A Look at the Most Common Pests and Insects in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a beautiful place to live and visit. It offers a myriad of national parks, lakes and beaches, entertainment and so much more. However, like every state in America, New Hampshire does have its share of indoor and outdoor pests that can be cause for concern. Whether vacationing or living here, it’s not a bad idea to know what critters regularly lurk about, and whether they pose a risk to your health, property or belongings. Here’s a rundown of the most common pests and insects in New Hampshire.

Indoor pests

Pests are intrusive. They will move right on into your house, cabin or commercial building, even your RV, without a second thought. The following are the types of pests that area exterminators deal with on a regular basis:

  • Rodents: Rodents like rats, mice, squirrels and more are known to take up residence in spaces like attics, garages and sheds. This is especially a problem during the very hot and very cold months of the year. For rodents, the more cluttered a space, the better! It means more sources of food and areas to seek shelter. However, that’s not to say that rodents are not turned off by a lack of clutter. Because they’ll eat almost anything, and chewing things up is a favorite rodent pastime, be sure to store food items in tightly sealed containers.
  • Ants and termites: If you live in New Hampshire, then you know how irritating carpenter ants and termites can be. Not only do these pests cause structural damage, they’re blatantly messy scavengers, too. Termites eat and burrow through wood, creating tunnels like roads to travel easily into and out of your home. As far as carpenter ants go, these pests excavate openings in wood to breed, then stay to raise their babies.

Outdoor pests

If you are fond of outdoor activities like hiking, gardening and camping, be aware of the outdoor pests you may encounter. You don’t even have to be standing in nature to make contact. In fact, it’s not unusual to see critters like wasps and bees while sitting out on your back patio with the intention of enjoying dinner or a good book:

  • Bees: There are a variety of types of bees, all of which are beneficial insects, pollinators of flowers, crops, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. We often observe honey bees, bumble bees and sweat bees in the area, but leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone. Bees are not outwardly aggressive, but will sting if they feel threatened.
  • Wasps: In New Hampshire you can find several different species of wasp—including yellow jackets, paper wasps, mud dauber and bald-faced hornets. While not all wasps are aggressive, they will defend their nests against threats.
  • Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are extremely annoying, especially when they buzz in your face and bite you wherever they please. Mosquito bites can transfer viruses, like malaria and West Nile, to a person’s (or pet’s) bloodstream.

If you need help removing pests in New Hampshire, look no further than Dependable Pest Solutions. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment!

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