Insects and Pests You Didn’t Know Were Dangerous

Small insects such as spInsects and Pests You Didn't Know Were Dangerous iders, ants, and centipedes are annoying. They infest our homes and take up residence where they aren’t welcome. Although most insects and pests are harmless in the sense that they cannot physically hurt you or poison you, some of them might be more dangerous than you think.

There are several species of insects and small rodents that are a threat to you, your family and your home.

Centipedes

Most forms of centipedes are common and harmless. However, large species of centipedes are dangerous because of their large claw like structures. The claws themselves carry venom glands which can be dangerous to small children if they come into contact with them.

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are stunning with bright orange wings and delicate white spots, they visually captivate their audience. However, the eggs that these butterflies lay on milkweed plants produce a toxic sap, and the adult butterflies carry that toxic sap within their wings. If an animal attempts to eat or bite the insect, the wing will give off a foul taste. These delicate creatures can be dangerous for pets if a pet catches the insects.

Toads

The common toad may look relatively harmless, but they are actually very poisonous. You’ve probably seen them hanging casually around outside of your home.  When threatened, a common toad will stand on all fours and secretes a poison from its glands that smells badly and is possibly lethal. Touching the venom can lead to difficulty breathing, increased salivation, vomiting, paralysis and others. Luckily, they live mainly in Europe.

Mice

Mice are super common pests for residential homes, especially during cold months. While mice do not carry any form of venom, they often carry diseases that can be harmful to humans. If you suspect mice droppings showing up in your home, contact an exterminator.

Even if the insects and rodents aren’t poisonous to your health, they can cause chaos in your home. Contact Blue Ridge Termite and Pest Management Group to take care of any insects or pests in your home.

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