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Common Pests in Lawton, OK
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Located in southwestern Oklahoma is the city of Lawton. Lawton generally experiences hot summers and mild winters, making it a paradise of sorts for a range of pests, including the termite. Termites, though present throughout the U.S., are heavily concentrated in many of the southern states, such as Texas, Florida and Louisiana. According to the pest experts from Orkin, termites cause more than $5 billion in damage on an annual basis in the United States. Many areas in Oklahoma are affected by subterranean termites. Since termites typically live underground or in the walls of structures, it’s unlikely that residents would notice an infestation. However, telltale signs of an infestation include mud tubes on walls; termite droppings, called frass, which look like small wood pellets; and shed wings from reproductive termites near light sources and home entryways. Oklahoma Agriculture Food and Forestry urges Oklahoma residents to work with a pest management company if an infestation is suspected, also citing not to panic if an infestation is discovered. Trained professionals use tools like infrared monitors, digital moisture meters, plus termite bait and pesticide applications to assess, treat and prevent termite infestations for maximum effectiveness.
Sometimes mistaken for termites is the carpenter ant, and like termites, this pest also thrives in Oklahoma. The carpenter ant, which is one of the most difficult ants to control, can hollow out wood in homes and floors, which makes the pest an extreme problem if left untreated. Many pest control companies offer free home inspections to look for soft wood and ant nesting sites, as these are signs of an infestation. If an infestation is suspected, an extensive treatment process will be implemented.
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