There are approximately 3,500 known species of cockroaches worldwide, but, fortunately, only six species are found in Arkansas. Those species are the German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, the American cockroach, the Smokybrown cockroach, the Oriental cockroach and Woods cockroach. It doesn’t matter what species invades your home, they are unwelcome nonetheless.
Just because the summer months are coming to an end doesn’t mean summer insects are ending anytime soon. Unfortunately, we still have a few weeks left for those summer pests. Here are a few that you are likely to see still hanging around for a while longer and how to avoid them:
Cockroaches are not just a pest you don’t want anywhere near your home, they carry germs because they love to live near sewers, drains, and garbage. They are also known for carrying pathogens in their bodies that cause serious diseases such as Salmonella Typhi (causes Typhoid), Poliomyelitis (causes Polio) and Dysentery, which is severe diarrhea that may include bleeding. Needless to say, a cockroach problem is something you do not want. Their slim, flat bodies allow them to hide easily and to top it off, they are fast runners.
Summer is the time for all things outdoors from hiking to cookouts to late summer nights around the campfire. Unfortunately, summer is also a time for fleas. Fleas are especially problematic if you have pets that run around the yard and then come inside. Fleas have a way of making their way into your home via the family pet and it seems as if a flea infestation can appear overnight. That is why it is extremely important to have your house and yard sprayed by a professional exterminator.
Have you ever seen the memes on social media with the burning house behind the homeowner holding a blowtorch and the caption is, “There was a spider.” Yeah, that is my daughter. She is absolutely terrified of spiders. I am pretty sure she would rather burn the place down than let a spider roam free in her bedroom. That’s why we don’t miss a single pest control appointment because I don’t want to come home to find my home burnt to the ground due to a spider sighting! Plus, Gracie will not step foot in the house if she thinks there is a spider roaming about.
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