Crickets: The Pests You Need To Know About

Crickets: The Pests You Need To Know About

What are the crickets you should know about?

  1. Camel Crickets
  2. Mormon Cricket
  3. Jerusalem Cricket
  4. Field Cricket

 

Did you know that crickets are nuisance pests? Your pest control services can help you with an infestation if needed, so if the noise they make is keeping you up at night, you better call your local pest buster. Crickets can also get inside your home and will feed on your uncovered food, clothes, and paper. Keep them away from your books, documents, and favorite clothes if you want to keep their integrity.

 

Camel Crickets

Camel Cricket

Camel crickets or cave crickets have a humpback appearance that’s similar to a camel. They can be found in caves and other areas that are damp and cool such as under leaves, stones, and rotting logs. Camel crickets can’t produce a sound because they lack the right organs. And unlike other cricket species, adult camel crickets don’t have wings. Their defense mechanism is also quite unique. Camel crickets have long limbs that let them leap away from danger. 

While they may seem harmless, these crickets can become easily overwhelming in large numbers. They tend to settle in common areas and bedrooms. Since they make no sound, these crickets can crawl or jump on you when you least suspect it. Camel crickets pose no threat to humans, but like other crickets, they could potentially feed on your clothing or curtains. Look for them in areas that are prone to mold, algae, and fungus if you don’t want any of these pests chewing on your fabric.

 

Mormon Cricket

Mormon Cricket

The Mormon cricket is a hybrid of a grasshopper and a cricket. They can be found on the western side of North America. These crickets can reach two inches in length. They have no wings and they’re generally dark brown or black in color. They have long antennas and wide-spaced eyes.

The Mormon Cricket may not be dangerous for humans, but they pose a threat to the agricultural economy. They’re able to feed on 400 different types of vegetables, which include alfalfa, sugar beets, and small grains. While they might not breed or grow in farms, they can definitely migrate after reaching maturity. They can feed on leaves and stems, damaging plant growth and the production of seeds. In large numbers, these crickets can cause a lot of problems, but when their population is controlled, they can be a beneficial part of the ecosystem.

 

Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket

The size of Jerusalem crickets can range from 2 cm to as large as 7.5 cm. They can weigh around 13 grams, but they have no inherent ability to fly. They usually have a brown or tan color with stripes that alternate between black and brown. Their bodies are plump, characterized by their large abdomens and distinct round heads. Jerusalem crickets lack venom glands but they can still inflict painful bites with their jaws. These crickets are commonly found in Central America and Mexico, but they can generally thrive in dry and semi-arid climates.

Avoid these crickets and don’t annoy them as they might bite. Thankfully, they spend most of their time underground, but they’re very active at night. They feed on small insects and roots. They make drumming noises to send vibrations to attract their partners. They rely entirely on these vibrations since they have no ears. After mating, the female cricket eats the male cricket. Their main defense mechanism is an audible hissing sound produced by their hind legs rubbing against their abdomen.

 

Field Cricket

Field Cricket

Field cricket sizes can range from 1.5 cm to 8 cm. Their color is dark and they can be found on the ground. They’re pretty loud and can be a nuisance if you find them in your home. Like other species of crickets, males use songs to attract female crickets of their own species. They can occasionally damage crops if they swarm in large numbers. They have wings and long hind legs which makes them very mobile.

Field cricket will feed on damaged items such as soiled fabric. They can also eat wood, plastic, rubber and leather items. They spend their time hiding from the daylight in dark and damp areas. To prevent an infestation at home, clean up any old bricks, stone, wood or other debris that might be lying around. This will discourage these field crickets from settling in your home. Remove weeds and other dense plants around your house. Keep your trash cans clean as they can feed on leftovers and use the bins as a shelter when possible. They’re also attracted to light, so keep your windows and doors sealed.

 

Key Takeaway

If you find that you have too many crickets in or around your home, try calling your pest control services. They can help you out if it gets too overwhelming. Crickets are mostly nuisance pests. Their sounds and songs can be annoying, especially at night. However, if uncontrolled, they can eat your household items. In low numbers, they are a natural part of the earth’s ecosystem. Luckily these pests don’t pose a big threat in your home. As long as you practice cleaning your surrounding environment, fixing your landscaping, or simply keeping your doors and windows sealed, then you’ll be fine.

