4 Pests to Watch Out for in Rhode Island

While creepy crawlies are essential to the ecosystem, nobody wants them in their homes. Sharing a space with these unwelcome houseguests is not just a nuisance – some can also spread diseases or cause severe damage to your home.

Although some pests may be more active during specific seasons, living in Rhode Island means you’re bound to experience some kind of insect infestation at all times of the year.

The first line of defense is keeping your home clean and tidy, but this is not always effective – even the most immaculate houses can still have problems with pests.

If you spot any of these four problematic pests, contact pest control rhode island right away.

1. Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be anywhere from a half-inch to two inches long, and they are some of the most problematic pests in our homes. These hardy insects are prolific breeders, which makes them particularly difficult to get rid of.  

In Rhode Island, the most common household cockroaches are the flying, large American cockroach, the fast-moving German cockroach, and the slower-moving Oriental cockroach.

It’s crucial to address cockroach infestations because they carry pathogens, parasites, and bacteria that can make people sick. Cockroaches also create allergens that can cause asthma attacks, breathing problems, and skin rashes in susceptible individuals.

When cockroaches move freely in your home, their excrement can stain surfaces and fabrics and contaminate food.

Cockroaches are attracted by leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen, excess moisture, warmth, open trash cans, and pet food. Because they can survive on non-food items like soap and toothpaste, cockroaches can also move into clean homes.  

2. Ticks

Ticks are tiny arachnids closely related to mites and spiders, but they are also ectoparasites. Ectoparasites feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals by attaching to their hosts.

The two most common ticks in Rhode Island are the black-legged tick and the American dog tick. Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are brown-orange with dark legs. American dog ticks are larger than black-legged ticks and are brown with yellow or grey markings.  

While tick bites cause irritation and inflammation, they are problematic because they spread diseases. They feed on their hosts by latching onto and burying their heads in the person or animal’s skin. They use tube-like mouthparts to feed on blood for several days. Because they feed for days, prolonged contact with the host easily spreads disease to both animals and people. The most common diseases they spread are Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis.

While ticks are generally considered outdoor pests, they can infest any space with hosts and humid, dark places to hide. Ticks spread by traveling on their hosts. If you also have a problem with rodents, chances are you’ll also have a problem with ticks.

3. Termites

Termites live together in large colonies and survive by feeding on wood. The two types of termites that are common in Rhode Island are drywood termites and subterranean termites.

Subterranean termites infest places with high humidity and need to have access to damp soil. They tunnel through the ground under their nesting sites and feed on decaying or water-damaged wood. On the other hand, drywood termites eat dry wood with low moisture content. Drywood termites do not access to need soil – they build nests in the wood they feed on.

Termites are a massive problem in Rhode Island and cause significant damage to structures and homes. They can be challenging to detect because they nest and feed underground or beneath floorboards and walls. If you have a termite infestation, you may not even know about it – most people only discover them once they have already caused significant damage.  

Early signs of termites include spongy floors, blistering paint, and holes in wood. To deal with termites effectively, it’s best to call a professional before they have time to damage your home.

4. Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs are tiny, they are easily identified if you know what to look for. Generally, they are oval-shaped and resemble apple seeds. Once a bed bug has had a blood meal, its color changes from a reddish-brown to a purple-red, and their bodies expand into a cigar-like shape.

Bed bugs can survive on the blood of any warm-blooded animal, but they have evolved alongside humans and we are their preferred food source. Bed bugs don’t fly; they spread by hitchhiking on clothing, luggage, and humans. They can easily hitch a ride on a friend or family member, so preventing an infestation is almost impossible.

Bed bugs like to live where humans sleep or spend a lot of their time – they can be found in bedrooms, hotels, dormitories, airport lounges, Laundromats, office buildings, and schools. Because bed bugs live in temperature-controlled environments, they can stay active all year long.

 

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