Indiana experiences extreme seasonal temperature changes. These changes may be enough to eliminate certain pests, but there are bugs that thrive under any conditions. The key to effective pest control is to understand the nature of the infestation starting with accurate identification of the bugs causing the problem. Integrated pest management is a strategy that considers eradication solutions that minimize harm to humans. It takes into consideration the type of pest, the area of infestation and the possibility of exposing unintended targets to pesticides.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are flat, oval and red-brown in appearance. They multiply at the rate of 200 to 500 eggs per female in one lifetime, and they feed on human blood. They thrive in crevices, mattresses, furniture and virtually any place where humans are present. These two reasons alone should be enough to take bed bug eradication seriously. Aside from the visible presence of adult bugs, other signs of an infestation include brownish black stains on permeable surfaces, evidence of shed case skins and bug bites on your skin.

Spiders

House spiders are nuisance pests and most are not hazardous to humans. Some species prefer moist areas such as basements and crawl spaces while other types thrive in warm dry sections such as attics and air vents. In general, these eight-legged pests prefer dark spaces, and not all species weave webs. Spiders usually enter structures to look for food.

Ants

Various ant species are commonly found inside the home and out in the yard where the main colony may be found. Carpenter ants can tunnel through decaying wood and other building materials to make their way into a building. These pests are not poisonous and have no stingers, but their bite can be painful given their large jaws. Fire ants are reddish, omnivorous and aggressive. They tend to sting repeatedly, and stings are painful and may be fatal for hypersensitive persons.

Termites

Adult termites are dark brown to black, measuring less than half an inch with wings included. They typically swarm in the spring and early summer. Eastern subterranean termites cause substantial property damage, with 60,000 workers capable of consuming a two-foot 2 X 4 pine board in one year. A mature colony can have 60,000 to a million workers.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are shaped like a shield with straight antennae and piercing, sucking mouths. These agricultural pests feed on fruit and vegetable crops, but they also work their way into walls, crawl spaces and home attics in late summer to hibernate for winter. They become active in spring, when they emerge into living spaces and cause an unpleasant smell.

Effective Pest Control

When an infestation is evident, contact YES Pest Pros in Indiana and Michigan. As pest control pros, we have established a reputation as dependable and thorough pest management experts. We stay current on pest-related issues affecting the area, local regulations and other related concerns. YES Pest Pros will asses your infestation problem, applying only pesticides that are safe for the environment, if needed at all. We advocate integrated pest management practices to protect homeowners while supporting environmentally friendly strategies. Schedule an assessment and pest services by the experts at YES Pest Pros today.