Reasons to Consider Pest Control Services for a Brand New Home

Reasons to Consider Pest Control Services for a Brand New Home

What are reasons to consider pest control services for a brand new home?

  • It will keep your family safe and sound
  • It can improve efforts to preserve your house
  • Simply cleaning can still put you at risk for pest infestation
  • DIY may not be enough

 

Many new homes nowadays are built with the best materials. Architects and engineers also apply the use of materials that keep some pests away such as wood and composite materials that deter these pests. But that shouldn’t keep you from calling pest control services to inspect your home.

There are still other factors that could draw them to your house. You would want to keep all of them away to prevent any illnesses and to preserve the longevity of your home. Here are 4 reasons to consider pest control services for your brand new home:

 

Keep your family safe and sound

Keep Your Family Safe and Sound

The invasion of pests in your home is not just a hazard for your house and its structure, these pests could also potentially threaten the health of household members. Some pests, such as rodents, are notorious for carrying harmful diseases and infecting food products. Prevention is the best solution when it comes to pest control.

The spread of germs and harmful bacteria gradually increase the longer these pests stay, unbeknownst to those living in the household, they could be exposed to dangerous ailments. Some insects could carry Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli, rodents could potentially draw microscopic pests into your homes such as fleas and ticks. Rodents can also carry hantavirus, tularemia, salmonella, and bubonic plague viruses.

Other pests such as wasps aren’t known to carry diseases but are a threat to household members due to their ability to hurt an individual. In some cases, bee stings or wasp stings can lead to more serious dangers. Those who are allergic to bee stings would never want to be stung by a wasp as this could prove to be fatal.

 

To Preserve Your House

You would never want your brand new home’s pristine look to fade in just a few years, or for some unexpected issues to arise earlier than you expect. The overall maintenance of your new house should also cover regular pest control services. During your first few months in your newly acquired home, you can ask nearby pest control services if they can conduct a free pest inspection for your new home; if they don’t that’s fine. Whether the inspection is free, it is highly recommended that you still have your home inspected.

These inspections should be done regularly to keep pest control updated on the status of your home.

Some structures of your home could fall victim to pests such as termites and rodents; as they tend to destroy furniture, seals, and walls. These damages could deem costly if you don’t have them exterminated early on. Preventing these pests from invading your home is the best way to keep your house in top shape and is one of the ways to preserve its pristine condition.

 

Simply cleaning can still put you at risk for pest infestation

Simply cleaning can still put you at risk for pest infestation

Many think that simply cleaning your house will prevent pests from entering your home. While this is a good thing, simply cleaning every nook and cranny of your home won’t guarantee your humble abode to be pest free.

Despite having a spotless house, you should always consider that most pets can invade the most random places. Termites could eat through walls from underground and rats could lurk out of sight, you can never be too sure about when or where these pests will strike.

 

DIY May Not Be Enough

There are a lot of commercial pest control products that you could easily purchase at local hardware or grocery stores. The availability of such products may lead you to think that you could do the pest control yourself. Most will take advantage of free pest inspection services, take note of the details, and do their own pest control with commercial chemicals.

It sounds very much doable and a seemingly cost-effective way to protect your home from pests, but sadly, these commercial pest control products aren’t as good as the ones from professional pest control services. The ones that professionals use are more potent and with their expertise, you’ll be guaranteed that your home will be pest-free.

 

Key Takeaway

Taking care of your home doesn’t just involve keeping everything in place and keeping the whole house clean. Keeping unwanted pests away from your home will preserve your home’s condition and potentially keep the household members safe from any pest acquired illnesses or health hazards.

Pest control services will be the best way to permanently keep these pesky pests away from your home. Never miss out on a preventive pest control home maintenance and your home’s you’ll be sure to improve the longevity of your home and its materials.

Everything You Need to Know About Gardening Without Pesticides

Everything You Need to Know About Gardening Without Pesticides

Gardening cannot be properly done without being able to dispose of harmful bugs in your plants and crops. However, the excessive use of pesticides could have negative effects on the environment. Although pesticides are very efficient at killing bad bugs, is it really worth it for you to use when your overall health is at stake?

