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Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests. Others are beneficial to the environment as important recyclers of decaying organic material. The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present.
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The common pillbug doesn’t have the appendages and are capable of rolling into a tight ball. They are often called “rolly-polies”.
They live outdoors, feeding on decaying organic matter and occasionally young plants and their roots. Sowbugs and Pill bugs can be found invading damp basements and crawl spaces. Sowbugs and Pill bugs may infest potted plants.
Earwigs are among the most readily recognized insect pests in home gardens. Although earwigs can devastate seedling vegetables or annual flowers and often seriously damage maturing soft fruit or corn silks, they also have a beneficial role in the landscape and have been shown to be important predators of aphids.
In order to kill their prey, all spiders use venom. Not all spiders however are dangerous to humans. If Black Widow Spiders and Brown Recluse Spiders, HoboSpiders and European House Spiders are found, pest control treatment should be considered. These spiders do not create spider webs indoors.
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Well-known rodents include mice, rats, squirrels. Rats can serve as zoonotic vectors for certain pathogens and thus spread disease, such as bubonic plague, Lassa fever, leptospirosis, and Hantavirus infection.
Signs of a problem
- Noises within walls or ceiling may be a result of an infestation
- Droppings ( size of a pellet)
- Clear signs of pieces of food or sweets eaten