Bugs, rodents, and spiders set most people's skin-crawling, and for good reason. It's our body's natural way of telling us to be fearful of them and to keep our distance so we can stay safe. While a lot of the time, our brains take this fear too far (being afraid of the average worm, for example), it's important to remember that there are a lot of pests we should actually be fearful of. Keep reading for a list of some of the most dangerous pests in North America, and make sure to keep your distance from them if you encounter one in real life.
Characterized by their red coloring, fire ants are known for their bites which are incredibly painful and lead to a burning sensation on the skin. It's even worse if you're allergic to fire ants; that venom that's injected into your skin could actually be deadly if not treated quickly enough.
If you've noticed a fire ant hill, contact our team, and we can help to eliminate the threat expertly.
Deer ticks, not to be confused with wood ticks, are characterized by their red coloring on the lower back. They're found all over the US, mostly in wooded areas or spaces with a lot of wildlife. They are most well known for being transmitters of Lyme Disease, which there is no known cure for and can affect your skin and nervous system, as well as your joints and heart.
Does your property have a tick problem? Contact our team.
We're all familiar with the annoying bites and buzzing of mosquitoes. While they're more common in the summertime heat, they pose a big threat year-round. Mosquitoes are transmitters of the well-known West Nile Virus and malaria. It's estimated that mosquitoes kill more than one million people every year around the world.
Do you need help eliminating mosquitoes from your yard? Contact our team at Perm-O-Green.
Cockroaches have been around for nearly 350 million years, outliving the dinosaurs. This is probably also why they have the reputation of surviving a mass extinction event or an apocalypse. Because they are capable of surviving in most environments, they've grown to be unhygienic scavengers in human spaces. They carry diseases and allergens and can be a trigger for asthma.
The furry little mouse you bought from Petco is nothing compared to a wild mouse. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can catch one and domesticate it. Mice are contaminated animals that carry viruses, plagues, salmonella, and other diseases. Stay far away from them to keep yourself and your family pets safe.
Scorpions are typically only found in the warmer climates of the United States, like Texas. Not only are their stingers scary, but they can cause some pretty serious health issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, only 30 out of the 1,500 species in the world can kill a human with their sting, but even the non-lethal stings are painful and unpleasant. Another unfortunate fact about scorpions is that they rarely sting just once; they will try to sting as many times as they can.
Black Widow Spiders
Black widows, which are characterized by the red hourglass shape on their abdomens, have a reputation for being incredibly venomous and dangerous spiders. In the best-case scenario, their bites will cause extreme pain, muscle cramps, and respiratory distress. But in the most extreme cases, they are fatal. They make their homes all across the US, so no state is safe from them.
If any of these pests has infested your property, give our team a call. We understand the importance of keeping your garden and property safe as well as keeping yourself free from harm. Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call at to schedule an appointment.