The continental climate of Missouri produces varied temperatures and levels of precipitation around the state. This can also lead to varying pest problems depending on what region of Missouri you live in. However, there are some pests that are common throughout the state that we have described below. One of the first steps toward preventing pests in your home is knowing which ones to expect, when to expect them and what kind of damage or harm they can cause.
Like most of the United States, bed bugs can be a major problem in Missouri. In recent years, the incidence of bed bugs in the state has increased significantly. 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.
Ticks are another pest to be aware of. In Missouri, there are three main species of ticks. The American dog tick is very prevalent in Missouri and throughout the United States. This species of tick is known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can be deadly if it goes untreated. The lonestar tick is also quite common, and is identifiable by the single white spot on its back. There are some speculations that lonestar ticks may carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but it is most known for carrying a bacterial disease known as Ehrilichiosis. Another species of tick in Missouri, the deer tick, is a carrier of Lyme disease and poses serious health threats to humans. This disease may show up at first as flu-like symptoms and a redness around the bite. 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.
Stinging insects can also be a serious threat in Missouri. Yellowjackets and hornets are two of the most common and problematic stinging insects in the state. Two main types of yellowjackets to be aware of are the Eastern yellowjacket and the Southern yellowjacket. These insects make their nests below ground, but will encounter humans in their search for food, feeding off of many types of human food. Yellowjackets can be very aggressive and will sting. Hornets are the other major problem, namely the European and baldfaced hornet. Both of these species feed off of other insects and can sometimes be beneficial around your home. The baldfaced yellowjacket is significantly smaller than the European yellowjacket and typically remains outdoors. Sometimes European hornets make their nests indoors, which is when they become a serious problem. Though they are not very aggressive, both of these species can sting, and controlling them around your home should be left to a professional Terminix pest expert.
There are a whole list of other pests that can be found in Missouri such as rodents, ants, termites and beetles. Whether you are seeking to prevent a pest problem from starting or you have a major infestation, Terminix offers safe, effective treatment solutions to keep your Missouri home pest free.
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