Protecting Your Home: The Most Destructive Pests and How to Combat Them

As an expert in the field of pest control, I have seen firsthand the damage that various pests can cause to real property. From termites to moths, these tiny creatures can wreak havoc on a home's structural integrity and cause thousands of dollars in damage. In this article, I will discuss the most destructive pests in the United States and provide tips on how to combat them. While moths may seem harmless, they can actually cause serious damage to fabrics. These pests are attracted to light and tend to hang around porch lights and illuminated windows at dusk.

If they find their way into your home, they can open large holes in quilts, blankets, and sweaters before their presence is even noticed. The best way to repel moths is with old anti-naphthaline balls, which can be placed in drawers and boxes that contain stored fabrics. It's important to note that mothballs can react with certain types of plastic, so it's best to use only polyethylene or polypropylene containers. Additionally, mothballs can be toxic to humans and pets, so for a more natural solution, consider using dried lavender which is known to repel moths. Considered by many to be the most destructive household pest, termites can cause extensive damage to a home's wooden structural system before they are even discovered. These pests feed on wood and can cause thousands of dollars in damage if left unchecked. If you suspect you have a termite infestation, it's best to call a professional exterminator.

However, there are some signs you can look out for that may indicate their presence. These include mud tubes on the outside of foundations and small piles of droppings and sawdust near walls. By catching a termite infestation early, you can potentially save yourself from costly repairs. While not as harmful as termites, dust beetles can still cause damage to wood, especially if it hasn't been painted or sealed. These insects chew on wood and can be deterred by applying a wood treatment product that contains borate, such as Nisus Bora-Care, to bare wood including wall studs and floor beams. Fire ants are not only a threat to humans with their painful bites, but they can also cause damage to electrical components in a home.

These pests are attracted to electric fields and can often be found in electrical outlets, air conditioning units, and electrical boxes. To eliminate fire ants, spread diatomaceous earth around the base of your home's foundation and inside electrical boxes. This natural substance is safe for humans and pets but is deadly to fire ants. In addition to termites, powder beetles are one of the most destructive wood-destroying organisms in the United States. These pests thrive in tight spaces with high humidity, making kitchens a common target. To prevent powder beetle infestations, keep your kitchen clean and seal any openings where they may enter. While there are steps you can take to prevent and combat pest infestations, the best way to protect your home is by enlisting the help of a professional pest control company.

At Modern Pest, we offer a Green program that protects against 60 pests year-round, including carpenter ants and rodents. We also have a wildlife control program that covers bats, squirrels, raccoons, and other nuisance animals. It's important to understand that woodpeckers and other pests can also cause damage to your home when they are searching for food. They may feed on the larvae of carpenter bees, carpenter ants, and other bugs that are found within the wood of your home. If you notice damage with droppings or sticking to surfaces, it's likely that one of these pests is the culprit. Pests and bugs are determined to find a way into homes in search of food, water, and shelter.

As a homeowner, it's important to be aware of the potential damage these pests can cause and take preventative measures to protect your property. By following the tips outlined in this article and enlisting the help of a professional pest control company, you can keep your home safe from these destructive pests.

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