Luckily, there are natural ways to control these termites without resorting to chemicals. In Bob Flowerdew’s book titled “Simple Green Pest and Disease Control”, ‘it is possible to keep your garden chemical-, pest-, and disease-free all at once.’ This goes to show that you can remove these pests naturally – from attracting natural predators of pests, handpicking, tilling, to the use of rough surfaces. Opting for these eco-friendly methods will not only aid you to effectively kill pests, hence, will also help you to practice organic gardening that will greatly save Mother Earth.

For you to have a better understanding of why you should avoid using pesticides, you must first understand the negative effects it has on the environment.

Effects of Chemicals on the Environment

Effects of Chemicals on the Environment

Pesticides are the only internationally accepted chemical that is allowed to be legally used. There are different types of pesticides used to kill different kinds of pests, which are the following:

  • Herbicides to kill weeds
  • Insecticides to kill insects
  • Fungicides to kill fungi
  • Rodenticides to kill mice

The use of the pest killers has become a common practice everywhere. It is used for agricultural land, homes, parks, schools, buildings, forests, and roads. They are spread in a variety of ways – from mediums as small a spray can to an airplane performing crop dusting. Since the prevalence of the pesticides in the world, they are not just found in plants but also in the air, food, and drinks. Though it is meant to kill pests, it also has a harmful effect on humans.

Over the years, shreds of evidence point to pesticides as the chemical that is the main cause of the rising health problems in mankind – both physical and mental sicknesses. In May 2010, a study from the University of Montreal and Harvard University discovered that pesticides in vegetables and fruit cause a 200% higher risk for a child to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Here are the effects of pesticides on different living things:

Human Adults

1. Human Adults

Pesticides have been known as one of the reasons for health problems in men that ranges from nausea and headaches to cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive deficiency. Cancer is twice as likely to happen to a human living in an environment with heavy pesticide use as to a human in a clean area.

Human Children

 2. Human Children

The human brain is not fully formed until the age of 12 and pesticides could greatly affect the development of the central nervous system below this age. Proportionally, kids have more skin surface than adults during this time. They also take in more pounds of food and water compared to adults, as well as more air. Because of this high intake and a lack of a fully developed immune systems, they have a higher risk from suffering health problems stemmed from pesticides than adults. It doesn’t help that kids are much more active and are more exposed to different environment where the harmful chemicals may be or have been applied.

Environment

 3. Environment

Not only can pesticides kill harmful insects, but also beneficial ones as well as soil microorganisms and worms which naturally limit the presence of pests. Given that the agricultural land is damaged, plants’ root and immune systems are weakened, and essential plant nutrients are reduced.

Even though public awareness was already raised by Rachel Carson in 1962 concerning the negative environmental effect of pesticide, the use of it today has only increased since then.

 How to Fight Pests Without Pesticides

How to Fight Pests Without Pesticides

As mentioned above, there are several ways to fight and ward off pests from your garden without resorting to pesticides. In fact, these natural solutions just involve more effort, intelligence, and ingenuity to practice.

Although these methods are less efficient, they have been shown to be able to take care of keeping some of the most persistent harmful insects away from the garden.

These insects are listed below along with a brief explanation as to why they are harmful to the environment and how you can keep them away:

Aphids

1. Aphids

These are commonly seen on the underside of leaves and feed on garden vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants. While they are harmful in small numbers, an infestation will hinder or even stop plant growth completely.

 To fight them off, cut off the leaves with heavy infestation and water your plants with a strong stream of water to kill them. Lacewing and ladybug larvae also naturally feed on aphids so encourage these good bugs to thrive in your garden. Plants of the daisy family attract lady bugs, while yarrow, goldenrod, black-eyed susans, and asters will bring in lacewings. Remember this as lacewings and ladybugs will come up often in this article.

A natural pesticide for aphids is a mixture of one tablespoon of canola oil with a few drops of dish soap in a quart of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and shake it well. Spray infested leaves on the top and the bottom to kill the aphids and discourage living aphids from feeding on those leaves.

Cabbageworms
From Old World Garden Farms

2. Cabbageworms

This is a huge pest that feeds on cabbage and related plants such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and turnip. They are considered extremely destructive because they are capable of leaving huge holes in these plants and even reaching the center where they can completely contaminate them with fecal matter.

Spiders, yellow jackets, lacewings, and parasitic wasps are the natural predators of these pests. However, even with the presence of these beneficial bugs in your garden, you will need to give more attention and effort to get rid of cabbageworms.

