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Pests

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COMMON PESTS FOUND IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, ALONG WITH RELATED INFORMATION.

About COCKROACHES
They can spread diseases such as Typhus, Salmonella and Hepatitis “B” through physical contact with rotting matter.
     
The German Cockroach is the most common. They breed at an alarming rate. One pair of roaches can generate near 35,000 offspring in just one year and one egg capsule contains between 24 and 48 cockroaches. Visible cockroaches usually signal a severe infestation out of view. They are nocturnal, so they are very active at night. They infest cabinets, drawers, refrigerator motors, clocks and other appliances. They will usually begin infesting kitchens, moving to other rooms when over-crowding  takes place.

About ANTS
Varieties of ants commonly found in and around homes are the Argentine and Thief Ant. Argentine Ants are the most common. They are attracted to sweets and other foods. They travel in trails and nest under and around buildings. It is very common for ants to work their way up from under a concrete foundation on which a house sits on, to eventually be found in cupboards and on countertops. Ants likely will try to come inside buildings  when the weather starts to get too hot, cold or wet.

About FLEAS
Fleas can carry diseases such as Murine Typhus, Bubonic Plague and Tularemia. The most common is the Cat Flea. It is commonly found on dogs and humans when the preferred host is not available. While the adult flea can live several months without food, the female must have a blood meal before she will produce eggs.
     
When the flea inserts its mouthparts into the human skin in search of blood, it passes saliva down through the mouthparts and into the wound. The saliva contains an anticoagulant to keep the blood from clotting while the flea is feeding. This saliva also contains a protein to which many humans are allergic.
     
Reactions to flea bites differ from one person to the next. Some humans may not have a reaction at all while others will notice an itching sensation along with swelling of the skin. This is why a person may think only some members of a family are being bitten when it is very possible they are all being bitten.

About TICKS
Ticks feed on the blood of warm blooded animals, preferably dogs. Ticks will also feed on humans if they walk through infested areas or humans are the only supply of food available. The most common tick in the San Joaquin Valley is the Brown Dog Tick. This tick can appear by the thousands in and around the home because a single pregnant female can lay up to 5,000 eggs. Ticks can live up to several months without a blood meal.
     
The Brown Dog Tick can carry and transmit the diseases Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. Both of these diseases can be deadly to dogs. Common characteristics of Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis are as follows; If a dog does not die outright from the infection, then the disease will move on to the next phase. This phase can last months or years and show symptoms of intermittent fever and loss of appetite. If the dogs system is unable to clear the parasite, the disease will enter the final stage.
     
The most obvious signs of this stage are a cycle of loss of interest in food, and a gradual loss of body condition especially evident around the eyes and along the spine. Other symptoms are: seizures, skin infections, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, hyper reflective eyes and weakness.
     
If you suspect that your dog may be carrying any of these diseases, please have the dog tested and treated (in the case of a positive result) by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

About SPIDERS
Because of their unique abilities, spiders are probably the most difficult pest to control. A baby spider (spiderling) can actually float in the air and attach themselves to structures. This is called ballooning. Another reason they are difficult to control is that they spend most of their time in their web and do not come directly in contact with surfaces. Most spiders in and around the home are harmless with the exception of the "Black Widow" and the "Brown Recluse."
     
The Black Widow is black and glossy with a red “hour glass” mark on the underside of the abdomen. It is not an aggressive spider. When disturbed, she will generally seek to escape. The Black Widow is more likely to bite when threatened or she feels her egg sacs are in danger. Black Widows are usually out of view because of their tendency to hide in dark or shaded areas and the fact that they are much more active at night. If bitten, one will experience pain at the place of the bite within one 1/2 hour, progressing to the abdomen and legs.
     
Cramps and sweating are common symptoms. Some deaths have been reported from Black Widow bites. In case of a bite, the patient should be treated by a physician immediately. People with low immune systems, such as small children and the elderly, have a very difficult time tolerating a Black Widow bite.
     
The Brown Recluse is yellowish-brown with a dark brown “violin-shape” mark on it’s back. The Brown Recluse is also called the “fiddle-back” or “violin” spider. This spider usually hides in dark areas that are less frequented.
     
If one is bitten, they may not feel any immediate pain, but eventually, there will be extensive swelling and soreness at the place of the bite. If left untreated, skin and tissue around the bite may continue to die. Some people have died and others had to have parts of their bodies amputated because they were not treated in time. So obviously, if someone is bitten, or think they have been bitten, they should be seen by a physician immediately.

About RATS and MICE
Rats and mice can damage property, spread diseases and cause fires by chewing through electrical wiring. Rodents can also carry fleas and mites. They commonly gnaw on wood, books, paper and furniture in order to keep their teeth at desirable lengths. Rodents have well developed senses of touch, hearing and balance. However, their eyesight is poor, so they rely heavily on their whiskers and body hair for feeling along walls while moving from one place to another. Rodents will try to come inside buildings when the weather is too cold, hot or wet.
     
Mice range in size from 2 1/2 inches to 3 1/2 inches. They can enter through openings as small as a 1/4 inch in diameter. If a mouse is sighted in the house or garage, this usually means there is an infestation present.
     
Rats range in size from 6 to 12 inches and are more active at night. They can enter through an opening of only a 1/2 inch in diameter.

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Superior Pest Control
Kirk Floth
Owner / Operator
Phone: (559)647-2296
5654 E Westover Ave
Fresno, CA 93727
P.O. Box 3103
Clovis, CA 93613
In Business Since 1992
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