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Common Southern Pests and Pest Control Jackson Metro: FAQ’s

Brown Recluse Spider Bite:  What does it look like?

Brown recluse spider bites while extremely serious are also very rare.  Reclusive by nature, the most likely time to contact a Brown Recluse is in a piece of clothing or shoes in a closet.  They will only bite if provoked but prefer to be left alone.  A serious Brown Recluse bite can lead to necrotic arachnidism.  This is an open would or ulcer on the skin, which requires immediate medical attention.

Silverfish:  What Are They?  How To Get Rid Of Silverfish?

Silverfish are not harmful to humans nor will they bite; however, they can be extremely difficult to eradicate. Silverfish are nocturnal by nature, fast, and excellent hiders.  They prefer a carbohydrate based diet which may include photos, books, wallpaper, and insulation.  Identification of moist or high humidity areas of the home are critical to eradication of Silverfish.   Regular preventative pest control services may help prevent additional silverfish infestations.

Bed Bug Bites or Rash?

A bed bug bite is usually a single bump or welp that is itchy.  This is due to an anti-coagulant that the bed bug injects into the bite site prior to feeding.  It can have a dark center and may be surrounded by lighter red areas.  These bites frequently occur in a line or zig zag pattern.  The neck, shoulders, arms, and legs are some of the most common areas on humans where these bites occur.

Red and Black Fuzzy Ant?

Believe it or not, this is not an ant although it is often called a velvet ant or cow killer.  It is actually a wasp.  Because the females are wingless, they are often confused with ants.  While not deadly to humans they can inflict a very painful bite.  

Flea Bites on Humans:  What do they look like?

Typically flea bites on humans will be a raised round bump which can be surrounded by a halo.

Flea bites and mosquito bites are often confused with each other.  The saliva left on the skin from a flea bite can cause more itching, swelling, and redness.  If you suspect you may have a flea infestation, a good first step is to inspect each of the pets in the house for active fleas.

How long do flies live?

Around homes, the two most common types of flies are house flies and fruit flies.  The common house fly usually doesn’t live much longer than a month.  During that time, though, females house flies can lay 4-5 batches of eggs.  Fruit flies are rapid producers also and can live a couple weeks longer than house flies.  One fruit fly is capable of producing hundreds of offspring.  

Interested in learning more about common Southern household pests in the Jackson, MS metro area?  Please visit our blog at  https://synergy2ms.com/pest-talk-blog/

Pest identification photos can be found at https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/ or https://www.domyown.com .

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