Rodent Prevention for North Carolina Homeowners

If you have come to this article, chances are good you are dealing with rodents in or around your North Carolina home. Perhaps you are discovering nests of mice in your attic. Maybe you have seen tiny brown, rice-sized droppings in your kitchen drawers. Or maybe you are losing sleep because of maddening scritch-scratching, scampering noises above your head or inside the walls of your bedroom.

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Threats Posed By Rodents In North Carolina (Outside)

Rodents lurking and taking up residence around your home can cause problems. They can nest in vehicles, causing significant damage over time. In fact, each year thousands of vehicles are damaged because of the nesting behaviors of rodents. Rodents can also cause damage to fruit trees, gardens, or areas where animal feed is stored.

Threats Posed By Rodents In North Carolina (Inside)

Once inside, rodents can cause a whole host of headaches! The following is a partial list of the problems rodents can bring with them when they get inside structures:

  • Parasites: Rodents are known for carrying parasites with them. Mites, fleas and ticks are regular hitchhikers on rodents. If rodents are getting into your home, you may have a host of secondary issues to deal with: a flea infestation or the threat of Lyme disease, to name a few.

  • Diseases: Rodents love to crawl around in filthy places. When they are roaming around on your kitchen counters at midnight, they could have just come in from foraging in the nearby sewer or dumpster where they came in contact with all sorts of dead, decaying material and are coated with harmful bacteria. Some diseases rodents are known to carry include hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis and tularemia.

  • Damage: The incisors of rodents never stop growing. This means these animals never stop chewing to file those teeth down. When rats and mice and other rodents get into homes, they can do a lot of damage to stored items, food packaging, and even the wiring of a home, which could spark a house fire.

A Few DIY Rodent Prevention Tips

  • Remove attractants from your property: Seal up outside garbage containers. This will keep smells in, and rodents out. Without covers on your trash, this will not only invite animals in to make a mess, but other pests will be drawn in as well.

  • Remove hiding places: If your yard has items such as brush piles, leaf piles, discarded items, construction materials, or anything else rodents can use for a hiding place, then they will feel right at home coming in close to your house.

  • Eliminate water sources. Fix leaky spigots, hoses or gutter systems, to keep things as dry as possible. If you have bird feeders, try keeping them away from your home. If there are areas where water pools because of compacted ground, try loosening the soil so the water soaks in after it rains.

  • Remove overgrowth of weeds and trim back vegetation from around your perimeter: This will not only help to dry things out but it will further reduce hiding places, as well as eliminate "bridges" from the ground to the exterior walls of your home.

  • Seal your foundation and outer walls: It doesn't take much of a gap for a mouse to squeeze into a structure (a hole the size of a dime will do nicely). Carefully inspect the outside of your home for gaps, cracks and holes, and seal them up. Pay close attention to areas that may be softened by water damage as well as around items that pass through your structure.

  • Keep the inside of your home free of food and water sources: If mice or rats find a way in, but they don't find anything to eat inside your home, they will be unlikely to stay. Make sure to keep food stored in tightly sealed containers that rodents cannot chew through.

The Best Prevention Tip Of All!

If you have been noticing rodents around your home, there is no time to waste partnering with a professional pest control company. If you are seeing rodents or the signs of rodents inside your home, there is even less time to waste!
 
When you contact A-1 Pest Control for help with rodents, we will send one of our certified pest control technicians to survey your property. After evaluating, we will recommend a treatment plan and provide you with a quote. From there, we will implement a rodent control plan that will effectively eliminate existing rodent activity, and stop them from returning. We also offer one-time rodent treatments, if that's what you need. You don't have to live with the threats of rodents in your home, reach out to A-1 today.

