Mississippi is known for its blazing summers and unseasonably warm winters, all part of its subtropical climate. Humidity is another major part of the state's culture and these two factors together allow for a range of pests to make their home in Mississippi. While Mississippi homeowners are probably well accustomed to finding pests inside their homes, most people don't know what critters they are seeing, what kind of damage they do, and how or why they end up indoors. To help prepare you for the pests you might find in your Mississippi home, some of the more common pests found in your state are described below.
Fleas are a major concern in Mississippi, especially for pet owners. If your pets spend a significant amount of time outdoors, they are very susceptible to fleas. In Mississippi, cat fleas, dog fleas, human fleas and the northern rat flea are some of the most common culprits. With most flee species, the larvae prefer high levels of humidity and try to avoid sunlight. When inside, they will burrow inside carpets or rugs to find these conditions.
Like most of the United States, cockroaches are a major problem in Mississippi. In addition to the fact that most people find cockroaches to be very repulsive, these pests pose a range of problems. Cockroaches carry diseases that can be spread to humans when they get into your food. Sometimes cockroaches can dispel an unpleasant odor and some humans are even allergic to these pests. While there are dozens of different species of cockroaches in Mississippi, there are a few that are very common invaders. The German cockroach is a common household pest. This species of 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. These cockroaches are a brownish red color and have wings, however they do not fly. The German cockroach is significantly smaller than the other common species of cockroaches in Mississippi such as the smoky brown and American cockroach. The smoky brown cockroach is the most common cockroach in the state. These larger species prefer dark, moist areas such as sewers, dumpsters and under houses.
Another considerable pest problem in Mississippi comes from various types of carpet beetles. There are several different species of carpet beetles in Mississippi, 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.
Mississippi homeowners should also be aware of the risks associated with moths. The two most common moths in Mississippi are the webbing clothes moth and the case-bearing clothes moth. Just as with the carpet beetle, it is the larvae that cause damage within the home. Clothes moths usually enter your home on clothing items and the infestation can then spread to different rooms of your house. These pests prefer dark spaces, and are therefore usually in rooms that go unused for periods of time such as closets or attics. Unfortunately, when in these undisturbed areas, they are left to do the most damage, leaving holes in your clothes. Moths can sometimes be prevented with a few housekeeping practices such as cleaning clothes before storing them, and regularly inspecting stored items.
These are just a few of the pests found in Mississippi. Ants, termites, rodents and stinging insects are common as well, just to name a few. Whatever kind of pest problem you are facing, Terminix pest experts have safe, effective solutions to keep your home pest free.
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