Located in the Midwest region of the United States, South Dakota has an interior continental climate. This results in mild summers and extremely cold winters with significant amounts of snowfall. These factors play a key role in the types of pests that are common to the state. As a homeowner, it is important to be prepared for what type of pests may try to invade your home or yard and what kind of problems and damage they can cause.
Though South Dakota is not plagued with termite problems as severe as in many other states, these pests can still become a major issue in the southeastern portion of the state. In this area, the Eastern subterranean termite and the arid-land subterranean termite can both be found. Subterranean termites feed on wood cellulose, which is in the interior part of a wooden structure. This type of termite needs contact with warm, moist soil to survive. Therefore, as they tunnel through your wood, consuming it along the way, they replace the empty spaces with soil. 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 pests.
The boxelder bug is another very well known pest in South Dakota. Per their namesake, these bugs primarily feed on the seeds of the boxelder tree. However, they can also be found on many other types of plants and trees common in the state. Though these bugs start out as an outdoor problem, in the fall and winter, they often move inside to escape the cold temperatures. It's no secret that any bugs inside your home are considered a nuisance, but the boxelder bug is harmless. Many argue that the most effective way to prevent problems from these pests is to remove their source of food from around your home; boxelder trees or other plants they feed off of. However, this isn't necessarily the most desirable course of action, which is way Terminix offers treatment plans to help you avoid any problems resulting from these pests.
The stink bug is a recent pest problem in South Dakota, arriving in the United States from parts of Asia a little over a decade ago. While it started out as a rare sighting in the late '90s, it has become much more prevalent in many states around the country. The stink bug can be very destructive to crops, but inside the home it is mostly just a nuisance. These bugs enter the home during the fall and winter to avoid the cold temperatures. The most irritating aspect of the stink bug is just what you would imagine; its smell. These critters have a unique defense mechanism that allows them to release an odor when threatened or aggravated. While it may be unpleasant, it is harmless to humans.
Pantry pests are another household problem in South Dakota, as various types of beetles invade packaged goods. The confused flour beetle is a small, brownish-red insect that can infest your pantry. These pests are commonly found in beans, cereals and flour. Confused flour beetles can reproduce inside your household foods and will then spread to other parts of your kitchen in search of additional items to consume. Conversely, carpet beetles prefer to feed on animal skins and furs. In your home, food for carpet beetles can come in a variety of forms, from dead insects to fur clothes. The larvae of carpet beetles are the ones that cause the damage, not the adults. These are just a few of the types of beetles that you may encounter in your South Dakota home, and prevention and treatment services are the best way to protect against these pests.
Other common pests in South Dakota include cockroaches, spiders, ants and stinging insects. No matter what type of pest problem you are facing, Terminix will work with you on an individual basis to devise a safe and effective treatment plan to keep you and your family pest free.
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