Vermont's climate is considered to be humid continental and the state experiences widely varying temperatures throughout the seasons. The geographical location and colder temperatures of Vermont provide relief from some common pest problems such as termites, but homeowners in this state still have to worry about certain pest problems. Prevention is the best practice when it comes to pest control, and Terminix can help you establish a safe and effective treatment plan. However, if you are already facing pest problems, Terminix is ready to assist you and make your home pest free. One of the key steps in pest prevention is to know what critters to expect in your home and what kind of trouble they can cause.
There are many species of spiders in Vermont, but two poisonous spiders that homeowners should be aware of are the black widow and the brown recluse. Though these spiders are not, by nature, aggressive toward humans, if bitten by either of these spiders, you will need to seek medical treatment. Black widow spiders are, according to their name, black with a unique red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Brown recluse spiders can vary in color from cream to dark brown. Their distinguishing feature is a violin-shaped marking on their back. While brown recluse spiders will seek shelter indoors, the black widow prefers the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements.
Vermont 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. In Vermont, these pests are even more prevalent in places where earthworms are abundant as they feed on this insect. 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.
Bats can be a common problem in Vermont, and once in your home, they can create serious problems. There are nine species of bats in the state but only a few become indoor problems. The big brown bat and the little brown bat are common household intruders in the Vermont. These two species both hibernate in the winter and may do so in attics or the eves of your roof. Though it is not common, bats can carry rabies, making them a potentially dangerous pest. If you find or suspect a bat problem in or around your home, don't attempt to handle it on your own.
Carpenter ants are very prevalent in Vermont as well and are not only a nuisance, but can also cause structural damage to your home. These ants are relatively large, and in Vermont, the black and red carpenter ant both exist. 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 the piles of sawdust that they leave.
These are just a few of the pests common in Vermont homes. Other invaders include cockroaches, mites, and rodents, just to name a few. Anytime you find yourself facing a pest problem, Terminix pest experts will work with you on an individual basis to devise a safe and effective treatment plan.
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