When you notice big holes in the leaves of your plants, that means that the cabbageworms are still thriving. Begin searching and handpicking these pests and throwing them into a bucket of soapy water. This will kill them. Remember this method as well.

After picking and harvesting your crops, till under the soil where the vegetables are used to be placed to kill the cabbageworm pupae.

Cutworms
From TNAU Agritech

 3. Cutworms

These pests look like caterpillars. The difference is they have shiny heads and they live underground. They do most of their damage during the night by cutting off seedling stems. Young plants are also in their kill list as well and they particularly target ones that are in still within the soil or just emerging. A wide variety of plants are prey to this pest such as beets, cabbage, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower.

To prepare for these pests, remove weeds and plant debris when planting a new garden. This will stop the larvae from developing because they don’t have anything to eat. When you transfer your plants from one place to another, add a cardboard collar around its new area to keep it safe from cutworms. You can use toilet paper tubes for this.

Cutworms also cannot tolerate rough surfaces, so adding coffee grounds, eggshells, or diatomaceous earth around your plants can prevent these pests from coming close.

Just like for cabbageworms, you can kill the larvae after harvesting. For cutworms, you must pick up the soil debris and turn it over.

Earwigs
From Pinterest

 4. Earwigs

Earwigs are both harmful and beneficial. They eat dead leaves and be helpful near a compost pile. However, they also feed on young plants such as carrots and dill.

To keep this from happening, grow these plants earlier in the season so they will be hard for earwigs to eat when the pests mature. You can also bait earwigs with molasses, soy sauce with water, or peanut butter. Use these to lead them into a trap. Collect them and drown them in soapy water.

Bean Beetle
From Learn about Nature

5. Bean Beetle

Both adult and larvae bean beetles are harmful to your garden because both are capable in attacking young pods, leaves, and stems. All bean plants such asbushes, poles, limas, pintos, navies, kindeys, and soybeans are susceptible to damage from these pests.

Bean beetles are most active during the summer. One of the most effective ways to prevent them from infesting your plants and home is to grow your bean plants early so that they mature by the time the season arrives. When the bean beetles come, they will be disappointed that they will have nothing to eat. However, if they still thrive, they can also be handpicked and placed in buckets of soapy water in order to kill them. Be sure to also check the underside of leaves for bright yellow eggs. If you find any of them on these places, kill these as soon as possible.

Lacewings and ladybugs treat these pests like aphids and feed on the larvae and eggs of bean beetles. Diatomaceous earth can also help kill the larvae. You can also use a floating row cover to act as a physical barrier from the pests.

Slugs
From HGTV

 6. Slugs

These pests are a huge danger because they eat all kinds of crops faster than they can grow. Even plants in the soil are at risk because the pests can eat their leaves, leaving the plant unable to photosynthesize. They are most active during rainy seasons so be wary of their presence during these periods.

The soft undersides of these pests make them discouraged from traveling through any rough surfaces. Surround your plants with crushed eggshells, diatomaceous earth, and coffee grounds to prevent them from damaging your garden.

Tomato Hornworm
From Garden Of Tomorrow

7. Tomato Hornworm

While these worms also consume leaves, stems, and fruits, they are particularly harmful to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants.

Tomato Hornworms have a huge size, which means they are easily handpicked to be dumped into a soapy water. After harvest, use a rototiller to break up and till the soil. Doing this will also kill overwintering pupae.

Lacewings and ladybugs save the day again because they also feed on hornworms.

Key Takeaway

Gardening is possible without the excessive use of pesticides. As per the book “Weeding Without Chemicals”, ‘Weed control can be much more simple, inexpensive, and eco-friendly without chemical intervention. Because every weed is best removed with a different method.’ All you need to do is practice a few ingenious methods of keeping pests at bay. Encouraging good bugs, properly tilling the soil, adding rough surfaces, planting early, creating natural pesticides, and even simple handpicking are good practices to make sure that you effectively prevent and control termites and other pests in infesting your plants and your home.

However, if these pests still continue to prosper your home, it is best that you contact a professional pest control service provider and ask for their assistance on this matter. Remember that it is still best that you turn to a professional when your pest issue is already severe.

