- Cockroaches can enter through small cracks and crevices, vents and pipes, and in grocery bags or on firewood. They are an unsanitary nuisance and can contaminate food.
- A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes.
- Cockroaches do not like to travel alone and where you see one, it is highly likely there are many more.
- The American Cockroach is the largest house-infesting cockroach.
- American Cockroaches have been reported for spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and at least 7 kinds of human pathogens.
- Cockroaches have an attraction to beer.
- AND Cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
- Ants are one of the biggest nuisance pests because they can easily enter through small cracks and can nest anywhere in and around your home.
- Ants will eat practically any kind of food but most are attracted to sweets
- If 175-pound person were as strong as an ant he could lift almost 9,000 pounds
- It has been estimated that the total number of individual ants alive in the world at any one time is between 1-10 quadrillion.
- One fire ant can sting multiple times which makes this pest a particularly dangerous to small children and pets.
- Ants have been living on the earth for more than 100 million years
- Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale.
- Termites Date back as far as 120 million years to the time of dinosaurs
- A mature Formosan termite colony can cause severe structural damage to a home in as little as six months
- An average size termite colony may consume 12.9 lbs. of food per year
- Termites cause $5 billion of damage YEARLY through the U.S.
Ticks are blood-feeding parasites that are often found in tall grass and shrubs where they will wait to attach to a passing host. Ticks can be found in most wooded or forested areas throughout the world. They are especially common in areas where there are deer trails or horse paths. Some of the more common diseases that can be contracted from a tick bite include: Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Southern tick-associated rash illness, Tick-borne relapsing fever, and Tularemia.
Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Genetic and morphological evidence indicates that they are descendants of the Scorpion fly family Boreidae. Fleas live on pets, mammals, in carpets, in sofas as well as other household and farm goods. In a typical room, 5 percent of the fleas will be found on pets, 10 percent flea cocoons in the carpets, 35 percent flea larvae and 50 percent flea eggs, again in the carpets.
Carpet beetles can be brought in on cut flowers or antique items such as natural fiber carpeting, clothes, hatboxes, etc. They can multiply rapidly in the favorable conditions of your home.
Spiders invade your home through windows and doors and can also be carried in on firewood. They can cause unsightly cobwebs and a few species have bites that can be painful and sometimes require medical attention.
Stinging & Biting Pests
Stinging pests, such as bees and hornets, can dwell in gardens or shrubbery and can build nests in the ground, in trees and shrubs and in wall voids. Biting pests, such as fleas and ticks are most commonly carried into your home by your pets.
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