Middleton is one of the smallest cities in Idaho, but its beauty is limitless. With green space everywhere you turn and many different farms and parks, it is clear that Middleton is a great place for nature lovers. Unfortunately, with the foliage and the wildlife that make up the ecosystem here, there are also many pests.
Termites, cockroaches, bed bugs, and mosquitoes are just a few. Pests are not only a nuisance but can also be very dangerous once they start sharing space with humans. Below, our Middleton pest control expert outlines the city’s most common types of pests and why it is essential to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Most Common Pests In MIDDLETON, ID?
There are a number of different pests in Middleton, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of the most common pests in this area are as follows:
- Ants: Pavement ants, carpenter ants, and Pharaoh ants are some of Middleton’s most common ant species. Pharaoh ants do not bite or sting but carry salmonella and streptococcus, making them very dangerous. Carpenter ants will also chew through wood, searching for a place to nest.
- Fleas and ticks: Ticks are very dangerous, as they can spread Lyme disease to humans and their beloved pets. Fleas are not as harmful, but they can transmit tapeworm to animals and make them very sick. Fleas and ticks are commonly found in areas containing tall grass or brush making it likely to encounter them in the vegetation surrounding Middleton.
- Termites: Termite infestations are not common in Middleton, but even one colony can quickly destroy a home. Termites cause $5 billion worth of damage every year, and much of this damage goes unnoticed. Due to the fact that termites primarily live within a home’s walls, homeowners do not always detect a problem immediately, so it quickly becomes worse.
- Mosquitoes: Of all the flying insects, mosquitoes are some of the most annoying. They can also breed thousands of other mosquitoes in just a tiny amount of water. Mosquitoes are more than just a minor annoyance, though, as they also carry many diseases. A Middleton pest control company is usually required to handle and eliminate large populations around the home.
- Rodents: Rodents such as mice and rats reproduce exceptionally quickly. This means that by the time one scurries out in front of a homeowner, there is likely already an infestation. Idaho is home to several varieties of indoor rodents, primarily house mice and rats. The baits and traps on the market today are not very effective, particularly when they are not used properly. A Middleton pest control company will have adequate resources to eliminate a problem quickly.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches are known scavengers, and once they make their way inside a home, they will quickly take over an area such as a kitchen. Cockroaches survived the Ice Age, which only shows how difficult they are to get rid of. They can also go weeks without food if they need to and can even survive without their head. More recently, we have been seeing increasing volumes of the German Cockroach in the Treasure Valley.
- Bed bugs: Bed bugs take shelter in mattresses, box springs, and other soft furniture. They are inactive during the day and come out at night to feed off warm-blooded hosts, usually humans. The bites are not harmful to humans, but they are annoyingly itchy and will leave red bumps behind. Knowing that bed bugs are close by is also enough to make it harder for a person to get a good night’s sleep, which can harm a person’s health. While bed bugs aren’t distinctly local to the Treasure Valley, they are still quite a few residents that request bed bug removal.
The above pests are just a few of the most common in Middleton. A Middleton pest control professional will be able to identify any pest problem and eliminate it.
THE DANGERS OF UNTREATED PEST INFESTATIONS
Any pest will be jarring for a homeowner to see in their house. Many of them are very annoying as they sting or bite, but the vast majority of pests also pose a danger to human health. Homeowners do not even have to see pests for them to pose this risk.
Pests will always leave droppings throughout a home as they make their way through it. Although these droppings are unsightly, those of rats, mice, and other rodents are especially dangerous. Rodent droppings have been shown to irritate asthma symptoms, which makes it very difficult for people to breathe. Some people have even developed asthma after being around and handling rodent droppings.
Cockroaches can also irritate allergies, even once they have died. It is not uncommon for people to wonder why they suddenly suffer from allergies or why their allergies are flaring up during an unusual season for them. They then learn there are cockroaches in the walls. Prior to their death, cockroaches will generally crawl into the walls of a home where they have shelter, and as their body decays, it irritates a person’s allergies inside the house. Termites in the walls can also trigger a person’s allergies, as they create dust when they chew through the wood.
All pests will also travel through some filthy places. As mosquitoes, bed bugs, ants, mice, and other pests make their way through a space, they pick up many different types of bacteria and carry them into any home they enter. The bacteria are then spread wherever the pest goes, including the food source within the home.
While the filthy nature of pests poses a risk to human health, other pests pose a danger of a different kind. The black widow spider can deliver an excruciating bite that is not usually lethal but can cause severe muscle contractions. Children and the elderly are most at risk of suffering harmful health effects after a black widow spider bite.
WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR PEST PROBLEM
Regardless of the type of pest you are dealing with, do not try to handle it on your own. At Barrier Pest Control, our Middleton pest control professionals are highly skilled at what they do, and we want to put our experience to work for you. Call us today at 208-463-4533 or contact us online.
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