Attack of the Millipedes! 4 Ways to Prevent the Invasion

Millipedes are, despite their weird and creepy appearance, generally not dangerous nor are they poisonous. However, they can be a nuisance.  Most of never really thought our homes can become infested with millipedes or that it could get out of control. Good thing pest control services in the Philippines to help us out with this problem. Here are four additional ways to prevent Millipedes from invading your own home and your life.

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Seal All Cracks

The first thing you need to do is to make sure there aren’t any cracks in your house, especially in places near damp areas. Go around your house and inspect windows, doors, and the floor and  seal any cracks you see with a caulk gun. Make sure to check around cables, wires, and most especially the plumbing entering the house from the outside. Do take your time doing this to be able to close up even the smallest cracks around your house. You may want to consider installing door sweeps as this will help keep millipedes out.

Control Moisture Inside and Outside the House

The reason millipedes are always associated with gardens is because they are attracted to the dampness. They thrive in environments where there is high moisture, just like your garden. Inside your house, this means your basement, maybe your kitchen, or parts of your house that is constantly damp. Dehumidifiers can help control the moisture in your house.

It may be a bit hard to control the moisture outside of your house, especially if you live in a humid area.  What you need to do is to check if  your gutters are collecting water whenever it rains and if they are diverting it away from the house. Constantly clean them so dry leaves or any other debris will not disturb the flow of the water. Check around the house and see if rain water is dripping down where it shouldn’t be. If it is, call a professional and have it inspected immediately.

Try to Make the Environment Less Habitable for them

Controlling the number of millipedes starts outside and one way of doing this is simply making sure that you don’t over water and over mulch plants in your garden.

We tend to give our plants more water than we should, in fear of under watering them. To prevent this, make sure there are drainage holes on your pot and water only when the soil is dry. To gauge whether you’re watered them correctly, wait for water to seep out of the drainage holes when you’re watering them. Also, millipedes are nocturnal. It is recommended you water your plants in the morning to have them dry by the time dusk sets.

Over mulching can also suffocate the roots of the plant. Mulch has moisture and too much of it means it encourages not just millipedes, but also other pests to live in your garden. If you can, try to find an alternative to plant mulch. Otherwise, you can always reduce the amount of mulch you use.

Establish a Perimeter Around the House

You might need help from your pest control services to do this and it could even be a last minute preventive measure. This is basically setting up a perimeter around your house so that millipedes will not have any way to get into your house if any of the previous preventive measures do not work. With pest control helping you out, for sure your problem will be solved in no time.

There really is no reason to kill them because remember, millipedes aren’t dangerous. However, they do have a habit of coming in big groups, making them invasive. Follow these simple preventive measures to keep a millipede-free home.

“Just Keep Swimming…” Illnesses Your Pests may be Sharing this Rainy Season

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This rainy season, escaping the clutches of illness is close to impossible. There’s the usual flu that burdens many during the passing of Indays and Joses, partly because of the sudden change in weather. Of course other causes to blame are various citywide floods and their often accompanied synchronized swimming tournaments. The Philippines is that notorious when it comes to illnesses and floods, especially since among the swimmers in the risen waters are our pests.

During these times, calling upon pest control in the Philippines isn’t the priority. It’s definitely ringing for the ambulance, and immediately. Although it’s hardly impossible to be safe from illnesses this rainy season, it helps to know what you’re most likely to battle. Let’s begin with checking the possible conditions you may catch from the usual suspects—pests.

Leptospirosis

The suspect: rats

The means: infected urine through water or soil into an open wound or mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, and eyes

The aftermath: a spiral into the last level before death—or death directly

Leptospirosis is one of the most common illnesses in the book, and therefore one of the most dreaded. The bacterium that has given this illness its fame is the Leptospira interrogans, which attacks the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. In two days to a month, so begins the manifestation of the attack through high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, chills, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, jaundice, and red eyes. While some recover through intensive treatment, some relapse to the second phase which is also known as the Weil’s disease. This is the phase that brings you to your death, after causing your organs to fail.

