Getting To Know Your Pests

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Every region has its own pesky pests. Some pests are almost everywhere. Getting to know the bugs can give you a leg up when it comes to spotting and treating an infestation. Not all pests come out in the open where you can see, so you must learn their habits.

Ants

Ants can be brown or black. They have three legs and an antenna. They don’t leave behind any fecal matter you can see, but they travel in groups. Where there’s one ant, there are 100’s more lurking waiting for a piece of food to drop. They love warm and damp locations and prefer to dine on sweets. Some sting, but most don’t have the ability to bite.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have a flat oval body and size legs. They are roughly the size of an apple seed. They can be either brown or a reddish color. They are commonly found in apartments, hotels, buses and trains. They are called bed bugs because they love to hang out on the bed. Their flat bodies can slide easily in and out of smooth surfaces. They only eat blood, and just a couple drops can do them for a year. Their bites are painful, but they are not a public hazard and don’t transmit disease.

Roaches

The roach comes in many varieties, but most are about an inch long. They have six legs and can be any color between brown and black. They love humidity and bathrooms, and kitchens seem to be their hangout. They will eat anything from boxes to paper and food scraps. Their saliva and fecal mater can cause allergic reactions, and they are known to transmit salmonella and E Coli. They love to come out at night and hide during the day.

Spiders

There are so many spiders that it is hard to generalize into one category. They come in all colors and sizes. They have eight legs, and some can be hairy. Some are poisonous, and some are not. Spiders love cool and damp places and prefer to hide. Most spiders are completely harmless. They love to chomp on other insects so they can be beneficial.