The landscape of West Virginia is dominated by the Appalachian Mountains, creating high levels of elevation throughout the state. The climate of West Virginia varies throughout the state between humid continental and humid subtropical. All of these factors result in a wide variety of pests that are found in West Virginia homes. In order to prepare homeowners for the pests they may encounter, we have provided detailed descriptions of a few of the most common pests in West Virginia.
West Virginia is home to many different species of ants, but there are a few very common invaders with which homeowners should be familiar. Carpenter ants are very prevalent in West Virginia and are not only a nuisance, but can also cause 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. If you discover carpenter ants inside your home, this is usually an indicator that there is a nest somewhere nearby. The odorous house ant is another species of ant common in West Virginia. As their name suggests, these pests emit an unpleasant odor when crushed and often make nests in attics, window frames, and under porches. Pavements ants can also be found throughout West Virginia. These ants are blackish in color and prefer to nest in pavement and sidewalk cracks, but often enter the home through tiny openings.
Pantry pests can become a major problem in your home as they feed off or your food and other household items. The Indian meal moth is one of the most common pantry invaders in the state. These bugs feed on many pantry items such as flour, cereal, corn meal and other processed grain foods. This pest has wings and can be seen flying around your kitchen, making it even more of a nuisance. Sawtoothed grain beetles also feed off of many of the same food items as the Indian meal moth but this pest does not fly. Another common pantry pest, the carpet beetle, prefers 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. While these pests don't cause any major damage, they can ruin food products, and are generally unpleasant to have as house guests.
Like most of the United States, bed bugs are a major problem in West Virginia and leave many residents uncomfortable and unhappy. One of the biggest challenges of bed bugs is how difficult they are to get rid of. There are some steps you can take at home to alleviate the problem, but elimination typically requires professional help. Bed bugs can live or hide virtually anywhere in your home, which is one of the reasons they are so hard to tackle. The more clutter and 'stuff' you have in a room, the more welcome they will feel. Another issue is that they can survive over a year without any food, meaning the only way to get rid of these pests is by killing them all. Though their bite is not dangerous, bed bugs will bite humans leaving itchy red spots all over the skin.
These are just a few of the pest that you may encounter in your West Virginia home. Other common invaders include spiders, termites, rodents and stinging insects. At Terminix, we recognize how important it is to keep your home pest free and we are committed to working with you on an individual basis to devise a safe and effective treatment plan.
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