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Common Wildlife In Georgia

Snakes

Unfortunately, snakes are a vastly prevalent nuisance in Northeast Georgia. While it is smart to be weary of snakes if you are unfamiliar with them, there are far less venomous snakes than non-venomous in Georgia. If you find a snake on your property, ensure any pets stay away from it and call America Pest Control to send a wildlife removal specialist to your home. While snakes can be a problem if they take up residency within your home, they do keep away other pests like mice and rats.

Common Snake Species in Georgia

Venomous: Canebrake Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattlesnake, Diamondback Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin), Elapidae (Coral Snake)

Non-venomous: Black Racer, Northern Water, Corn Snake, Eastern Garter, Eastern King, Black Rat, Milk Snake, Yellow Rat, Southern Ringneck

 

Opossum

Fun fact: opossums are nomadic, solitary, and nocturnal animals. However, sometimes they will take up lodging in building structures. They are most commonly found in winter and early spring. They pose the threat of structural damage as well as seeking out food sources like trash and pet food.

 

Armadillos

Also nocturnal animals, armadillos may cause issues on your property because they burrow during the day, and they may do it right under your foundation! Armadillos typically grow to be 12-16 pounds and live up to 15 years!

 

Rats

The two most prevalent rat species that inhabit Georgia are the Roof Rat and the Norway Rat. Rats are a huge issue, primarily due to the various diseases they could be carrying: Rat-bite fever, Eosinophilic Meningitis, Murine Typhus, and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Additionally, rats can cause serious issue with you home by chewing through wood and electrical wires. Rats are nocturnal rodents who colonize, so if you see one, you are likely to find more!

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Common Wildlife In Georgia

Bats

Believe it or not, the two most common types of  bats in Georgia are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. They are both insectivores (strict diet of insects) and actually help the environment by consuming large amounts of insects. They are protected by both state and federal laws, making it illegal to kill bats. When American Pest Control is called in for a bat problem, we use exclusion practices to eradicate the pests from your property and then ensure the bats cannot return.

Raccoons

Primarily found in the Northeast part of Georgia, raccoons are extremely intelligent and mischievous animals with the ability to climb trees and homes. They are often found in attics – usually looking for food and/or shelter. In springtime, female raccoons search for safe places to give birth and raise their young. This is a time to keep an eye out for extra raccoon damage. Raccoons will also cause damage to your pet food and garbage bins. Do not leave these unsecured outside.

Squirrels

The two most common squirrels in Northeast Georgia are the Eastern Gray Squirrel and the Southern Flying Squirrel. Squirrels usually take up lodging in attics and they may cause structural damage from droppings, chewing through wood, wires, and insulation. You can expect more squirrel activity in the fall and winter because of the cooler weather and in the spring during mating season.

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Wildlife Facts

When it comes to pest control, nuisance wildlife can be some of the most tricky and frustrating to deal with. But, not impossible!

There are some specific tips we have listed below that you need to know about wildlife in the Northeast regions of Georgia to help you protect your family and property from wildlife and potential danger.

Unless you are confident in what you are doing, please do not try to make contact with potentially dangerous and harmful wildlife. Instead, contact American Pest Control’s professional wildlife removal specialists for assistance!

Important Wildlife Tips

  • An easy way to help prevent wildlife from taking up residency on your property or home is by eliminating any potential sources of food, water, or shelter. All kinds of wildlife are looking for these necessities at all times. By ensuring that food is properly stowed away and potential entry points are sealed off, you may precent wildlife from infesting your home!
  • Certain wildlife like bats, raccoons, and other mammals may cause harm to you and carry diseases like rabies that could effect your family or pets. If you notice that an animal is behaving abnormally, foaming at the mouth, or seemingly experiencing a state of delirium, we strongly advise you to stay away from them and make sure to keep your pets away from them as well.

If you suspect some wildlife on your property is effected by disease or is experiencing some form of stress, please contact American Pest Control’s professional wildlife management specialists and we will be glad to assistant you immediately. 

Most Common Wildlife In Georgia

  • Bats
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Armadillos
  • Rats

Bed Bugs Facts

Bed Bugs have become a huge issue in the United States over the past 20 years. For many, you may go your entire life never having an issue with bed bugs. But American Pest Control knows that for those who have been affected, there are almost no worse infestations to endure than that of bed bugs.

We have observed an influx of bed bug infestations and continue to provide our pest control services in the Northeast regions of Georgia. Our bed bug treatment method is outlined on our main website.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, which is convenient for them since the time people spend in bed is most commonly during the night! They feed on blood and they leave behind irritated and itchy bite marks. They are typically around 3-5mm long with a flat, oval-shaped body. When they are hungry (unfed) they are a rusty brown color but grow in size and turn more red-brown after feeding. Bed bugs can reproduce rapidly.

