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The Most Destructive Pests

Residential neighborhoods can come in contact with a lot of pests. The woods are home to many more, however, including those who could do large amounts of damage to the trees found there. Featured today is a list of dangerous pests — the type who can destroy wood, trees, fruit and much more. Familiarize yourself with these pests and the best course of action in case you encounter them. All pests can be a pain, but these are some of the most destructive. 

1. Termites

Termites can cause massive amounts of destruction to your home in a very small window of time. If you suspect that you may have termites in your home you should contact a pest control company, specifically one that specializes in termite control, immediately to prevent further damage. Termites are active all year long, and while they do not normally swarm during the colder seasons they may still be eating away at the wood. There are several signs of termites but they can be hard to spot, especially early on. Termites eat the wood that’s used throughout the construction of your home, so a damaged window frame could be the result of termite’s work.

What to do if you find Termites? Since termites can be so destructive and hard to spot call a pest control provider as soon as you begin to suspect that termites are in your home or have swarmed near your home. A licensed professional can do a full inspection of your home to decide whether or not termites are a problem for you.

2. European Gypsy Moth

The European Gypsy Moth may be a beautiful creature, but in its caterpillar state it can be harmful to more than 300 types of trees and other plans in our nation’s forest. These caterpillars are so hungry that they have put

oak trees around the nation at risk. This type of moth is found in many states throughout the US, especially those in the Midwest and on the East coast.

What should you do after spotting a European Gypsy Moth? The answer depends on how big of a threat this creature is in your area. Call the department of agriculture in your state to find out more information about if these moths are posing a threat in your area.

3. Asian Citrus Psyllid

Farmers in many citrus-producing states, such as Florida and California, spend a lot of time worrying about the Asian Citrus Psyllid. By infecting a citrus plant this small creature is capable of turning all future fruit produced by the plant bitter and bright green. While this isn’t harmful to either humans or animals, the plant is rendered completely useless.

Have you seen the Asian Citrus Psyllid? If so you should quickly contact the local agriculture department or speak with experts at a garden center or nursery in your area.

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4. Asian Long-Horned Beetle

The black and white Asian Long-Horned Beetles are capable of causing a lot of damage. These beetles nest in trees, and the quality of the tree continues to get increasingly worse the longer the beetles are around. After a long enough period of infestation from these pests, trees will die. The beetles then move to another tree and start their destructive process over.

Have you seen an Asian Long-Horned Beetle? If so, call the USDA to report it immediately. One of the best tools against all of these destructive bugs is early prevention, so act fast.

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