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Invasive Pests That Could Be In Your Own Backyard

The United States has several invasive species that have made their way over, both on purpose and quite by accident. They don’t belong here but have made parts of the United States their home no less, but at peril to the people and the environment around them. Here are some of the most pervasive species of pests and how they can threaten your health as well as your property.

Red Imported Fire Ants

These ants are mostly found in the southern parts of the United States. Their mound nests are easy to spot and if you see one, avoid it! Fire ant stings are very painful and if they all swarm and sting you at once it can lead to a very painful condition.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

These bugs are a relatively new arrival. They hitched a ride to the U.S. from Asia in 1996 and have spread very rapidly in such a short amount of time. They can be found in most parts of the country and pose a substantial threat to agriculture and homes. They invade in large numbers and if you mess with them or crush them, the stink bug then lives up to its name.

Formosan Termites

These termites are very aggressive and invasive, which makes them very hard to get rid of once they take up residence in your home or on your property. A colony of these termites can cause significant structural damage to a property in just six months, so they should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Norway Rats

These rats, thought to really come from Asia, are found throughout the world now. They gnaw on structures causing damage and they also carry diseases such as rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, plague (yes, that plague) and jaundice. In other words, you do not want them in your home or anywhere near you.

European Starlings

These birds were brought into the United States on purpose but have quickly grown to be a nuisance. They are found all throughout the country and their droppings can cause damage to buildings, and promote the growth of harmful fungi in the soil.

Africanized Bees

Also known as killer bees, these aggressive bees chase people in order to defend their hive. Their venom isn’t that different from the gentle honeybee, but they attack en masse and that always makes the situation more dangerous for people.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

Oh, you knew a mosquito was going to be on this list! These mosquitoes can be found almost anywhere but are found most often in the southern region of the United States. They transmit very serious diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue fever, and Chikungunya virus. They differ from native mosquitoes by feeding during the daylight hours, not just at dusk or at night.

If you suspect you have a pest problem, call the experts at GreenArmy today to help you get rid of these threats to your health and safety.

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