The arid climate of New Mexico creates unique pest problems for homeowners of this state. One of the major problems with pest control is that most people don?t know what types of critters they are seeing and what kind of problems they cause. The first step toward pest prevention is being prepared for what pests may enter your New Mexico home.
Ants are one of the most common pest problems in New Mexico, and there is a wide variety of species in the state, but there are a few especially common ones that homeowners should look out for. Carpenter ants are very prevalent in New Mexico and are not only a nuisance, but can also cause structural damage to your home. These ants are relatively large and black in color. They 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. Carpenter ants and termites can often be confused because they have similar appearances. Pavements are also common in New Mexico and are blackish in color. They prefer to nest in pavement and sidewalk cracks but often enter the home through tiny openings. Another problematic ant in New Mexico is the red imported fire ant. This species came to the United States from South America and has become a very well known presence throughout the country. While these ants have come to serve a purpose in our ecosystem, they deliver painful, stinging bites that can even be fatal. Red imported fire ants create mounds, and will attack if their mounds are disturbed. Because of the dangers associated with these ants, it is important to call a Terminix pest expert to help treat any fire ant problems you discover around your home.
Located in the dry, southwestern area of the United States means New Mexico has more than its fair share of spiders. Most of the spiders common to New Mexico are not poisonous and cause little if any harm. However, there are a few that are can be very dangerous. Widow spiders are very common in New Mexico, one of the most prevalent species being the western black widow. According to their name, these spiders are black with a unique red hourglass shape on their abdomen. The western black widow prefers the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements. Fortunately, these spiders are not very aggressive. The desert recluse spider, which is related to the more commonly known brown recluse spider, is also a formidable pest in the southwestern United States, including New Mexico. This spider does not have the same memorable violin shaped marking as the brown recluse, and can therefore be more difficult to identify. Another New Mexico spider that, though not poisonous, can be quite problematic is the red-backed jumping spider. This spider is often seen throughout the state and can be very aggressive. A bite from one of these spiders is very painful, but causes no serious health problems.
Unfortunately for New Mexico homeowners, termites are a major problem in the state. New Mexico 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. 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.
These are just a few of the pests you may encounter in and around your New Mexico home. Other common pests include rodents, stinging insects and bed bugs, just to name a few. Regardless of what type of pest problems you are facing, Terminix pest control experts will provide safe, effective treatment plans to keep your home pest free.
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