Possums are the only marsupials of North America, and they actually help us by eliminating unwanted pests. It’s been estimated by scientists that in just one summer season, a single possum wanders through its environment, collects, and then eats about 5,000 black-legged ticks, which are the carrier of Lyme disease. Despite their benefits, nobody really wants them invading their home or property. In addition, they do carry disease. A possum could be a carrier of leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella and tuberculosis.
Flies. Those pesky little guys are always cramping our style. Picnics, camping trips, sports games, especially in our own homes. Some days it seems like there is nothing quite as irritating as the buzz of a fly in the quiet of your home! House flies generally breed in dumpsters and garbage cans, fermenting vegetables, or manure. One adult female fly can lay 150 eggs in a single batch, and will lay up to six batches in her 30 day lifetime.
Most of the time, just saying the word “spider” can elicit strong responses from people, whether it be fear and loathing or awe and wonder. No matter the opinion you have of spiders, chances are good there is a lot you don’t know about our eight-legged arachnid friends. Spiders are incredible creatures that live on every continent except Antarctica. There are about 40,000 species around the world, with about 3,000 species living in the United States.
Roaches. They are disgusting. Even people who have never actually seen one and haven’t had to deal with them cringe at the mention of these bugs. Don’t feel bad if you struggle with getting rid of these adaptable pests. Fossil evidence shows that roaches have been on earth for 300 million years, so they have definitely learned a thing or two about surviving in that time.
When you hear the someone mention scorpions, most of us think of a terrifying lethal creature you see in movies. However, scorpions are more common and less horrifying than these villains of the silver screen seem to be. Scorpions can be found in many of the southwestern states. They are members of the arachnid family with their eight legs and are closely related to spiders, ticks, and mites. They are identified by an elongated body and a segmented tail that is tipped with a venomous stinger. Scorpions are commonly thought of as desert animals, but in fact, they can live in many other habitats as well.
If you find an ant in your home, chances are good you will find more. Ants are social insects, which means they will always bring their friends to the party. Ants can enter your home for any number of reasons, but for the most part, they are searching for food. Your home just happens to be conveniently located to where a queen decided to set up her colony. Just like us, ants have to eat to survive. They also have to feed their young. They don’t mean to bother you or cause distress.
Summer is coming! This means sunshine, hiking, camping, lots of outdoor adventures - and mosquitoes. These pesky bugs are at their peak in July and August, and aside from being disgusting and annoying, the wrong one can be carrying viruses which could cause serious problems. here are thousands of species of mosquitoes - over 3000 worldwide. In the United States, there are only 2 species that we need to be concerned about when it comes to Zika virus...
Fleas are everywhere, even if you don’t own pets. Fleas can get into your home via any mammal host. These small, wingless insects are common pests of wildlife such as raccoons and rabbits and mice. As wild critters crawl around your yard, they deposit flea eggs that grow into adult fleas who are looking for a warm home. Any pets offer the new crop of fleas a warm safe environment, a source of food (blood), and a good place to raise a flea family. Pets can also pick up fleas from other infested dogs or cats.
Americans spend millions of dollars every year treating termites and repairing the damage that they cause. The ideal scenario is to prevent the termites from causing damage to begin with. Since termites are soft-bodied insects, they try to stay hidden. If termites are exposed to sunshine and fresh air, they will dry out and die.
The thought of bedbug infestation can be terrifying to anyone who knows about them. A lot of people associate bedbugs with untidy bed environments, while others barely know about the bugs. But for those who have suffered bedbug infestation, one thing holds true: the bugs are hard to eliminate. They can go into a hibernation and survive freezing for days. They can also survive without food for up to a year through hibernation. Meaning they can always resurface just when you think you’ve gotten rid of them...