Los Angeles Pest Control
Whether you live on the coast or closer to the wilds of Rattlesnake Canyon Park, chances are that you’ve had your share of run-ins with the many pests that stalk the Los Angeles area. In addition to rodents, ants and other common household invaders, our region is teeming with assorted wildlife. Always on the lookout for easy food and comfortable shelter, raccoons, skunks and opossums often get a little too close for comfort to their human neighbors.
From tiny insects to larger mammals, pests come in all shapes, sizes and species. While they’re valuable residents of our planet – each plays a unique role in supporting healthy environmental cycles – pest presence in a human home can be a big problem. Depending on the individual species, the risks of pest infestations run the gamut from bacterial infections to allergies to structural problems.
Although over-the-counter pest products are widely available, they don’t live up to the high standards of professional treatments. Expert pest management services, including the big three below, are far more effective because they combine immediate pest removal with prevention to reduce the risk of recurrence – something that isn’t possible without addressing the original source of the infestation.
Don’t let their harmless appearance fool you. Despite their tiny size – a feature that allows them to sneak through the smallest of spaces – ants can pack a pretty powerful punch. Aggressive species, like the feared fire ants, are known for their painful stings and group attacks. Left uncontrolled, they can make you feel hunted in your own home.
Within Los Angeles, one of the biggest concerns is the continuous conquest of Argentine ants, an invasive species from South America. Able to nest practically anywhere and lacking natural predators, Argentine ants can multiply very quickly and wreak havoc on local habitats. You can tell them apart by their small size and light brown color, while fire ants can be identified by their red bodies and menacing abdominal stingers.
Because all rodents are bacteria carriers, they can be a very serious health risk, especially in homes with young children. Another concern is destruction. When not addressed in time, growing colonies can cause extensive damage to your home’s interior and exterior structures. Roof rats, distinguished by their black or dark brown coats, are a big nuisance in our area. Expert climbers with flexible bodies, they take advantage of hard-to-reach gaps to get indoors, where they spread bacteria and build intrusive nests.
Skunks, opossums and raccoons may be cute, but their large size and sharp intellect also make them dangerous. Seeking food and escape from predators, they like to nest in cozy attics, contaminating the area with waste and causing irreversible structural damage. Since they have distinguishing characteristics, telling them apart is easy, and the response remains the same for all three. Like all wild animals, they can get aggressive when cornered, so it’s always best to call in the professionals for a guaranteed, risk-free removal.
At AntBusters Pest Elimination, we offer a comprehensive list of pest control services, including the three popular treatments listed above. Whether you’re dealing with a pest emergency or need a maintenance plan to end ongoing infestations, contact our expert team today to find out how we can help you create the perfect service plan for your unique needs, budget and location.