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Inland Empire Pest Identification & Prevention

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Ants

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Ants are social creatures that live and work together. Ants communicate by leaving pheromone trails as they travel- alerting other colony members to food sources they find. Food is the biggest attractant to a property for ants; worker ants travel from the nest each day to search for food to bring back to the colony. Recycling bins, trashcans, gardens, compost, and pet food bowls are where we often see trails of ants moving to and from in our yards. In our area of California, some of the most common ant invaders of our yards and structures include Argentine ants, fire ants, Pharaoh ants, and carpenter ants.

In addition to food, ants may be on your property because it provides them with a suitable place to nest. Carpenter ants build nests in fallen trees, tree stumps, and woodpiles. Fire ants prefer to nest in sunny open areas, making our yards the perfect nesting spot for them. Pharaoh ants have become a pest that likes to live and nest indoors, in wall voids, and under floors near hot water pipes, air-conditioners, and other areas of moisture. Argentine ants nest in damp soil along the foundation of buildings, under landscaping ties, or rocks. Inside they nest behind walls or under floors near water pipes. If you see ants in large numbers of ants wandering around your property, it is because either they have found a source of food on your property or have decided to nest on it.

Removing ants from your property is necessary since not only are they annoying but because they have the potential to contaminate food, spread bacteria, cause structural damage, and spread disease-causing pathogens. If you have a problem with ants on your property, contact EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. We can provide the pest control solutions needed to get rid of problematic ants and stop their return.

The following prevention tips will also help you to avoid issues with ants:

  • Place lids on trashcans, pick up uneaten pet food, and maintain garden areas.
  • Repair leaky pipes, fix clogged gutters and make sure weather-stripping around windows and doors that provide ants with moisture they are seeking.
  • Don’t allow ants to move in and out of your home as they please. Carefully check your home’s exterior and repair any openings.
  • Remove fallen trees and other wood debris from your yard.

Bed Bugs

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Found almost anywhere there are people; bed bugs are pests that are difficult to avoid. Biting pests that solely feed on warm-blooded animals’ blood, these apple seed shaped insects prefer people’s blood. Bed bugs are wingless and have learned that hitchhiking is the best way to get from place to place. Over the last several decades, traveling has become easy and much more affordable for people; this has allowed these hitchhiking pests to spread quickly across states, our country, and internationally.  Bed bugs are prolific breeders and a nightmare for any home or business owner to contend with.

Bed bugs live and hide in any place the provides them with proximity to people. Places like hotels, resorts, schools, dormitories, airports, movie theaters, offices, and shopping centers are hot spots for bed bugs. If bed bugs crawl onto you or your belongings and then you (unknowingly) introduce them into your home, they immediately look for a place to hide out of sight near food sources. Seams of mattresses, wall voids behind outlets, behind wooden door trim, under couch cushions, and in areas of clutters are some examples of a bed bugs favorite hideouts.

Knowing what signs bed bugs leave behind is crucial so you can get professional help as soon as you noticed their presence. If bed bugs are in your home, you may see red drops of blood or dark streaks of excrement on linens, walls, mattresses, and furniture, a musty odor in your home, or you or family members waking with unwarranted bug bites.

To protect your residential or commercial property from bed bugs, contact EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. We can provide the pest control solutions needed to get rid of damaging bed bugs and stop their return throughout the year.

The following prevention tips will also help you to avoid issues with bed bugs:

  • Don’t purchase used items like mattresses and box springs that are known for harboring bed bugs.
  • When staying in hotels, make sure to inspect the room for bed bugs before bringing your personal belongings inside.
  • After traveling, take any clothing taken whether you wore it or not, and wash and dry it on the highest heat setting the fabrics can handle.
  • Regularly change and wash bedding. Place bed bug proof covers on mattresses and box springs to remove the bed bug’s preferred hiding spots.

Cockroaches

a german cockroach in upland california

Cockroaches are oval-shaped insects with six legs, long antenna, and though many have wings- few are good flyers. Resourceful and adaptable, these insects can make themselves at home in almost any structure. These insects are major pests inside homes, restaurants, commercial facilities, and any other place where food is prepared or stored. In addition to food, cockroaches are drawn to homes and businesses because of the warmth and moisture they offer. Damp basements, kitchens, and bathrooms are favorite hideouts for the cockroaches living in our area.

