Nuisance bug issues around homes are to be expected each year beginning in spring, but this year nuisance insect issues have been particularly frequent in Ventura County. Rainfall during the spring prompts vegetation growth, which attracts numerous plant-eating...read more
The Little Known Tick Species Of Southern California That May Spread Disease Or Infest Your Ear Canal
When it comes to ticks, most Americans worry about hard ticks from the Ixodidae family. These are the ticks that transmit a variety of diseases to humans including lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and tularemia, just to name a few. Unfortunately,...read more
Is The Notorious “Killer Bee” Species A Threat To Residents Of Ventura County? More than 1,600 native bee species inhabit California, but the most commonly sighted bees in the state are not native to the country. This bee species is commonly known as the European...read more
While it is unsettling to encounter any type of insect pest within a home, many people consider cockroaches to be among the most dreadful insect pests that exist. Insect pests like bed bugs, fleas, wasps and many ant species are not only a nuisance when they invade...read more
The Potentially Harmful Centipede Species That Southern California Residents May Find Within Their Homes
Several centipede species have been documented as inhabiting southern California, and nearly all of these species are capable of inflicting painful bites to humans. Despite their painful bites, most centipede species in the region are not considered habitual home...read more
Noble False Widow Spiders Were Absent From The United States Until A Specimen Was Found In Ventura County Nearly A Decade Ago
Several frightening looking spider species can be found in southern California, such as western black widows, brown widows, desert recluses and several wolf spider and tarantula species. Many residents may know that the brown widow is a fairly new addition to southern...read more
Do Any Dangerous Recluse Spider Species Exist In Southern California? And Why Has This Question Has Become A Source Of Controversy?
Do Any Dangerous Recluse Spider Species Exist In Southern California? And Why Has This Question Has Become A Source Of Controversy? There has been much disinformation spread in California concerning the purported presence of the notorious brown recluse spider in the...read more
Which Widow Spider Species Are Commonly Found Within Homes In Southern California? Are They All Dangerous? Black widow spiders are notorious for their painful and potentially life-threatening bites, but most experts will tell you that these spiders are shy around...read more
Wood-Boring Beetle Infestations Often Go Unnoticed For Long Periods Of Time Despite The Extensive Damage That These Species Inflict To Structural Wood
Termites cause more than five billion dollars per year in control costs and damage repairs, which makes termites the most economically significant insect pests in the United States, and the world. Residents of southern California are well aware of the termite threat,...read more
Which Southern California Termite Species Are Most Destructive? And Which Species Are Most Commonly Found Infesting Homes In The Region?
The southeast United States sees the greatest diversity of termite species, including several invasive species, like the Formosan subterranean termite. The region’s humid subtropical climate allows termites to thrive, and annual termite swarms are a regular sight...read more