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The number one nuisance pest in North America, ants make up the majority of local pest problems. Varying by species, the average colony is made up of anywhere between 300,000 to 500,000 ants. With the capability of surviving more than seven years, it’s no surprise that they are likely to take up residence in your home.
Biting insects can be more than just a nuisance, as many of these bugs can also carry dangerous diseases.
More of a nuisance than a threat, house crickets are omnivorous scavengers that feed on almost anything in sight. Known to destroy both vegetable gardens and clothing, all while producing a repetitious chirping sound, crickets cause quite the disturbance! You can typically find more of these creatures in heavily wooded areas.
Adapted for aerial movement, and streamlined for speed, flies are some of the most difficult pests to catch. In addition, they feed on rotting food and animal feces, making them highly resistant to many insecticides but also undesirable to have around your home. Sometimes it takes a professional pest control company to eliminate these 6-legged critters.
Grasshoppers are found on every continent but Antarctica. Here in the United States, grasshoppers typically inhabit dry open areas with grass and other low plants. They can typically be found in fields, meadows, and backyards. Grasshoppers seek out dry areas, so they do find their way inside houses from time to time.
Moles are furry lawn critters with strong hands that allow them to move through dirt and soil. Perhaps their most distinguishing features are their pointed snouts and paddle-shaped hands with large, sharp claws. They live almost their entire life underground, and the tunnels they create can cause significant damage to lawns, fields, golf courses, and other stretches of land.
Mosquitoes are among the top 4 most dangerous animals in the world, and there are approximately 175 species of mosquitoes found in North America. A common biting pest found living and breeding throughout the state of Missouri, mosquitoes can pose threats to humans and animals beyond simply disrupting outdoor experiences. These blood-sucking pests are responsible for carrying and spreading dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus.
Wildlife problems begin to surface in Missouri when the weather cools, as wild creatures prepare to find shelter and food sources for the winter. Unfortunately, many wildlife seek refuge in residential homes, outbuildings, and businesses. Common wildlife creatures found in Missouri are squirrels, chipmunks, moles, skunks, raccoons, and bats. These animals are usually drawn to water and food sources as well as clutter, which provides a place of harborage. Most wildlife are able to enter homes through cracks in the foundation and exterior walls. Wildlife can wreak havoc on the interior and exterior of a property. Squirrels and moles damage gardens and lawns, skunks and raccoons invade trash cans and even raid your pantry, and bats take up residence inside wall voids. To ensure wildlife stays out of your home, routinely checking the foundation and exterior walls for cracks and holes is a good way to get rid of any potential entry points for the persistent invaders.
Occasional invaders include any insects that enter homes or buildings seasonally.
A protected bird is any bird federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means these birds cannot be transported and disturbed (including their nests). Common protected birds found in Missouri include the chimney swift, woodpecker, gull, and Canada goose. Because these species are protected, the safest way to legally control them when they become pests is to partner with a professional wildlife control expert.
Mostly nocturnal, cockroaches like to seek shelter from the outdoors. Likely to gravitate in dark, warm locations, many homeowners notice that cockroaches inhabit their bathrooms, closets, and kitchens. Ranging in color from light brown to black, the type of cockroach has much to do with the location they are likely to be found.
Including mice and rats, rodents can present a number of threats to homeowners. Known to chew through wires, causing electrical fires, transmit diseases, and even track in ticks, it’s always a good idea to prevent these pests before a problem occurs.
Snakes play an important part in the ecosystem by feeding on and reducing the populations of nuisance pests. While some species are venomous, most are non-venomous and should not be feared. Despite generally not being super dangerous, they are a pest species that most people do want living in or near their home.
Contrary to popular belief, spiders are not insects; they are actually arachnids, closely related to ticks and scorpions. Possessing the signature trait of eight legs and known to leave behind webs, spiders are notorious for spooking many homeowners.
There are a number of stinging insects common to North America, many of which pose a threat to your family’s well being. Insects like bees, wasps and hornets can cause painful, sometimes life-threatening stings! It’s important to understand the behaviors and characteristics of these pests, so you can stay safe.
Any area containing grains and dried goods is at risk for an infestation of stored product insects.
Causing more than $5 billion in damage to homes across the United States each year, termites are most common in the southern part of the nation. Since most homeowners’ insurance won't cover termite damage, professional help and prevention methods are often recommended.
Closely related to spiders, ticks also belong to the arachnid group. Relying on the blood of their hosts, ticks are likely to move from one mammal to another in order to survive. Due to their transient behavior, these pests are vectors of a number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease.
An unprotected bird is any species of bird that is exempt from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, meaning they can be controlled without a federal permit.
Voles are a type of rodent similar to the mouse, famously known for damaging the roots of your lawn, trees, and shrubs. There are 124 species of voles in the Northern Hemisphere, with 23 species commonly found throughout the United States, including the prairie vole, meadow vole, pine vole, and Oregon vole. With other names, like meadow mice, field mice, meadow moles, and ground moles, they are easily confused with mice, hamsters, shrews, moles, and other types of rodents.