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The continental climate of Wisconsin brings mild summers and extremely cold winters. The presence of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior in the state also has an effect on the temperatures and precipitation of the surrounding areas. These factors all play a role in the type of pests found in the state. In order to prepare you for the type of pests you may encounter in your home, we've provided detailed descriptions of some of the state's most common household invaders.
Silverfish and firebrats are common in Wisconsin homes. These pests prefer moist areas such as basements or bathrooms and primarily come out at nighttime. Silverfish have a fish-like shape and are grayish silver in color with pinchers. Though they are not poisonous, they can pinch you. Firebrats are also silver in color and they often move indoors in search of warmth. Wisconsin homeowners may also experience earwigs in their homes from time to time. These pests are recognized by their long bodies and pinchers. Earwigs prefer cooler temperatures and moist areas. They sometimes move indoors in search of water or cooler temperatures. These pests can pinch if threatened, but they are harmless.
Carpenter ants are very prevalent throughout the Midwest including Wisconsin. These ants are not only a nuisance, but can also cause structural damage to your home. Carpenter ants are relatively large and black in color. 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. Carpenter ants prefer to nest in moist wood, and around your home this may include window sills, floorboards or underneath porches. These ants are also known to create many different nests in addition to their main nest. If you find or suspect that carpenter ants are nesting in or around your home, it's important to contact Terminix pest experts to eliminate the problem before these critters cost you thousands of dollars in wood damage.
Rodents are another household problem in Wisconsin, as mice and rats commonly invade homes and buildings. Both of these species are considered social animals, meaning that they travel and live in large numbers. Therefore, if you've found evidence of one mouse or rat in your home, there is a good chance you have a few more lurking around. Both rats and mice are known to carry diseases and can contaminate food items or leave droppings around your house. Wisconsin is home to a variety of species of mice and rats such as deer mice, common house mice and Norway rats. However, all of these species pose similar problems. Terminix provides a variety of solutions to help you eliminate these pests in your home.
In addition to the pests mentioned above, Wisconsin homeowners may face a variety of other critters in their homes including spiders, termites, cockroaches and more. 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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