Common Diseases Caused by Pests

No one likes pests and if a homeowner is experiencing severe allergies, dealing with extreme sinus congestion or having trouble breathing, it might be a sign that there are pests present in the home. Homeowners should keep in mind that there are various disease and illnesses that can be spread from having animals in the home that can lead to fleas, cockroaches, mice, rats, ticks, mosquitoes and other pests. Even if a homeowner has a dog or cat, vermin can get in if they smell food that can be left behind in crumbs from a pet treat. Animals can also bring in unwanted pests in their fur. To avoid diseases and illnesses, home environments should be kept clean and tidy and homeowners may want to contact a pest control company to minimize pest invasions. Diseases caused by pests Babesiosis: Transmitted through black-legged ticks that dogs can carry, symptoms include chills, fever, headaches, fatigue and nausea. Advanced stages may cause liver or spleen distention. Bacillus cereus: This is a food poisoning caused by cockroach droppings. Cat Scratch Disease: A common bacterial disease spread by fleas, it is often experienced after a cat bite or scratch. Symptoms include chills, fatigue, vomiting, chills, nausea, fever and enlarged lymph nodes. Chikungunya: Caused by mosquitoes, this is a pathogen that started in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. As of 2014 it has been found in the US and is rare in the West Coast. Symptoms can include joint pain, headache, muscle pain and fever. Chloriomeningitis: This is a disease spread by mice and it can lead to cerebral meningitis. It has been found to occur in the West...

Pantry Pests

Pantry pests include insects found in food, spices, pasta, herbs, flour and cereal such as beetles and moths. There are many types of pantry pests, but the most common insect pantry pests are Indian meal moth and merchant grain beetles. Both these types of insects can multiply quickly and have a preference for packaged, dried foods. The Indian meal moth is attracted to foods like bird feed, chocolate, dry dog food and dried fruits. Pantry Beetles are usually brought home unknowingly and are barely noticed until you see them near a food source or a moth-like insect flying if it’s a pantry moth. Whereas it can be easy to tell the difference between the two adults, the larvae can be a little bit harder to identify. Difference between pantry moths and pantry beetles There are various stored product pests known as pantry weevils or pantry beetles. These are; the Cigarette Beetle, Saw tooth Beetle, Drugstore Beetle, Merchant Grain Beetle, Red Flour Beetle, and Confused Flour Beetle. These beetles feed on a wide array of foods such as cereals, pet foods, nuts, candy, potato chips, dried legumes, pasta, spices, dead insects, cookies, crackers and even dead animals. The bean weevil, the rice weevils, the lesser grain borer and the granary weevil mostly feed on seeds and grains. Weevils are less likely to feed on grains and cereals unless they’ve been caked and hardened. There are also some beetles of fabric pests that should not be confused with pantry pest. These include; furniture carpet beetle, varied carpet beetles, and black carpet beetles. How to get rid of the pests You can...

How Dangerous are Black and Brown Widow Spiders?

The brown widow spider scientifically known as Latrodectus geometricus is found in the tropical and subtropical areas, including Hawaii parts of Australia and the Caridean islands, and is related to the black widow spider. The color of the spider may range from tan to dark brown. In size it is an inch to one and a half inches long. Both the brown and the black widow spiders have a yellow to orange hour glass look on the underside of their abdomen. The brown widow spider is found in areas that are not disturbed such as crawl spaces and wood piles. It can be described as a shy spider and they are less likely to bite humans but when they come in contact with the human skin they can bite. Bites are more likely to occur through accidental contact or even pressing the spider against ones skin. The symptoms of a brown widow spider bite are a red mark left at the bite site. This could be accompanied by some pain. The bite itself however may be painless or feel like a little pinprick. A bite from the female black widow spider is dangerous to humans but that of the male is not dangerous. The female has a larger venomous reserve and have stronger biting muscles when compared to the male. Symptoms from a black widow spider bite Within one hour after the bite the victims start experiencing some of the symptoms. Some of the symptoms include; the victim’s stomach muscles get ridged and this can easily mistake for appendicitis, the area that has been bitten starts to sweat profusely and urine...

Are Termites Attracted to Water?

Termites are very similar to other insects and animals and to some level, even humans. Therefore, like humans, their most basic components of survival are food, water, and shelter. Termites, however, have adapted to sourcing water from wood and other materials that they feed on in case the going gets tough especially where water is very limited but where there is plenty they flourish to the point of being a nuisance. Termites feed largely on wood. There are different species of termites that can survive in different habitats. For instance, unlike the dry wood termites, the subterranean termites need moisture to thrive. Subterranean termites build their colonies in soil to obtain moisture, and they also nest in wet wood. So the answer to the above question is yes in the sense that termites, especially subterranean, require dampness and moisture to survive. Another example is the damp woods termites; they like feeding on very moist wood, therefore, their most preferred habitat is damp, dying wood. These species of termite rarely invade buildings because of lack of enough water in the wood, but houses that have leaking plumbing that keep the wood wet are exceptional. Therefore, to prevent this, ensure that water drains away from the building, damp or damaged wood outside the building are replaced or removed completely and the leaking plumbing is repaired. Termites are very interesting, and while you may wonder at how they build huge mounds with their tiny stature and marvel at how hardworking they think they are just harmless little creatures, termites are in fact very destructive. In the United States, alone termites account for...

7 Interesting Termite Facts

Termites would make terrible dinner guest because of their preferred choice of diet; they would rather leave the food and eat the table underneath the food. Termites feast on wood, and many of them prefer the wet and moldy wood. But if they find comfort in homes, they can be very destructive. The four things they need for survival are food, shelter, optimal temperature and moisture, which can be provided for in any home regardless of the construction type. When they invade, they destroy, and it won’t be very long before you realize why they earned the nickname “silent destroyers.” The following is a list of facts about these interesting insects: • Termites are made to destroy. According to research, in the US alone, termites cause a damage of approximately $5 billion to homes each year. Colonies that exist in huge numbers such as the subterranean termites and Formosan termites are the most destructive and account for about 90% of these damages. • Termites are actually of ecological benefit. They are important decomposers because they infest and feed on dead and decaying trees and recycling them into new soils, therefore, speeding up deteriorations’ natural cycle. This act allows for the new growth of plants to begin. Also, while digging their tunnels, they aerate and improve the soil in the process. This is great, but we just don’t want them in our home! • Termites have been around for the past over 100 million years. Termites existed even during the era of dinosaur and even though they look like ants, their ancestor was a cockroach-like an insect. They are closely...