Pest Library

Ants

Ants can nest anywhere, and enter through the smallest cracks. Once one ant finds a food source, more are sure to follow. This is thanks to their ability to track each other by scent. They’re very mobile pests, to control them effectively, the whole property must be treated. An ant colony can build and repopulate a new nest very quickly.

Effective ant control means using the right tools and extermination methods. Not all ants are equal, and our experts know how to attack each ant species.

The three most common ant species are:

Carpenter ant

House ant

Pavement Ant

Why use professional ant control services ?

Getting rid of ants is not as simple as spraying some pest control solution on a counter and hoping for the best. That could be hazardous to you and actually disperse the ants without eliminating them. Our ant control exterminators have the experience and knowledge to not only identify the ant species, but to accurately treat your ant problem safely and effectively.There are types of ants where insecticide sprays make things worse. For example, when faced with insecticide sprays, Tapinoma sessile—the odorous house ant will actually split up and make more nests. In this case, using off-the-shelf solutions could double, triple, or quadruple your ant infestation.

Cockroaches

German cockroaches are known allergens for many people. All types of cockroaches can carry bacteria and disease from one feeding site to another. Additionally, cockroaches may spread parasitic worms from one host to another. They can also contaminate food as they move from habitat to habitat. The biggest Cockroach breeding place is in the kitchen. Cockroaches leaves behind a black stain on the area where they breed with a pheromone. The pheromone that the cockroaches leaves behind attract other cockroaches to the area to feed and mate.Ah, the cockroach: Quite possibly the number one disease-carrying, all-consuming, mass-spawning, nocturnal colony critters that nobody ever wants to see on their property. The old saying is true. If you have cockroaches, you have a lot more cockroaches than you’re seeing. Colonies can live under linoleum, inside any part of a structure, inside stored items, and more.

This Cockroach pest can range from the tiny, to sizes relatively gargantuan for urban insects. It goes without saying that this is not an easy pest to eliminate, requiring thorough treatment and attention to detail.

The 3 most common cockroaches are:

German cockroaches

American cockroaches

Brown-Banded cockroaches

Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

German cockroaches are known allergens for many people. All types of cockroaches can carry bacteria and disease from one feeding site to another. Additionally, cockroaches may spread parasitic worms from one host to another. They can also contaminate food as they move from habitat to habitat. The biggest Cockroach breeding place is in the kitchen. Cockroaches leaves behind a black stain on the area where they breed with a pheromone. The pheromone that the cockroaches leaves behind attract other cockroaches to the area to feed and mate.

Mice

Mice are quick to breed, fast on their feet, and able to burrow into boxes and squeeze into the tiniest cracks. Mice are famous for eating through anything that stands between them and food. They are clever enough to hide the damage while their litters grow and multiply. In worse cases, they can contaminate food storage while going unnoticed.

Are House Mice Dangerous?

House mice can be dangerous for a variety of reasons. House mice may carry fleas and ticks into your house. They are also carriers of diseases, and transmit bacteria through their urine and feces. House mice have an innate need to gnaw, and are non-discriminatory when chewing. They can chew through your favorite antique holiday decorations or your electrical wires, risking extensive damage or fires.

Fleas

Fleas are annoyingly fast to reproduce and can carry blood-borne diseases. All it takes to cause a flea problem is one guest or customer with a pair of unwanted stowaways. Fleas can nest, feed, and breed either indoors or out. They live off of organic debris and preferring to attach themselves to people and animals. This means a severe nuisance, especially for businesses.

A flea problem is a guaranteed way to lose business. Meanwhile, for homes, your poor pets will suffer the brunt of the assault. A combination of human- and pet-safe treatments will kill these pests and prevent their eggs from spawning.

 

Are Fleas Dangerous?

Fleas are one of the most common parasites that affect our pets. While their bites can be irritatingly itchy, they are also known to spread secondary parasitic infections, such as tapeworms, to our pets. Fleas have also been known to spread bacterial infections such as Bartonella henselae, more commonly known as cat scratch fever. Some pets and people may also develop an allergic reaction to flea bites over time.

