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Generally, these creatures live in basements, crawl spaces, or other damp, dark parts of the house.
In Spokane, our common encounters will be with Hobo, Yellow Sac, and Black Widow spiders.
It is well known that black widows are venomous to humans, but research on hobos and yellow sacs is ongoing.
Sanitation and a pest barrier are the most effective control options for spider management.
Knowledge is often the best tool in integrated pest management. Identifying and understanding insects is the first step in controlling them.
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Among the largest and most destructive ant species, Carpenter Ants are a common sight in Spokane. They excavate wood (not eat it) to build their nests in trees, stumps, log piles, railroad ties, and even houses. They often enter buildings via damp or damaged wood and can cause significant damage to the structure.
Carpenter ants are tough, but treatment options exist to thin or eliminate their population and prevent damage to your home.
Bed bugs are a blood-feeding parasite. They get their name from their preferred habitat and can be found feasting on people as they sleep. While they are mostly nocturnal, they can be active during day as well, and are capable of feeding without the host noticing.
Bed bug bites can lead to many more serious health effects, and it is recommended you get treatment immediately.
If you suspect bed bugs, you should have a pest specialist inspect as soon as possible.
Almost every bug has a corresponding parasitic wasp species. They serve a vital role in thinning the numbers of other pest species. However, they can be aggressive and frequently build nests near human dwellings.
Each spring, queens build new nests. By summer, they may have over 5000 new wasps in their colony. The entire colony dies in winter, but eggs laid in fall hatch and create a new queen the next year.
There is never a bad time to treat or prevent wasp infestations.
Fleas are external parasites; they use their syringe-like mouth parts to pierce and suck blood from their hosts. Over 2000 species exist, adapting to their choice of host but capable of feeding on similar animals, as well.
These pests are responsible for transmission of many diseases, including typhus, Bubonic plague, and spotted fever.
Flea control needs to be done in two stages: an initial spray to exterminate them and a follow up treatment to control their second hatch.
While not particularly damaging, boxelder bugs are considered a nuisance pest due to their habit of congregating by the thousands. They become a pest while seeking heat; either sunning themselves in conspicuous places or seeking shelter during the cold seasons. When threatened or harmed, they emit a foul stench to ward off predators.
Treatment usually encompasses a broad area, since this pest spreads to wherever they find warmth.
They may look cute, but mice in the home are bad news.
These vermin spread diseases like Hantavirus through their parasites and feces. This is especially dangerous because of how quickly mice reproduce. A female mouse can have her first pregnancy after 50 days, gestation only takes 20 days, and a litter can be up to 14 new mice. Population booms can get out of control very quickly.
They also have a nasty habit of getting in through very small spaces. Because of the ability to compress their skulls and rib cages, mice can travel into the home through holes the size of a ballpoint pen.
Treating mice is a 2-pronged attack. Snap traps get rid of the rodent indoors and bait boxes keep new ones away.
There are more species of beetle than any other life form. Their numbers account for nearly 40% of all known insect species and 25% of all known life forms.
While there are many varieties in Spokane, the main pest beetles are carpet beetles, which feed on fabrics, furs, and stored food; grain beetles, which commonly infest pantries and food stores; and wood boring beetles which can cause significant damage to trees and homes.
There are several different ways to treat beetles, so it is best to consult your pest management professional to explore your control options.
When people think of pests, cockroaches are usually the first thing that comes to mind.
Hearty and quick-breeding, these bugs can survive in almost any environment and with limited resources, though they prefer the warmth and food stores found indoors.
Roaches are known to have a form of emergent behavior, coordinating their groups through scent trails in pheromones or feces. This helps them survive as large swarms, but also transmits bacteria to humans.
Treatment is usually a combination of culture control and sprays, powders, or traps.
Most insects enter the home looking for food, water, or shelter. Finding a bug in your cereal is never a good way to start the morning.
Meal moths, beetles, and weevils are an unfortunately common sight in the pantry. Some species prefer dry goods and flour, others feast on dog food or candy. Some are capable of chewing through packaging, book binding, even sheet metal.
Finding and treating the source can be difficult. Often times, professional care is required to ensure the pest is eradicated and your kitchen is safe.
Termites are a silent wrecking ball. With hidden colonies underground, they can harvest homes from below without being seen. Often, damage isn't even visible until the infestation is well underway.
Vigilance is the best defense against termites. If you notice mud tubes in the basement, swarms of flying insects for a brief period of time, small discarded wings, hollow-sounding wood, cracked or bubbled paint, frass, or sounds coming from the walls, you may have an infestation and should seek professional help immediately.
Many other insects exist in our area. While many do not pose any threat, they can become pests when they come into contact with people.
Many species exist locally, and many more are accidentally imported in furniture, lumber, luggage on trips, clothing, animals, and people.
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