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Common Pests in Poway, CA
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With its vast ecological preserve, Poway, CA, is home to many animals and insects. Local residents usually get along with these wild neighbors, but some pests raise health concerns.
Poway's semi-arid climate is ideal for spiders like tarantulas. While the large, hairy pests may look fierce, their bites are not serious and they are generally very docile. On the other hand, the black widow spider and desert recluse are sometimes encountered and have more potent venom. Bites require medical aid to avoid harmful side effects.
Stagnant swimming pools are a mosquito breeding site waiting to happen. The insects not only create itchy bites, but they spread diseases. Studies regularly find mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in San Diego County. Most years, local authorities report a few human cases.
These biting pests flourish in the California heat and often reside along popular Poway hiking trails. Ticks latch onto people or pets, embed into the skin and consume the host’s blood, sometimes passing on pathogens in the process. The western black-legged tick spreads Lyme disease in this region of the state.
Poway homeowners also deal with rodents in houses, yards, and outbuildings. Able to climb vertical surfaces and jump a foot from utility cables onto roofs, these agile pests are hard to deter. California residents may notice more house mouse activity during dry periods,
as a lack of water and food drives the rodents indoors.
Roof rats live throughout Poway and are notorious for infesting houses. They like to enter from the roof, nesting in attics and using wall voids to travel within homes. A roof rat may carry fleas into living spaces, leave waste in food, and gnaw on walls and furniture.
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