Matar Pest Control, Pest Library

Ants – Carpenter Ant

Spring PestsSummer Pests

Carpenter Ant Description

Black Carpenter Ant- Mohammed El Damir, Bugwood.org

DESCRIPTION:

Color: Black

Size & Shape: 1/8 inch to ½ inch in size. They have one node between the thorax and abdomen. There are winged reproductive males and females and wingless workers.

REPRODUCTION:

The winged reproductives swarm in May through August to reproduce.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Colonies can contain 10-15,000 workers. It can take up to 5 years for the colony to become noticeable. A well-developed colony consists of small medium and large workers. They make their homes in moisture damaged wood. They do not eat wood but instead push the wood out of the nest. This is a good way to detect that there is an infestation.

They typically forage for insects, fruit, fruit juice, and honeydew.

THREATS:

These ants can cause structural damage to a building. They create their tunnels inside moisture damaged wood causing the wood to become weak and easily breakable.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Eliminate moisture problems in wood, seal cracks and crevices, and prevent debris build up around the outside of the home

Ants – Odorous House Ant

Fall Pests, Spring Pests, Summer Pests

Odorous House Ant DESCRIPTION:

Odorous house ant- Eli Sarnat, Antkey, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org

Color: dark brown to black

Size & Shape: 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. Their waist has one node that is hidden from view which connects the thorax and abdomen.

It gets its name from the foul coconut smell that is given off when they are crushed.

REPRODUCTION:

The reproductive swarmer’s typically appear between May and June.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

The colony size of this ant can range from the hundred to the 100 thousands of workers. They can also have many queens. These are the most common house invading ants in Virginia. They typically build their nests outdoors in soil, mulch, and debris. They occasionally will nest indoors in the walls and floors.

If only a few workers are found they are nesting outside. If many are constantly visible they could be nesting indoors.

Outside they will feed on honeydew. They will venture inside when their supply drops and look for sweets. This usually occurs during the fall.

THREATS:

They can contaminate or damage stored foods or supplies.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Proper sanitation, cleaning up any spills that may occur, locating trash cans outside

Remove debris build up from around the outside of the home.

Ants – Pavement Ants

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Pavement Ants DESCRIPTION:

Pavement Ants – Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

Color: Range from light brown to black, their legs and antennae are lighter than their body

Size & Shape: 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. Their waist is comprised of two nodes that connect the thorax and abdomen.

REPRODUCTION:

Pavement ants swarm in the spring.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These ant colonies have about 3,000 to 4,000 ants and several queens. They typically nest outdoors but will occasionally nest indoors in walls or under floors. The way most people notice them is when they find their dumping site of seed coats, dead insect parts, soil, and sawdust. This is a sign that they are expanding the colony further. They prefer to eat proteins but will occasionally go for sweets.

THREATS:

Workers can bite and sting, however, they don’t leave behind a painful wound like a fire ant would.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Proper sanitation, cleaning up any spills that may occur, locating trash cans outside

Remove debris build up from around the outside of the home

Ants – Yellow Ants

Fall PestsSpring Pests

Yellow Ants DESCRIPTION:

Yellow ants

Color: Lighter yellow to orange color

Size & Shape: 1/16 to1/8inch in length

REPRODUCTION:

Yellow ant reproductives swarm on warm, sunny days from April to September.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They make their homes in cracks of concrete slabs. They prefer to stay in moist areas. They can be found swarming inside and outside of the house in spring and summer months.

Workers rarely forage inside as their preferred food is the honeydew produced by insects such as aphids.

They only have one queen per colony

They are also referred to as citronella ants because of the strong smell of citronella that is given off when they are crushed.

THREATS:

They are more of a nuisance than a threat as they can swarm to windows and in basements during warm summer days.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Prevent buildup of debris around the outside of the home. Keep plants that could attract aphids further from the home so that yellow ants are not attracted as well

Bed Bugs

Fall PestsSpring PestsSummer PestsWinter Pests

BED BUGS DESCRIPTION:

Bed Bugs

Color: Rusty brown to Red

Size & Shape: They are 3/16 inch long and 1/8 inch wide. They are flat and oval in shape, and have 6 legs. Nypmhs are smaller than adults. Instead of wings they have wing pads.

Life expectancy: They typically live about a year.

REPRODUCTION:

Females typically lay 1-4 eggs per day and can lay over 200 in their lifetime.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They like to hide in areas close to human environments. They can be found behind baseboards, upholstery, in box springs and mattresses, in crevices in furniture, and on bed frames. They are attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide we exhale. They feed approximately every 3 days for 3-10 minutes each feeding. They typically feed at night but occasionally can alter their feeding cycle based on the sleep cycle of their host.

