Keep These 5 Kinds of Pests Away From Your Home

Every living being on Earth exists because they have a role to fulfill in the ecosystem. However, when a certain being becomes detrimental to mankind or the environment, then these creatures become a pest. Pests are organisms that cause nuisance and diseases associated with high mortality rates. If there is one at your home, don’t hesitate to contact your local pest control company especially if the infestation is widespread and you cannot handle it on your own. Listed below are some of the common types of pests that you may have in your house and neighborhood: 

Insects

These are the most common and major pests. Insects are characterized to have three pair of legs, two pairs of wings, and a segmented body. They also have compound eyes and antennae. Most species are tricky and can cause damage in a variety of ways. Some suck the sap from plants, bite off plant parts, transmit diseases from one host to another, bore holes in fruits and crops, and destroy certain structures. Insects can cause damage no matter what stage they are in. Some cause damage as larvae, nymphs, and even as adults. 

Mites

Some people confuse mites for insects but they are not the same. These creatures have soft bodies and four pairs of legs. They vary in color; some mites are red, yellow, or brown. Like some insects, these creatures suck the sap from plants or hosts. In some cases, they also attack crops in huge numbers. Mites are sometimes so tiny that it takes quite some time to detect their presence. 

Rodents

This group of pests is notorious for eating away large amount of human food. They can also damage crops on a large scale. As a matter of fact, rodents are responsible for heavy loss to stored grains in farms, warehouses, and houses. The most popular example of rodents is rats. This kind of pest caused the Black Death to spread in Europe quickly, killing around 75-200 million people in Eurasia. The bubonic plague was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It was caused by a certain bacteria that are carried by fleas on rodents.

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Mammals

Certain mammals are considered as pests. They become pests because they are large in numbers and can cause damage to lands, property, as well as crops. Rabbits, wolves, dingoes, and foxes are some mammals who can become pests to man. 

Birds

Birds attack crop plants and eat grains. However, when they are not acting as pests, they are actually an important part of the ecosystem. Some birds eat insects that are harmful to crops while there are others who help in pollination like hummingbirds, sun birds, and honey eaters.

Admittedly, pests are indeed scary. It is important to keep them at bay to prevent disasters from happening. Once you find out that you have an infestation in your house, call your local pest terminator. Don’t worry, though; before you know it, your house will be back to normal and you and your family can finally live in peace again.

Monsters on Me: Insects that Live on the Human Body

We’ve all heard of various parasites and insects living inside our bodies, but what of insects living on us? This isn’t just a mite problem a simple pest control can deal with; it might take more than that.

Here are the insects that creep and live on the human body. Beware because after reading this you might have an urge to take a bath.

Eyelash Mite

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Demodex folliculorum or eyelash mites, are tiny parasitic mites living in the hair follicles of your face. These are found mostly on your eyelashes but can also in the nose and cheeks. Generally, eyelash mites are not harmful. Almost everybody probably has them and won’t notice there’s a parasite feeding off of their oils. In fact, scientists claim there is a sort of symbiotic relationship between eyelash mites and humans— we let them live on our faces, while they in turn remove the dirt and oil from our hair follicles.

While having eyelash mites has benefits, the adage too much of anything isn’t good applies to them as well. Demodicosis is the phenomenon of having so much eyelashes mites on your face that it becomes infected and your eyelashes fall off. This usually happens to people who have too much make-up or who don’t remove it before sleeping.

It’s important to keep your face clean. You may use tea tree products and no tear baby soap on your face twice a day. If you suspect you have demodicosis, avoid wearing make-up for at least two weeks. Once you’re allowed to wear make-up again, be sure to replace your old kit with a new one. Lastly, regularly change your sheets and pillow cases with clean ones.

Scabies Mite

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Infestation starts when the female burrows into the skin. A male then moves into the burrow site and mates with the female. The male mite dies afterwards, and the female begins laying the eggs. After a few days the eggs hatch and move to the surface of the skin to mature, then the cycle repeats again.

Scabies are severely itchy and can be transmitted through direct contact. They are also resistant to soap and hot water. You will have skin rashes that will look like small red bumps and blisters.

You’ll need to go to the doctor once you suspect your itch is because of scabies. If the doctor confirms this, you will need immediate treatment. Medication to treat scabies is mostly for external use only might be told to apply it on your skin from the neck down.

Head Louse

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Head louse (commonly known plural form, head lice) are wingless parasites spread through personal contact or by sharing hats, combs, and other head accessories. This is usually a common problem with children.

You may feel a tickling when you have lice because they’re moving on your head. This makes you itch until you get small red sore bumps which may lead to bacterial infection. Usually when one is infected with lice, everyone else in the family should be treated.

Doctors recommend using a medicated shampoo, lotion, or cream rinse. Depending on how dire the lice situation is, external medication may be enough but if it’s severe, you may be required to take oral medication. Expect that it will take a few days for the itching to stop.

Human Botfly

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The human botfly, also known as torsalo, is one of many fly species considered to be parasites to humans. Botflies infest the skin and live the larval stage in the subcutaneous layer of the skin. The lesion caused by the larvae will become hard and painful; sometimes people can even feel the larvae moving as they take a bath.

When infested with the botfly, your white cell count will elevate and a significant amount of macrophage will be found around the wood and this is why pus is usually secreted.

These are just some of the insects found on humans. You’ve probably heard of the more common ones like dust mites, bed bugs, and ticks; but the ones listed here are equally dangerous or vexing, surprisingly not well-known. Keep a look out for signs and symptoms so that you can keep yourself and your family from being infected.