When you think about a pest problem in California, you probably imagine something annoying, gross, unhealthy and perhaps even damaging to your home–like fleas, mice or cockroaches. However, there are actually some pests that are far more dangerous. Learn more five of the most dangerous pests in California and make certain you employ the proper pest control to keep your property safe from these critters.
- Black Widow Spider – Many spiders are nothing but annoying, and some even helpful around the garden, the Black Widow is NOT. Instead, the Black Widow is a pest as dangerous as its name would seem. The Black Widow is somewhat common, but luckily easily spotted with its bright red hourglass-shaped marking. These pests are quite toxic but rarely deadly. If you suspect a black widow bite, seek treatment as soon as possible.
- Rattlesnake (Western Diamondback and Mojave Green) – When you think about dangerous snakes, the rattlesnake is probably one of the first that comes to mind. This is for good reason. The rattlesnake cares a potent toxin in its bite that can be potentially deadly if it is not treated right away. Both the Western Diamondback and Mojave Green rattlesnake feature a recognizable striped pattern, “rattle” sound that often precedes an attack and a tendency to stand its ground when confronted. Both common California rattlesnakes should be avoided at all costs.
- Sharks – If you spend much time in or around the ocean, keeping an eye out for sharks is a must. Though California shark attacks are not very common, they do happen. The most common dangerous attacker is the great white shark. However, even smaller shark bites can be dangerous due to a large number of bacteria present in a shark’s mouth. Therefore, all should be treated at once. When spending time at the beach make sure to keep an eye out for that telltale fin and leave the area immediately if shark sightings are reported.
- Mosquitos – For most people, a mosquito bite is relatively harmless–if itchy. However, in recent years there have been cases of West Nile Virus in California–spread by the common mosquito. Mosquitoes are attracted to areas with standing water and may be kept away by use of a natural or chemical insect repellent. Taking this step is especially important for those who have compromised immune systems.
- Ticks – Wood ticks, also known as American Dog Ticks are common carriers of the pathogen that causes Rocky Mountain Fever. In addition, the Western Black-legged tick spreads Lyme Disease. Ticks are commonly found in wooded areas and can be brought into your home by dogs and cats. Check your family and pets for ticks if they have spent any time outside and have any suspicious bites treated by a doctor as soon as possible.
Whether you suspect the pests in your home are one of these dangerous beasts or something more benign, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Reach out to us at American Rat Control today and let us help you eliminate dangerous pests and keep your home safe and comfortable.