San Bernardino Pest Control Services
The ecosystem in Southern California is delicate, and indigenous insects, bugs and small animals play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment. Ants aerate the soil, which promotes robust vegetation growth. Field mice spread certain nutrients in open areas that provide a food source for other species. Wasps, bees and hornets are an essential part of the pollination process.
However, an uncontrolled infestation of rodents, cockroaches and ants can present a serious health hazard and can cause significant structural damage in your home. If your property is overrun by unwanted pests, it’s time to call the experts at Ant Busters.
Common Pests in Southern California
The climate in Southern California ranges from Mediterranean to semi-arid and is characterized by mild year-round temperatures. Unfortunately, this means the weather never becomes hot or cold enough to naturally kill pests and drive away rodents. Some of the more common local pests include:
- Pocket Gophers
- Fleas and Ticks
- Mice and Rats
There are several ant specifies in Southern California, but the Argentine ant usually causes the most damage. Their nests remain hidden underneath the building and consist of an elaborate network of connected tunnels and colonies. The ants come inside your home through extremely small cracks and crevices looking for food to bring back to the nest. They are usually found in the kitchen but may spread throughout your home if the infestation is significant.
Fire ants can eat through wood, electrical wiring and drywall. They also have a very nasty bite that swells and stings. Fire ants are especially dangerous around pets and children since they have a tendency to swarm when agitated.
Fortunately, pest management professionals have developed effective methods to eradicate ant problems in your home and on your property. Since ants are largely social, modern insecticides work by targeting specific groups that unknowingly carry the product back to the nest. Taking advantage of their cooperative nature, the ants spread the insecticide throughout the colony, eventually killing off the entire nest.
The presence of cockroaches in your home is unacceptable. If you see a single cockroach, there may be hundreds or thousands more lurking behind your walls and ceiling. Southern California is particularly susceptible to cockroach problems because the lack of extreme weather allows them to thrive throughout the year. Indigenous cockroach species include the German, American, Oriental and Brown Banded varieties. Cockroaches carry and transmit a variety of diseases that can cause diarrhea, food poisoning and dysentery. Studies have shown that cockroaches may carry up to 33 different kinds of parasitic worms and bacteria.
Eliminating a cockroach infestation is challenging, so homeowners are encouraged to avoid using harsh DIY chemicals, which may make the situation even worse. The pest professionals at Ant Busters can evaluate the problem and devise a comprehensive strategy to completely eradicate your cockroach infestation and prevent a new one from developing.
Mice and rats are mammals that are equipped with sharp teeth designed for gnawing and chewing. These rodents carry disease and can cause significant property damage by destroying wiring, insulation and drywall. Deer mice infected with Hantavirus have been found in San Diego County. The virus is spread by contact with their saliva, feces and urine. Pocket gophers are also prevalent in our area and cause damage by perpetual tunneling.
To eliminate rodents from your home and property, we employ a strategy that includes trapping, perimeter sealing, baiting, exclusion barriers and fumigation. Existing infestations are eliminated, and your home is treated and modified to create an environment that is unattractive and inhospitable to the rodents.
The Pest and Rodent Elimination Experts
Ant Busters has provided complete pest and rodent control services for customers in Southern California for over 35 years. If you see evidence of ants, cockroaches, rats or mice in your home or on your property, call us today and schedule an appointment for a free consultation and estimate.