Larder beetles are found worldwide and attacks cured meats and other products. They are brown or black and about 5-7mm in size. They have a yellow strip across the back. They attack hides and skins which is main sign of infestation. Larder beetles will bore into wood to and then cover up the entrance hole. The beetles will feed on cheese, dry fish, meats, ham, bacon, hair and feathers just to name a few.
Larder beetles prefer to breed in pantries and other areas with food sources. All infested items should be discarded. Store all other items in sealed containers. Eliminating all sources of infested areas is the only way to combat these beetles.
Cellar/Daddy Longlegs Spiders
Daddy longlegs have long legs about 2-8mm in length and are off brown colored. They are usually found along basement ceilings and front porches.
Daddy longlegs are harmless to people and feed on other insects and spiders. Pest control can be used to keep numbers down but homeowners can also remove webs and eggs to keep numbers down. They are the most common spider of homeowners in Iowa and many other states.
Deer or Blacklegged Tick
These ticks have become quite famous in Iowa and the Midwest because they have become much more common and carry lyme disease. They are hard to distinguish from other ticks other than the fact that they are small in size. Deer ticks have the same habits and life cycles as other ticks but are dangerous because of lyme disease.
Lyme disease symptoms include fevers, chills, headaches, muscle aches, and vomiting. The first sign that someone has been bitten by a deer tick and may have lyme disease is a bull’s eye mark on the skin. If seen, immediate medical attention should be sought. Control of these ticks is the same as other ticks and includes keeping vegetation cut back and pets need to be treated with frontline
As many people know, lice are found all over the world and can carry disease including, typhus and trench fever. Lice are a medical problem and can only be treated by doctors not exterminators. They are tiny in size, only about 1mm in length. Usually seeing the eggs in hair or on the body is the only way to detect lice. They transfer by attaching eggs to areas that then attach to other people. If an infestation is suspected, medical professionals should be called immediately