily seen. Often, by the time termites are discovered they have already done thousands of dollars in damage. Wooden foundation under your house, floorboards, and trim are all commonly attacked by these termites.
Though these pests are relatively harmless, centipedes and millipedes inside your home can be an unwanted nuisance. Centipedes feed on insects, typically outdoors, but sometimes enter the home. Because they are capable of reproducing indoors, they may be around for a while. Their insect-eating habits can be beneficial in your home as well as an indicator of a larger insect problem. Millipedes prefer to feed on dead wood or plant material. These pests often move indoors during the colder months to find warmer temperatures. Besides it being a nuisance to have bugs in your home, millipedes can secrete an unpleasant odor.
The mosquito, another dreaded pest, is also very common in Kansas. There are over two dozen species of mosquitoes in Kansas that carry the West Nile virus. Mosquitoes breed in water and can become infestations around your home, and often make their way indoors.
In Kansas, several different species of cockroaches can be found; the German, American, Oriental, brownbanded and wood cockroach are all common in Kansas. The German and brownbanded cockroach are most often found near sources of food, and make their way indoors much more often than the other Iowa cockroaches. You may see these pests appear more often in the kitchen, especially if crumbs are to be found. The Oriental and American cockroach prefer damp areas and usually prefer the outdoors, but may sometimes move indoors into bathrooms and basements. Oriental cockroaches are much darker and can fly. The American cockroach is significantly larger than the other species of cockroaches in Kansas. The wood cockroach is also common, but very rarely moves indoors and is not a major household pest.
Other common pests in Kansas include moths, spiders, beetles and more. Kansas homeowners face 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.
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