Darien has a moderate climate and gets more than the national average amount of rain each year. The additional moisture contributes to the thriving greenery in the warmer months. This means more insects, and there are several pests that feed on those insects. Also, the food, wood and even humans found in residential areas attract additional types of pests. Infestations can happen quickly since most types of pests multiply fast. It only takes a few pests to start a major problem. Homes in the area can benefit from pest control services to remove and prevent problematic pests.
Termites destroy everything from tree bark to interior wood and textiles. Dampwood termites are usually found where there is rotting wood outdoors such as on poorly maintained eaves and diseased trees. Even a pile of wet mulch or cedar chips can be an attraction for them. If you have an infestation, it may be hard to detect until the problem is severe. You may notice piles of wings after swarmers shed them. There may be dirt tubes along the outside of your home. This is how they enter the building. Also, you may notice that the wall sounds unusually hollow when you knock on areas with support beams. These tiny invaders can cost you thousands in damages in just a few short weeks. Subterranean termites are the most destructive since they are aggressive and have massive colonies.
Formicidae ants are common in Connecticut. These ants are closely related to bees and wasps. They sting and deliver formic acid when they do. Their stings are painful but will scab over within a few days. If you are stung by one of these ants and are allergic to the acid, you may require medical care for an allergic reaction. Fire ants are also common during the warmer months of the year. Many people come across these aggressive stinging pests when they are gardening. Fire ants also deliver painful stings with venom that can trigger a reaction in an allergic person. Acrobat ants and carpenter ants may also sting if their nests are invaded. However, both pests usually reside outdoors and are not as common. Carpenter ants are large and live in wood, and acrobat ants live in the ground but are smaller.
Rats and mice are the two main rodents that invade your home or business. They often colonize in attics, basements and walls spaces. Both pests urinate and defecate on floors, cabinets, and furniture. These unsanitary pests create a health hazard for anyone in the building. Rat urine may contain listeria. While most mouse droppings contain various bacteria, deer mice are known to occasionally carry hantavirus in their droppings. This virus may be fatal in a few instances. Both types of pests chew through food containers, contaminate food and make you feel uneasy. If you run a business that sells or serves food, these pests can earn you a bad reputation. Outdoor rodents that are common in the area include raccoons and possums. Both are aggressive and are known carriers of rabies.
If you see any of these pests or others such as wasps, bedbugs, and spiders, contact ABC Exterminating. We can effectively and quickly remove infestations and help you prevent future pest problems.