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    [content] => <p><a href="/pest-library/profile/stink-bugs">Stink bugs</a>, well, stink (it&rsquo;s right in the name). They&rsquo;re also a common nuisance insect that we often see in western North Carolina. So what&rsquo;s up with stink bugs? We fielded some of the most common questions people have about stink bugs, and we have some answers.</p>

<h3><br>The stink bug diet</h3>

<p><img alt="Stink bug on leaf " height="466" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/stink-bug-g3bd91caca_640.jpg" width="544"></p>

<p><br><a href="https://www.pestworldforkids.org/pest-guide/stink-bugs/">Stink bugs eat</a>:&nbsp;</p>

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<li>Leaves, flowers, and fruit</li>

<li>Crops like soybeans.</li>

<li>Other insects, such as caterpillars.</li>

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<h3>Stink bugs don&rsquo;t bite...</h3>

<p><br>As far as nuisance insects go, stink bugs are definitely one of the least aggressive toward humans. They don&rsquo;t bite, and they don&rsquo;t spread disease -- in fact, the main issue they cause directly to humans is the stinky odor they emit when they are squished.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>...But they can cause allergic reactions</h3>

<p><a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/stink-bugs-bite#damage">Some people are allergic</a> to the compounds released by the stink bug. Symptoms of this allergy can include a runny nose and if you come in contact with crushed bugs, dermatitis.</p>

<h3><br>Stink bugs smell for a reason&nbsp;</h3>

<p><br><a href="https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/occasional-invaders/stink-bugs/">The belief</a> is that stink bugs emit their unpleasant odor because it helps protect the bugs against predators. That smelly chemical they emit is produced in a gland on their abdomen, and some species can even spray the chemical several inches (yikes!). The smell itself is often compared to strong herbs and spices like cilantro and coriander.</p>

<h3><br>Stink bugs are very distinct looking...</h3>

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<p><br>Stink bugs are large, oval-shaped insects, and can reach almost 2 cm in length, and they are about as wide as they are long.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>...And they can fly&nbsp;</h3>

<p><br>Adult stink bugs are good fliers and fold their wings on top of their body when they land. Nymphs do not have fully developed wings. The wings appear when the nymph becomes an adult. Fully developed wings are a way to identify adult stink bugs.</p>

<h3><br>Stink bugs attract more stink bugs</h3>

<p><br><a href="http://npic.orst.edu/pest/stinkbug.html">According to the National Pesticide Information Center</a>, give off other chemicals to attract other stink bugs, and they find a good place to spend the winter, they will transmit a special odor that attracts other stink bugs. In other words, if you see a stink bug in your home it may very well already be communicating with more stink bugs to come on in.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t dangerous, BUT</h3>

<p><br>They can cause serious issues for your outdoor or indoor garden. Because they will signal to other stink bugs if an infestation gets out of control any crop plants that you are growing can rapidly get decimated.&nbsp;</p>

<h3><br>Keeping stink bugs out&nbsp;</h3>

<p><br>To avoid stink bugs infestations:</p>

<ul>

<li>Repair all cracks and crevices found in your home&rsquo;s foundation and exterior walls.</li>

<li>Caulk gaps around exterior windows and doors.</li>

<li>Place screens in all exterior windows and doors; replacing any that have holes or tears.</li>

<li>Seal around air conditioners and other utilities that are entering your home.</li>

</ul>

<h3>If you are experiencing a stink bug infestation&hellip;</h3>

<p><br>If you&rsquo;re experiencing a stink bug infestation, it may not seem like a big deal. However, if stink bugs were able to get into your home, there&rsquo;s a good chance that other insects and critters will have the ability to get in as well.&nbsp;</p>

<p><br><a href="/home-pest-control">A-1 Pest Control&rsquo;s Home Shield</a> can help. With year-round protection from common household pests, Home Shield lives up to its name: shielding your home from invasive species every day. If you want to protect your home from stink bugs and many other pests, <a href="/">get in touch with us</a>!</p>
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    [content] => <p><a href="/pest-library/profile/termites">Termites</a> are one of the absolute worst pest infestations that you can deal with, especially if you don&rsquo;t get it taken care of in a timely manner. The potential for a serious termite problem can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, which is why it makes a lot of sense that it&rsquo;s extremely common for people to be a bit on edge when they think they have termites. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>While it&rsquo;s good to be on the lookout, this fear of termites can cause a lot of people to misidentify a bug as a termite. But don&rsquo;t panic! We&rsquo;re going to point to some of the common identification mistakes that people make, and show you how to tell the difference between an actual termite and a bug that just sort of looks like a termite. &nbsp;</p>

