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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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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.

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.

Ant Facts

Ants inhabit every household. Sometimes they go unnoticed and do not cause any problems for homeowners. However, this is unfortunately not always the case.

If you’re experiencing an ant infestation or noticing an influx of ants in or around your home, you may want to contact American Pest Control to aid in the extermination and prevention of your problem.

Here are a few different kinds of ants you may be seeing around your home and property:

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Argentine Ant

Also known as the Linepithema humile, this ant is native to, you guessed it, Argentina (as well as Brazil and Uruguay). Mostly prevalent in the American South, these insects come in a variety of  shades of brown and do not have a stinger. These ants’ nests are most commonly found in damp places, like under shady plants and rocks. When weather conditions are too cold, wet, or dry, these ants migrate into buildings (usually in large numbers) to seek shelter.

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Odorous House Ant

Given its name from the odor that is expelled from the insect when crushed, the Tapinoma sessile, or the odorous house ant is a pest you do not want invading your home. Brown to black in color and without a stinger, these ants invade the structures and buildings across the entire United States. A typical colony contains thousands of ants and are often found under objects like wood and bricks. Also, a colony of odorous house ants will move their nest if rain affects them, and when their food supply is low, they will move to another home.

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Little Black Ant

This dark, tiny ant, or monomorium minimum, is found throughout the United States. Nesting in woodwork, masonry, and wooded areas outside, these teeny ants build trails wherever they go, often found along the foundation of a home or on sidewalks. Feeding primarily on grease, meats, produce, and sweets, these ants are huge pests in the warmest seasons.

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Acrobat Ant

Crematogaster spp, or the Acrobat Ant, refers to a group of ants found across the United States. They primarily nest themselves in moisture-rich, decaying areas like wooded areas, Styrofoam insulation, and other deserted insect homes. Feeding on both live and dead insect carcasses, these ants also enjoy sweet and high-protein food.

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