Insects & Rodents

Bees

Bees are a common problem during spring, summer & fall often when they are seeking to establish a new hive in or around the residential or commercial premises. It is not wise to attempt to eradicate wasps or bees unless you have the complete range of protective equipment and professional knowledge essential for those circumstances.

Yellow Jackets / Wasps

The European wasp, or yellow jacket, can attack as a group and may sting many times. The sting can be very painful and highly inflammatory. Yellow Jackets usually nest in the ground, rocks, tree stumps, wall cavities and roof voids. Wasps usally nest under eves, overhangs, decks and windows. Wasps and Yellow Jackets can become even more aggressive in hot weather.

Bed Bugs

(Cimex lectularius) are parasites that live by the body of their host. Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded mammals. They conceal themselves in tight cracks and crevices. They are often found in furniture and bed parts, such as mattresses ,box springs, bed frames, couches and furniture.

 

Distinguishing characteristics:  The adult bed bug is oval and flat. They grow to only about a quarter of an inch long. Bed bugs lack wings. Bed bugs use a piercing, sucking beak-like mouth part to penetrate the skin of their host. Adults are brown, but appear reddish-brown when engorged with blood.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood as well as sawdust debris around nesting areas. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen. They will build their nest in other materials as well such as insallation, foam, trees, soil and drywall.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures. These are typically the small ants you find inside kitchens, bathrooms etc.

American Cockroach

Periplaneta americana

 

Found in dark, moist areas such as around bathtubs, clothes hampers, sewers and basement corners. Also, wherever food is prepared and stored.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics: The largest of the common species, the American cockroach grows to a length of 1 and 1/2" or more. Reddish-brown with a yellow border on the back of the pronotum. The wings of the male extend beyond the tip of the abdomen, while the female's wings are about the same length as the abdomen.

German Cockroach

Blatella germanica

 

The most common roach in United States homes. Breeds throughout the year. Favors humid atmosphere and an average temperature of 70 degrees.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics: Adults are about 1/2" long, brown with two dark streaks on the thorax. The female is darker in color with a broader, more rounded posterior. Both sexes have wings as long as their bodies.

Subterranean termites

Reticulitermes & Coptotermes spp

 

The most widespread group of termites. They cause most of the damage to structural timbers in the United States. Nests are usually in the soil.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics: Winged forms are only 1/2" long. Workers and soldiers are about 1/2" long. The soldier has an elongated, quadrangular light yellow head with straight mandibles, curved at the tip. The thorax of the worker is narrower than the head and the abdomen.

Rats, Mice

Rats and mice live in drains, under concrete, attics, in sub floors, in garbage refuse areas, kitchens, roof voids and other areas where a potential food and moisture source is available. Rats and mice often become a major problem in cold winter months when they seek food and warmth inside buildings. They may suddenly appear in large numbers when evacuation work disturbs their in-ground nesting locations, or when their food source is changed.

 

Professional knowledge of the rodent's habits is essential to eradicate a problem. The cost of removing the pest will depend upon the size of the premises and the severity of the infestation. 

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