Homeowners find pests bothersome, but their impact goes beyond causing damage to property and spreading disease in human populations. Many animal pests pose a significant threat to the survival of the country's native plant and animal life.
Keeping an eye out for pest species
Pest animals, specifically the introduced invasive species, have a huge economic and environmental impact. Pest animals compete with domesticated animals for pasture, while some prey on livestock. Others facilitate the spread of weeds, which destroy crops.
Animals to remove from your community
Orange Coast Pest Control recommends pigeon control because they are a nuisance and a health hazard in California. Report their presence to pest control authorities not only to protect your home, but also in the service of the community.
Rodents are notorious for spreading diseases and destroying property. The house mouse may be unseemly, but if you think they are not doing much harm, think again. They may already be munching on the old furniture in the attic. The wound on your toe may already be a rat bite.
The United States Department of Agriculture says cane toads were introduced in Florida to control sugar cane pests. Now, however, they pose a threat to the native wildlife as a tireless predator of native insects. Several states have a difficult time controlling cane toad populations especially because they have a means to poison predators introduced to keep their numbers down.
Wild rabbits are notorious for their negative impact on agriculture and the environment. Farmers have to deal with this introduced species, and most of the time their efforts are in vain.
The impact of these unwanted animals is largely felt by farmers, landowners, and homesteads raising livestock. There is a long list of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and vertebrates considered pest animals in California. Be aware of them and their socioeconomic impact.