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Ants and Spiders
• Ants: are one of the most common pests in the state of Georgia. Some of the more frequently encountered ants are argentine, carpenter, and fire ants. They can be very evasive and will infest the interior and exterior of a structure including flower beds and lawn.
• Spiders: Another common pest in the state of Georgia. Most spiders are considered to be beneficial. Many spiders are venomous but the black widow and brown recluse are considered the two most dangerous.
• German cockroach: The most common household insect in the US. This pest typically infests kitchens and bathrooms but will live anywhere especially inside heated structures where there is food, water, and harborage. German roaches are a source of health threatening allergens and can spread disease producing pathogens.
• Smokey Brown: Typically are outdoor pest commonly found in the southern states. They commonly infest structures and seek out warm humid areas without air circulation, such as a garage, attic, or crawl space. These roaches are strong fliers that are attracted to light.
• American Cockroach: Typically are outdoor pest. They can be abundant in sewers and commercial facilities such as grocery stores, prisons, hospitals, offices, and apartment buildings. They prefer warm damp locations. Will tend to migrate into structures in the fall.
• Fleas: Adult fleas feed on blood; typically, they seek a blood meal within two days of becoming an adult. The female must have a blood meal to lay eggs. Fleas prefer cats and dogs but will readily feed on wild animals and humans. Effective flea control program requires customer cooperation and involves several steps, which include, sanitation, insecticide application, and on animal flea control.
Mice and Rats
• House Mouse:Found throughout the United States. Their forage territory is small, usually no more than 20 feet. They have the ability to easily enter an opening a ¼ inch or larger and are capable of producing 30-35 offspring per year.
• Roof Rat:Roof rats easily enter buildings through ½ inch and larger gaps. They prefer to nest in upper levels of a buildings, attics, ceiling voids, etc. Their foraging range is approximately 100-150 feet. They can cause significant structural damage and product destruction. Roof rats are capable of producing 36-48 offspring per year.
• Norway Rat: Prefer to nest in borrows and under sidewalks and concrete pads.They can easily enter buildings through ½ inch and larger gaps. Their foraging range is 100-150 feet. Norway rats can also cause significant structural damage and product destruction and are capable of producing up to 48 offspring per year.