In the big picture, several factors can cause pest infestations, including:
- Weather and Seasonal changes
- Loss of wild habitat or food and water shortages in the wild
- Non-native invasive species
Tropical storms and hurricanes can relocate pests to a nearby area while other bugs, like American cockroaches, will purposefully seek higher ground to avoid a rainy season. Homes are inviting to pests because they can supply food and water without many of the natural predators in the wild. Homes are also warm and provide shelter for pests against otherwise rough weather conditions. When these pests find a surplus of food and water in a non-threatening environment, this causes a population boom and results in an infestation.
Additionally, home and business construction can destroy wild habitats, forcing animals and bugs alike to seek a means of survival elsewhere. Not only this, but the loss of their natural habitat may leave them with a shrinking food supply in the wild.
For some pests, a home is a place to thrive. Standing water in clogged gutters, sand toys, baby pools, planters, birdbaths, and pet water bowls are ideal places for mosquitoes to breed. Termites literally eat your home as if you're living in it. Drywood termites burrow deep into the wood and eat as they go. Subterranean termites form colonies outside the home and transport wood back to their underground colonies.
The good news is that there are things you can do to keep pests away from your home. Even mulch placed too close to your foundation can attract pests. Start by looking for clutter, unfinished wood projects, and low-light areas where bugs may be flourishing unchecked. Outside, check for dense or tall vegetation that needs trimming. Also, check for trees or bushes that are close to the home’s roof and walls. Lastly, the most important thing you can do to avoid pests is to seal cracks, holes, and crevices in your foundation.
Luckily, there is a lot you can do a lot to prevent pest infestations. If pests continue to bother you in your home professional help is always available. Sometimes, pests just don’t respond to DIY methods and professional expertise and tools are needed. Contact Hill Country Pest Control Kerrville today for more information.