6 Most Common Insects in South Carolina

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Common Insects to Find in your Home or Yard in South Carolina

 

Common South Carolina Pests

Whether they fascinate or disgust you, insects are a common sight all around the world. While most keep to themselves, some can be particularly harmful to you and your home. Here are some unwelcome but common South Carolina visitors you’ll want to keep an eye out for!

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1. Cockroaches

palmetto-bugsThese creepy creatures are very common to our area with the American cockroach being the largest variety to infest homes. This insect is actually not American, despite its name. It was likely brought over on ships from Africa in the seventeenth century.

German cockroaches are the most common home invader, and they are a breeding machine. They can produce up to six generations per year! The German cockroach is small and can fit through the tiniest of openings in your home’s exterior.

Cockroaches pose a real threat to you and your family. Their droppings and saliva along with their decaying bodies are known to trigger allergic reactions and can actually make asthma worse in children!

 

2. Termites

termitesThere are three major kinds of termites in the United States: dampwood, drywood and subterranean. Termites can be identified when swarming in spring, though they’re often confused with flying ants. If you see soft or wet wood, mud tubes on the exterior of your home, or a swarm, you may have an infestation.

Because termites work and eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the damage to your home can add up fast. The good news is that termites can be controlled with the help of a trained pest control professional.

 

3. Carpenter Ant

carpenterantAnts are one of the world’s most widespread varieties of insects; many biologists estimate that the combined biomass of all ants in the world is greater than that of humans! One of the most problematic ants in South Carolina homes is the carpenter ant. Most that you find in your home will be entirely black in color, but they also come in reddish or yellowish varieties. Carpenter ant workers can grow to be ½ inch long and queens can be as large as one inch.

You don’t have to be concerned about carpenter ants eating your food or making mounds in your backyard; instead, they prefer to make their home in decaying wood. Because of this, they can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation, especially if you live in an older house.

 

4. Fire Ants

fireantsSouth Carolina is home to many different types of ants, but one of the most dangerous is fire ants. You may find fire ant hills in your yard, some of which may be quite large. A single colony can contain hundreds of thousands of individual fire ants, and getting rid of fire ants can be very difficult to do on your own.

Like most ants, fire ants typically only bite humans when they feel threatened. But, the thing about fire ants is that they bite and sting. The bite itself is uncomfortable, but the sting that comes afterwards is painful and can cause some serious symptoms, especially for those with allergies.

If you’re dealing with fire ants, be sure to work with a professional pest control company like Home Pest Control to get rid of them safely.

 

5. Stinging Insects

Bees, yellow jackets and wasps are also common South Carolina insects you might run into in your yard or while spending time outdoors.

bumblebee3There are a variety of bees that range in how much of a potential risk they pose. Bumble bees are protective of their property, and if you disturb a nest, you will likely get stung. Honey bees often build their nests in trees or structures like sheds, and they will also stung if they feel threatened. Bumble bees retain their stingers and can sting multiple times in a row, while a honey bee stinger will get stuck in your skin when they sting.

On the other hand, carpenter bees are unique and can cause serious structural damage to a home, drilling tunnels into wood to create shelter.

Yellow jackets are attracted to sugars and proteins, and live on nests located close to the ground. They can sting multiple times and are extremely territorial.

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Wasps build nests that can hang from porch ceilings, tree branches and other covered areas. Like most stinging insects, if you threaten their nest, they will likely sting you.

Be sure to contact a licensed professional if you have a stinging insect problem in or around your home. If you want to learn more about stinging insects, check out our Quick Guide to Stinging Insects!

 

6. Mosquitoes

mosquitoesAnyone who has spent time in South Carolina knows about the dreaded mosquitoes. While mostly a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry diseases that affect both humans and pets. On top of that, their bites are incredibly itchy and can cause severe skin irritation and, in some cases, allergic reactions. 

Due to South Carolina's warm and humid climate, mosquitoes thrive nearly year-round, but are especially problematic in the spring and summer months. There are a number of things you can do to prevent mosquitoes in your yard like removing standing water, keeping your yard tidy and ensuring your gutters are properly cleaned, but your best bet to enjoy a mosquito-free spring and summer is to work with a professional pest control company like Home Pest. 

 

Comprehensive Pest Prevention Services

Home Pest Control offers a variety of residential pest control solutions to South Carolina homeowners. Check out our pest control packages and pricing here, or fill out our contact form for more information.

 

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Written By: Home Pest

December 6, 2017


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