<h3>&nbsp;<br>Termite Vs. Carpenter Ants &nbsp;</h3>

<p>&nbsp;<br>It&rsquo;s pretty simple to mix up termites and <a href="/pest-library/profile/carpenter-ants">carpenter ants</a>: they&rsquo;re both small, winged insects, and they both cause wood damage. The important distinction between the two behaviorally is that termites can cause a whole lot more damage than a carpenter ant can. To tell the difference between the two, let&rsquo;s first take a look at each of them. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Here we have a termite: &nbsp;</p>

<p><img alt="Winged termite" height="303" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/Winged_Termite__Alate_Macrotermes_mossambicus___11691023983-min.jpg" width="550"><br>&nbsp; ("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Winged_Termite_(%3D_Alate)_(Macrotermes_mossambicus_%3F)_(11691023983).jpg">Winged Termite</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/65695019@N07">Bernard DUPONT</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)<br>&nbsp;<br>And here we have a carpenter ant: &nbsp;</p>

<p><img alt="Carpenter ant" height="380" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/insect-invertebrate-pest-Carpenter-ant-ant-macro-photography-1510963-pxhere.com.jpg" width="550"><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>What are the main differences between the two? </strong>&nbsp;</p>

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<li>Termites have straight antennae, while carpenter ants have bowed antennae. &nbsp;</li>

<li>Termites have 2 sets of equal-sized wings, while carpenter ants have one set of large wings and one set of small wings. &nbsp;</li>

<li>Termites are typically only visible in a swarm, while carpenter ants are a bit larger and usually more visible. &nbsp;</li>

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<h3>&nbsp;<br>Termites vs. Citronella Ants&nbsp;</h3>

<p>&nbsp;<br>Citronella <a href="/pest-library/profile/ants">ants</a> and termites are a very similar color, a sort of reddish-brown. Let&rsquo;s instead focus on the differences, this time without wings. Here&rsquo;s a photo of a group of termites: &nbsp;</p>

<p><img alt="" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/termites-3367350_640-2.jpg" width="550"><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Here&rsquo;s a group of citronella ants: &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>They look pretty similar, right? The main differences to note come down to those distinct shapes we talked about earlier: &nbsp;</p>

<ul>

<li>Citronella ants have narrower waists than termites. &nbsp;</li>

<li>Citronella ants also have distinctly larger abdomens than termites do.</li>

<li>Note again those antennae: the termites have straight antennae, while citronella ants have those slightly bent antennae.&nbsp;</li>

</ul>

<p>&nbsp;<br>These are two of the most common examples of termite misidentification! Keep in mind that if you are worried you have a termite problem, try to get a good look at the insect you&rsquo;re looking at, and try to note body shape or antennae characteristics to make a determination. Also remember that you will usually only see a termite in a swarm and that a solitary termite crawling around is relatively rare. &nbsp;</p>

