COMMON PEST GUIDE
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ANTS
There are dozens of types of Ants that are likely to infest your home environment, and the type of ant determines the products that are effective in controlling them. One nice thing is that most can be controlled effectively using natural and less impactful methods.
  • Black Carpenter Ant
  • Pharaoh Ant
  • Odorous House Ant
  • Acrobat Ant
  • Thief Ant
  • Argentine Ant
  • Red Imported Fire Ant

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BED BUGS
Most people of this generation have never seen a bed bug. Until recently, they also were a rarity among pest control professionals. Bed bug infestations were common in the United States before World War II. But with improvements in hygiene, and especially the widespread use of DDT during the 1940s and '50s, the bugs all but vanished.

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COCKROACHES
DIFFERENT KINDS OF COCKROACHES:
  • German Roaches
  • Smokey Brown Roaches
  • Oriental Roaches
  • American Roaches
  • Brown Banded Roaches

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FLEAS & TICKS

Fleas: Approximately 2,500 species exist in the world; 325 which are here in the U.S.    Fleas are annoying pests that bite people and petsThey feed directly on humans and warm blooded animalsWhenever you see adult fleas crawling on your pet, it is only a symptom of a much larger problem.  For every adult flea you see on your dog or cat, there are 10 eggs, 7 larvae, and 2 cocoons. 

Ticks: Ticks do not just bite and cause red bumps that make you and your pet itchy, they also can transmit dangerous diseases like malaria, heartworms, West Nile Virus, and Lyme disease. 

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Bees & Wasps

Bee and wasp stings cause several human deaths in the United States each year. The ability to sting, coupled with great mobility, make bees and wasps some of the most feared of all insects. Many species of bees and wasps are present in every geographic region. Only a few of these species really need to be feared, however, and then only in special cases. If the swarm settles in a place where bees are not welcome, such as the wall of a house, then they become pests.

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SCORPIONS (VENOMOUS)
WE OFFER A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE TO RID YOU OF THE MENACE OF SCORPIONS IN YOUR HOME:
  • We use carefully chosen and mixed pesticides, targeted to the areas Scorpions are likely to infest.
  • Inspection and assistance in exclusionary work.
  • Dusting of attics, kickboards and other interior harborages.
  • Elimination of food supplies that encourage scorpion developement.
  • Mechanical products that assist in interior success
  • Offered black-light and other services to quicken the elimination of scorpions.

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SPIDERS
TWO KINDS OF SPIDER THAT CAN BE FOUND INSIDE YOUR HOME OR OFFICE:
  • Black Widow Spider
  • Brown Recluse Spider

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RODENTS
RATS AND MICE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF MANY DISEASES:

Rat bites and scratches can result in disease and rat-bite fever. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage. It  can also be contracted through handling or inhalation of scat. Complications include renal and liver failure, as well as cardiovascular problems.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), a viral infectious disease, is transmitted through the saliva and urine of rats. Some individuals experience long-term effects of lymphocytic choriomeningitis, while others experience only temporary discomfort.

One of the most historically dangerous rat-borne diseases is the bubonic plague, also called “Black Plague,” and its variants. Transfer occurs when fleas from the rats bite human beings. Fleas transported on rats are considered responsible for this plague during the Middle Ages, which killed millions. From the transmission of bubonic plague to typhus and hantavirus, rat infestations can prove harmful to human health.

Rats also are a potential source of allergens. Their droppings, dander and shed hair can cause people to sneeze and experience other allergic reactions.

Some species of rats such as the cotton rat or rice rat are known carriers of hantavirus. Norway rats and roof rats are not known transmitters of hantavirus. Victims may be debilitated and can experience difficulty breathing. Hantavirus is transmitted to humans when they inhale airborne particles from rodent droppings, urine or carcasses that have been disturbed.

The first symptoms of the virus can be mistaken for the flu. Patients then suffer breathing difficulties that may prove fatal if not treated effectively and immediately.

In order to avoid hantavirus, all mouse feces, nest materials and dead rodents must be removed from the home. Spray suspected areas thoroughly with disinfectant before sweeping to avoid having anything become airborne. Use gloves to handle rodent carcasses or droppings and a respirator must be worn with functioning cartridges. Buildings should be aired out following an infestation. Not all rodents have been found to carry hantavirus. Deer mice, cotton rats, rice rats and white-footed mice are the most common transmitters. However, everyone should use caution in dealing with rodents or rodent infestations and contact a pest control professional.

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