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Different regions of Pennsylvania fall into different climate zones, resulting in a wide variation of temperatures, precipitation and humidity throughout the state. In turn, this results in a wide variety of pests that call the state home. In order to help prepare you for the pests you may encounter in your home, we've provided information on a few of the state's most common pests.
In Pennsylvania, there are several different pests that enjoy feeding on household items as well as human foods. A few of these intruders include booklice, sawtoothed grain beetles and Indian meal moths. Booklice are very small critters and can be found in a variety of colors from dark brown to practically translucent. These pests enjoy eating mold quite a bit. In your house this is usually found either in your pantry, behind wallpaper or in books. Another common invader, the sawtoothed grain beetle, is most often found in items in your pantry such as flour, cereal, corn meal or other processed grain foods. Similarly, the Indian meal moth feeds on many pantry items mentioned above. However, this pest has wings and can be seen flying around your kitchen, making it even more of a nuisance. While these pests don't cause any major damage, they can ruin food products, and are generally unpleasant to have as house guests.
Stinging insects can also be a serious threat in Pennsylvania. Yellowjackets and hornets are two of the most common and problematic stinging insects in the state. Some types of yellowjackets make their nests below ground, other prefer to nest in trees, bushes or even inside your home. Yellowjackets typically encounter humans in their search for food, feeding off of many types of human food and drink. These pests can be very aggressive and will sting, especially if agitated. 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 hornet is significantly smaller than the European hornet and typically remains outdoors. Sometimes European hornets make their nests indoors, which is when they become a serious problem. Though they don't seek out humans to sting, both of these types of pests can become aggressive and may deliver a very painful sting. Therefore, controlling them around your home should be left to a professional Terminix pest expert.
The house centipede is another pest that frequently finds its way inside Pennsylvania homes. These bugs can be over an inch long with many legs and the ability to move very rapidly. Their quick, sporadic movement and unusual appearance give them a very unfavorable disposition among homeowners. House centipedes move indoors to avoid the cold of winter. Unfortunately, they are capable of reproducing inside, which is why you may find them in your home in such large numbers.
Silverfish and earwigs are also both commonly found in Pennsylvania homes. Silverfish 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 and can leave marks or stains on items in your home such as linens or drapes. Silverfish feed on a variety of household items and food, but they can also survive for long periods of time without eating. Earwigs are in many ways similar to silverfish. They have a similar shaped body with pinchers but are reddish brown to black in color. Earwigs prefer cooler temperatures and moist areas, but are more commonly an outdoor problem than inside your home. However, they will sometimes move indoors in search of water or cooler temperatures. Earwigs will also pinch if threatened and can emit an unpleasant odor, but they are generally harmless.
A variety of other pests can be found in your Pennsylvania home including cockroaches, rodents, ants and spiders. At Terminix, we know how important a safe, pest-free home is to you and your family. Our pest control experts will work with you on an individual basis to devise an effective treatment plan to treat and eliminate any pest problems you may be facing.
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