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Living in Southern California - Which Bugs Will I See This December?

People love living in Southern California for many reasons. There’s a lot to do, there are plenty of great career opportunities, the list goes on. But the main reason people love living in Southern California is the weather. The weather out here is consistently warm, and doesn’t dramatically drop in the winter. This is a great quality, but unfortunately it comes with one con: pests. While some areas get a break from the usual pests during the winter, Southern California residents need to stay alert all year round. Here are some seasonal bugs you’ll have to keep an eye out for this winter.

Ants

Ants are a year round issue for a lot of people. Fortunately, this can sometimes be an easy problem to deal with. There are a lot of household items that can deter ants from making your home their home this winter. Chalk, baby powder, borax and vinegar all give off scents that ants are naturally not fond of. Put a bit of this around places you’ve seen ants before and it should help prevent them from coming around again. If you see a line of ants, you can wipe them up simply using warm, soapy water and a sponge. Keep doing this until they stop coming back. If they don’t stop and you see them popping up in other places, you might have a more complex problem and want to look into calling a pest control company.

Snails

The one change you do often see in December in Southern California is rain. Although it’s not as much rain as other states see for winter, it’s the most you’ll see in this area all year. With rain, inevitably come snails. Although these can be some of the most harmless pests to deal with, since they move incredibly slow and don’t have any attack mechanism, it can be annoying to deal with them when you’re walking around outside. To prevent snails from coming into your yard take something gritty such as salt and create a barrier around your yard about a centimeter high. Gritty substances naturally deter snails and slugs, so they will most likely turn around and find somewhere else to go.

Black Widow Spiders

The one pest you want to look out for most carefully is the Black Widow Spider. These pests are not damaging to your house, or inconvenient to be around, but can actually be harmful to your health. Their venom can even be fatal to humans. Spotting a black widow can be extremely distressing, especially if you have kids or pets in the home, since they don’t always know to stay away from them. If you see more than one black widow, call a pest control professional. Not only can it be dangerous for you to try and get rid of the couple you see, but the sighting of more than one usually means a bigger underlying problem. A pest control professional will be able to get rid of the ones you see, and investigate where they came from to make sure you don’t have any left in your home.