INVASIVE PEST SPECIES: A GROWING PROBLEM FOR HOMEOWNERS
Hulett Environmental reminds homeowners to be cautious of insects of foreign origin
Invasive species, or insects of foreign origin, continue to grow in population, causing major issues for American homeowners. Hulett Environmental a pest management company servicing South Florida urges vigilance against invasive species including Formosan termites and red imported fire ants (RIFAs).
“Like many other pests, invasive species tend to make their way into homes during the fall in search of resources and shelter for the winter months ahead,” Greg Rice, Marketing Director for Hulett Environmental. “Unfortunately, invasive species can cause severe property damage, and in some cases injury, once inside the home.”
Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, encourage homeowners to be especially aware of the Formosan termite, a species of subterranean termite that tends to be more aggressive than its native counterparts. Formosan termites are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, which largely contributes to the $5 billion termites cause in property damage every year.
Another common invasive insect is the red imported fire ant, a species mainly found in the southern United States. When disturbed, RIFAs are known to swarm and sting humans repeatedly, often producing painful welts.
Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, the NPMA recommends sealing cracks and holes on the exterior of the home with caulk, eliminating sources of water and moisture in and around the house, and frequently inspecting the property for signs of an infestation.
“If an infestation is suspected, people should not attempt to control it with do-it-yourself measures,” added Rice. “Instead, contact a licensed pest professional who can identify the species and effectively treat the problem.”
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