Mouse Control: Do I need a Mouse Repellent?
Mouse control and Rat control are important to your family’s health and safety. The common house mouse, or as I like to refer to them, ‘rat’s more adorable cousin’ may seem relatively harmless, but these creatures can be a significant health risk.
How to kill Centipedes in your home:
First of all, if you have house centipedes in your home, it is most likely that you have a problem with other insect pests in your home as well because centipedes are insectivores. What is an insectivore? Well, just like an herbivore eats plants, a carnivore eats animal protein, and omnivores eat everything. Insectivore is an animal (or plant) that eats insects. Thus, they are in your home because there is an adequate insect food source available there.
This article outlines many techniques on how to get rid of silverfish. While preparing for this article I saw something online the other day, it said “Contrary to the popular belief, the silverfish bug is not a fish!”. I couldn’t help but laugh at the idea that there was a ‘popular belief’ about silverfish. Maybe it is due to my line of work that makes that so amusing to me. Another common name for silverfish is fishmoth, which to me is an even stranger misnomer since they have no wings and do not fly. The name ‘Silverfish’ is likely given due to their common (but not always) pale color and fish-out-of-water habit of squirming from side-to-side as a means of locomotion.
Crickets in the House: How to keep out the crickets.
Acheta Domesticus (Linnaeus), otherwise known as the Common House Cricket can be a frustrating pest to try to control. Like all crickets, they are closely related to Grasshoppers and Locust. They are easily identified by their browish beige bodies, powerful back legs and a pattern of 3 dark bands running horizontally across the head. Like their larger cousins, they have 2 sets of wings which they do not use for flying. The male cricket uses these wings (the front wings) to create the loud chirping sound that most of us find charming while camping and incredibly annoying while trying to watch television. Male crickets use this sound to attract the female, instead of say, standing outside their window holding a boom box over their head, for example.
Advice from an Exterminator: Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are relatively large ants that bore into soft, damp wood and build colonies inside those hollow spaces. They aggressively destroy wood and can easily be considered as dangerous a pest to your home as termites. Continue reading
Bed Bug advice from an Exterminator
Visible to the human eye, bed bugs are tiny, wingless insects with flat, oval-shaped bodies that primarily feed on warm-blooded animals, usually humans. Continue reading
Raccoon are primarily nocturnal animals that feed on berries, insects, fruit and small mammals. Considered a medium-sized mammals, they usually range from 24” – 36” in length Continue reading
Advice from an Exterminator: Fleas
Information about fleas
Fleas are classified in the phylum Arthropoda , class Insecta, order Siphonaptera which means “wingless siphon. Fleas are tiny, less than ⅛”. They are laterally flattened, wingless, brownish black in color, but will appear reddish following a blood meal (ick!). Continue reading
In their natural habitat, these pesky insects serve an important role in the eco system by breaking down dead wood in the forests and speeding the nutrient conversion of in the soil.
Of course, their natural habit is wood. And guess what our houses are made of? That’s right, wood. In fact, termites, on average, are responsible for more damage every year than does to housing than fire.
If you spot “bees” getting into your house from an opening in an exterior wall, I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that you probably do not have a bee problem. The bad news is Continue reading