Have you ever seen a spider or roach in your home? You probably have, but these and other common pests aren’t always as innocent (and in some cases, not as harmful) as they seem. Here are three fascinating and mind-blowing facts about common pests that people might encounter in their homes or workplaces.
Termite Army: Equipped to Infest
There are several qualities about termites that make them particularly successful at infesting a home. For example, they are social insects, meaning they live in a colony that even has a caste system (termites are either reproductive, soldiers, or workers). However, what’s most impressive is the termite queen. Some species can lay 40,000 eggs per day, if the weather is right, during times of peak egg production. Plus, queens can live up to 50 years. Pest control solutions for termites include bait stations, termiticide applications, and more.
Versatile and Deadly: The Common Cockroach
Nothing is creepier in the world of insects than seeing a cockroach on the wall or spotting one as it scurries under your refrigerator. Cockroaches are shockingly resilient. Just take a look at this video. You’ll see a spider trying to eat a cockroach. But, the cockroach actually manages to trap the spider and eat him instead! They’ve been known to infest furniture and even video game consoles, and they can live for quite a while without a head.
The sight of a roach is disgusting, but living with these unwelcome guests is actually dangerous. They spread diseases such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus as well as poliovirus and other dangerous organisms. Birth rates vary by species, but a single female can carry up to 50 eggs.
If you notice roach feces on the ground, you may have an infestation. You may also smell them. Large groups of roaches produce a thick, oily scent that you may notice coming from your drains. There are some DIY ways to eliminate roaches, but a professional management solution may be needed for infestations.
Centipedes: More Helpful Than They Seem
Spotting a common centipede can be as disturbing as seeing a roach in your home. But try to put your heebie-jeebies aside. Though centipedes are venomous, you really have to agitate them before they try to bite you. Even if you do receive a bite (their front-most legs are actually fangs!), it should be no worse than a bad bee sting.
These critters feast on spiders, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, ants, and many other far worse pests. Still, you probably don’t want your home infested with these animals. Centipedes prefer humidity, which is why you may see them in your bathroom or near drains. A dehumidifier may be enough to get them to seek shelter elsewhere, and you’re most likely to see them in the winter when they come inside for warmth.
You can buy traps and other home defense tools to get rid of centipedes. Local pest control professionals can also recommend treatment methods and inspect your home for an infestation.
These common pests sure are fascinating, but you never want to see them on your property. Consider professional help if you notice signs of an infestation. A qualified pest control company in your area can provide a home assessment and determine whether baiting, monthly treatment plans for your property, or another pest control solution will work for you.