New Hampshire has a unique climate with seasons that vary significantly in temperature and precipitation. This leads to a wide variety of pests that may end up in your home. Knowing what kind of pests to expect in your home and what kind of harm or damage they can cause is one of the first steps toward managing any pest problems.
Like most of the United States, bed bugs can be a major problem in New Hampshire. In the last few years, there has been a resurgence of these pests; something many attribute to the increase in travel. 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.
New Hampshire homeowners may find themselves facing a couple different species of flies in their home. One of the most common invaders is the cluster fly, making its way indoors during the fall when the weather starts to turn cold. Though they are harmless and don't cause any damage, it can still be very annoying to have large numbers of these pests spending the winter in your home.
There are two pests New Hampshire homeowners should pay very close attention to because of the structural damage they can cause; termites and carpenter ants. The Eastern subterranean termite is the main species of termite in New Hampshire. These pests feed on wood cellulose, which is in the interior part of a wooden structure. 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. Carpenter ants are also very prevalent in New Hampshire and are not only a nuisance, but can also cause serious structural damage. These insects burrow into wood to make their nests, but the damage is usually done on the inside of the wood and the only evidence of their existence is piles of sawdust that they leave. In New Hampshire there are four main species of carpenter ants, all of which are blackish in color with a few variations. Carpenter ants and termites can also be confused for one another because they have a similar shape and wings.
These are just a few of the pests found in New Hampshire. Cockroaches, beetles, and rodents are also common in this state, just to name a few. No matter what kind of pest problem you are facing, Terminix will work with you on an individual basis to devise a safe, effective treatment plan to keep your home pest free.
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