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Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me! 3 Common Pests in Georgia

common pests in georgia

Did you know that 91,000 species of insects live in Georgia? All of these species are indicators of the biodiversity of the Georgian landscape.


While these bugs keep the food chain moving along its track there are plenty of times where they get where we wouldn’t like them to be.

Here’s a list of the 3 most common pests in Georgia that you might see in your home.

Worrisome Wood Eaters: The Termite

Termites are attracted to all wooden structures and your home looks particularly delicious. Termites live in colonies, similar to ants, and the average size of a colony is right around 300,000 termites.

Some larger colonies might have as many as one million workers. That’s a lot of hungry insects and they can make quick work of your home.

Luckily there are highly effective ways of eradicating them if you find yourself with an infestation.

Great Balls of Fire Ants

Also known as red ants, fire ants are highly aggressive little bugs that can really pack a punch. They set up camp in your yard and form their mounds. Some colonies are over 250,000 strong.

The worst part about fire ants, and where they got their name, is the effect their bites have on humans. These bites bump up and burn and itch. They eventually come to a painful head before they pop.

Having one bite is uncomfortable but the real problem is when multiple ants attack at once. The insects are so small that you may step in a mound and have them all over your feet before you even realize they’re there.

Luckily, Proactive Pest Control has a solution for your fire ant problem as well.

Seriously Suspicious Spiders

It’s estimated that there are over 1 million individual spiders in every acre of grassy field. That’s a whole lot of spiders.

While these amazing arachnids can be cause for alarm most pose no threat to humans. However, there are spiders that carry a deadly bite.

Two specific species to watch out for are the black widow and the brown recluse spider. The brown recluse is particularly dangerous because it looks very similar to other non-poisonous spiders.

If you see a spider that’s suspicious don’t try and kill it yourself. Spiders can jump and trying to be brave is not worth risking your life over.

Give our professional team of pest control experts a call and we will handle the spiders for you.

How to Avoid Attracting Insects To Your Home

The best way to get rid of bugs is to never get them into your house in the first place. There are a number of things you can do to guard your house against infestation.

The first part starts outside. Some of the safeguards for the exterior of your home are:

  • Make sure any woodpiles are well away from the house
  • Routinely clean out your gutters
  • Get rid of any standing water you find around the property
  • Inspect all screens for damage

Some things you can do in the interior of your home are:

  • Seal all dry pantry goods in airtight containers once opened
  • Clean up food and drink spills right away
  • Regularly sweep and mop/vacuum the floors to make sure all crumbs and other things are off the ground
  • Close doors quickly when you enter and exit your home

All these tips and tricks will help keep your home pest-free along with an ongoing maintenance schedule.

Georgia Bugs Are No Match For Proactive Pest Control

No matter what the enemy you’re facing on your property is, Proactive Pest can handle the challenge.

Our goal is to get rid of the infestation and leave you with a bug-free home. We come in for your free consultation and lay out our plan. Then we get to work.

We eradicate the problem, clean up messes left behind, and make sure to inspect your property for any vulnerabilities. Then we set you up with an individual maintenance schedule to make sure the bugs don’t come back.

Our service area includes Athens, Barrow County, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Jackson County, and Walton County. If you’re facing a problem with pests in any of those areas we will be happy to provide your service with integrity and excellence according to the Proactive Pest Control core philosophy.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and start living in a bug-free home.

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