The 4 Most Dangerous Pests in Memphis

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Hang up the wanted poster, pardner. While many pests that may infiltrate your home are harmless, certain pests pose a threat to humans. As the weather warms and these interlopers become more active, it is time to familiarize yourself with these varmints. That’s why, today on the blog, AAA Termite & Pest Control takes a look at the four most dangerous house pests you may encounter in Memphis.

Fire ants

This small, red ant possesses a venomous bite and a stinger on its rear segment that can sting repeatedly. Fire ants can be quite dangerous for people with insect allergies, as well as children and pets. Fire ants also tend to travel in groups, and considering that each of them can deliver multiple stings and bites, the effects can magnify. If someone in your household has been attacked by fire ants, watch for signs of a serious reaction: chest pain, trouble breathing, hives, dizziness and nausea. These are all symptoms of anaphylactic shock.


The rodents most likely to infiltrate your home in Memphis are rats and mice. Don’t let the cartoons fool you. These rodents spread pathogens, parasites and harmful bacteria. Their fur and droppings are major contaminants. They also can damage your home and chew through furniture, walls and even electrical wiring, potentially causing a fire.


Ticks are known for harboring diseases that humans can contract. These ailments include lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and tularemia. Ticks can infiltrate your home on your own or hitch a ride inside on your cat or dog. If you are a pet owner, be sure parasite prevention is part of your overall plan of pest control.

Brown recluses

Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is rather common but in reality only a couple of species of spider are harmful to humans: the black widow and the brown recluse. Both have bites that can be dangerous for people, so why does the brown recluse make our list and the black widow does not? This is because the brown recluse has a greater likelihood of establishing a nest in your home and reproduces rapidly. Brown recluses are not aggressive but they will bite if their nest or babies are threatened.

Comprehensive pest control services in Memphis and Cordova, Tennessee

Now that you know about these pests and the dangers they pose, how can you protect yourself and your loved ones from harm? There is no total guarantee to keep pests out of your home, but pest control services performed by a trained and experienced professional are the best protection you can find. Our technicians know how to treat all the types of pests common to the greater Memphis area. They have the knowledge to identify signs of an infestation that may go undetected otherwise. We are also fully licensed, bonded and insured.

Are you ready to obtain professional pest control protection for your home? Then contact the office of AAA Termite & Pest today to schedule a consultation with one of our technicians. Visit us online or call (901) 737-7378 today.