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The humid, subtropical climate of South Carolina results in mild winters and scorching hot summers. These conditions are very favorable for a wild variety of pests. Knowing what kind of pests to expect in your home and what kind of problems and damage they can cause is a key aspect of pest control. Therefore, we have provided detailed information on some of the most common pests found in this state.
The warm, humid climate of South Carolina is especially conducive to mosquitoes because these insects require water to breed. There are over 60 different species of mosquitoes in the state and some of them carry deadly diseases such as West Nile Virus and encephalitis, which can be transmitted to humans.
There are many species of spiders in South Carolina, but most of them are harmless. However, there are a few dangerous ones of which you should be aware. Widow spiders are a major problem in the Palmetto state, and there are a few different types of this spider. Both the Southern and Northern black widow are common. Black widows prefer the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements. The key distinction between these two species is that the Southern black widow has a unique red hourglass shape on its abdomen, while the Northern black widow has less defined red spots on its abdomen. The brown widow has also become a problem in the state in recent years. This spider also has the hourglass shape on its abdomen but it is a yellowish orange color and the spider itself is grayish brown. The brown recluse spider is also prevalent in South Carolina. Brown recluse spiders can vary in color from cream to dark brown. Their distinguishing feature is a violin-shaped marking on their back. These spiders sometimes seek shelter indoors and will often hide in closets, furniture or light fixtures. None of these species are aggressive toward humans but they will occasionally bite, and If bitten by one of these spiders, it is important to seek medical treatment.
Most homeowners are aware of the damage associated with termites, but another pest, the carpenter ant, can also cause serious structural damage to your home. 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 behind. These pests are usually encountered from spring to early fall. The most common occurrences of carpenter ants in households are around moist wood areas such as windowsills, floorboards, porches and bathrooms.
Fleas are also a major concern in South Carolina, especially for pet owners. If your pets spend a significant amount of time outdoors,they are very susceptible to fleas. In South Carolina, the cat flea is the most common culprit, and they can easily make their way into your home on your dog or cat. Though they do not live on humans, fleas will bite humans, leaving an itchy red bump.
South Carolina clearly faces a great challenge when it comes to pest control, and these are just a few of the insects that will try to make your home their own. Fortunately, there are many safe, effective ways to protect your home from these pests. Terminix is committed to working with you on an individual basis to come up with an effective treatment plan for your home. Pest management is both an indoor and outdoor effort and Terminix works to ensure that these insects never become a problem for you and your family.
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