It seems like 99 percent of California transplants move here because of the unbeatable California weather. Mild winters, manageable humidity, refreshing ocean breezes. We really have the perfect weather for everything — including pests.

Just as humans find the California climate adaptable enough, rodents, insects, bees, and birds do as well. As such, homeowners in California need to be particularly mindful of the pests that might make themselves at home in your home.

Common Pest Control Problems in Modesto

In Modesto in particular, we have a range of invasive pest species that tend to flock to our homes. At Pentecost Pest Control, we wanted to provide an overview of the most common California pests so that you know which ones for which to look.

Carpenter Ants

Ants might seem harmless enough, but just wait until a flock of carpenter ants begins to invade your home. As the name suggests, carpenter ants burrow into the wood of your home and build nests. Think of them like termites in ant form. They pose significant threat to your walls, floors, and any other foundational wood element.

Carpenter ants first get into the home through cracks around doors, windows, or wiring holes. While they are particularly magnetized to wet wood, they also eventually target dry wood as well.

If you spot ants in your home that seem larger than traditional picnic ants, be sure to call a pest control company in Modesto for an inspection as soon as possible.

German, Oriental, and American Cockroaches

Spotting a cockroach in your home isn’t the hard part — it’s knowing how to get rid of them. Cockroaches might enter your home through cracks, vents, sewage pipes, and even products you bring into your home (like picnic bags, clothing, etc).

California homes are like nirvana for cockroaches. They can find plenty of food, a comfortable temperature, and cozy nesting spots within your walls.

In fact, roaches encroach on many more spaces than your walls, including:

  • Refrigerator motors
  • Microwave fans
  • Electric sockets
  • Trash cans
  • Behind the stove

If you see one roach, there’s a good chance that there are a whole bunch more hiding out. In fact, German roaches can produce nearly 30,000 new cockroaches within a year. If that’s not enough to encourage you to call your local pest control company, we don’t know what is.


Termites are extremely common in Modesto, which is partially why we focused one of our first blogs on signs of termite infestation.

With termites, it’s unfortunately not really a matter of “if” but “when.” The best way to prevent a termite infestation from happening in the first place (or from worsening) is to schedule a termite inspection at the first hint of a problem. Whether that’s one sagging floor board or a hollow sounding knock on your walls, it behooves you to hire a pest control company to inspect your home before you have a termite plague.

Mice and Rats

Rodent control is essential in California, as mice and rats tend to climb any surface they can grip. This means they can get into your home through the roof or basement. They also tend to hide out in sheds, garages, and under floorboards.

Rats can wreak havoc on your home, including its insulation and walls. If you see even one mouse or rat, you want to get rid of the problem before it becomes an infestation.

Our Pest Control Company in Modesto

As the Top Rated Local® pest control company in Modesto, Pentecost Pest Control can help you to eliminate your pest infestation.

At the first sign of a pest, schedule service with us online or by phone.