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Wasps sting to defend themselves or their colony. Stinging involves the injection of protein venom that causes pain and other reactions.


Termites are very common is Louisiana and can cause significant damage if left untreated. They eat wood and any available matter containing cellulose.


Silverfish are considered a household pest due the their consumption and destruction of property. Although they contaminate food they do not transmit disease.


Mosquitoes can carry disease-causing viruses and parasites from person to person. The female needs a “blood meal” before she can produce.


Mice can be harmful by causing structural damage and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. They are linked to Hantavirus.


Fleas are wingless and can pierce skin and suck blood. They can cause medical problems including dermatitis, skin irritation, anemia, tapeworm, and stomach flu.


Earwigs are nocturnal and often hide in small, moist crevices in the day.They can cause damage to foliage and flowers. Their pincers cause little harm to humans.


There are about 30 species of cockroaches associated with human habitation. They feed on pet and human food and linked to allergic reactions in humans.

Black Widows

The female black widow is harmful to humans because of the large venom glands. Black widow bites rarely kill humans. Not all have the red hourglass on the abdomen.


Ants are social insects and belong to the order Hymenoptera. They have colonized almost every landmass on Earth, and their success is attributed to their social organization.



Watch as termites make quick work of this model home.