EFFECTIVE PEST CONTROL SOLUTIONS
ON COMMON HOUSEHOLD PESTS
Ants are a social insect that live in colonies. Treatment plans should include killing the entire colony. Just spraying an ant with a typical ant spray, will only kill a few at best.
Ants may enter your house foraging for food or seeking shelter. They enter through the smallest openings, foraging for water or food. They are in search of either sweet based food or protein/grease based foods. Once they find a food source, ants will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow.We understand the behavior of ants, and will help you with the recommended pest control procedures to control and eliminate ants.
The common bed bug is visible to the naked eye. Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, oval-shaped, flattened, and about 1/4 to 5/8 inch long. Their flat shape enables them to readily hide in cracks and crevices. After a blood meal, the body elongates and becomes swollen. Eggs are not placed on the host’s body, but are found on surfaces near where the host sleeps.
Rats & Mice
The word rodent means to “to gnaw”. We will mostly be discussing the type of rodents called “commensal rodents”. The word commensal means”sharing one’s table”.
Through the ages, rodents have been the cause of some tremendous plagues and diseases. Today, due to increased sanitation and effective rodent and insect control programs, the threat of disease from rodents is not as critical.
Rodent Damage – Rats and mice cause a massive loss of food worldwide. Besides eating our food, rodents spoil it by contamination with their feces, urine, or fur. They also cause damage to our buildings by their burrowing and gnawing activity. Rodents will gnaw through many types of materials in order to reach a location including lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding and some concrete.
Crickets are nocturnal critters and usually hang out in warm, dark places during the daytime. When the weather is warm, they generally stay outdoors, preferring areas like garbage dumps. Outside, they feed on plants and insects, dead or alive, including other crickets. However, when the weather cools and crickets decide to move into your home, they will add clothing and carpeting to their menu. Their chewing will loosen the fibers, causing the surface to fray and slowly deteriorate.
While not all spiders are as dangerous nor as deadly as black widows or brown recluse spiders, for example, they can be a bit of a problem for those with arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, or those who react to even the most benign spider bites. All spiders will bite if cornered; fortunately, most household spiders’ bites do not contain deadly venom. Nonetheless, they do make webs, which can trap insects, frustrating individuals trying to maintain a clean home. Some varieties like warm, damp places, while other varieties prefer a warm, dry space.
Scorpions prefer extremely dry environs but hang out in the shade, obtaining most of their hydration from their victims. While their sting is not, for the most part, deadly, individuals who are allergic to the scorpion’s venom may suffer extreme pain and die. Upon reaching the stage when they actively hunt for food, they become nocturnal. Their diet consists of lizards, birds, mice, rats, centipedes, and even opossums. The can gain access to your house by hitching a ride in potted plants, firewood and outdoor furniture. Once inside, they’ll hide in basements, under cabinets, or in garages.
Despite the rumors, earwigs do not crawl into people’s ears; nor are their two-pronged tails a danger to humans; those pincers are used for defending against and sparring with other earwigs. Nocturnal feeders of insects and plants, they prefer damp logs, rocks and mulch beds during the day. If they decide to infest your home, you may find earwigs in nearly every room in the house. However, they are usually found in places where they can find water, like kitchen and bathroom sinks and laundry areas.
One of the most common and hated insects found in the home, cockroach varieties include American, German, Brown-Banded and Oriental. They are usually found where there is food or garbage, which is why a cockroach infestation in the home can be extremely frustrating. In addition to emitting foul odors, most varieties can make a clicking or chirping sound. What’s more, they can carry diseases, which adds to their unwelcome status. Exceptionally versatile and prolific, they breed quickly and often and will find your home the ideal place to nest and live.
While some species of bees are passive honey producers and prefer the outdoors, some varieties can be extremely aggressive. In any case, a thriving beehive near or on your home can be dangerous. All varieties of bees are extremely protective of their queen and the hive; any attempts to remove or destroy a busy beehive can bring about disastrous results. While most individuals can survive a bee sting or two, the accumulation of many stings may require hospitalization. In severe cases, individuals who are allergic to bee stings may have serious reactions and possibly even die.
Some wasp varieties are effective pollinators, and are even “farmed” because they assist some farms with insect control and pollination. That being said, their anatomy isn’t as effective for pollination as bees because bees are hairier and can transfer more pollen. However, others are less beneficial, intruding on barns, house eaves, and any place where they can build a hive and feed on insects and animals. Most varieties are more aggressive than bees and will attack with little or no provocation. What’s more, unlike bees, which can only sting once then die, wasps can sting multiple times.
While adult fleas are parasitic, feeding on their victims’ blood, flea larvae particularly favor undigested blood in adult flea feces and other organic debris. Fleas generally prefer animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and other domestic or wild hairy animals. Although wingless, they can jump about four inches, 100 times their height. Fleas lay their eggs in upholstery, carpets, bedding, or even within floor cracks. Although they feed on mice, for example, if that mouse is removed or no longer available to suck blood from, they will focus on whatever or whoever is in the house.
Flies are considered one of the worst household pests; they have been known to carry over 100 different pathogens including E.Coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus. In just a few weeks, a pair of flies, their offspring, and their offspring’s offspring can produce over 1 million flies. Every time a fly lands, which is frequently because it only has two wings, it can deposit thousands of bacteria, potentially triggering meningitis, diarrhea, food poisoning and bloodstream infections. These debilitating issues may be caused by flies grooming, walking or vomiting on your food.
Snakes are shy creatures and will avoid human contact as much as possible, so controlling them in and around the house can be very difficult. They are cold-blooded creatures and prefer to lie in cool, damp places. The chance of venomous snakes in and around the home is slim, but due diligence in being cautious when seeing or encountering a snake is recommended. Most snakes feed on rodents and other small critters, but will snack on pet food if left out in the open.
Rabbits are basically large rodents with a cute smile. They can destroy a flower bed or vegetable garden in no time at all. Their damage is evident by clean, sharp cut stems. Young, tender shoots are their favorites; once your veggies or flowers have gotten somewhat past the seedling stage, they are relatively safe from those cute but voracious munchers. They are very effective hole diggers and that’s where they burrow for safety and to mate.
Silverfish are versatile and able to survive and thrive in most climates; but they prefer high humidity areas. They enjoy dark, damp environs like laundry rooms, basements, kitchens, attics and bathrooms, being drawn to damp clothing and paper. They feed on carbohydrates such as sugars and starches. They also enjoy high cellulose items, silk, glue in books, dead insects, linens and shampoos. They have even been discovered in unopened foods.
We will take a look at what is happening in your home and come up with a plan to help you going forward.
You don’t have to worry about the time or expense involved in trying to keep a handle on the pests yourself.