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Pest Info

Ants
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Ants are social insects, but we’ve yet to meet a human who wants to socialize with them.  The variety of species and their unique preferences make ants the most difficult household pest to control.  They reside everywhere.  Outside you will find nests in lawns, along sidewalks, under mulch or gravel, in landscape timbers, beneath siding […]

Bed Bugs
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Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home Beware Of Bed Bugs When You Travel!  These 10 Tips Can Help Reduce The Risk Of Hungry Hitch Hikers. When checking into a hotel, inspect your room thoroughly for bed bugs.  Make sure to look closely for them (or their signs such as blood spots) in or behind the headboard […]

Bees
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Plays a critical role in the ecosystem by pollinating flowers Honey Bees and Bumble Bees are the most common Honey Bees can be relocated and “harvested” to local beekeepers The Bumble Bee and Ground Bee normally nest underground or in the hallow of a tree but can occupy a structure Generally are a concern for […]

Beetles
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Destructive in larval stage on nearly anything organic Heavily infested food should be discarded Lightly infested food can be frozen for a few days and then used Can be found in carpet – hence the name Shelves should be vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly

Carpenter Ants & Bees
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Carpenter Ants Polymorphic workers, can vary in size Do not sting however can have a painful bite Nest in wood causing damage Signs of infestation include piles of sawdust with insect parts inside and foraging trails of workers outside near tree roots, shrubs, mulch piles, anywhere wood is available Most active between sunset and sunrise […]

Centipedes
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Slightly over 1 inch Reddish-brown, flattened and elongated with one pair of legs attached on most body segments First pair of legs are poisonous jaws located below the mouth to kill insects Feed on live insects and other small mammals, but do not damage plants Encountered in damp basements in the fall Become adults in […]

Crickets
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Crickets & Camelback Crickets House Crickets Adults are ¾ – 1 inch long, light yellowish-brown with 3 dark bands on the head Can be found in basements, crawlspaces, kitchens, fireplaces, behind appliances, behind baseboards, and other cracks, crevices, and wall voids. Eat almost anything, often causing damage to wool and silk. Nocturnal Field Crickets Slightly […]

Earwigs
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Up to 1 ¼ inches Red-brown to black Some are wingless and others have a pair of leathery forewings covering a few segments of the abdomen and the membranous hind wings that protrude. Very few can fly Forceps-like appendages at the end of the abdomen are strongly curved in the male, but in the female […]

Firebrats
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Look very similar to the silverfish except firebrats have a darker color Prefer dark areas with high temperature and humidity for example boiler rooms, hot attics, etc. Will feed on any food product with proteins or carbohydrates as well as linen, cotton and silk

Fleas
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When temperatures begin to rise, fleas become a problem with many pet owners.  The easiest way to avoid flea problems is by keeping your pet on a preventative recommended by your veterinarian.  If you DO develop a flea problem, here is what you need to know: It’s necessary to understand a little about the life […]

Flies
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Shoo Fly!  Don’t Bother Me! No summer picnic would be complete without hamburgers, hot dogs and … blow flies.  They are regular (unwanted) guests at warm weather cookouts, especially when meat is on the menu.  Blow flies are a diverse group of flies, ranging in size from ¼ to ½ inch in length and generally […]

Grasshoppers
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Brown with some darker markings Grasshoppers are noticed from Spring to Autumn, generally in grasses and gardens Are active during the day Are 1 to 5 inches in length Closely related to crickets

Hornets
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The most commonly recognized hornet is the yellow jacket Usually Build paper enclosed aerial nests

Mites
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Redbugs or Chiggers are about 0.15 to 0.6 millimeters in length and red in color Live in soil of grasslands and forests, crevices of decaying wood, lawns, marsh areas, etc Attach to humans where clothes are tight fitting, such as ankles, waist, and armpits Human Itch Mites are 0.2 to 0.45 inches long, oval shaped, […]

Mosquitos
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Every summer there are new horror stories about mosquito-borne illnesses such as equine encephalitis, malaria and West Nile virus.  But there are steps you can take to help keep mosquitoes at bay near your home this summer.  Mosquitoes require an aquatic habitat for the egg, larval and pupae forms of their development to occur.  By […]

Powder Post Beetles
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Worldwide in distribution Adults bore small holes (1/16’’-1/32’’) into wood and lay 15-50 eggs in each hole. Finish on wood prevents egg laying Adults mainly active at night and can readily fly. Larvae bore further into wood to complete developmental stages and then emerge producing fine sawdust from the holes. This allows the technician to […]

Roaches
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American Cockroaches Adults are about 1.5” – 2.5” long. Are reddish brown and have a yellowish margin on the body behind the head. When disturbed, may run rapidly – adults may fly. Nymphs (immature) cockroaches resemble adults, but without wings. Generally live in moist areas, but can live in dry areas if they have access […]

Rodents
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The house mouse (Mus musculus, L.- Latin for “little thief”) is the most common pest in and around human dwellings and businesses.  They damage and destroy materials by gnawing wires and eating your food.  They account for many unexplained fires in structures because they can chew through wires.  To some, mice may look cuddly, but […]

Silverfish
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½ to 1 inch Brown or silver grey Small, soft insects without wings Nocturnal and can run swiftly Occasionally found in bathtubs, seeking moisture and can’t climb out Prefer vegetable matter with high carb and protein contents, but indoors, they will feed on almost anything such as dried beef, flour, starch, paper, gum, glue, cotton, […]

Spiders
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Golden Garden Spiders – have flat head and thorax covered with whitish hair Black with yellow markings Large Orb Weavers – Found about houses in the fall Legs are usually shorter and bodies not as big as Golden Garden Spiders Wolf Spiders – Usually large and hairy Not associated with webs Look much worse than […]

Termites
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Termite swarms can be nerve wracking.  One minute you’re minding your own business and the next minute the room is filled with hundreds—or thousands of flying insects.  It’s no surprise that panic is the typical response. Swarming starts in the spring when the ground begins to warm and the rainy season starts.  This triggers an […]

Ticks
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Dog Ticks are about 3/16 to 1/8 inch long and hard-bodied, larger when engorged Brown with whitish to grayish markings Do not survive well indoors Activity starts around end of March and continues until September Found along roads, paths, and trails Deer Ticks are about 1/8 inch long, orangish brown in color, and not hard-bodied […]

Wasps
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There are 2 types of wasp either solitary or social wasps The most commonly recognized wasp is the Mud Dauber Mud Daubers will build a nest out of mud that will resemble a tube and can be found on the outside of any structure Social wasps will build a paper pulp nest on trees, in […]