Dengue

The suspect: mosquitoes

The means: a single bite infected with a family of viruses

The aftermath: a blood fest under the skin

The wicked carrier is usually the Aedys aegypti, a kind of mosquito you most likely pet somewhere in your yard. The known “dengue triad” of fever, headache, and rash is the first blow that victims suffer. Usually follows are the more severe symptoms such as exhaustion, pain behind the eyes, joint pains, and swollen lymph nodes. And still the acute illness doesn’t end there. Dengue is known for the blood fest the victims are subjected to, by the showing of red palms and soles, bleeding gums, hemorrhage, and blisters under the skin. If you want to survive this blood-draining ordeal, better run to the ER now!

The good news about dengue however, is that once you’ve had an attack, you’re most probably immune to the virus strain that caused it—just that one.

Typhoid fever

The suspect: flies

The means: just cruising through the airspace, doing its business

The aftermath: a ride back and forth hell

It begins with the ingestion of any food or drink contaminated by the Salmonellae typhi bacterium that our dear friend, little fly, dropped. One ingested the bacterium enters the bloodstream. In its cruise around the body, the bacterium wreaks havoc through invading and multiplying in different organs such as the gallbladder and the intestines, as well as the biliary system. Thus begins the host’s ordeal through high fever, headaches, poor appetite, abdominal pain, and chest congestion.

As gross as it is, your fly may have gotten the bacterium from a stool it touched somewhere; typhoid fever may be passed through the fecal matter of its victims. And when it rains, your city’s sewage system is just tested—well isn’t it?

Remember that the rainy season can bring you the most unexpected of surprises, in the form of illnesses, so beware and prepare. With these pests lurking around, every single one of us is in deep danger. Stay cautious!

“Yikes and Yucks” The Largest Pests in the World

When someone mentions ‘pest’, you’re probably thinking more along the lines of cockroaches and houseflies, or perhaps that annoying guy who bullied you in grade school. Unfortunately, those aren’t the only pests we have to deal with.

Pest control in the Philippines may not always be dealing with these guys, but other countries know the nightmare well; they live it.

Silverfish

Silverfish

Ok fine, silverfish aren’t very scary, but hey we’re trying to start small for you. The silverfish is not a fish (what a liar!), and it’s far from huge, but it can be considered the big bully in the tick and termite neighborhood. This insect has a big appetite for its size! It can grow from 12 to 19 mm but it feeds on books, clothes, carpets, and leathers. It lives in the dark, damp spaces of your house and moves, swift and quiet, in your slumbering hours. Sneaky little thing… It’s even one of the toughest to exterminate!

Anaconda

Snake pest

Weeelll okay, now we’re exaggerating here. You’ll only really deal with huge anacondas if you’re from the Amazon. But even if that’s not the case, you may get the occasional visit from the little snakes every now and then. While anacondas grow up to 30 feet, your largest pet snake — I mean pest snake — will barely reach up to half of that length. They may grow more but hopefully you already discover them lurking in your home long before that happens. As much as snakes are frightening for the average Jane and John, they’re not as threatening to humans as they are to their natural prey of moles, rats, and bugs. However, the fear is still reasonable, as many types of snakes are poisonous to humans.

Spider

Spider Pest

Aragog? Not quite. But like our previous pest, the size of our large spiders are still too big for comfort, especially the Australian Huntsman. If you think 3-inch spiders are your worst nightmare, then the Huntsman spider, in its whopping one foot size, has to be the kick-ass worst. And that’s not all! This pest, along with the rest of its species, often enters homes and cars, terrorizing its inhabitants. They’re quick and they pop up seemingly from nowhere. Some breeds bite too.

Giant Rats

Rat pest

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t even want to get started on this one, but we’re going to have to discuss them anyway. As much as the thought of pooch or cat-sized rats in your home drags you to the neighbor’s panic room—as yours is obviously already infested by these hair-raising menaces—you have to learn a bit about them too.

So keep reading and I’ll let you in on a little secret. Ready? The secret about these critters is that they—are—immune—to—poison.

If at this point you have stopped sobbing and shivering, or at least haven’t gotten to the edge of the Earth yet, I congratulate you for being a brave soul. Do spread what you’ve learned about the largest pests that may be lurking in your beloved home. Do call pest control once something—wait, what’s that behind you? Uh-oh. Like right now.

 

8 Gross Movies That Star… Pests?!

Sure, Hollywood’s main exports may be movies that grip the human heart and soul, but sometimes, directors and producers allot some space for more absurd stories and characters, like animals. What? You ask yourself. That’s true. And we’re not even talking about Babe or Homeward Bound here. We’re talking about huge (or tiny), annoying pests you need to call pest control for. Here are 8 gross movies that feature pests.

