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Now that we are almost into February, it’s time to start looking towards spring. With spring comes warm weather, flowers, new growth, and of course, pests. With the warmer weather comes an abundance of food and water, and pests of all types begin moving out to start new nests. Below is a list of common pests in Auburn, CA and how you can keep them out of your home.

Ants– The most common being the odorous house ant (also known as piss ants or sugar ants) ants are the most common invaders in Auburn, CA and the surrounding areas. Ants invade houses in search of food, water, and warmer environments to start their nest. In addition to getting into your food, ants can also cause damage to your home by nesting in interior walls and creating nest sites in insulation and wood. A large nest of ants can be difficult to get rid of, so it is recommended that you do your best to keep them out of your home in the first place. Keep tree branches from touching your house as well as putting a ring of vaseline around lines that connect to your home. Having your Auburn pest control company keep a constant residual around the perimeter of your home is your best bet to keep them out of your house.

Spiders– While spiders generally aren’t as numerous as a colony of ants, they can have a painful and even deadly bite. In Auburn, CA we have the dangerous black widow. The female black widow is a larger black spider and it’s bite is both very painful and very dangerous. In addition to it’s large size and black shiny color, they will have a red blotch on their belly in the shape of an hour glass. They can also be identified by their very strong webs. If you see black widows around your house, you should have your house sprayed immediately. For each spider that you see, there are usually more that you don’t. The spray will keep a protective barrier around your home.
You can also help keep them away from your home by not leaving places for them to hide. Keep things like wood piles, BBQs, and other items away from your house.

Rodents– Rodents carry diseases and other pests, breed quickly, and can do major damage to your home if not taken care of. Like many other pests they will move into your home looking for a safe warm place, food, and water. Once they are there they can chew through pipes, wood, electric chords, etc to make your home suit them better. If you hear sounds in your house at night such as scratching in the walls or something running across the attic, then you probably have a rodent problem. Give us a call and we can both let you know what kind of rodent you have and take care of it in a number of ways.

The best way to keep rodents out of your house is to block off any entrances. Fill holes with steel wool as well as any other cracks. Also, make sure that there isn’t food and water left around the house that would attract them.