Clark, your neighborly pest control, lawn care, and termite control expert, has been sharing a list of the five most frequently encountered pests Californians may see in or around their homes.
The list was generated from pest trend data from across the state and analyzed by Clark Pest Control’s chief pest expert and Director of Learning and Technical Services, Darren Van Steenwyk, BCE.
What pests have made it onto the list? It’s a pest who’s who, including:
We have shared information on a pair of rodents –roof rats and house mice – but this week we shift to an insect that virtually every Californian has likely encountered: the Argentine ant.
Why are Argentine ants so populous in and around homes? Where might you encounter them in your home? What you can do to reduce your risk? Clark offers the following Argentine ant facts:
Why is the Argentine ant so common? Because these ants live in any soil that is moist and protected. They also can live on a wide-ranging diet. California has a relatively mild climate (without the harsh cold winters), which allows these ants to survive even when they don’t appear to be active.
Where might Argentine ants most often be encountered or noticed? In the yard, where plants are watered. Argentine ants also are often found under items that are resting on the ground, including stepping-stones, pavers, fountains, landscape cover, and piled leaves.
Is there anything you can do to reduce the risk? Manage the watering in your yard, so the soil is moist enough for the plants and landscape to live, but not overwatered. Also, clear your yard of as many items that are resting on the soil, including toys and debris. In addition, remove potential food sources in the yard, including honeydew-producing insects and any food left there from typical use.
If you are noticing an influx of Argentine ants around your home, call or text California’s trusted, friendly pest control expert, Clark, at (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for helping to keep unwanted pests out of your home.
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