Montgomery County Pest Control From DB Pest Solutions
Covering of 487 square miles in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County is the third-most populous county in the state. The area has everything from open land and farms to streets with rows of homes, and it's located in the humid continental zone, which means long growing seasons and hot summers. The county is located on the east side of Philadelphia and the Delaware River, opposite of New Jersey and close to marinas and cargo ship ports. Due to its location, Montgomery County is a hotbed for insects and rodents.
Pests in Montgomery County
While the humidity and warm temperatures are two reasons why pests are attracted to the area, its proximity to the Delaware river is another. Bed bugs, cockroaches and some rodents like to hitchhike in backpacks, boxes, buses, cars, shipping containers, suitcases and other small crevices near a food supply. When they infest your home or business, they can spread disease and gnaw away at the insulation or structure of your property. With more than 30 years of experience providing pest services in the county, DB Pest Solutions can rid you of these problems and keep them away. So that you can identify whether or not you have a pest problem, below are descriptions for each of these pests.
Bed bugs are rather small, growing to 4 or 5 millimeters as adults with six legs and antennae. Their bodies are flat, oval and brown in color, but they become elongated and swollen and turn reddish brown after feeding. As nocturnal insects, they hide in tiny cracks of baseboards, picture frames and the like as well as folded areas of bedding and furniture during the day, emerging at night to eat. Although they feed on animals, bed bugs prefer humans. Their bites can turn into itchy, red welts, but they don't transmit diseases.
There are four types of cockroaches. Although each of them looks different, they all have six legs, oval bodies and antennae.
- The American cockroach is about 2 inches long, reddish-brown and has a yellow figure 8 on its head.
- Brown-banded cockroaches are about 0.5 inches, brown and have a distinct band across the wings.
- The German cockroach measures 0.5 to 0.625 inches, is tan to light brown and has parallel stripes on its back directly behind the head.
- Oriental cockroaches are about 1 inch long and are shiny black.
Cockroaches are known to carry at least 33 types of bacteria, six types of parasitic worms and seven other types of germs. The spines of their legs and bodies gather pathogens as they scurry through sewage or decaying matter, bringing those health hazards onto food surfaces and the food itself. Cockroaches can cause allergies and asthma attacks, particularly in children. They can come into your home or business via boxes, bags, containers and very small holes and cracks.
Mice and rats are found throughout the country, and there are four species of which people in Montgomery County should be aware:
- Deer mice are round, 5 to 8 inches and brown with white undersides and feet.
- House mice are round, 2.5 to 3.75 inches and gray with cream underbellies.
- Norway rats are long and heavy, 7 to 9.5 inches, and have brown with black bodies and white to gray undersides.
- Roof rats are long and thin, 16 inches including the tail, and have brown with black bodies and black or white underbellies.
Rodents are sometimes hard to keep out of homes and businesses. While mice can wiggle through holes the size of a dime, rats can squeeze through holes the size of a quarter. All rodents can cause allergies; carry fleas, lice, mites and ticks into buildings; and spread numerous diseases. These diseases spread to people through contaminated water or food, bite wounds or airborne pathogens from stirred up rodent droppings or urine. Additionally, rodents can damage insulation and structural parts in the attics and crawlspaces of homes and businesses.
No matter the type of pest situation that you have, DB Pest Solutions can provide for all of your pest control needs. Contact us today for a free quote!