Black widows are present in every state in the United States. Spiders paralyze their prey with venom and feed by sucking the pre-digested food. Spiders can survive for long period of time and have known to survive even whole house fumigation.
These gruesome little creatures can cause all kinds of problems - fleas may transmit bubonic plague from rodent to rodent and from rodent to humans. Tapeworms normally infest dogs and cats but may appear in children if parts of infested fleas are accidentally consumed. YUCK!
They get their "chilling" name from an old belief that they could enter the ears of sleeping and bore into their brain and drive them mad with pain. Some say this is an "old wives tale".
Bed bugs are bloodsucking insects. Most species feed on humans when other prey are unavailable. Bed bugs can cause a number of health effects including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters.
The most common ant in California is the argentine ant, introduced to the U.S in the 1800's on coffee ships from South America. Unfortunately, that very long line of ants you find in your kitchen only represents at most 10-12% of the 500,000 ants in a large colony.
The German cockroach most commonly found in Homes and businesses. They can live 2-3 months without food & eat decaying organic matter. Glues its egg capsules to walls or other surfaces. These roaches carry many types of diseases including salmonella, staph & strep infection.
Each year, 600,000 homeowners in the U.S report termite damage to their homes, Termites are responsible for approximately $750 million worth of property damage in the U.S each year. Southern California is #1 in termite activity.
Silverfish are considered a household pest, due to their consumption and destruction of property. Silverfish consume paper, photos, sugar, coffee, carpet, clothing, and adhesives such as book bindings.