The Pest Control Blog North America

Spiders Considered Good Luck?

red knee tarantulaThere are over 40,000 species of spiders worldwide, with approximately 3700 of those species occurring in North America.  Of these 3700 species of spiders, only a very small amount will find their way into homes and human structures. And from these, an even smaller proportion will attract the attention of home and business owners enough to seek out pest control.

Logically speaking spiders should be considered the good guys of the arthropod world, because they are not destructive, do not spread disease, do not create allergens, and they eat insects!  However, despite these positive attributes, spiders are not highly regarded in the U.S. Though little more than a nuisance pest, spiders are generally considered unacceptable to share a living and work space with.  Oftentimes spiders evoke more psychological damage than anything else.  People’s dislike for spiders can range from being creeped-out, to an irrational psychological fear, called arachnophobia. Read More »

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Preventing Fly Infestations

fly infestations Whether it’s your local family restaurant, a four star hotel, your local pub, or a health care facility, there is no place that’s immune to developing fly infestations, if the conditions are right.  While they’re primarily nuisance pests, flies are a public health concern due to their habits of frequenting some very unsanitary places and then flying to your food with their dirty, bacteria infested bodies.

When we hear from our customers regarding a fly problem, it’s likely because they’re seeing adult flies popping up, sometimes in large numbers.  Whether they’re resting on the wall in the bakery, flying around the food or buzzing the customers, these pests must be dealt with quickly.

The small flies that we most commonly encounter at our accounts include fruit flies, phorid flies, drain flies and fungus gnats.  These flies are all relatively small flies, with an average size of about 1/8 of an inch long.  Each of these flies have one thing in common: they all require decaying organic matter in which to breed.  Additionally, each of these flies can establish huge populations indoors, as long as they have the right medium to breed in. Read More »

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Mosquitoes and Disease

Before and after images of mosquito feeding on humanThe warm temperatures and rain in the spring triggers flowers to bloom, grass to grow, and, yes, mosquitoes to wake up!  These bloodsucking pests generally begin popping up around April and continue to be a problem until sometime around September or October.  In warmer areas of the country, mosquito activity can begin earlier in the year and extend well into the winter.

These pests can be quite annoying because of their biting habits, but more importantly because many of them play a role in transmitting various human and animal pathogens.  Therefore, by controlling and educating the public about mosquitoes and disease, pest management professionals play an important role in protecting public health.

Mosquitoes are efficient vectors of many harmful disease-causing organisms.  In fact, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths annually than any other living creature. This is because mosquitoes transmit a variety of debilitating and deadly parasites and viruses throughout the world.

In the United States, mosquitoes vector pathogens to both humans and animals. These pathogens include several types of encephalitis viruses and canine heartworm.  Probably the most notorious mosquito-vectored pathogen in the U.S. right now is West Nile virus (WNV).  In 2012, the U.S. saw a record number of WNV outbreaks, including 5,387 reported human cases and 243 WNV-related deaths. Read More »

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What Is A Tick?

Discover what a tick is and how they can spread disease.

Ticks: Waiting in the Brush for a Blood Meal!

When it comes to disease transmission, ticks transmit a greater variety of infectious organisms than any other group of insects or non-insect arthropods.  Ticks are obligated blood sucking parasites that will often need to be identified and controlled by a pest control professional.  Ticks, like insects, are arthropods, and therefore classified within the Phylum Arthropoda.  But ticks are not insects!  Ticks are in the arthropod class Arachnida, and they share this class with their close relatives, the mites, spiders, scorpions.  Some of the more commonly encountered and medically important tick species include the black legged (deer) tick, the western black legged (Pacific) tick, American dog tick, brown dog tick, Lone star tick and the Rocky mountain wood tick.

Common habitats for ticks include woodland areas, especially along trails and edges of forests.  They are also found in grassy fields and in areas with or surrounded by tall grasses.  These same habitats are usually where tick hosts, such as mammals, ground-dwelling birds and lizards, are also found. Read More »

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Pictures of Termites

Worker TermitesWe celebrated the first official day of spring this week with a nice dusting of snow and temperatures barely above freezing. Nevertheless, the warm days of spring will be arriving soon and nature will come alive out of its deep thaw. Rather appropriately, we also celebrated another event this week – Termite Awareness Week. Every year the week-long observance by the National Pest Management Association helps bring to the light the havoc termites wreak throughout the United States.

As your local pest control experts, we here at Ehrlich take pride in being our customers’ resource for all things insects, including termites. The wood-hungry insects are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage every year and are extremely difficult to control without professional training and equipment. While termites are well known and feared by homeowners, the average person most likely has no idea what a termite actually looks like. What makes things more confusing is that termites look very similar to a few other insects, including flying ants. Similar to our previous gallery of bed bug pictures, we’ve compiled a collection of termite pictures for you to peruse. Enjoy! Read More »

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