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Everything You Should Know About Pests In Boise, Idaho

There are a lot of pests that infest homes in the Boise, ID area, but you don't have to let this happen to your home. With help from our knowledgeable technicians at Nature Shield Pest & Lawn, you can better understand common area pests, the threats they pose, and how to get rid of them with the services we offer.

Ants

Several types of ants are regular invaders of Boise homes. These species include sugar ants, odorous house ants, and Argentine ants. One thing you can count on when it comes to ants is how many there will be. These pests live in large colonies, with hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Luckily for us, the ant species listed above are only considered nuisances as they don't pose any health risks to people. While this is the case, Argentine ants are an invasive species, so they do impact native species, the environment, and agriculture.

You can keep Argentine, sugar, and odorous house ants out of your home and away from your property by implementing natural prevention tips that are more effective than using store-bought baits and sprays. These tips include:

  • Keeping your yard maintained.
  • Using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids and clean them out when needed so there isn't any food residue.
  • Inspecting the exterior of your home for potential entry points, including branches that can act as a highway for these pests.
  • Storing food in airtight containers and clearing the kitchen of dirty dishes, crumbs, and pet food.
  • Repairing any leaks and addressing other moisture issues.

With these prevention tips and our assistance at Nature Shield Pest & Lawn, you can have an ant-free home.

Gophers & Voles

Gophers are medium-sized rodents, and voles are much smaller. However, these pests are known for their burrowing, causing similar damage to lawns and plants. As with most pests, these critters aren't all bad as they provide natural aeration, but for Boise homes with gardens, manicured lawns, and expert landscaping, these aeration's come with a price.

It's a common misunderstanding that burrowing rodents are only attracted to unkempt lawns, but this isn't true. Healthy, well-maintained lawns provide adequate food sources, whether that be the insects that gophers eat or the garden vegetables that voles consume.

These pests can be challenging to get rid of because they live mostly underground. But professional pest control experts can perform effective removal and prevention treatments to keep your yard healthy.

While gophers and voles are not included in our residential plan, we can still assist with these pests. Whether you utilize our general pest control services or our specialized treatments, we can help keep your home protected from unwanted pests. Call us at Nature Shield Pest & Lawn to learn how you can get started with our gopher & vole control services.

Occasional Invaders

Because they are not the most common pests, earwigs, centipedes, and silverfish often get grouped together. But these pests are very different in appearance, habits, and the problems they cause.

It is only a myth that earwigs crawl into people's ears. These pests are no more likely to do this than any other pest. However, they might make their way into beds as they like the warmth it provides. Earwigs can pinch if threatened, causing skin irritation.

Centipedes can cause a painful bite when they feel threatened, but their venom isn't strong enough to hurt anyone. Although this is the case, some people can be allergic to their venom and should seek necessary medical attention if bitten.

Their appearance can be pretty unsettling, but silverfish don't pose a threat to people other than the damage they cause. This pest will eat just about anything, so they can damage food packaging, books, items held together by glue, linens, cotton, and much more.

All of these pests are attracted to moisture, so you should reduce water sources and humidity in your home. You can do this by clearing gutters, repairing leaks and damaged wood, and removing unnecessary organic matter from your yard. Our experts at Nature Shield Pest & Lawn can help to keep these occasional invaders out of your home. You can check out our blog for more information "How Do I Get Rid Of Silverfish In My Boise Home?".

Rodents

The most common home-invading rodents are mice. In our area, house and field mice are typical perpetrators of an infestation. These little critters rely on people to access food, water, and shelter to protect them from predators. Unfortunately, mice only need a hole the size of a dime to squeeze through, allowing them to get into just about any home that isn't actively maintained.

Once inside, mice can cause many problems, including health concerns and property damage. More specifically, mice carry hantavirus, salmonellosis, and listeria, among other diseases. They can also spread fleas, ticks, and mites as they make their way through a property contaminating food and surfaces. All rodents have teeth that keep growing, which is why they chew. Even these tiny mice can chew through a home's structure, causing dangerous damage.

You can reduce food and water sources and remove entry points to prevent these pests, but ongoing professional prevention is the best way to keep rodents like field and house mice out of your home. Our expert technicians at Nature Shield Pest & Lawn are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to these pests. You can check out our blog "The Secret To Effective Rodent Control For Boise Homes" for more information.

Spiders

As much as people dislike spiders or even fear them, these eight-legged pests are essential to our ecosystem as they help control insect populations. However, we can still appreciate spiders without letting them live in our homes. Common area species include:

  • Black Widows
  • Wolf Spiders
  • Hobo Spiders
  • Daddy Long Legs
  • Garden Spiders
  • Jumping Spiders

While almost all species found in North America are not dangerous to people, the black widow is. They are one of two medically dangerous species to humans, with the other being the brown recluse. Boise residents don't have to worry about brown recluse spiders as they are rare in our state. Although black widows are a problem, a bite from one is not likely to be fatal as anti-venom is easily accessible, so it is essential to seek medical attention if bitten.

Even if they aren't black widows, you probably want to keep spiders away from your home. You can do this by reducing prey insect populations that attract spiders. The best way to deter these pests is by removing food sources such as crumbs, garbage, and access to stored goods. You should also ensure there are no entry points for these pests by sealing any cracks in your foundation and exterior walls.

With Nature Shield's residential pest control program, you can keep your home protected from insects and spiders year-round.

Stinging Insects

You are probably familiar with the common stinging insects in our area, including wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. These types of stinging insects are social species, which means they live in large colonies with a queen, sometimes multiple, and workers. Social species are considered more dangerous than their solitary counterparts because they will swarm to protect the queen.

Most people know that another stinging insect, the honeybee, can only sting once due to their barbed stinger, but many don't know that they are the only stinging insect with this type of stinger. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets all have smooth stingers, which allow them to sting multiple times. While some species are more aggressive than others, a single sting can be life-threatening to those allergic to their venom. Because of this, it is never a good idea to try and handle a stinging insect nest on your own, even if you think it is abandoned.

You can deter stinging insects such as these by reducing flowing plants on your property, keeping gardens away from your home, and regularly inspecting for new nests.

At Nature Shield Pest & Lawn, we offer specialized wasp & hornet control services to handle stinging insects to keep you and your family safe.