What's Bugging You? A Guide to Help You Learn More About the Pests that call Danville, KY Home

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What You Need To Know About Pests In Danville, KY

Use our helpful pest guide to support your goal of maintaining a pest-free home. Many different insects, rodents, and spiders live in Danville, KY, and like to call our properties home. The more you know about our region's common pests, the easier home pest control will be to stop them from taking over your property.

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  • Ants

    black carpenter ant

    Ants are one of the most common household pests. These insects live outside all around us, and it is only a matter of time before they find their way into our yards and homes while out foraging for food and new nesting sites. Ants work together as a team to ensure the colony's success. Their excellent communication skills allow these pests to successfully maintain colonies with thousands or hundreds of thousands of ants in them, take care of multiple nesting sites, and defend themselves from harm.

    While most ants in our region, like pavement ants, are nuisance pests and don't pose significant threats to people or our properties, there are dangerous ants in our region. The pharaoh ant spreads disease-causing pathogens to people, and the carpenter ant causes structural damage. No matter the species, ants don't belong living with people; they will contaminate surfaces with bacteria, contaminate stored food, and are difficult to eliminate.

    Keep leaves, soil, and mulch raked back from your foundation to prevent ants from taking over your home. Use caulk to seal cracks in the foundation, repair damaged weatherstripping, and install door sweeps. Remove trash from your home daily and make sure all garbage is in cans outside with locking lids and away from the side of your home.

    Partner with a professional to implement the year-round pest control needed to keep ants and other household pests out of your house. For ant control near you, call Guardian Exterminating today!

  • Bed Bugs

    bed bug up close

    Bed bugs are insects whose sole source of food is the blood of warm-blooded animals. These nocturnal pests bite their hosts at night while they are sleeping and then retreat to their daytime hiding spots. Bed bugs have become common household pests because humans are their preferred hosts.

    It is a common myth that only dirty homes have to worry about bed bugs. The truth is that bed bugs can find their way into any of our houses. Bed bugs move from place to place by crawling onto people or inside our belongings like luggage, bags, purses, and secondhand items. When you spend time in a place where large groups of people move to and from (hotels, movie theaters, airports) regularly, you risk coming into contact with bed bugs and bringing them back to your home.

    There are some easy precautions you can take to help avoid a bed bug infestation within your house.

    • When spending time in public places, always keep your belongings off the ground and away from other people's things.
    • Thoroughly inspect your hotel room for bed bugs before bringing luggage inside.
    • Always clean and check secondhand items before bringing them into your house.
    • Regular vacuuming of your floors and upholstered furniture will help remove stray bed bugs before they take over your house.

    For information about commercial pest control, call now.

  • Cockroaches

    roach up close

    Known for their prolific breeding habits, unpleasant appearance, and difficulty controlling and eliminating them, cockroaches are not pests any Kentucky homeowner wants to come face to face with. Cockroaches are scavenging pests that are adaptable to almost any environment. A cockroach infestation can occur in any home when they enter structures on their own or hitchhike indoors inside appliances, furniture, deliveries, or plant pots.

    Two types of cockroaches most common in our region are the German and the American. Both have a flat oval appearance, six spine-covered legs, and long antennae. German cockroaches are small, fast-moving roaches that have adapted to living indoors with people. American cockroaches are one of the largest species that will invade our homes. Neither is pleasant to find in our houses as they spread diseases, contaminate food, and produce allergens and unpleasant odors.

    To prevent issues with cockroaches, it is always best to partner with a professional and implement regular pest control services. Additionally, it is essential to seal cracks and crevices in your home's exterior, inspect items you bring into your house for hitchhiking cockroaches, and maintain a clean home free of food debris and spills.

    If you are ever concerned about a cockroach infestation in your home, immediately reach out to Guardian Exterminating.

  • Rodents

    mouse in a dark house

    Rodents make up the largest group of mammals; they play important roles in nature, helping to disperse seeds and some pollination, arete the soil, and act as a food source for larger animals. Yet, rodents are probably more well-known for being pests; these small animals regularly find their way into our yards and homes, where they cause damage, spread diseases, and are an overall nuisance.

    The mouse, rat, and vole are some of the most common types of rodents to cause problems on our Kentucky properties. Voles, along with moles (not true rodents), are outdoor pests that cause damage to grass and other plants with their feeding and tunneling habits. Mice and rats regularly enter our homes, taking advantage of the food, water, and warm, dry shelter it offers.

    Rodents live all around us, which makes it challenging to keep them away from our properties. The best defense against rodents is to implement regular pest control services to guard your home and family against the problems they cause. To help make it as difficult as possible for rodents to enter your home, regularly inspect your home's exterior, seal any cracks or crevices you find, and keep caps on chimneys and mesh covers over vents and drains entering your house.

    Call Guardian Exterminating today for rodent control in Danville.

  • Spiders

    Brown Recluse spider

    Spiders are unique-looking creatures with eight legs, two body segments, and a lack of antennae and wings. While not all spiders can produce the silk these critters are known for, not all spiders use their silk to build webs. Other uses for spider silk include tethers, a way to wrap up their insect prey, and a cocoon to protect young spiders. Spiders also produce venom that they use to paralyze their insect prey.

    Nuisance spiders in Kentucky, like wolf and cellar spiders, have venom only potent enough to harm their insect prey. Dangerous spiders include species like the brown recluse and black widow that have venom potent enough to harm people.

    Our Danville yards are places where spiders thrive. Its trees, grassy areas, and landscaping offer spiders shelter, places to build webs and burrows, and plenty of access to their insect prey. The more insects you have on your property, the more spider activity you will see. When weather conditions or a lack of food drives insects indoors, spiders will follow. After following their insect prey indoors, spiders take full advantage of the food, water, and dry shelter our homes offer and usually aren't motivated to move back outside.

    Some things you can do to help prevent problems with spiders include:

    • Reduce areas of excess moisture and standing water that attracts the attention of spiders and their insect prey.
    • Regularly inspect your home's exterior and seal cracks in its exterior, torn screens, and gaps around windows and doors that provide entry points into your home.
    • Avoid attracting insects and spiders to the outside of your home by keeping lids on trash cans, turning off exterior lights when possible, and cutting back shrubs and trees from your house.

    For more information about spider control in Danville, please call us at Guardian Exterminating today!

  • Termites

    termite destroying wood

    Termites are social insects that live in large colonies. They meet their nutritional needs by feeding on the cellulose found in wood and other organic compounds. Subterranean termites are the most common kind of termite in our region. These termites prefer to feed on wet or decaying wood, nest under the ground, and travel through the soil or mud tubes they create to maintain their high moisture needs.

    Controlling termites is tricky because they spend their lives primarily hidden. We often discover their damage before seeing the termites, such as bubbling paint, mud tubes, spongy feeling wood, or any wood damage. If termites are in your home, they will likely cause damage to structural wood near windows, doors, and pipes. Other places to discover termite damage are floor beams, wood trim, and floor joists.

    To prevent problems with termites:

    • Ensure gutters and weatherstripping are in good working order to stop rainwater from entering your home.
    • Make sure gutters are working to direct water away from the exterior of your house.
    • Quickly repair leaky pipes and fixtures and use dehumidifiers and ventilating fans to help eliminate excess moisture within your home.

    Prevention is key when it comes to termites; call today to learn about the termite prevention and termite control services we offer.

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