Flies, gnats, maggots, midges, mosquitoes, keds, bots, etc. are all common names for insects that belong to the Diptera order. There are over 120,000 different kinds of flies and maybe 1,000,000 species of flying insects altogether. There is no part of the Earth where these insects are not a major pest except for the polar ice caps.

Flies and mosquitoes are harmful insects. Flies can infest and damage food grains and growing crops while mosquitoes transmit a variety of diseases to humans, including malaria, West Nile virus, encephalitis and yellow fever. Fruit flies alone do hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to crops in the state of Hawaii each year, and mosquitoes are responsible for hundreds of millions of cases of malaria worldwide every year. Neither insect is a welcome guest around the home

Ants are beneficial in loosening and aerating soil, but are mostly pests to humans. They enter homes looking for food and water, and are often found around kitchen cabinets and appliances. Ants prefer sweet sugary materials or fatty foods, depending on the time of the year, needs in the colony and availability of food sources.

Spiders have 8 legs and belong to the arachnid family, which includes scorpions, mites and ticks. Each of the southern US states has 600 to 900 species of spiders living there, and there are probably 3,000 species worldwide. Most of these spiders will spend all of their lives outdoors and only a few chose to live in homes with humans. The brown recluse and southern black widow are two of the most common types found indoors.

These predators hide during the day and wander the house at night hunting for prey. Not all spiders build webs to trap their prey. Some catch their meals by merely hiding, and then pounce upon any prey that passes by close enough.

The common bed bug is a pest problem that has sharply increased in recent years, due to more travel, lack of knowledge about them and ineffective control of infestations.  Bed bugs leave itchy bites after feeding on the blood of their human victims, and are a public nuisance.  They are most active at night and can be hard to find and identify since they hide in bedding, mattresses and seams of upholstered furniture.  Bed Bugs are only about the thickness of a credit card, so they can squeeze into very tiny hiding places.

For problems with fleas & ticks, go to the FLEAS & TICKS tab under VIEW PRODUCTS.