<h3>&nbsp;<br>Having termite or ant problems?&nbsp;&nbsp;</h3>

<p>&nbsp;<br>A-1 Pest Control can help! If you&rsquo;re in need of <a href="/termite-control">termite control</a> or <a href="/home-pest-control">ant control</a> of any kind, we have the expertise to properly treat the problem -- or even prevent it from ever happening. Just <a href="/contact-us#schedule">get in touch with us for a free estimate</a>.&nbsp;</p>
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    [content] => <p><br>&nbsp;<br>Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even life-threateningly) dangerous, and which are less dangerous? We put together what we&rsquo;re calling the &ldquo;pest danger index&rdquo; to help you determine that. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 - A Little Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 pests are the sort of pests that pose their own sort of danger, but they aren&rsquo;t the type to pose a major threat.&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Ladybug on persons hand" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/ladybug-391310_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ladybugs"><strong>Ladybugs -</strong></a> Ladybugs don&rsquo;t cause any sort of destruction, and they don&rsquo;t bite or spread disease. They can infest your home in large numbers, but their biggest crime is just being an annoyance and an unwanted guest inside your home. Ladybugs eat all sorts of harmful garden pests, so ladybugs in your garden can actually be a good thing. &nbsp;</p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Indian meal moth close up" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/43890223691_60619bcb07_c-min.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plodia_interpunctella_-_Indian_meal_moth_-_%D0%AE%D0%B6%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B1%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BD%D1%91%D0%B2%D0%BA%D0%B0_(43890223691).jpg">Indian Meal Moth</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/155939562@N05">Ilia Ustyantsev</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/indian-meal-moths"><strong>Indian Meal Moths -</strong></a> Sure, you don&rsquo;t want Indian meal moths flapping around your home and causing trouble in your pantry. These moths can definitely be an irritant with their ability to contaminate food, but as far as pests go, they&rsquo;re a nuisance and nothing more. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Stink bug on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Stink_bug_7757617824.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/7757617824">Stink bug</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/">Ton Rulkens</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stink-bugs"><strong>Stink Bugs -</strong></a> Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t a direct threat to humans -- mostly they just, well, stink. It&rsquo;s a bit of a different story when it comes to agriculture, as stink bugs can be a serious threat to crops. But as far as house pests go? Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t much of a problem -- besides their smell.</p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ant on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Ant_on_leaf.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br><em>(<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ant_on_leaf.jpg">"Ant on Leaf"</a> by Luke Elstad is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ants"><strong>Most Ants -</strong></a> Excluding carpenter ants and fire ants, the majority of ant species that occupy homes pose hardly any threat at all. You still don&rsquo;t want these insects wandering about your home, but they won&rsquo;t hurt you and they aren&rsquo;t big disease spreaders.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 2 - Somewhat Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 2 pests pose some threats to humans, but for the most part, they aren&rsquo;t major disease spreaders, health risks, or causing serious home damage -- although some can trigger allergies, which is no joke!&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Carpet beetle crawling around" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/26103053207_b5fb73b305_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/26757955908/">Varied Carpet Beetle</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/">AJC1</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/carpet-beetles"><strong>Carpet Beetles -</strong></a> For the most part, carpet beetles aren&rsquo;t a big problem. However, they can contaminate food and cause damage to clothing, blankets, and carpeting. They can trigger allergies in some people, which puts them a tier above ladybugs, moths, ants, and stink bugs. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Lunging wolf spider" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg">Wolf Spider</a>" by Rapha&euml;l Poupon is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0)</a></em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/spiders"><strong>Most Spiders -</strong></a> Outside of black widows and brown recluse spiders, the vast majority of spiders found in North Carolina pose little threat to humans. In fact, these spiders can do a nice job killing any other, smaller nuisance pests that live in your home, because many of those pests are spider food. Still, as unlikely as it may be, there&rsquo;s a slight chance that some spiders will bite you, and even though bites from most common house spiders can&rsquo;t even puncture human skin, it still makes them marginally more dangerous than level 1 pests. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Fly resting on a twig" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg">Blue Bottle Fly</a>" by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Azimronnie">Azim Khan Ronnie</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)</em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/flies"><strong>Flies -</strong></a> It&rsquo;s true that flies can spread germs and bacteria because they do tend to hang out in unsavory places like garbage cans and sometimes even on feces. So obviously this is gross, but is it actually a serious threat? For the most part, no. <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/3883353/houseflies-bacteria-sick-reality-check/">According to a recent study</a>, the amount of bacteria a fly can transmit to a person isn&rsquo;t really enough to make them sick, with the exception being babies, the elderly, and people in hospitals with lowered immune systems. They aren&rsquo;t a non-threat, but they don&rsquo;t match up to the pests in our next section.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 3 - Dangerous &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</h3>
