House Mouse outdoors

Mice: Mouse repellent and mouse control

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.

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House Centipede

Centipedes: How to kill centipedes and eliminate them in your home

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. 

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Silverfish: How to get rid of Silverfish

Sil­ver­fish:

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.

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The Common House Cricket

Crickets in the House: Advice from an Exterminator

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.

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Carpenter Ant Side View

Carpenter Ants: Do it yourself Pest Control

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

Bed Bug Advice: How to Kill Bed Bugs

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

Urban Raccoon

Raccoon Removal: How to get rid of a raccoon

About Rac­coons

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

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Flea Killer: Advice from an Exterminator

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

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Termite Treatment Costs: Advice from an Exterminator

Termite treatment cost

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.

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