Temperatures are on the rise here in Georgia, and that means that the bugs will be too. Georgians are no strangers to pests sneaking in their homes, but some insects in our state are downright dangerous if you get too close. You should be able to identify these most dangerous insects in Georgia to protect yourself and your family.
Fire ants are a big menace here in the South. Not only do their mounds make a mess of our yards, but their bites remind us right away how they got their name. Fire ants are an invasive species native to the jungles of South America. They made their way to America sometime in the 1930s, where they quickly made themselves at home. Fire ants are a very aggressive species with no natural enemies in the U.S., which means they can spread just about anywhere. Only one colony can contain 500,000 to over a million ants. This is an extremely dangerous situation if you have pets or children who like to play in the yard. Fire ants are impossible to get rid of unless you can kill the queen. That’s why if you have fire ants, you should contact the professionals.
The Brown Recluse
The brown recluse is a scary-looking spider, but it’s a very shy and timid creature, as its name suggests. These spiders are common in the South and are about the size of a quarter. They can be identified by the violin-shaped mark on their bodies. It is rare even to see a brown recluse spider and even rarer to get bit by one, but they do happen. These spiders are not aggressive, but they will attack when they feel threatened. Their bites are world-renown for being extremely painful. The toxins in their venom cause necrosis of the skin around the bite and can lead to an infection if not treated.
The Black Widow
The black widow is another dangerous insect that calls Georgia home. It’s also rare to spot one in the wild. Easily recognized by its infamous red hourglass marking and shiny black bodies, black widows are shy spiders, like the recluse, and tend to stick to themselves. If you see one of these spiders in your home, call a pest control specialist immediately. The bite from a black widow is one of the most potent in the world and can cause:
Triatomines, also known as kissing bugs, get their name because of how they bite you on your face while you sleep. As ugly and scary as these insects appear, their bites are usually painless. This is because they inject a chemical that numbs the area. While they seem harmless, kissing bugs can carry a deadly disease called Chagas. Chagas disease can cause diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and fatigue. About 30% of Chagas victims later develop enlarged heart, arrhythmia, and even heart failure.
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At Environmental Turf Management, we want you and your family to stay safe this summer. By far, the most concerning pest on this list for homeowners are fire ants. With our fire ant program, we can take your yard back from these invasive insects.
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