As cute and harmless as rats and mice may seem at times, they can be potentially harmful to humans. Because the teeth of rats and mice grow at a very fast pace, they must constantly chew materials around them. As seemingly innocent as this may seem, not only might this cause long-term property damage, but it may also lead to electrical fire due to chewed-through wiring. Furthermore, rats and mice contaminate every surface they contact because they have no control over their bodily functions. These hairy pests love to reside in places like closets stuffed full of junk, attics full of insulation, or just about anywhere they can access food and water in addition to safe shelter.
Ants are by far one of the most invasive pests not just in El Dorado County, but in Northern California in its entirety. Ranging from the tiny pharaoh ant, to the giant carpenter ant, these pests feel very comfortable in a wide range of habitats. The ant that we most-often see in our homes is the odorous house ant. These little guys love anything left out in the kitchen. Ants are amazingly fickle; One day, they might scavenge for sugar, where the next day they might be looking for something greasy. They are also very sensitive to the weather; any change could cause them to become active.
When in their proper habitat, spiders are very beneficial insects to have around. Without them the earth would be overrun with insects in a matter of months! The only problem is that sometimes, spiders like to call your home their home too! All spiders use venom to kill their prey, so all spiders are poisonous. However, the extent to which their venom affects humans varies. In some cases, spider venom can a mildly painful and irritating reaction. In other cases, venom can cause serious health issues. Another annoyance of having a spider living in the house are the old webs that continue to catch dust and debris long after the spider has moved on.
Yellowjackets, Paper Wasps, Hornets, and Mud Daubers are all different types of wasp that inhabit Northern California. They are perhaps one of the peskiest pests because of their propensity to, in the case of hornets and paper wasps, build their nests under the eaves of our houses, and in the case of Yellowjackets, crash your nice family BBQ by trying to take your barbecued chicken back to their nest to feed their young. Be careful to treat these insects with respect! They will not tolerate being bothered. All of these wasps have a nasty sting, and some can even bite. Unlike bees that can only sting once, wasps are capable of stinging multiple times.
Cockroaches are one of the world’s most common pests. Ranging from the size of the period at the end of this sentence, to the monster-like size of over three inches, cockroaches can like in mostly any environment on earth. They prey on filth and refuse, and prefer dark, damp areas that are confined and hard to reach. One male and one female can produce 40,000 offspring over the course of 1 year. They carry many different diseases and may cause respiratory problems in humans.
Fleas are common pests that at times infest even the cleanest of homes. Not only do these tiny little blood-suckers infest natural wildlife like deer, raccoons and skunks, but they also have a propensity to infest domestic pets, and yes... even humans. Due to their intricate life-cycle these pests are very difficult for a do-it-yourselfer to control. If they are in a form other than adult, killing them is close to impossible without the right equipment and know-how. After a blood meal, a female can lay up to 20 eggs at a time, and may lay up to 5000 eggs during her lifetime.