Pest ID

Pest

Cockroaches

Damage. Cockroaches spread human diseases by depositing disease organisms on food and utensils. The American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings, may transmit bacteria that cause Salmonella and Shigella. German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus, hepatitis, and coliform bacteria. They also have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery.

Recent studies have found a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increases in the severity of asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to cockroach allergens, especially children.

Detection and Treatment. Cockroaches may become pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and virtually any structure that has food preparation or storage areas. These pests are common even in the cleanest of crowded urban areas and older dwellings. It's usually not difficult to discover an infestation, because they are often visible. Treatment usually involves sealing cracks and crevices to block entrance, keeping food and trash areas clean to avoid providing food, and the professional application of insecticide and bait on a regular basis.


Pest

Rodents

Damage. Rats, mice, squirrels, and other rodents consume and contaminate food. They also gnaw on electrical wires and wooden structures, and tear insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting. Rodents can also transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock. They have been found to transmit typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.

Detection and Treatment. The presence of mice and rats is usually detected by the damage they cause to food and structures, by their droppings, and by their nests. Treatment involves eliminating all entry points and population reduction by the application of rodenticides and traps.


Pest

Ants

Damage. Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the variety. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Pharaoh ants may transmit serious diseases. A fire ant's sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals, and all ants contaminate the food they infest.

Detection and Treatment. Ants build massive colonies, so their presence is generally detected when you see their nests or the ants themselves. Treatments involve baiting, insecticide, and sealing off entry to buildings.


Pest

Spiders

Except for poisonous spiders, such as the black widow and the brown recluse, spiders are not harmful to humans.

Detection and Treatment. When it's important to control spiders, chemical control is used, along with the destruction of webs and eggs. Since they feed on insects, measures that control unwanted insects will also reduce spider populations.


Pest

Biting & Stinging Pests

Damage. Bees, wasps, and scorpions are dangerous because of their painful and potentially harmful stings.

Detection and Treatment. Wasp nests and bee hives can be removed by professionals with protective gear. Insecticides are also used. Scorpion problems are usually treated chemically.


Pest

Termites

Subterranean termites are extremely destructive. First, they build tunnels to wooden structures, and then they burrow into those structures to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitutes termite food, and given time to do so, they'll eat until nothing is left but a shell. Termites avoid light and air, so they build their colonies where you're not likely to stumble upon them. A typical homeowner's insurance policy does not cover destruction caused by termites, even though they cause over 1 billion dollars in damage to homes throughout the United States each year. Our inspection and treatment program can help you understand the threat of termites, and we will take the necessary steps to protect your home.


Pest

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding, and furniture. Bed bugs have largely been thought of as being a problem of the past. The truth, however, is that bed bugs are making a strong comeback. One of the major reasons for such a strong reappearance is because of international travel. Bed bugs go into clothes and luggage and then are brought home. You could have picked them up from your hotel room or a traveling guest.

A bed bug does not actually live under your skin, but will simply drink a few drops of blood while you are sleeping. You cannot feel its bite, even though it is actually piercing the skin. Although some saliva will get into the bite, bed bugs are not known to pass on any diseases to humans. Bed bug bites often cause redness and some swelling. Approximately half of bed bug victims do not show any evidence of bites.

The different species of bed bugs have different feeding preferences. Some prefer human blood while others prefer bats and birds. Bed bugs primarily reside in their target's nests or nesting areas. This means your bed! While many bed bugs hide in mattresses, some may also hide in a sofa or chair, or behind wallpaper or pictures. Thoroughness is the only real way to get rid of bed bugs. The eggs of the bed bugs are not visible to the naked eye and are clear in color. Every corner and crevice needs to be searched. As you might guess, this means that simply getting rid of an infected mattress will not totally solve the problem.

These little blood-suckers are about 3/8" long and are visible to the naked eye. Amazingly, though, they are able to go a long time without any food if necessary; sometimes, as long as a year. When they are gorged with blood, the females will lay eggs - up to two hundred at a time.

Since their reappearance, researchers have found that the new bed bugs are much more resistant to chemicals that have previously been in use. Insecticides that are often used for roaches and similar insects do not work on bed bugs, which is another reason they are at large again.

If you think you might have an infestation of bed bugs, call now and let us help you quickly get rid of the problem. We know how to identify, reduce, and eliminate your infestation.


Pest

Fleas

Fleas are parasites of mammals and birds. They are flattened side to side for easy penetration of fur or feathers. Their ability to jump up to 50 times their size allow to easily access hosts. Fleas have special combs and spines all over their bodies, which allow them to attach to their host once they land. Some have caused devastating damage to humans by transmitting diseases to human hosts. Flea larvae feed on organic debris in the nests of the host, while adults feed on blood.

Ebeling, Walter. Urban Entomology. University of California, Division of Agricultural Sciences. 1975. Print.
Eaton, Eric R., and Kaufman, Kenn. Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company. 2007. Print.


Pest

Ticks

Ticks are wingless bloodsuckers and, when fully engorged, some species attain a length of 1 cm and a few are considerably larger. They are capable of waiting years, even decades in certain situations, for a host to come within reach. They are serious pests of domestic animals, and are the only vectors of some severe diseases of mammals, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Females become bloated when engorged with blood and eventually drop from their host.

Ebeling, Walter. Urban Entomology. University of California, Division of Agricultural Sciences. 1975. Print.
Eaton, Eric R., and Kaufman, Kenn. Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company. 2007. Print.


Pest

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes may be the world's most dangerous insects due to the devastating diseases they can transmit between hosts. They feed on animals, birds, and some even feed on amphibians. Eggs are laid in water sources such as flower pots, puddles, gutters, drains, or any other area with standing water. All known species are aquatic as larvae and pupae. As they become an adult, the female searches for a host, and after feeding the search for water sources where they lay eggs.

Ebeling, Walter. Urban Entomology. University of California, Division of Agricultural Sciences. 1975. Print.
Eaton, Eric R., and Kaufman, Kenn. Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company. 2007. Print.

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