Grasshopper

Although relatively harmless, grasshoppers can damage your lawn, garden, and landscape. They breed in big numbers and can grow to very large size, and they’re not always timid about approaching humans.

Fishmoth/Silverfish

The silver fish is so-named because that’s what it looks like; a half-inch long silver fish with legs. They move very quickly, and they eat mainly starch and mold. They prefer warm, damp areas, but can be found foraging anywhere. The silver fish diet allows them to damage wallpaper, books and other paper products, some insulation, and they can get into kitchen stock, and leave yellowish stains, especially on light fabric. A dehumidifier, fans, ventilation, and structural repairs will complement our pest control services in preventing a repeat invasion of this pest.

ARE SILVERFISH DANGEROUS?

Silverfish are not aggressive insects, and pose no physical harm to people. They do, however, seem to cause mild allergic reactions is some individuals. This is due to the breakdown of lost silverfish scales during molting which, in high concentrations, can contribute to dust build-up in homes. Centipedes and spiders eat silverfish so you may be attracting other pests if you have a problem with silverfish.

 

Spiders

There are as many different reasons to deal with a spider infestation, as there are breeds of spiders. From the lethally poisonous spiders, to the simply get out of my house you creepy and crawly monster variety, it’s tough to know which kind of pest your spiders are. There are a few breeds of spider that are beneficial to homeowners, stalking and destroying insects – but we don’t mind removing your eight-legged pests and taking over their jobs. If you’ve hit a point where you know you have more than just the typical number spiders on your property, we’ll take care of it.

Infinity Pest Management’s spider extermination process includes extensive, environmentally safe treatment on your home/business exterior and treatment as needed within the interior of your home/business. During your spider control service, our technician will also brush around the exterior of doors, windows, and leaves to remove spider webs and or other evidence of spider infestation – to keep them from coming indoors!

 

Are Spiders Dangerous?

Many common house spiders are not dangerous. However, care should still be taken when removing webs, or spiders from the home. Spiders such as brown recluses and black widows can pack a nasty bite. If bitten by a venomous spider, contact a physician as soon as possible. Familiarize yourself with which spiders in your area are venomous and avoid contact.

 

Ticks

Ticks are a painful and dangerous nuisance, especially for customers with animals, or anyone who lives or operates a business near Mother Nature. There are many varieties of ticks, but they all have one thing in common – they’re dangerous, blood-sucking parasites. Many of them can carry blood-borne diseases. Even without carrying a disease, some tick species are able to shut down a victim’s nervous system or immune system using toxins in their saliva.

Ticks are very smart for their size, are well-armored, and present definite health risks. Ticks can detect poisons, and they know how to run and hide when insecticide is being applied. This pest is smart enough to know that “taking cover” in tall grass will often spare its life. These smart instincts make tick control a very methodical job, requiring thorough treatment and a pattern of application that won’t result in a tick stampede headed into your property from elsewhere on the premises

 

Are Ticks Dangerous?

In theory, ticks wandering around your grass are not dangerous. The problem lies with their bites, and their potential for transmitting disease. Not all ticks carry diseases. Even those that are carrying disease won’t always infect you when they bite. However, at a glance, it’s hard to differentiate between tick types. By sight, there is no way to tell if a tick is carrying a disease. For these reasons, it’s best to take precautions to minimize contact with ticks and try to prevent all bites.

Rats

Rats are a serious nuisance. They’ll eat anything they can, and they’ll destroy anything they can’t eat. Rats spread disease, and their capacity for property destruction is frankly amazing. Trapping, baiting and poisoning these pests is only the beginning; regular maintenance and a strategy for preventing access and nesting is the only way to guarantee long term protection against rat problems.

Rodents are territorial, so when a group occupies a space, they keep out other rats and mice. When you remove an infestation, now an uninhabited space for a new family of rodents appears. This leaves the structure “unguarded” and vulnerable to re-infestation.

 

Are Rats Dangerous?

