5 Pest Problems You Could Encounter in 2018

As the new year approaches, you might be thinking about your New Year’s resolution. At Western Exterminator, we’ve got different things on our mind…like what sort of pest problems our customers might face next year.

We’ve spent some time crunching our data and consulting with our entomologists, and we’re ready to make a few pest predictions for 2018. Is your pest protection coverage ready to withstand these issues?

1. Watch out for large cockroaches.


Western has seen a spike in large cockroach activity over the last several months. Unlike their smaller distant cousin, the German cockroach, large cockroach problems are often associated with sewers and drain lines, but can also be indicative of moisture issues.

There are several species of large cockroach common in the Western U.S., including American and Oriental cockroaches. However, relatively new to the area are Turkestan cockroaches. These pests look similar to Oriental cockroaches and are quickly displacing this traditional pest.

Turkestan cockroaches commonly invade from the exterior and tend to not breed indoors. They could be introduced to your home by way of landscaping materials. One bit of good news: Turkestan cockroaches haven’t developed a resistance to treatment yet, so if you spot one, your Western Specialist can get it an issue under control quickly.

2. Have you met the rover ant?

If not, you might in 2018. This tiny ant made its way into the U.S. from South America into areas of Arizona and Nevada and along the Gulf Coast. In recent years, the rover ant has been making its way up the West Coast.

You’re most likely to see these small ants in or around your garden and nesting near the base of trees, in leaf piles, or near woodpiles. However, when the weather is hot and dry, rover ants can move indoors. They don’t bite or sting, but they can certainly be annoying, so if you spot ants nesting around your home or see them inside, give Western a call so we can investigate.

3. Bed bugs will continue to appear in public places, increasing your risk.

As bed bugs have become more common in North America, the chances of them showing up somewhere you or your family visit have increased. It seems nowhere is immune from bed bug infestations: schools, healthcare facilities, offices, retail stores, movie theaters, libraries, and public transportation have all experienced issues recently.

Bed bugs can hitchhike on luggage, backpacks, clothing, purses, and more. All it takes is one hitching a ride on a personal item of you or a family member for a problem to develop in your home. Be vigilant about checking your personal items for these appleseed-sized pests and contact a pest management professional immediately if you think you may have a bed bug issue in your home.

4. Birds could become a larger problem for homeowners.

A design trend in new homes and remodels could mean that property owners face more problems with birds: the addition roof or eave returns – sometimes called “eyebrows.”  These returns may be added to the actual roof of your home, or on porticos or other areas to keep water out of your home – but they could be providing a cozy nesting site for birds.

Depending on where the return is located, nesting birds can cause a number of issues. Their droppings can corrode and damage the structure of your home, pose potential slip and fall hazards to the area below, cause health hazards, or create secondary pest issues with mites.


If you’re thinking of adding roof returns to your home, be sure to discuss how to create one that doesn’t build a ledge that allows birds to nest.

5. Beware of the “natural” termite treatment.

Termites are very common in parts of the western United States. Where termites are, so are people proposing solutions for termite problems. Western Exterminator cautions residents to be wary of businesses offering “natural” termite treatments, such as orange oil or neem oil, as they are often not effective and cannot protect your home.

“The reason that major pest control companies rely on the same methods for termite elimination is because they have been tried and tested over the years,” says Bobbie Orr, Technical Services Manager for Western Exterminator. “Be sure that you are using a trusted expert when evaluating termite treatment options at your home.”

As 2018 draws near, it might be time to think about your home and how these potential pest issues could impact you. Do you have adequate coverage to keep your home protected? Your Western Exterminator Specialist will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with more information on services that can amplify your current plan.

Call 888-674-2051 or contact us online to connect with a Specialist today.

Krissie Callahan

As the Communications Manager for Rentokil North America, Krissie specializes in writing, editing, and shaping both internal and marketing messages for the company. When she's not at work, you can usually find her taking in a live music performance in her hometown of Charlotte, NC.

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