Common Pests in Louisiana
Louisiana is host to many pest species. Pest prevention, termite contracts, and recurring treatments will help ensure your property in not overrun by creatures such as these. Skeeter Force LLC has you covered when it comes to tackling your pest problems!
Everyone in Louisiana should be quite familiar with this pest. Of all the common roaches, the American Cockroach has the largest body size and lives the longest ( around 700 days ). They thrive in warmer moist areas which means basically all over southern Louisiana. The American Cockroach is omnivorous and opportunistic. They eat almost anything including hair, dead animals ( including other dead/dying roaches ), rotten food, basically anything in your kitchen, etc.
Other Louisiana Cockroaches:
There are three major groups of termites in the south including Drywood, Subterranean, and Dampwood. Subterranean termites are the most common and cause billions of dollars in home damage annually. They live underground and construct mud tubes towards food sources ( like your home ). This pest is well known in Louisiana as we have to plan for their annual swarm. The winged termites are flying around to mate and start new colonies.
Other Louisiana Termites:
Watch out for those mounds! Fire ants ( sometimes known as red ants, army ants, or piss ants ) are an invasive species found everywhere in the southeast. They swarm if their nest/mound is disturbed and deliver a painful sting. What’s worse is they can build their home inside of your outside walls and search for food inside your home. Nothing is worse than having to watch out for fire ants in your carpets.
Other Louisiana Ants:
These pesky critters usually forage outdoors but sometimes venture indoors during cooler months. They are dangerous because they may spread illness and contaminate food. They are mostly nocturnal and sleep over half the day. House Mice generally live 1-3 years and their death can cause more trouble if it happens in your home, attic, or walls.
Other Louisiana Rodents:
Its hard to enjoy the great Louisiana outdoors without dealing with mosquitoes. Their bites can cause rashes and itching, and also spread disease. Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Malaria, and Yellow Fever are all nasty illnesses spread by the mosquito. They lay their eggs on the surface of water so make sure you limit all standing water on your property.
Mosquito Disease Risks in Louisiana:
Southeastern Louisiana is host to many species of wasp. The Red Paper Wasp ( or Red Wasp ) is probably the most common seen. They get their name from their paper nests built all around residential yards. They usually emerge during the warmer months to build their nests in higher areas. Paper Wasps deliver a very painful sting and can be life threatening if the victim has an allergic reaction.
Other Louisiana Wasps:
Spiders are mostly beneficial to have around, until they share the same space as your family. Most species are not harmful to us. Louisiana is home have some dangerous spiders though. These include the Brown Widow, Black Widow, and Brown Recluse. If you believe you have been bitten by one of those critters, go to the hospital!
Protect your photographs, clothes, and books from these pests. Their name comes from a fish-like appearance and their diet includes sugar or starches. They are found all over the world with higher humidity ( Like Louisiana ). You may find these guys in your bathroom, attic, kitchen, or old boxes.
Usually a nocturnal insect, Earwigs feel right at home inside your house, hiding in moist, dark areas such as bathrooms. Their pincers look menacing but generally cause little to no harm to humans.