1. Them! (1954)

Them

Yep, Hollywood was making these kinds of films as early as the 1950s. The premise of Them centers around a colony ants that are bombarded with radiation during nuclear tests, thus enabling them to grow into large insects. Think of the Hulk, but instead of the anger management issues and green color, these ants are just, well, big.

2. Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959)

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Sure, leeches are therapeutic since they allow your body to replenish new blood cells by sucking them, but too much of their blood sucking can leave you dry. Now, imagine being attacked by giant leeches. In a similar vein as Them!, this centered on a group of leeches that grew to large proportions due to radiation and were taking people as prisoners, siphoning blood off of them.

3. Cloverfield (2008)

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The main character of J.J. Abram’s monster movie is a monster codenamed “Cloverfield”, who by first glance, looks like a mix of an ugly looking de-furred bat without any wings. Cloverfield was so terrible that it caused millions, maybe even billions, of dollars in collateral damage in New York that the military had to bomb the entire island just to get rid of it. Now that’s intense.

4. The Mist (2007)

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One of Stephen King’s literary pieces was made into a monster movie that was just horrifying. Every time a mist engulfs a town, people must stay way from it, or else they will be killed by giant bugs and different kinds of creepy crawlies.

5. Arachnophobia (1990)

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What happens when a deadly Amazon spider is transported from its natural habitat into Central America and breeds with a normal house spider: A deadly infestation, that is. If you don’t have a fear of spiders, watching Arachnophobia will definitely give you one.

6. The Fly (1986)

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Seth Brundle develops a device that can teleport things and beings from one place to another. But when he teleports with a fly inside the chamber, he finds himself slowly transforming into a hideous hybrid of man and fly.

7. Any Godzilla movie

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Imagine seeing a lizard in your home. Now imagine that very same lizard about 100 ft. tall with large spikes on its back with sharp claws and the ability to shoot deadly energy beams from its mouth terrorizing the streets of Tokyo and, voila: You have Godzilla, a monster that is recognized by millions of people anywhere.

8. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

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If tiny spiders freaked you out, then these giant-sized spiders will scare you to death. Giant arachnids begin terrorizing locals after being exposed to toxic waste. Even as a nod to old monster films, it’s thrilling nonetheless… and it stars young Scarlet Johansson.

Do you know other movies that start disgusting pests/monsters? Share them in the comments section below.

5 Havocs of Rodent Infestation

What are the havocs of rodent infestation?

  1. Not being able to completely exterminate an infestation will give the pests a chance to increase their numbers.
  2. Rodents can deal a great amount of damage into materials such as wood, bircks, and pipes.
  3. Rodent bites can bring about diseases like Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, the Plague, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever, Weil’s Disease, and Q Fever.
  4. Rodent droppings and urine can contaminate food, which can lead to more diseases.
  5. Inhaling air contaminated by rat droppings and urine can also cause unwanted respiratory problems to your body.

Rodent infestation, or any kind of infestation in general, is usually farthest from our minds when we have a newly renovated or built house. Our minds are primed to enjoy the new amenities of our home. Later on, when we suddenly hear rats or mice scampering through the ceilings, ants crawling through cracked walls, or see that termites have taken shelter in our wooden floor panels or furniture, we panic.

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Aw, cute….
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I mean… not really… Eww!

Panicking will get you nowhere; it will only worsen the dire situation you are in. Infestations are one of the most destructive, costly, and sometimes deadly disasters that might occur in your home. One common infestation that happens to most people is rodent infestations.

It is where rodents (rats or mice) breed to uncountable numbers and make your house their home, and infect, destroy, and ultimately ruin your living quarters. The worst thing about experiencing a rodent infestation is that there are absolutely no signs whatsoever that they are living in your home until it is too late, and they have multiplied to large numbers.

Since panicking won’t help you, the first thing one should do when these problems arise is to call a pest control service so they can give you an analysis and deal with the current infestation/s. But aside from just getting a one-time, big-time transaction, families should be informed of the 5 dangers of leaving rat infestations untreated so they can schedule regular house fogging sessions. They are the following:

If left untreated, they breed.

