Are fungus gnats harmful? Adult fungus gnats don’t damage plants or bite people; their presence is primarily considered a nuisance. Larvae, however, when present in large numbers, can damage roots and stunt plant growth, particularly in seedlings and young plants.
Are wolf spiders dangerous? These spiders are often big and hairy which alarms some people, but they are primarily nuisance pests. Wolf spiders can inject venom if continually provoked. Symptoms of their bites include swelling, mild pain, and itching.
Are centipedes dangerous? Centipedes are generally considered nuisance pests because they do not pose significant health or property threats. However, all house centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey.
Do mud daubers sting? Wasps usually evoke a great deal of anxiety or fear. However, solitary wasps such as the mud daubers do not defend their nest the way social wasps such as hornets and yellowjackets do. Mud daubers are very unlikely to sting, even when thoroughly aroused. They may sting if mishandled.
Are earwigs harmful to humans? Earwigs are a fairly well-known insect, from folk lore if not from actual experience. The earwig is the insect reputed in superstition to purposefully crawl into the ears of sleeping persons for the purpose of burrowing into the brain to lay eggs. Of course, there is no truth to these tales, though earwigs, like moths, beetles, cockroaches, ants, and flies may wander into our ear canals by accident.
Are millipedes dangerous? Millipedes do not pose any danger to humans. However, when they feel threatened they can release a foul smelling fluid which should be washed off immediately to avoid possible skin irritation .
Are there fire ants in Tennessee? Yes! And generally throughout the south.
Adult red imported fire ants are reddish to dark brown. Read More
BROWN DOG TICK. This pest is unique in that it can complete its entire life cycle indoors. As a result, it is more of a domestic pest (occurring in and around structures) than other tick species. Other ticks can be brought indoors, but they are not able to build populations and infest structures like the brown dog tick. Read More
PHORID FLIES (Phoridae) are a family of small, hump-backed flies resembling fruit flies. Phorid flies can often be identified by their escape habit of running rapidly across a surface rather than taking to the wing. This behavior is a source of one of their alternate names, scuttle fly.
CLOVER MITES often become pests indoors after heavy rain, excessive heat or a change in the season, which stimulate massive numbers to enter buildings. To the naked eye, the mites appear as tiny moving dark spots crawling around walls, windows and doors. Crushing them to kill them leaves a reddish spot. Fortunately, the mites do not reproduce indoors and will die within a few days from dehydration.