Pest and insect control in Georgia. A number of insects in Georgia make their way indoors and become a nuisance. The state is host to a wide variety of insects, and while any one of them may occasionally find its way through an open door or window, a few invite themselves in and make your home their own.
Ants are the number one insect and pest problem in Georgia and specically the Atlanta area. The Argentine makes it nest next to the concrete foundations of homes in order to stay warm and survive and thrive in the winter. It does not have a stinger and will not bite.
The “Devil Scorpion” is about two inches long and is dark brownish red in color. Very common in the area. Likes to live inside the walls and prefers to climb to higher rooms in a home. We have found over 60 scorpions in some homes. Most seen in upstairs bathrooms nere bath vanities. Does have a stinger and can use it repeatedly. The sting feels like a mild bee sting.
German Cockroaches. They are small roaches about an inch long and have a light brown stripe that is found in the middle of their head, running toward the back. Very commonly found in kitchens and baths…wherever there is a water source.
Asian ladybugs were imported to control aphid populations on pecan trees in Georgia. Cheaper and healthier than pesticides, the ladybugs do a good job for the trees, but cause homeowner headaches when looking for warm places to overwinter. They often find their way indoors and cluster on ceilings and walls. While control with pesticides is possible, it is also possible, and preferred, to vacuum them up and deposit them safely away from the house so they can continue with their important job the following year.
Silverfish are the oldest insect on the earth today, even older than the cockroach. They can live up to three years and can survive on the smallest of nutrients. These silvery, one-half inch long, carrot-shaped insects can be mostly found in upstairs rooms and bathrooms. They can be seen near your ceilings because they like to live in your attic. They feed on paper, cloth and wools and can be found in boxes.
Millipedes appear during the months of late May till the end of September. They are about an inch long and the thickness of pencil lead. They are often called, “Inch Worms.” They will not bite you but after a night-time rain, they can, by the thousands, literally climb up to the top story of homes. There, they can enter through closed windows and into rooms.
Paper Wasp will start buzzing around your home as soon as the holly bushes begin blooming in the Spring. These can sting you and can be painful. By late Spring, they have begun making their paper nest which can get over one foot in diameter.
Black Widow Spider is found throughout the Southeastern part of the United States. It is actually a very shy spider and wants to hide underneath rocks and piles of wood. Most common opportunity for people to get bitten is when they are carrying logs inside for the fireplace. This spider’s bite can be painful and the skin can swell up and turn red. They are about an inch in diameter, shiny black with a bright red or orange hourglass shape on its underside.
Of the 41 snake species native to Georgia, 35 of them are harmless. There are only 6 venomous snakes in the state. Common snakes of Georgia include the Copperhead, Coral Snake, Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin, Eastern Diamond Back Rattle and the Timber Rattle Snake.
The most commonly encountered snakes are non-venomous ones such as garter snakes, rat snakes and black racers. The nonvenomous scarlet kingsnake is one of the most prominent snakes in Georgia. As a defense mechanism, the kingsnake resembles the venomous coral snake, which has a bright red, black, and yellow pattern. Kingsnakes are small snakes, not exceeding two feet in length. They are nocturnal and feed on small lizards, rodents and even other snakes.