There are a lot of bugs in the world. According to a study done by the Smithsonian Institute's Department of Entomology, there are around 10 quintillion individual insects alive at any one time on the Earth. That's 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 six-legged bugs with three body segments and two antenna. That doesn't even take into account spiders, centipedes, millipedes and all those other bugs that don't fit into the insect classification. Fortunately, all of those bugs don't want to get into your home. You only have to worry about a million of them. Here are the most common bugs you'll find invading your Georgia home.
An average termite colony is estimated to be around 300,000. But some colonies can have as many as 1,000,000 workers. That is a lot of mouths to feed. And, since these little insects eat wood, you probably don't want them in your home.
A mature colony of carpenter ants can contain about 10,000 worker ants. Though these insects don't eat wood, they can do a considerable amount of damage to the wood of your home because they chew galleries to contain their nests and tunnels to get to food sources.
In an acre of Georgia land there can be as many as 40 million red imported fire ants. A single colony can grow to have as many as 250,000 workers. This is bad news for homeowners who want to enjoy a cookout in the backyard without getting a dozen tiny red bites that itch for days.
There are a ton of spiders in the world. Though these bugs don't build colonies, you can still find a ton of them in your yard. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture estimates there are over 1,000,000 individual spiders per acre of grassy field. Most of those spiders are harmless to humans, but in Georgia, you can run across a black widow or brown recluse and quickly ruin your day, if you're not cautious.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that 78% to 98% of urban homes have between 900 to 330,000 roaches living in them.
You can have any number of honey bees, bumblebees and carpenter bees living on your property. Though they are great for pollination of flowers, they can be an accidental hazard.
Wasps and Yellow Jackets
Wasp nests hanging from eaves or tucked away in a ground hole or rotted stump, can hold between 3-6,000 individual insects on average, but it is not uncommon to find a nest with 10,000 or more.
These insects are prolific breeders and a hard bug to stamp out. A single home can have thousands.
Box Elder Bugs
When these bugs come to overwinter, they come in massive numbers. These pests are usually a problem for homes with box elder trees on the property.
There are a ton of fly species. The most common two you'll deal with in your home are the housefly and the fruit fly, and there can be hundreds.
These bugs have a lot more legs than those insects, but you're only likely to see one bug at a time scurrying across your floor.
Are you dealing with any of these Georgia pests? Give McCall a call. We have pest control solutions for these and a host of other bugs that can try to invade your home and drive you crazy in your backyard. There are a ton of bugs in the world, but they never have to live in your house.