Welcome To Our Pest Library
Ants can move through the smallest cracks and nest just about anywhere. If an ant finds a source of food on your property, a whole lot more ants will follow and form a colony in no time. Ants are unified and efficient little insects; to manage and exterminate them the whole property must be treated as ants can repopulate and recolonize very quickly.
Centipedes prefer lightly damp shelter. They will usually live under things like leaves, mulch, rocks, and wood. In small numbers, they can be beneficial as they eat other insects. However, in larger numbers, they can present a health risk as they can bite and be slightly poisonous. Centipedes can multiply quickly so any piles of leaves, mulch, rocks, and wood lying around the property should be cleaned up to prevent centipedes from becoming a nuisance.
Most types of earwigs generally prefer wet areas that are cooler and undisturbed. Earwigs can be a serious garden pest if the conditions are right. If there is damp soil, and food, the earwigs will flourish there. Earwigs are fast-moving and they run away quickly when the soil is disturbed or they are uncovered.
Bees can sometimes make their way into your homes and businesses while looking for a place to nest. Bees prefer dark and protected areas, spaces between walls or structures and chimneys are often the places they decide to nest. Any space exposed to the outside is at risk for bee infestations. While bees play a vital role in the environment, it is inconvenient and possibly dangerous to let a bee hive thrive near your home or business. Bees usually only sting to protect themselves or to defend their nest, but some people may have an allergic reaction and this could be fatal.
Rats can be a serious problem. They eat almost anything and leave a trail of destruction while they are doing it. Rats can spread disease through their urine and feces which poses a serious health risk. Trapping, baiting and poisoning them is only a start; regular maintenance and a strategy for access and nesting prevention is the only way to guarantee long term results against rat infestations.
Cricket infestations can be extremely annoying just because of the noise they make. Many species of crickets are very difficult to find. Crickets typically prefer to live outside, but homes with bright outdoor lights, moisture in the home or poorly sealed gaps can be very inviting for them and keeping you awake all night.
Sowbugs feed on organic material and thrive in moist habitats, usually coming into homes through ground-level doors and windows. The pests may also make their way into garages or damp basements through cracks in the structure of homes. Mulch, leaves, and other plants attract sowbugs to yards and homes and many times you will find them in mulch around foundations, bushes, and in the garden. They feed upon decomposing organic matter. Since most areas in a home are too dry, they usually die after they enter your home. They can live in the soil of houseplants, but they cause little damage and no harm indoors. Sowbugs are simply a nuisance, as they do not bite or sting and are harmless to humans.
Flies can range from annoying to dangerous. Some flies can bite, but the biggest cause for concern with flies is the fact that they breed in food supplies and can carry serious diseases with them where they go. Thorough and professional pest control services are a must for places like restaurants that fight a constant battle to make sure their customers aren’t getting contaminated foods and drinks. They also breed in garbage and filth, so there is always some temptation for a fly infestation around garbage bins around your homes and businesses.
Mice are fast and they breed quickly. They can burrow into boxes and squeeze into the smallest cracks in your homes or businesses. Mice eat through anything that stands between them and food. They are clever enough to hide most of the evidence while their litters grow in size quickly. Mice just like rats can contaminate food storage which poses a serious health risk.
Although grasshoppers are generally harmless, they can cause a lot of damage to your lawn, garden, and landscape. They breed in large numbers and can grow to very large sizes.
The edges of the roof which overhang the face of a wall (Eaves), the underside of a structure such as an arch or a balcony (soffits), and gutters on home exteriors are popular nesting spots for wasps. Flowers and plant life attract them to yards, as do patios and other outdoor eating areas with crumbs or sticky soda spills that have not been cleaned up. Garbage cans that are not properly covered, emptied and cleaned regularly also attract wasps that are seeking sources of food. Properties abundant with insects and spiders provide ample prey for wasps. Wasps near your home can ruin outdoor activities and make working in the yard difficult.
Wasps may become hostile if threatened or disturbed and their stings could be fatal for people with allergies to wasp venom.
Ticks latch onto fur, clothing, or skin. These pests often hitchhike indoors on pets or household pests like rats and mice. These pests do not present much of a threat to well-built homes with effectively constructed and maintained exclusionary measures. However, in rustic cabins or old, poorly constructed and maintained homes with multiple sources of entry, ticks may attempt to feed on humans before returning to their sheltered sites. The biggest threat ticks can have to us is that they can carry viruses and diseases. Pets can get tick bite fever and humans can get Lyme Disease. Exterminating ticks from your household is a must.