<p>This group of pests moves out of the &ldquo;slight risk&rdquo; category and qualify as downright dangerous, capable of causing health problems for some.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wasp climbing its nest" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/earth-wasp-5879353_640.jpg" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stinging-insects"><strong>Stinging Insects -</strong></a> Although not every species of bee, wasp, and hornet are equally dangerous, on the whole, it hurts us to say that stinging insects are quite dangerous. Their stings can be quite painful and even life-threatening to those with allergies, and their nesting habits can at times cause serious structural damage to homes and other structures. They get a few bonus points for being the world&rsquo;s pollinators, but that fact doesn&rsquo;t make them any less dangerous. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Number of cockroaches crawling on branch" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/wildlife-insect-fauna-invertebrate-animals-hornet-1006014-pxhere.com.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/cockroaches"><strong>Cockroaches -</strong></a> Cockroaches might be one of the most hated creatures on this whole list, and for good reason: They are capable of spreading bacteria and disease because of their penchant for hanging out in dirty places, and can contaminate surfaces with that bacteria causing diarrhea, dysentery, and salmonella. They are also capable of triggering asthma attacks in asthmatic individuals, and top of all that, they&rsquo;re sort of terrifying. &nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bed bug in hair" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/5975912718_af791e6685_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/5975917188">Cimex lectularius (bed bug)</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/">Gilles San Martin</a> is liscensable under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/bed-bugs">Bed Bugs -</a></strong> While it might seem strange to loop bed bugs in with some of these dangerous insects- they don&rsquo;t spread disease, and their bites at worst cause an allergic reaction- we think the psychological effects of bed bugs make them nearly pretty dangerous. In fact, those psychological effects are significant enough that there have been <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22195533/#:~:text=Background%3A%20In%20some%20individuals%2C%20psychological,posttraumatic%20stress%20disorder%20(PTSD).">entire studies done on them and their potential to cause PTSD</a>. We think that&rsquo;s serious stuff. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 4 - Very Dangerous &nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>This category is reserved for the pests that can really do some real damage, whether that&rsquo;s to a person&rsquo;s health or to a person&rsquo;s living space. In our eyes, these are the worst of the worst. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Engorged tick " height="356" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/tick-2371782_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/ticks">Ticks -</a></strong> Ticks are usually not all that dangerous to humans. In fact, chances are you&rsquo;ve gotten a tick before, and it hasn&rsquo;t really been much of an issue. However, ticks do carry a number of diseases that can cause various health issues- like Lyme Disease- and even some that can be fatal, like Tularemia. That doesn&rsquo;t mean you should panic if you get a tick bite, but it does definitely make ticks very dangerous on the whole. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Mosquito sucking blood from a fingertip up close" height="359" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/PIXNIO-46056-725x473.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/14954552817">Dengue Mosquito</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/">Oregon State University</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/pest-library/profile/mosquitoes"><strong>Mosquitoes -</strong></a> Mosquitoes are a lot like ticks: usually not a huge problem, but on occasion a major problem. They transmit a whole host of serious diseases, most notably West Nile Virus and encephalitis. So, while those itchy bites do not seem serious at first, they are worth avoiding if you can.</p>
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<p><img alt="Group of termites up close" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg">Giant Northern Termite</a>" by CSIRO is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en">CC BY 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/control/blog/Termites%20-">Termites -</a> Termites are a strange case, because you can go years with a termite infestation without even knowing they&rsquo;re slowly gnawing away at your home. However, they are very dangerous insects for one simple reason: they can do serious and expensive damage to your home. It&rsquo;s even possible for a termite infestation to get so bad that a structural collapse occurs. That financial risk puts them in the &ldquo;very dangerous&rdquo; category for us.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Are you having problems with any of these dangerous (and not-so-dangerous) pests? A-1 Pest Control can help! We can help you with treatment for each and every one of these invasive insects; just <a href="/contact-us#schedule">get in touch with us</a> and we&rsquo;ll help you with any problem that you&rsquo;re having ASAP. &nbsp;</p>
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 Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even…

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