There are a lot of icky bugs on the outside of our Nashville homes. We don't see them much, as most of them tend to hide under rocks, wood, leaves, and other things. It is only when they get inside that we notice them. Fortunately, most pests that get into Nashville homes are just a nuisance. The occasional centipede is certainly scary, but those creepy bugs don't hurt us. The appearance of a big wolf spider on the bathroom floor can jump you out of your skin, but it isn't likely to bite you. While you don't want any pests in your home, there are some that aren't as bad as others. Today, we're going to tell you about a few common Nashville pests that can be very bad to have inside your home. Here's what you should know.
These insects can come into your home by the thousands without you knowing it. Termites aren't nuisance pests; they're destructive pests that slowly consume wood and create damage, over time. It would almost be better if they would climb around on your walls like other pests do. Then, you would know that you have a problem and you would hire a licensed professional to deal with them before they eat you out of house and home.
When this type of ant appears inside your home, it is important that you recognize it. They are the ants that tunnel in wood. While they don't tend to do as much damage as termites, they can still be costly pests to have around. If you see a black, or black and dark red, ant (or hundreds of them) crawling around in your home, look for a few things to determine whether or not you have a carpenter ant infestation.
Carpenter ant workers are ½ to ⅝ of an inch long.
Winged carpenter ants are twice the size of workers and can be more than an inch long.
Carpenter ant workers vary in size.
Carpenter ants have one node between the thorax and abdomen. You might call this the "waist" of the ant.
Carpenter ants create frass. If you see ants and find a sawdust-like material, it is likely that you're dealing with carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants often attack window and door frames, especially near the ground. If you have holes, this could confirm what type of ant you're seeing in your home.
Fleas And Ticks
If you have a dog or a cat that goes in and out of your home, you know that fleas and ticks can be a problem. Most of the time, you don't need to be too concerned. You can address these pests with products provided by your veterinarian. But it is important to be aware that fleas and ticks are able to transmit diseases to people. Some of those diseases have the potential to cause serious illness. While the risk is certainly low, it is best to do what you can to prevent fleas and ticks from getting into your home.
Mice And Rats
If you don't have a dog or a cat, you can still get fleas and ticks because rodents can bring them into your home. One little mouse can have up to a hundred seed ticks on its body. Rodents can also damage your home and your belongings and contaminate your food.
How To Keep Harmful Pests Out
At All-American Pest Control, we've found that the best way to keep pests out is to create a strong barrier around the exterior of properties. The program we've created to put this protection in place is called Perimeter PLUS. If you live in Nashville and want to get control of over 47 common Tennessee pests, reach out to us. We'd love to talk with you.