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Pest Library

Here you can learn a little about some common and not so common pest you may see around your home or business.


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Blood Feeders

    Blood feeding arthropods are of great concern to the public, not only because of their annoying and often painful bites, but most importantly because many are carriers of pathogens which cause diseases affecting humans and domestic animals. For example, ticks can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis, tularemia, Lyme disease, etc. Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever, etc. Fleas can carry bubonic plague, murine typhus, and can transmit tapeworms.

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Deer Tick

    The common name comes from the fact that the preferred adult host is the white tailed deer. These ticks are found primarily in the northeastern, mid-atlantic, southeastern, northcentral states in the United States, but extend into Mexico. This tick is of medical importance because it is an important vector of Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis. In 2002 the CDC reported that over 16,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme Disease every year.
    An unengorged female is about 1/8” long. The male is smaller, about 1/16” long. The body is oval, dorsoventrally flattened, and does not have a hard shell. The color is orangish brown except for the the legs, which are closer to black. Unengorged 1st instar larvae are about 1/32” long, with 6 legs. The 2nd instar nymphs are about 1/16” long, with 8 legs.