Rats are dangerous in a multitude of ways. Rats are rodents and, as such, have a need to gnaw. They can do damage to your home as they chew through siding, bricks, and woodwork. More concerning is that they will also gnaw through electrical wires.Rats carry diseases that they can transmit through their droppings and urine. They may transmit the plague, Leptospirosis, and Salmonella. Rats can also trigger allergies and asthma in some people.Additionally, rats can carry fleas and ticks. This causes secondary issues such as infestation and illness from these pests.

 

Wasps

Like bees, wasps present a serious problem, especially for businesses. Even if your customers and guests aren’t allergic, they can still be afraid of these pests – many business owners call us reporting that at the first sight of a wasp nest, potential customers get back in their cars and never come back. Wasps tend to create multiple nests, and are experts at hiding their nests within your structures, even inside of walls. All it takes is a single crack in your facade for your building to become a flying stinger factory.

Moths

The moth is a bigger problem than most people assume. Annoying you and your guests, eating your upholstery and your clothes. The moth may not be a health risk, but they’re still pests. The destruction they can cause begins at birth. Severe damage to even leather, fur, and other organic-based cloth, particularly any items stored in upper floors of a building.

Flies

Flies are among the pests that range from the annoying, to the dangerous. A few flies bite, but their real crime is the fact that they occasionally breed in food supplies. Without professional pest control services, restaurants fight a constant battle to make sure their customers get the first bite of every meal being prepared in the kitchen.

Naturally, they also breed in garbage, meaning no business can prevent offering some temptation to a budding fly infestation.

The three most common flies are:

House Flies

Drain Flies

Fruit Flies

Are Flies Dangerous?

Flies spread disease and bacteria as they move from one feeding site to the next. This can lead to food contamination and the spread of germs. Flies and gnats can also create a habitat that is conducive to larger pest problems, such as a spider infestation.

Crickets

Cricket infestations range from the annoying, to the insanely annoying. They can also contaminate food, but that’s highly uncommon. The cricket’s main crime is that infernal noise, which keeps you awake at night in your home.

Many species of crickets are very difficult to find. The sound is a complex form of communication which they use in an effort to stay ahead of danger.

 

Are Crickets Dangerous?

Crickets are related to larger insects, such as locusts and grasshoppers. They can be just as troublesome as their larger relatives. Crickets can invade both your home and your lawn throughout the summer. They make an annoying chirp when indoors and eat vast amounts of plant matter when outside. This can cause brown spots and leaf damage across your lawn and landscaping.

Scorpions

The scorpion is a nocturnal hunter. This pest is always adaptable, typically clever, often numerous, and occasionally dangerous. Most scorpion species are no more poisonous than a wasp, but there are breeds whose stingers can kill a human. Mulch, straw piles, wood piles and wood chips, crevices under rocks, synthetic flower beds, and indoor locations used for storage are the favored nesting and sleeping spots for this pest, but any dark and sheltered place will suffice. As a hunter of other insects, scorpions will roost near other kinds of pest infestation. Controlling scorpions is often a multi-step, multi-ingredient process.

Are Scorpions Dangerous?

All scorpions are venomous to some degree. Scorpions do have a strong, painful sting that may cause discomfort for up to several days. The injection site may swell and become itchy or numb. Pain and swelling will usually recede after three days.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground. They build distinctive “mud tubes” to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air. Like other termite species, they feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.

Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. They can cause severe property damage.

Harvester Termites

They are distinguished by the serrated inner edge of their mandibles, and their functional compound eyes which are present in all castes. They forage for grass at night and during daylight hours, and pigmented workers are often observed outside the nest. Their range includes the deserts and savannas of Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

Mosquitoes

Everybody knows about the tiny mosquito menace. You don’t see this pest stalking you because of its size. You don’t feel them bite you because of the sedative in their saliva. But afterwards, you itch like mad, and you’re at risk of blood-borne disease. Mosquitoes are one of the bigger health risks among the pest population. They can breed so easily and go undetected until the infestation is severe.

Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?

Mosquitoes can be dangerous to humans because they transmit illness. Mosquitoes can be vectors for diseases such as encephalitis and malaria. They can also transmit the Zika virus, West Nile virus, Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus. People introduce some of these viruses due to travel. Others are naturally prevalent in the area. Since you can’t know whether a mosquito is carrying a virus, preventing bites is key.

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