People often blame a cockroach problem on poor housekeeping. While cleaning floors, kitchens, and bathrooms are very important to reduce food sources used by cockroaches, they can also get inside and cause an infestation for other reasons. Roaches can be carried into a household by infested items that are brought in, they can get indoors via cracks and gaps in the exterior of your home, enter through drains or sewer pipes and a few species of cockroaches can fly inside when attracted to lights
The mealybug is only a problem for plants. This pest is very bad news for nurseries, gardens, and houseplants. Mealybugs can devastate your plants and can be very persistent if not controlled properly.
Moths are not only annoying but they can eat your upholstery and your clothes, the moth is generally not a health risk, but they’re still pests. They can cause destruction since birth, with severe damage to leather, fur, and other organic-based cloth.
Loose screens and cracks under doors, windows, and other openings are all possible entryways for a spider. These pests may move indoors while searching for food, mates, warmth, or moisture. The presence of insects and other prey in homes is a common reason for spiders to come inside. Spiders are also accidentally introduced inside homes on infested items such as plants, firewood, clothing, and other items stored in attics, basements or other storage areas. Most spiders are not a threat as they eat insects around your home but some species could be highly poisonous when they bite you.
The heavily-armored pillbug invader will seek out the trash and organic debris. They do not pose a health risk and they don’t breed quickly. Pillbugs can smell awful though when they are alive or when killed.
Flea infestations often come from your pets. Fleas attach themselves to the animal when it’s outside, and then infest its fur and the places it sleeps indoors. Flea prevention for both the home and yard can be difficult. Any pet owner is vulnerable to an infestation if their pets are not on a flea prevention plan. Fleas depend on blood from a host to survive. Flea bites may leave the host with numerous swollen, itchy marks. They may cause allergic reactions in some people and can transmit several diseases. Furry pets are the most at risk.
The most serious aspect of a flea infestation is often the time and effort it takes to remove them. It’s required to treat infected animals, clean flea-infested areas, and taking preventative measures to keep the fleas from returning into your home.
Mosquitoes usually find their way inside your home through open doors or windows, they rest in dark, hidden areas, but will come out at night in search of blood to feed on. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so properties near ponds, marshes, or any standing water sources are at the most risk. Most mosquito species emerge just before dusk and are active at night. Mosquitoes can transmit several dangerous illnesses to humans, including the Zika virus. This rare disease affects pregnant women and may lead to birth defects. More common in the U.S. is the West Nile virus and several kinds of encephalitis. These mosquito-borne diseases may also have serious side effects.
Silverfish are capable of surviving in most climates, but they prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing.
Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits, oftentimes ruining papers, clothing, and wallpaper. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. Cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk, and dead insects may be food sources. Homeowners often transport silverfish indoors unknowingly. When brought inside the home, cardboard boxes and plastic containers recently stored in infested areas can allow the pests to spread. Warm and moist spaces, like basements and crawl spaces, attract silverfish. The pests will enter homes through foundation cracks, torn screens, or gaps around doors. Silverfish often present a mild risk to people and property. They do not transmit disease, but the pests may trigger allergies in some people.
Their presence can also attract carpet beetles sometimes. While indoors, silverfish also eat grains and chew large holes into clothing, upholstery, or paper. In large numbers, they can cause a lot of damage.
Scorpions only become an indoor problem when they choose to leave their outdoor habitats in search of better living conditions and where more food sources can be found. Take action to implement exclusion techniques like sealing their common entry points with sealant or mortar. Scorpions commonly use gaps under doors; ground-level windows; gaps surrounding plumbing pipes and utility lines that enter the home; and cracks and gaps in the foundation to get inside a home or business. Scorpions also gain access by unknowingly carrying them inside in boxes, firewood, potted plants, and outdoor furniture. Once inside, scorpions typically seek out basements, crawl spaces, hidden places under kitchen cabinets or in garages and bathrooms. While scorpion stings are generally nonlethal, they are venomous.
Millipedes do not bite or sting, nor do they do any damage to stored food, structures, or furniture. However, some species of millipedes excrete a defensive fluid that irritates the skin of people who handle them or otherwise come into contact with those toxic millipede species. Millipedes move in large numbers, so they can become a major nuisance. Millipedes feed on organic matter, they are very beneficial to the environment.