Failing to eradicate infestations in the home mean these pests have more time to reproduce, increasing their number. An online article in Discover Magazine written by Liza Lentini and David Mouzon recorded that a pair of brown rats can have as many as 2,000 descendants annually if left unchecked. A family of 6 mice, can multiply into as much as 60 in 3 months, according to experts from crittercatchersinc.com. This number can reach over 240 in one year!

Leaving unknown insect infestations such as termites, and ants can be also harmful to your family. Having a large swarm of termites can be detrimental to wooden furniture. Ants, most especially fire ants, can cause very painful bites and various reactions if not dealt with properly. Remember that more pests, more problems.

They can damage furniture and your house.

Termites eat wood, weakening structures such as banisters, floor panels, chairs, and other wooden furniture. This is harmful, as using damaged wooden equipment often may wear it down, even more, break, and cause injury.

In the same article, Lentini and Mouzon wrote that rat’s two front teeth grow from as much as 4 and a half to 5 and a half inches each year. In order to control that, they gnaw on materials such as cement, brick, wood, pipes, and other small animals. So if you find dents or cracks in your walls, ceilings, or problems with your pipe system, it’s a possible sign you have an infestation.

Rodent bites are unpleasant.

Sure, they may look cute in pictures, but be careful not to let rats or mice bite you. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, infected rodent bites can transfer diseases such as Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis which will have long-lasting neurologic and ocular defects; aside from LCM, historically, rodent bites can also infect people with the plague – which does not need any explanation due to the infamy of this disease. Lentin and Mouzon also noted that other diseases transmitted to humans via rats are:

  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fever – is an illness that is caused by viruses. It negatively affects many organs of the body, damage blood vessels, and to affect the body’s capability to regulate itself
  • Weil’s Disease – A severe type of leptospirosis that has different symptoms, the most common ones are fever, chills, muscle aches, and nausea. On some extreme cases, it leads to organ failure and will eventually lead to death.
  • Q Fever- Also known as the query fever, its symptoms are highly similar to that of the flu. However, when not treated immediately, it may lead to the damaging of different vital body organs, which will lower a person’s health quality.

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Rodents can poison your food

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Much like any living being, rodents also eat to survive. So, when there’s a rodent infestation in your home, you will notice that the food and beverage containers in your cupboards and pantry have holes in them; that is all due to the hunger of the rodents. This only necessitates the need for airtight containers that rodents could not get through because once they get into your food and beverage container, they may leave droppings and urine which will have negative results.

So, it is important for parents, children, adults, or anyone that lives in a household to remember that rat droppings and urine can contaminate food that is not sealed in airtight containers. Ingesting these foods unknowingly spreads diseases such as leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis or tularemia – which could bring disastrous results for everyone that ingests the contaminated food.

Rodents also contaminate the air

After everything that was mentioned in this article, even if you have switched to airtight containers or you have already got rid of the infestation, you are actually still prone to being infected with a disease. Direct contact isn’t necessary for rodents to pose as health risks to humans. Inhaling air tainted with either rat droppings, urine, or even the hair they shed from their bodies daily is enough to negatively affect your health. The unknown inhalation of contaminated air can give your a variety of illnesses such as:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – A rare but deadly lung infection that affects the totality of a person’s body. Some symptoms might include fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle ache, and the irregular beating of the heart. The primary cause of death for people with HPS is the fluid build-up in their lungs.
  • Hemorrhagic Fever – See “Rodent bites are unpleasant” part
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis – See “Rodent bites are unpleasant” part

Key Takeaway

Rodent infestations are unsightly, disastrous, and destructive occurrences that no one should ever experience. So, people who are at least concerned with their homes – or even their families – must do regular inspections to know if they have an ongoing infection that needs to be controlled. However, most people do not know the first step in inspecting, avoiding, and controlling an infection, luckily there are pest control services that give out the best possible service for homeowners that need help.

On the other hand, if homeowners do not want to avail of pest control services, then they can use everything that was mentioned in this article; this is to help them avoid, inspect, and control any infestation that might occur. Homeowners must also be wary of everything that they ingest, breathe, or anything that they might have contact with. The most important thing that people forget is that preparation is key for these infestations, never wait for it to happen. You should already install precautions for these kinds of infestation so that you may avoid everything that we have highlighted in this article.