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Common Pests in Northern California


There is no denying the fact that we share this world with a number of different pests, including rodents and insects. In fact, it is estimated that worldwide, there are over 10 quintillion (1 followed by 19 zeros) individual insects alive and approximately 91,000 different species living in the United States alone. Many of those insects are benign but others can cause a real problem for homeowners. This is also true in Northern California, where specific types of pests can be a real headache.

The types of household pests that are common in Northern California in cities like ReddingAnderson, and Chico can be split into 2 basic groups. Inside of the groups may be any number of different individual pests that could be a problem for homeowners. Identifying the pests is often the first step in the process of eliminating them.

Pest Type 1: Crawling Pests

Cockroaches: The household cockroaches may be common, but they are unwelcome. They are the most common reason why people call a pest control service in NorCal. Some of the common types of cockroaches that may be a problem for homeowners in the area include the German cockroach, American cockroach, Brown Banded cockroach and the Oriental cockroach.

Ants: There are numerous types of ants that could be a problem in Northern California. They tend to be social insects and when they invade our living space, it can create a serious problem. Some of the ants that may be problematic for homeowners, both inside and outside of the house, include the California Fire Ant, Argentine Ants, Harvester Ants, Pavement Ants, Carpenter Ants and odorous house ants. Ants can be difficult to control but with the right preventative measures and a call to Big Time Pest Control, you can have a home that is ant free.

Spiders: There is an old saying that you are never more than 3 feet from a spider. Although that may or may not be true, it can be of serious concern to those who have a problem with a spider infestation. We all understand that spiders have a beneficial purpose but not inside of the home. With the proper treatment, you can say goodbye to spiders.

Termites: These insects are another beneficial part of nature, but they are devastating when they become a problem in your home. A termite infestation may go undetected for a long time and damage may be done. Contact Big Time Pest Control, as we can treat the problem with termites and prevent them from becoming a problem in the future.

Bedbugs: We may refer to almost any type of pest that enters our home as a "bug" but very few of them are bugs in the true sense. Bedbugs, on the other hand, are true bugs and they are one of the more difficult types of infestations to manage. In fact, most homeowners would cringe at the thought that they may have a bedbug infestation but if you have such a problem, Big Time Pest Control can give you the assistance you need.

The treatment for bedbugs is typically more extensive than treatment for other insects or rodents. It may include various pesticide treatments, heat treatment and tenting. If you suspect you have a problem with bedbugs, you can contact us for advice and assistance.

Fleas: A flea infestation can be a real problem but it is one that far too many householders deal with on a regular basis. One of the problems with controlling fleas is that you may kill the adult fleas but your efforts may not take care of the eggs. It is an ongoing process for the homeowner but we can lend the assistance to control the problem and keep it under control.

Pest Type 2: Rodents

Aside from the possibility that an insect infestation may be a problem, there are also a number of rodents that can invade your home in Northern CA as well. Rodents are not only an unwelcome problem; they can spread disease and cause considerable damage by chewing on everything from wood and furniture to electric lines.

House Mouse: Although this rodent is relatively small, they can cause some very big problems for homeowners. They typically enter the home looking for food or shelter and they generally go undetected for quite some time. If you are seeing mice in your home during the daytime, the problem may be much bigger than what you realize. Mice can spread disease, including rat bite fever, ringworm, bubonic plague, Weil's disease and salmonella. Treatment includes blocking the potential entrance pathways, proper sanitation and various treatment methods available from Big Time Pest Control.

Norway Rat: Also known as the sewer rat or brown rat, it has a body length of approximately 9 inches along with a 7 inch tail. When they are a problem in the home, they can quickly destroy material in the area where they exist by gnawing on it. Not only are you at risk from food contamination, a rat bite can transmit a number of diseases and exposure to their feces can be a serious problem.

Roof Rat: The roof rat is slightly smaller than the Norway rat but it can cause just as much damage and risk to humans. They are quite prolific, and an adult female may have up to 30 pups over her one year lifespan.

These are just a few of the many different pests they can be a problem for homeowners in Northern California. There are also many animals that could be added into the mix and could easily take up residence in the home, causing damage and risk of disease. Those animals would include birds, squirrels and raccoon.

We want you to be happy with your home and that would also include having it clean and free of unwanted invaders. Regardless of whether you are having problems with insects, rodents or an animal infestation, you can count on us to provide the help you need.​