German cockroaches and American cockroaches are the most prevalent species of cockroaches live in our area. Both will move inside structures on their own or through openings they discover while searching for moisture or food. Cockroaches hitchhike inside of structures in cardboard boxes, grocery bags, furniture, electronics, and potted plants. More than annoying, cockroaches unwanted because of the diseases they spread, their ability to contaminate food and surfaces, and destroy our personal belongings.

Mostly nocturnal, cockroaches are most active at night while we are sleeping. They hide their dark bodies in tight cracks and crevices well out of our sight during the day. Being able to hide out of our view is why cockroaches are able to build large populations before we discover them.

To protect your residential or commercial property from cockroaches, contact EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. We can provide the pest control solutions needed to get rid of damaging cockroaches and stop their return throughout the year.

The following prevention tips will also help you to avoid issues with cockroaches:

  • Stop these nocturnal pests from foraging for food in your home at night by picking up pet food each evening, washing dirty dishes, and cleaning up food debris in the kitchen and dining areas of your home.
  • Remove trash from your home each day and place it in outdoor trashcans with locking lids.
  • Make sure trash is removed from your property each week.
  • Keep cockroaches out of your home by sealing entry points in exterior walls and the foundation.
  • Inspect furniture, appliances, deliveries, and grocery bags for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.

Gophers

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Gophers are a common lawn and garden pest that lives throughout California. Gophers have been uniquely created to spend their life under the ground. Strong front legs and claws help gophers to tunnel through the soil, external cheek pockets help them carry food they gather, sensitive whiskers that help move around their dark environment, and their lips close behind their teeth to keep dirt out of the mouth. Although gophers are active year-round, people rarely see these ground dwellers, but we notice the damage they cause to our lawns and gardens!

Gophers can and will become a problem on any property that provides them with food. Gophers tunnel through the earth to feed on grassroots, plant bulbs, and plant roots. As they feed, gophers cause plant death, create unsightly tunnels across our lawns, and can cause structural damage by tunneling under driveways, cement slabs, and foundations. Wires, pipes, and cables buried under the ground being damaged is another potential issue when gophers are on your property. Gophers are challenging to prevent and live in various places, including in yards, fields, parks, and golf courses.

Preventing problems with gophers and eliminating them is a challenging endeavor. Getting professional help is the best way to handle trouble with gophers on your California property. If you have a problem with gophers on your property, contact EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. We can provide the pest control solutions needed to get rid of damaging gophers and stop their return.

The following prevention tips will also help you to avoid issues with gophers:

  • Adequately irritated your lawn and garden areas to prevent the soil from retaining too much moisture and attracting gophers. Moist soil is easy to tunnel through.
  • Place fencing in the ground and around the bottom of sheds and other outbuildings to help stop gophers from burying underneath them.
  • Use raised planting boxes in garden areas to stop gophers from digging through and damaging garden plants.

Rodents

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No matter where you live, rodents can become a problem on your property. These opportunistic creatures have no problem taking over a city apartment, a suburban home, or a farmhouse. Rodents know how to live with people and take advantage of the food and water our properties consistently offer them. Norway rats, roof rats, fields mice, pocket mice, house mice, and brown squirrels are particularly problematic in the Inland Empire Region. While each species has unique looks and behaviors, they all have continually growing front incisors they use for eating, defense, and to create their nests.  Needing to chew constantly to prevent their teeth from overgrowing is what sets rodents apart from other mammals.

Rodents have learned that our homes and businesses provide them with temperature-controlled places to nest and our yards and kitchens offer them easy access to food. Maybe if rodents were better houseguests, we would be more accepting, but rodents make terrible and even dangerous houseguests. Rodents spread disease, contaminate food with their waste and saliva, and contaminate surfaces with bacteria. Their front incisors damage structural elements (wires, pipes, drywall, cables) and personal property (furniture, boxes, clothing, and books). Their presence and damages can also trigger issues like fires, water damages, and mold issues.

If you have a problem with rodents on your residential or commercial property, contact EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. We can provide the pest control solutions needed to get rid of damaging and dangerous rodents and stop their return throughout the year.

