Jefferson City, MO Pest Control

With its close proximity to several rivers and lakes, Jefferson City has a plentiful water source. This creates a lush green landscape that residents appreciate for most of the year. However, it also creates a prime habitat for insects, rodents, and several other pests. Also, Missouri is notoriously humid, and humidity contributes to larger pest populations during the warmer months. These are three of the most common pests in the area.

Ants

There are many different types of ants in Missouri. While most of them are content to invade your food supply and march in a straight line to their colony outdoors or behind the walls, others pose some serious threats. Carpenter ants are destructive. Although they eat anything from aphids to garbage, they destroy wood to make their nests. As their colonies grow, the wood is destroyed further. They may attack trees, eaves or even important support beams in your home. This leaves the wood bubbled and exposed to moisture, and that will eventually make it attractive to termites. There are also fire ants, which deliver painful stings with venom. Some people require emergency medical care if they have an allergic reaction to the sting.

Cockroaches

Missouri is also known for its large roach population because of the humidity, warm temperatures, and plentiful water supply. Asian cockroaches are often seen in the spring and throughout the summer. They are longer than an inch. These shiny black roaches are usually seen eating rotting wet garbage or vegetation. You may see them if you live near a river or even if there is a leak somewhere in your home.

German and American cockroaches are tan to reddish-brown in color. They are often about an inch or shorter in length. These pests are usually seen in bathrooms or kitchens where there is moisture, food or bacterial residue to feed on. Roach colonies can grow out of control quickly. If you see one, there are more nearby. They can enter your home through tiny crevices along windows and doors or from a neighbor's home if you live in an apartment building or duplex. The main risk with roaches is bacteria. They get into your food supply and then regurgitate and defecate in it.

Fleas

Fleas are especially hard to eliminate because they have four life cycles. Many DIY flea treatments and natural sprays are ineffective because they only target fleas in one or two of their life cycles. The larvae are very resilient and can survive several types of chemicals. As adults, fleas have hard bodies that are difficult to smash and are resilient to several substances. Fleas may bite humans and leave itchy red bumps. They also bite pets, and some pets develop serious flea allergies. You can easily transmit fleas to other places if they travel on pets, clothing or in bags. Only a professional can remove fleas in all four of their life cycles.

If you notice any pests, call us for prompt service. Pests are especially a problem if you own a business that sells food. At Guardian Pest Control, we are committed to quality service and place your satisfaction as our top priority. We also offer preventative services in addition to infestation removal. Please call us for an estimate.