As the month of February is dedicated to flowers, hearts, chocolate, and all things love, we decided to take a different spin on this Hallmark holiday. The following are six pests that Black Diamond loves to hate! While the following pest infestations would be considered as a worst fear for many people, we will try to attempt to say at least one nice thing about each of them because hey, it’s only fair with love in the air.
The thought of being bitten by a bed bug while you are sound asleep is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl (or itch!) Over the last decade, bed bug populations have continuously been on the rise with one out of every five Americans knowing someone or have experienced a bed bug infestation themselves. Unfortunately, bed bugs are elusive creatures that can hide anywhere, and they have built resistance to many pesticides and DIY methods on the market which makes treating for them yourself nearly impossible. You have to be attentive and take precautions when traveling to avoid potential bed bug hitchhiking — they are the masters after all! When dealing with a bed bug infestation it is best to hire a professional.
On a positive note, bed bugs don’t spread any diseases. Plus, with Black Diamond’s trusted bed bug heat and chemical treatments and bed bug detecting K-9, your bed bug worries will be put to rest safely and quickly!
Cockroaches are easily hated because they possess a certain ick-factor that we despise. They may multiply as they follow each other’s chemical trails to water and food sources. The most effective form of cockroach control is to eliminate moisture build up around the home. Cockroaches also pose a health risk to humans if they find a way inside homes or restaurants as they spread bacteria and pathogens to our food, as well as cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, particularly in children.
On a positive note, cockroach feeding has the effect of releasing nitrogen (in their feces) which then enters soil and is used by plants. In other words, according Srini Kambhampati, professor of biology at the University of Texas at Tyler, the extinction of cockroaches would have a big impact on forest health and therefore indirectly affect all the species that live there.
Perhaps the creepiest of all the crawlies, spiders are a notoriously hated pest. Some spiders, such as the black widow and brown recluse, do have harmful and even poisonous bites, and the ones that are generally harmless often put a web in just the right spot to snag us in the face. Ultimately, arachnophobia is generally unwarranted because spiders typically will not bite unless they are first threatened. Plus, most spiders are more beneficial in nature than they are harmful.
On a positive note, spiders weave silk into intricate webs, almost an art form of its own. They also should be credited for eating many insects like flies and mosquitoes, saving us from potential disease and contamination.
House flies are easily one of the most annoying pests. They find their way into homes during the warmer months through open windows and doors, and then they will buzz around for what seems days and days. Like cockroaches, house flies will contaminate food products and surfaces as they may spread more than 100 different kinds of disease-causing organisms. To prevent flies from becoming a common nuisance, you should clean your home regularly and remove trash regularly.
On a positive note, this buzzing insect’s genome could improve human health, according to a new study.
Termites are total home wreckers often known as the “silent destroyer.” This nickname makes it easy to image why even the mention of termites can stir up worry in any homeowner’s mind. Termites cause more than $5 billion in damage to homes in the United States each year, and if left unchecked, some termites can completely total a home in under two years. These pests never sleep meaning they eat wood and cause damage 24/7, 365 days a year. You can imagine why it is important for homeowners to know and be able to identify the early signs of termite damage!
On a positive note, termites have an important role to play in nature as they turn rotted logs, fallen trees, and other wood products into fertile soil. Subterranean termites also aerate soil as at they dig their tunnels through the ground.
Nothing can quite ruin a fun summer day outdoors the way mosquitoes can. The worst part is that their bites can leave behind more than just red, itchy welts on your skin! Mosquitoes bites can also potentially lead to fatal diseases, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue fever. Mosquito prevention is key! Their bites are avoidable by using bug spray and insect repellent while spending time outdoors, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants to protect your skin from mosquitoes and other biting insects.
On a positive note, well… with all of the negative press mosquitoes have been getting lately in regards to the Zika virus and other diseases that they spread, it is difficult to come up with many positive things to say about them. While it has been discussed to wipe out the main carrier species, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, mosquitoes do play an important part in the complex food web which make experts hesitate quickly on this decision.
Phew, we got it out! There are a few good things about each of the pests we love to hate the most. But, please do not forget — the majority of these critters do pose a threat to the health and safety of your home and business. So if you do find infestations of any of the above in or around your property, please contact the professionals at Black Diamond immediately! Just because we shared a good quality or two does not warrant a spot for them in your mattress, attic, foundation, or kitchen!