Westport Pest Control
Westport has been one of the most highly ranked towns in Connecticut for decades due to the low crime rate, proximity to New York City and quality of life enjoyed by residents. Numerous television shows, movies, and books have been set in Westport, and several films have been at least partially shot in the town. Television shows such as "Bewitched" and "I Love Lucy" have painted a picture of the idyllic life that can be found in the area. Unfortunately, the pleasure of life in Westport can be disturbed when ants and cockroaches invade local homes or businesses.
Species of roaches have been around for at least 320 million years. These extremely hardy insects can survive under a wide range of conditions, have a high rate of reproduction and are not picky about what they eat. They are known to carry bacteria and viruses, including salmonella, E. coli, staphylococcus, and streptococcus, that can cause illness in humans. Roaches have also been linked to asthma attacks, especially in children. Because roaches can contaminate food, dishes and the surfaces on which they walk, they are generally viewed with disgust. Therefore, as revolting as it might be for a person to find a roach in his or her home, finding one in a restaurant often provokes an even greater feeling of disgust.
Roaches are primarily nocturnal and typically spend the daylight hours in concealed, dark areas. They may hide behind baseboards, crown molding, counter backsplashes, wall hangings, and appliances. Roaches can also hide inside cabinets and electronics. The ability of roaches to conceal themselves in tight places makes it difficult to eradicate a roach infestation without professional help.
Ants are one of the most successful insects ever, indigenous to every continent except Antarctica. Scientists estimate that there are more than 20,000 species of ants currently living on the planet. Although there are some similarities between species, there can be major differences in behavior and vulnerabilities. This makes accurate identification critical if attempts at eradication are to succeed.
In Westport, one type of ant that is commonly found is the carpenter ant. These are the largest ants normally found in Connecticut, reaching lengths of up to 0.5 inch, and they can cause significant damage to homes and businesses. Carpenter ants carve out tunnels in wood, including the wood used for wall, floor and roof supports. They find moist or decaying wood to be the most attractive, so they often attack wood under bathroom fixtures or household appliances that may have allowed water to penetrate to the wood through leaks or overflows.
Pavement ants are also common in Westport. These small ants are often found beneath sidewalks, driveways, patios and other paved areas. However, they will invade a home or business in search of food or to find shelter from unfavorable conditions.
Pharaoh ants are even smaller than pavement ants, but they can be much more problematic. Pharaoh ants are often found in nursing homes and hospitals, and since they can spread pseudomonas and staph infections, eradication is critical. However, these ants can also invade homes, apartment complexes and restaurants, potentially spreading diseases in these locations as well.
Fire ants are more common in the southern part of the country, but the European fire ant has managed to become well-established in many states throughout New England. The type of fire ant found in New England and the type found in the South are two different species, but both are capable of inflicting painful stings.
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