Five Worst Pests
In Hot And
Dry Places And
The Risks They Pose
There are a lot of pests in arid and hot places, but, among those, these five are considered to be the worst. These are the ants, cockroaches, black widow spiders, bees, and scorpions.
Ants are very social creatures. They need to have a colony in order to survive, and for that colony to survive, they need ample supply of food and water. Although ant colonies are commonly found outside the house, it is not uncommon for them to invade a home in search of food and water.
Ants, especially fire ants and Argentine ants, can be pretty dangerous. One bite and their toxin could trigger an allergic reaction. Since ants usually attack in droves, people with weak immune system are at risk for anaphylactic shock.
Cockroaches are very common pests, and with their ability to eat just about anything, they can be found living anywhere. They can even survive on old stamps, living off of the moisture from the paper and the glue.
Roaches are very nasty creatures. They are carriers of millions of pathogenic organisms. These pathogenic organisms not only cause salmonella infection, but they also cause E. Coli infection. In addition to these, roaches can also cause typhoid fever as well as hepatitis C.
Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders
Black widow and brown recluse spiders live in dark and damp places. In the wild and left alone, they are pretty harmless since they do not attack humans. In fact, they can almost be beneficial as they prey on smaller pests such as flies, roaches, etc.
However, these spiders become dangerous to humans when they start invading homes. They have poison glands that produce dangerous venom, and if you are bitten by one, the bitten area not only swells and become inflamed, but the wound also heals slowly. Some people bitten by these spiders require hospitalization and debridement of the wound to remove necrotic tissues and promote wound healing. When the wound heals, the person is oftentimes left with an ugly scar.
Bees are also very common in hot and dry places. They usually invade a home in search for a safe and dry place where they can build their colony and be near water.
Bee stings are pretty harmful, especially to those who have weak and compromised immune systems. The stung area usually swells up, itches, and becomes red and inflamed. After a few days, it will go away on its own. However, if you are allergic to bee sting, the effects could be disastrous. You could go into anaphylactic shock, necessitating hospitalization.
Another creature that is very common in hot and arid places is the scorpions. They usually invade a home in search for food, so if your home is always dirty and there are tiny insect pests infesting your property, then it is like you are welcoming them inside your home. The same is true if your faucets are leaking. You are giving scorpions ample water source.
Scorpion stings, like bee stings and spider bites, are also very dangerous to people with compromised and weak immune system. It could also trigger anaphylactic shock, requiring the victim to go to the hospital for treatment.
If you suspect that your home has these pests, then give your local pest control company a call and have them get rid of it for you.
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Jennifer Dallman, a freelance content provider, writes for several pest control websites.
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