Wherever there is a host for them to feed from, you can find bed bugs, literally. In homes, you can typically find them near pipes, seams of furniture, tags of mattresses and box springs, and in the cracks on the bed frame and head board. Where there are severe infestations, bed bugs are found in the seams of chairs, between couch cushions, in the folds of curtains, in drawer joints, under loose wall paper… the list goes on.

Bed bugs are attracted to heat and the carbon dioxide given off by potential feeding sources. The most common time they feed is between 1 and 4 AM. After feeding, they retreat to their hiding places to digest and usually feed every 5 to 10 days. Bed bugs are typically brought into a home by hitching a ride on suitcases, furniture, and clothing and disembarking once in the home.

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Bees

Bees do a lot of good. They pollinate flowering plants, provide humans with delicious honey, and help regulate other inset pest species. However, they can certainly be a nuisance and even a medical concern because of their sting – so many people are allergic to it these days. Control should be taken ONLY in places where the bee problem needs immediate attention.

Carpenter Bees

They are mostly a bother because they like to nest in wood. They prefer dry, unpainted wood, but they will absolutely nest in any other type of wood if available. Carpenter bees look very similar to Bumble bees but the males do not have stingers. The appropriate pesticides can take care of an infestation.

Flies

Both a nuisance and a health risk, flies can carry disease-causing organisms. The first step to treating a fly infestation is identifying what kind of flies are present:

Fruit Flies

These flies like to lay their fruit on…? You guessed it! Fruit. These little tan to brownish to black colored bugs usually measure to be 1/8th of an inch long. They are also potential disease carriers and are attracted to fresh fruit, vegetables, and organic matter. If you removed their breeding site, you can essentially remove fruit flies. However, if they are coming in from an outside source, a small mesh screen or bait jar traps can be effective. If an infestation persists, pesticides and a professional should be considered.

House Flies

Also named for their common characteristics, house flies are mostly found inside and around homes. They are also risks for disease organisms. Grey in color with dark stripes on their back, house flies are attracted to smells, moist areas where they can lay eggs ans air currents from buildings. To properly deal with house flies, clean the areas most effected and apply the correct pesticide.

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Silverfish

There’s a reason they are called SilverFISH and it is because these insects actually look like little fish with silvery scales all over. They grow up to be 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long. You may have an infestation on your property if you see the following: feeding marks, yellow stains and black pepper-looking feces on wall paper, labels, and envelops. You may find silverfish anywhere in a commercial or residential building. Silverfish prefer warm and humid environments.

Springtails

SpringTAILS are named after the little spring-like structure that allows them to literally SPRING and jump around. They are truly a nuisance, preferring high moisture locales, where they can eat decaying vegetation, bacteria, pollen, algae, etc. Constantly on the search for moisture, springtails are most commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, and small dark spaces like potted plants and crawl spaces. Springtails are also found outdoors in damp places like mulch piles, leaf piles, and logs. An easy fix for a springtail infestation is drying out the areas affected. If the area cannot be dried out completely, a pesticide should be used.

Scorpions

If you are stung by a scorpion, seek medical attention immediately. Scorpions are a nuisance pest, they are generally 2 to 4 inches long, and have a stinger at the end of their tail-like structure. Scorpions are most commonly found in the Southwest some other Southern regions of the United Stats. They are predatory creatures and hunt their prey at night. During the day, they opt to hide under objects like rocks, logs, and debris or inside burrows and sandboxes. You may find a scorpion in your attic, bathroom, or in folded clothes and blankets. A scorpion infestation is generally tackled by removing the objects that they like to hide under, by drying out damp environments, and by cutting off their food source. If they are not eliminated, a pesticide may be applied.

Ticks

Just like in our American Pest Control Flea article, we believe it is the smallest pests that scare people the most. Ticks, for example, are another kind of pest that freak people out to no end. However, there are steps that can be taken to help someone with a tick problem in their home or on their property.

Ticks are parasites that feed off of the blood of mammal hosts and are a serious problem because they often carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, Colorado tick fever, and more.

While ticks are found across the globe, they are particularly present in warm and damp climates. When in wooded areas, be sure to be cautious and check your skin after leaving. If you see a tick, carefully remove it with tweezers and disinfect the area.

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Lone Star Ticks

Lone Stars are distinct in that they have a silver spot on their oval-shaped, blackish brown bodies. They also attack more humans than any other kind of tick in the southeastern parts of the United States and are most often found in damp, dark areas. Lone Star ticks are carriers of tularemia and cause tick-paralysis. They have also been known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and lyme disease.

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Deer or “Blacklegged” Tick

Named for their distinct black legs that do not match their lighter-colored, orangish-brown body, the Blacklegged tick prefers the white-tailed deer as a host to feed on. Found across the eastern and mid-atlantic states, these ticks are found primarily in vegetation along transitional areas like forest edges. Deer ticks carry Lyme, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.

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American Dog Tick

You guessed it: these ticks are found exclusively in North America and they prefer to feed on dogs. However, they are most often found on dogs and humans. Oval shaped, brown, and speckled with light grey markings, the American Dog tick also carries Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Fleas

Sometimes the scariest, most stressful pests are the smallest ones. Maybe it’s because we can’t see them as easily, so we can’t know for sure if there are just a few or a colony of them.

