Pests in California

Common Pests You’ll Find in California in the Summer

Because the yearly temperature is typically warmer in California, there is a presence of pests year-round. However, when the heat begins in June, certain species of these intruders become far more active and noticeable. Here are a few to look out for this summer. 


Ants are pests are notorious for showing up where there is food. When summer comes, they are out in force. Ants reside not only outdoors but commonly live in your home as well. At any given time, there can be hundreds of forager ants out seeking food. You’ll be sure to see them on the move when the warmer weather arrives.


Though active throughout the year, these irritating insects only mate when the weather is steadily above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This means when summer temperatures come, female mosquitoes will be ready to eat, mate and lay eggs. Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, but they often are carriers of harmful diseases. 


Arachnids love to invade your home during the summer months in search of food. Sometimes, certain species will have already laid eggs a few months earlier and will have offspring crawling around with them. Though most spiders are harmless, California has three poisonous varieties. They are the black widow, desert recluse and brown recluse.


Three species of termites call California their home, damp wood termites, drywood termites and subterranean termites. These wood-eating bugs become more active during the summer to forage for food. They also begin to swarm at various stages throughout the summer months. These destructive pests can create expensive repairs to both yard and home.

Stinging Insects 

These hard-working insects are ready for mating season in the summer.  Stinging insects such as bumblebees and honeybees will leave their colonies to resupply them with workers. These pests often build their hives in area that are in or around your home, like trees. They can also choose places that are underground.  Activities like performing seasonal yard maintenance or children playing can often provoke an attack. 

Get a Free Quote on California Pest Control

Knowing the threats exist is just half of the solution. To keep these insects out of your life requires home and property owners to become proactive. For more information about these summer pests and how to prevent infestation or get rid of an existing one, please contact us at Harbor Pest Control for quality and family-oriented service.

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