The following prevention tips will also help you to avoid issues with rodents:

  • Help to keep rodents out of your home by being aware of and eliminating their most common entry points, such as vents, cracks in the foundation, spaces along a roofline, chimneys, and openings around utilities.
  • Reduce a rodent’s access to food outside of your home by keeping lids on trashcans and compost bins and keeping outdoor eating and grill areas free of food debris.
  • Stop rodents from locating food inside your home by regularly vacuuming floors and wiping down counters to remove crumbs. Store food in hard-sided containers with lids or in the fridge.
  • Use caulk, steel wool, or other suitable materials to seal any spaces in your home’s exterior.
  • Place caps on chimneys and covers over vents.
  • Cut tree branches back away from your home to stop rodents from climbing trees and accessing your home using the branches.

Spiders

a black widow spider in its web in upland california

Spiders are a type of arachnid and are related to other pests like ticks, mites, and scorpions. With more than 45,000 different species living across the world, it is safe to say wherever we turn, we may come into contact with one of these eight-legged creatures.

Although spiders live all around us, we often just walk right by them. Spiders are shy, reclusive creatures and hide well out of sight in dark crevices. However, when spiders come to live in our yards or homes in large numbers, we begin to notice and pay attention to their presence. Though they are eco-important and help control populations of nuisance and dangerous pests, it is safe to say that most people don’t want spiders scurrying across their walls and floors and building unsightly webs throughout their home!

Having spiders like house spiders, brown widow spiders, and other nuisance spiders living in and around your home may be annoying, but it is not dangerous. In the case of house most spiders we come across, their venom is not strong enough to cause a person any problems. In our area of California, dangerous spiders are present, so we need to pay close attention and avoid contact with them. Black widows and brown recluses both have venom potent enough to affect people physically.

Knowing where spiders like to live on our properties is essential to help avoid them. Spiders like to hide in tall grasses, woodpiles, gardens, and on fences and play structures. Inside they hide in the corners of rooms and windows, in closets and utility rooms, under furniture, in cabinets, and other dark, quiet areas. If you start running into spiders in large numbers on your property, contact EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. We can provide the pest control solutions needed to get rid of problematic spiders and stop their return.

The following prevention tips will also help you to avoid issues with spiders:

  • Maintain your lawn and gardens to reduce the number of hiding spots for spiders to take advantage of.
  • Keep spiders out of your home by inspecting its exterior and caulking any openings discovered in walls, the foundation, or along the roofline.
  • Keep lids on trashcans, remove areas of standing water, and turn offer exterior lights whenever possible. Doing so will reduce the numbers of insects that spiders feed on being drawn to your property.
  • Storage areas within your home should remain free of clutter and be well-organized.

Termites

close up of a termite in upland california

Termites

Termites are wood-eating pests that depending on the species, attack sound, or water damaged pieces of wood. Termites are responsible for causing more than five billion dollars in damage across the country each year and are not something you want to have living on your property, feeding on its wooden structures. Termites are active year-round and therefore are a constant threat to our homes and bank account. Repairing termite damage is expensive, especially because most homeowners’ insurance companies do not cover repair costs. Insurance companies tend not to cover termite damage because, despite being a very destructive pest, they can be prevented by partnering with a trained professional!

In our area, we don’t just have the threat of one species of termite attacking our structures, but three. Formosan termites, drywood termites, and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites nest in the soil. They prefer to invade and feed on pieces of wood that are decaying or damaged by water, and enter inside at ground level after moving inside through cracks in the foundation or pieces of wood making direct contact with the ground. Subterranean termites are the most widespread group of termites living across the country. Formosan Termites are a type of subterranean termite capable of nesting above the ground by building unique carton nests- usually on the roof. Drywood termites are efficient feeders that live in small colonies. These termites prefer to nest in pieces of dry wood- wooden furniture, window trim, beams, and floorboards. Unlike subterranean species, they nest within the pieces of wood they are feeding on.

To protect your residential or commercial property from termites, contact EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. We can provide the pest control solutions needed to get rid of damaging termites and stop their return throughout the year.

The following prevention tips will also help you to avoid issues with termites:

  • Fix leaky pipes, faucets, and air conditioners.
  • Repair damage to roof shingles or the roofline that may allow Formosan termites to move inside your home.
  • Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels and reduce excess moisture in your home.
  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and old fences from your yard.
  • Seal spaces in the foundation of your home that could allow tiny termites to infiltrate your home.
  • Inspect furniture, wooden beams, and other wooden items for signs of termites before bringing them inside.

Call EarlyBird Extermination, Inc. to learn more about our termite control offerings, as well as our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

 

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