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Fleas in particular are a problem for homes, especially ones with pets or in rural farm areas. Fleas are known for leaving bites in their wake, but they also can carry several diseases so keeping an eye out for them is definitely advised.

When it comes to what American Pest Control can do to help with your flea issues, treatment includes managing wildlife around your home and property, treatment of your pets as well as any indoor and outdoor pesticide treatment necessary.

Cat Fleas

The most domestic flea is the Cat flea. While the name suggests otherwise, cat fleas dwell on both cats and dogs. They appear brownish black and can jump up to a distance of 6 inches. Cat fleas are known to carry the plague and tapeworms.

Dog Fleas

Also suggesting otherwise, dog fleas dwell on both dogs and rabbits! They look very similar to cat fleas, being mostly black and brown colored. Found primarily around where animals live, dog fleas do not need to enter a home on another animal. Also like cat fleas, dog fleas can carry the plague, tapeworms, as well as the typhus disease.

Human Fleas

The human flea is found primarily on humans living in poor sanitary conditions. However, they can also infest pets and other domesticated animals. Reddish brown in color, human flea bites are found on the body other than on the lower legs, where other flea bites are typically found. These bites can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions.

Oriental Rat Fleas

Notorious for transferring the bubonic plague from rats to humans, oriental rat fleas are found all across the world and in the United States, particularly in seaports and areas where international shipments are processed. Also reddish brown in color, like the human flea, but they favor rats as their primary food source.

Spiders

Most spiders are harmless and just feed on other insects. However, there are two spiders that are considered dangerous to humans: Black Widows and Brown Recluses.

Here we will discuss these two spiders as well as House Spiders and Wolf spiders!

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Black Widow

The name sounds ominous because it is thought that Black Widow females will eat the male after mating, but this only rarely happens. Black Widows have round, spherical bodies that are black with a red, hourglass shape on it. Young Black Widows are mostly orange and white and grow darker with maturity.  They are most commonly found in sheltered areas like under rocks, in wood piles, under decks, in rodent holes, and occasionally in dense foliage. If found indoors, they are usually seen in cluttered garages and basements.

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Brown Recluse

Named for its size and color, the Brown Recluse grows only to be about 1/4-1/2 an inch with a tan to dark brown body, with a darker mark on its neck. They feed on small, live insects and are found under rocks, boxes, woodpiles, etc. If inside, they are usually dwelling in secluded areas among boxes, papers, clothing, and crevices.

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House Spider (Southern house)

While the house spider is not dangerous, they are nuisances because of their webs, and are usually found indoors. They vary in color from off white, to yellow brown, to black, with stripes. Their webs are mostly found in humid, secluded and inactive areas of the home like garages, barns, upper corners, and under furniture. Their webs can easily be removed with vacuums.

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Wolf Spider

The Wolf spider may be scary looking and sounding – they are big and hairy – but they cause no real threat to humans. They are dark brown with grey marks. Unlike most other spider species, the Wolf spider actually hunts and chases their prey, usually at night. They dwell in sheltered areas like burrows, wood piles, decks, etc. They might get in to your property while chasing prey, and might not be eager to leave once they’re inside. Glueboards placed along walls, furniture, and doorways helps get rid of Wolf spiders.

Mosquitoes

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Mosquitos come like clockwork when the temperatures get warmer, and as you would like to spend a beautiful evening outside as the weather gets better, so do the mosquitoes.

Heath issues caused by these pests are what makes them so detestable and threatening. It is possible to diminish the presence of mosquitoes through source reduction treatment.

In Georgia specifically, over $125 million is spent annually toward efforts to reduce the threat of disease caused by mosquitoes. In the state alone, there are over 63 species of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes can range from 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch in length, with two wings, a body, and scale-covered legs. They come in a range of colors from gray to black to brown, and some are speckled with while, silver, green, or blue scales. They have a beak with sucking/puncturing mouth parts.

Typically, male mosquitoes feed on sugary substances, especially nectars in their environment. Females also feed on nectar and sugars, however, they must feed on blood before they lay their eggs because the protein in the blood is needed for mosquito egg development.

Unfortunately, mosquito season in Georgia is very long, typically starting around March and lasting almost the entire remainder of the year if temperatures stay on the warm side. The peak months for highest mosquito activity is from June to September. The peak hours of the day that you’re mostly likely to be bitten by mosquitoes are between dusk and dawn, not that there aren’t mosquitoes that are active during the day – there definitely are.

Areas around stagnant or standing water where egg, larval, and pupal development take place is where you will find the highest concentration of mosquitoes. Removing sources of water, naturally occurring or otherwise, can aid in the minimization of mosquito prevalence.

Mosquitoes are considered one of the country’s most dangerous pests, so if you have a mosquito problem, do not wait to contact American Pest Control to learn about our mosquito reduction method.