Indoor Pest – Summer
Summer and fall are generally the worst times of the year for pest infestations. The most common indoor pest are flies – house flies, gnats, fruit flies, drain flies, and sometimes biting flies. They are followed in second place by rodents, which become a bigger problem as the weather cools. What can you expect this summer from the pest populations around your home? Let’s explore.
More flies than usual
The scientific order of flies – Diptera – has many different species within it, and they can be divided into groups by what they eat. Meat flies – the common house fly, bottle fly, and sacrophage – are all attracted to dead and dying things – such as rodent corpses, dead animals, and the meaty foods you cook and consume. Fruit flies and gnats are attracted to the fruity alcohols of rotting and over-ripe fruit and spoiled foods. Drain flies are attracted to moist environments where sludge builds up, such as inside of drains, hoses, and pipes.
Fleas are a constant indoor pest and thrive inside of your home. Fleas emerge in early spring, and their lifecycle is so short that there is a continuous source of new fleas year-round. It is easy to blame the pets, but the reality is that we humans often bring fleas into the home. They hop on our shoes and pants when we walk through the yard and jump off when they get in the house. They prefer the blood of animals over humans, which is why pets have such issues with fleas all year long. Please make no mistake; they will happily dine on human blood, but it is much safer to dine on your pet’s blood.
Bed Bugs – The Scourge of Humanity
Bed bugs target humans over other creatures. Unlike the flea which prefers your pet’s blood, bed bugs prefer human blood. The only good thing about bed bugs, which are almost everywhere, is that they do not actively spread disease. Their bites, however, which itch, can become infected if not cared for properly.
Learn more about controlling indoor pests by reaching out to our team. We provide safe and effective indoor and outdoor pest control throughout the Byran and College Station communities.