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Louisiana's warm, semi-tropical climate makes it home to a wide range of pests. Some species are harmless, others carry diseases, but anytime pests enter your home it can be an unwanted nuisance. Many homeowners don't know what pests to expect and what kind of damage they can cause. Our guide to some of the most commonly found pests in Louisiana will better prepare you to handle household critters.
When it comes to pest damage, there are a few species to pay careful attention to in Louisiana; termites and beetles. Most people are aware of the damage caused by termites. Louisiana has both subterranean termites and dry wood termites. Subterranean termites feed on moist wood cellulose, which is in the interior part of a wooden structure and then fill the holes with dirt. 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. Identifying termites can also be difficult because they look very similar to some ant species. Per their name, drywood termites prefer to feed on dry wood. Unlike subterranean termites, they don't fill in the holes they create with mud and they also leave behind feces.
The other culprit is the powder post beetle. These pests can cause almost as much damage as termites. It is the larvae that cause the most problems as they tunnel their way through your wood. Like termites, the damage often goes unseen from the outside and the only visible markings are small holes left when the adult beetles tunnel their way out of the wood. Both subterranean termites and powder post beetles can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. Therefore, Terminix pest control can help you prevent them before a major problem occurs.
Another considerable pest problem in Louisiana comes from various types of carpet beetles. There are several different species of carpet beetles in Louisiana, but with all of them the problem is primarily with the larvae, not the adult beetles. These insects will make themselves at home in your house feeding on all types of natural products from clothes to food. Clothes and fabrics that are particularly attractive to the larvae include such things as fur, wool and feathers. Carpet beetle larvae infestations can also be found in many grain foods.
Silverfish are also common in Louisiana homes. These pests prefer moist areas such as basements or bathrooms and primarily come out at nighttime. They have a fish-like shape and are grayish silver in color with pinchers. Though they are not poisonous, they can pinch you.
The warm, humid climate of Louisiana is especially conducive to mosquitoes. There are dozens of different species of mosquitoes in the state and some of them carry deadly diseases, which can be transmitted to humans.
Other common pests such as cockroaches, stinging insects, rodents, ants and more can all be found in Louisiana. Whatever pest problem you are facing, Terminix is here to help prevent and treat pests in your home. Safe, effective services will keep your home and family pest free.
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