The Top Invasive Species That Are Threatening Your Home

All types of invasive species can move across the United States, resulting in many property damages and causing health threats. Invasive species can spread through unintentional or accidental means, and usually, they have no natural predators, which means populations grow quickly. 

Unfortunately, invasive species can “set up shop” in and around your home. Getting to know some of the most common pests you may encounter can help you prepare and know what to do. 

 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

This bug originated from Asia and was first seen in Pennsylvania in 1996. Now, they can be found in 44 states and are considered a nuisance for many homeowners. 

While they don’t cause people health threats, stink bugs tend to look for shelter inside homes during the winter months. They usually hide in the walls of your home, crawl space, or attic. 

One of the most annoying aspects of these stink bugs is the smell they emit when crushed. You can prevent this pest by patching holes in window screens, doors and vacuuming up bugs you find inside your home. 

 

Formosan Termites 

Originally from China, the Formosan termite came to the U.S. via military cargo during World War II. Now, the species are located throughout the southern portion of the U.S. 

Today, it is commonly referred to as a “super termite” and is extremely destructive. In fact, this pest can chew through wallpaper, flooring, and wood. In fact, it is considered the most destructive species of all 2000 known termites in the world. 

It’s estimated that a mature colony of Formosan termites can consume about a foot of two by four wood in just 25 days and cause major structural damage to your home in just six months. 

To prevent an infestation, keep firewood stored away from your house and schedule regular termite inspections. 

 

Red Imported Fire Ants

The red imported fire ant is a species that is native to Brazil. It was first seen in Alabama in 1933.

Today, they are found in the western and southern U.S. and will attack people if they threaten or disturb their nest. One of the most common ways that ants are introduced to new areas is through potted trees, shrubs, and plants. 

While these are tiny pests, they produce extremely painful stings that cause raised welts and white pustules. If you are allergic to the stings, you may have a more severe allergic reaction. 

Even those ants usually remain outdoors; they can get inside structures via your AC unit or HVAC system. You can avoid this pest by sealing any structural crevices or cracks, which is where they typically gain entry. 

 

Seeking Pest Control for These Invasive Pests 

If you believe that any of these invasive pests are in or around your home, it is a good idea to call pest control professionals for help. Doing this will pay off and help ensure your home remains pest-free. It will also help to eliminate any health threat these invaders pose.