Dangerous Bugs and Pests: When to Call in a Professional

January 30, 2015

Insects, bugs, pests, rodents, vermin… all things creepy and crawly make most us of take a step backwards. Granted, we’ve all tried setting one of those crazy, spring-loaded mouse traps or sprayed over-the-counter bug spray in an attempt to stem an infestation. There are some types of pest issues that are safely and effectively handled at home; however, there are times when a professional pest control service must be called in. Here are some of those times.

Poisonous Spiders

Although most species of spiders in our area are harmless, there are some that must be left to pest control professionals. The most dangerous spider in Utah, the black widow, is regarded as the single case of spider infestation that requires professional intervention. Black widow spiders are generally about ½” in length, shiny black in color, with a vivid red hourglass marking on their abdomen. The bite of a black widow feels like a needle stick. In worst-case conditions, the victim may experience convulsions or even death. The hobo spider, a member of the brown recluse family, may pose a danger to humans also; however, many experts disagree on the level of risk they pose.

Wood Destroying Pests

Termites and carpenter ants can and will cause significant damage to wood and other structures. These pests require professional treatment for identification and eradication. Contact All Green Pest Control and Lawn immediately if you suspect either of these conditions.

Disease Carrying Rodents

Mice, rats, and voles all have the ability to carry disease, including Hantavirus, Murine typhus, and Salmonellosis. In addition, rodents can cause fires or other damage from chewing wires. Consult a pest control service immediately if you suspect a rodent invasion.

Disease Carrying Insects

Several types of insects have the potential to carry – and spread – disease to you, your family, and your pets. Ticks and fleas can attack both animals and humans. The accidental ingestion of fleas can spread canine tapeworms to humans. Ticks can transmit serious diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Of course no one likes cockroaches. Like they say, if you see one that means there are a lot more! A professional pest control company can inspect your home for these creepy pests.

Biting, Stinging Insects

Included in this category are Africanized honey bees, scorpions, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and the like. Although individually, most of these insects are unlikely to cause serious harm, a hive too close to your home can pose significant danger to you and your family.