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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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    Fleas are one of the most important groups of insect pest because they not only cause discomfort by biting, but they can transmit several diseases such as plague and murine typhus. Cat fleas are the most common domestic flea. In the United States, they are commonly found on both cats and dogs. They are found throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
    Adults are about 1/8” long. The body is laterally flattened. They are wingless. The color is brownish black to black, but reddish black when full of blood. The female's head is twice as long as it is high. They are usually jumping insects, that have piercing-sucking mouthparts with well-developed palps.