Pest FAQs


  • Fleas have changed history. More human deaths have been attributed to fleas than all the wars ever fought. As carriers of the bubonic plague, fleas were responsible for killing one-third of the population of Europe in the 14th century.
  • Two fleas breeding, under ideal conditions, have the potential to produce two trillion descendants in nine months
  • The Anopheles mosquito was the cause of six to seven million cases of malaria annually in the United States in the 1930's
  • Ticks transmit the organisms for relapsing fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
  • Since 1980, 80,000 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in 48 states.
  • The house fly can harbor more than 100 kinds of pathogenic organisms and may transmit more that 65 human and animal disease organisms.
  • Cockroaches may transmit food poisoning, cholera, dysentery and typhoid.
  • Seven to eight percent of the general population has an allergy to insects. In a study conducted in Atlanta concerning the chronic flu symptoms of inner city children, it was learned that as many as 45 percent were allergic to cockroaches

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April 18, 2017
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April 24, 2017
Durham Bedbug Action Plan Stakeholder Meeting


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