Are There Dangerous Bugs in Boise?

Written by Spencer

On February 1, 2020
A Black Widow Spider in its Web

Bugs are a big problem for homeowners, and they occur year-round. As a pest control company, we aren’t a big fan of bugs, but one thing we do know is that Boise is a home to some dangerous ones as well.

In the city of Boise, whether it is spring, fall, summer or winter…seasonal bugs are found in abundance and some of these are pretty scary and dangerous.

Although we wouldn’t say that some bugs here like spiders fall like raindrops as in Australia, one thing is for sure that they are scary, creepy, disgusting and dangerous.

Boise is a home to bed bugs, ticks, fleas, Mormon cricket, tarantula hawk, wasp and black widow spiders.

YES! Dangerous bugs are found in Boise and you should beware of them. If you spot any of these pests, give Averse Pest Control a call. So, let us take you through a quick profile summary of the dangerous bugs and find out what you can do about them.

Black Widow Spiders

These are arachnids and are know for the female’s unique appearance and ability to eat their mates. If you ask us about how dangerous this spider species is, we would say the most venomous spiders found in Boise and in North America. Though if bitten by one, they are rarely fatal to human beings, but you never know the consequences so don’t bother going near them.

The female Black Widow is larger than the male ones, has a red hourglass shaped marking on the underside of their bodies and a shiny black body. Females usually grow as big as 1.5 inches whereas males are half the size of females with light color and red or pink spots on their back.

Inside the homes, they usually love hiding in barns, garages, basements, outdoor toilers, hollow stumps, rodent holes, trash cans and brush and dense vegetation.

Black Widow Spiders are good in the sense because they help eliminate other pests in your house by feeding of them. This doesn’t mean to ignore their presence, because soon they will reproduce and become a nuisance. Also, don’t try going near them. If they feel threatened or disturbed, they can be extremely toxic.

On average, a female black widow can lay up to 900 eggs, which hatch in 30 days. Majority of the babies are cannibalistic and only a few survive the three-month development window.

Bed Bugs

Are these microscopic bugs really that dangerous to be include among the dangerous bugs found in Boise? Well, as the name suggests, these bugs are found in your bed and other place where you spent a lot of time. They typically grow to ¼” in size and feed on human blood. Though they can also target animals, but the fact that human skin is more exposed than animals with fur, they take their chances on us.

They hide in beds and small cracks and crevices. Bed bugs are mostly active during night hours when you go to sleep. This is when they land on your skin, inject your skin with saliva and an anesthetic start sucking your blood. While they do not spread diseases, their bites can become red and extremely itchy. If you already have a skin infection nearby, it can become worse.

While bed bugs are difficult to see with the naked eye, but you can look out for their signs. Check your bed sheets for blood spots. Sometimes, if bed bugs have been living in your mattress for too long, they usually become fat and red by constantly feeding on your blood.

The best way to prevent them is to regularly clean your mattress cover and keeping your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor. Whenever you return from a trip, wash your clothes in hot water. You can also buy a safe bed bug spray, which you can use once a week around your bed to keep these pesky bugs away.

Needless to say, bed bugs don’t leave your living space easily. They should be best handled by a professional pest control company. Averse Pest is the best pest control Boise service, and we can help you overcome your bed bug infestation.

Fleas & Ticks

Fleas and ticks are more of a danger to your pets. A female flea can lay up to 20 eggs a day and half of these will be female. Altogether, they can lay up to 20,000 new fleas within 60 days and the number keeps on growing. Olympic athletes should feel a little ashamed, as these tiny bugs can jump 110 times their length. It is similar to a human being jumping over a 30-story building.

Usually fleas and ticks can jump from an animal to a human being or from one animal to another. Even during winter season, fleas and ticks are still a problem.

On the other hand, ticks are arachnids and closely related to spiders and scorpions. A bite from a tick, typically the lone star tick can cause severe allergies in human beings.

Mormon Cricket

Mormon crickets are wingless species of shield-backed katydid found in North America. These bugs love to destroy crops, but they can also invade your indoor living space. These crickets make a very annoying sound during night time, which rumbles across your entire house. Though they don’t post any threat to human beings, but if disturbed or threatened, they can potentially bite you with their front teeth, leaving you in extreme pain. These can also jump longer distances and multiply quickly. If you spot any in your house, get them treated at your earliest.

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

This bug has a deadly reputation for having the most powerful and painful stings in the world of bugs. Much worse, tarantula hawk wasp has a very aggressive nature, which means they usually pounce to attack their prey.

On average, they grow up to 2-inches in length and their stinger can be as long as 7mm. Not only does it cause extreme pain but also injects venom in your skin, which can cause reactions and allergies. They can also fly, which makes them even scarier. If you spot one in your house, chances are there might be more of them. Call a professional for help.

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