THREATS:

The areas that are bitten on most humans become inflamed and itchy. This is mostly a nuisance pest as bed bug cannot currently transmit any diseases.

PREVENTION:

You can typically tell you have an infestation from seeing red to black spots on your mattress. These are left behind after the bed bug has finished feeding.

Bed Bugs are very difficult to control and often require a pest professional. Have a professional come out and inspect your property for evidence of bed bugs.

If we are unable to detect the source of the bed bugs but you are still receiving bites we can send in a dog trained in bed bug detection or swab your mattress for bed bug DNA to determine whether or not you have bed bugs

When evidence is found they will recommend the best method of control for your particular infestation, whether that is through heat treatment or conventional methods. The methods we use are the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly methods on the market today

Boxelder

Fall PestsSummer Pests

BOXELDER DESCRIPTION:

Boxelder Bud-Ward Upham, Kansas State University, Bugwood.org

Color: Black with Red lines

Size & Shape: ½ inch long and ¼ inch wide.

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay eggs in the spring; Nymphs emerge in a few days and feed on seedpods of boxelders and silver maples. They develop into adults in the summer and produce a second generation.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Adults feed on the liquid contained in leaves, flowers, and seedpods of the boxelder tree. They are noticed when they gather in large numbers in august and September. They seek sheltered places often on the south sides of buildings to spend winter. They travel long distances from the host tree to an overwintering site. Once inside the home they hide in attics, crevices, and around the foundation.

THREATS:

They leave excrement spots where they rest and occasionally will bite people.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

If you set up a plan with our Health + Property Protection Program before the pests nuisance season this would greatly reduce the risk of infestation when the pests look for a place to overwinter

Carpet Beetle

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Caterpillar

Spring Pests

Centipede

Fall PestsSpring PestsSummer Pests

House Centipede Description:

House centipede Joseph Berger Bugwood.org

Color: Grayish yellow

Size & Shape: 1-1/2 inches long, with a slender segmented body

Life expectancy: 1 to 2 years

REPRODUCTION:

They can lay more than 35 eggs in soil outside.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are found in damp dark places. Places like crawl spaces, basements, bathrooms, and closets. They are not usually found in large numbers.

They typically feed on small insects, spiders, and other small arthropods. They use venom to paralyze their prey however their fangs cannot penetrate the skin of humans.

They overwinter outdoors.

THREATS:

They are primarily a nuisance pest.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Cockroaches – American Cockroach

Fall PestsSpring PestsSummer Pests

DESCRIPTION:

American Cockroach

Color: Reddish brown, with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of the head

Size and Shape: 2 inches, the largest of the house-infesting cockroaches, 6 legs, Oval shape

Flying: Yes

Average Life expectancy: 12 to 15 months

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay 9 to 10 egg cases containing 14 to 16 eggs throughout their life.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are often found in sewer, basements, and around pipes and drains but can also be found in food processing and storage areas, warehouses, and commercial buildings. They are most active when the temperatures are 70 degrees or higher but they can survive in lower temperatures as well.

THREATS:

Cockroaches have been reported to spread around 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of pathogens. They also cause allergic reactions and asthma in many children and adults with the buildup of their dropping, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies.

PREVENTION

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

Cockroaches – Brown Banded Cockroach

Fall PestsSpring PestsSummer Pests

Brown Banded Cockroach Description:

BROWN BANDED COCKROACH

Color: Brown, with pronounced banding across wings

Size & Shape: ½ inches in size, with 6 legs and an oval body shape

Flying: yes, Males have full wings and can fly and females have underdeveloped wings and cannot fly.

Life expectancy: 6-7 months

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay about 14 egg cases throughout their life each containing 14 to 18 eggs.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They prefer higher, warmer, and drier locations than other urban pest roaches. They are often found in upper cabinets or in rooms other that kitchens or bathrooms.

THREATS:

Cockroaches have been reported to spread around 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of pathogens. They also cause allergic reactions and asthma in many children and adults with the buildup of their dropping, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Practicing good sanitation, vacuuming, and habitat reduction

Cockroaches – German Cockroach

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GERMAN COCKROACH DESCRIPTION:

German cockroach ootheca

Color: Light brown to tan with 2 dark parallel stripes located on their backs.

Size & Shape: ½- 5/8 inch in size, with 6 legs and an oval body shape

Flying: Yes

Life expectancy: 6 months

REPRODUCTION:

The female lays one egg case per month. This case can produce 30 to 40 nymphs. She will carry the case with her until the nymphs are just about to hatch.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms but as infestation grows they can be found in many different rooms. They prefer to hide in cracks and crevices and prefer to live close to sources of food and water. These are the cockroaches that most often are the ones we find invading our homes

Threats:

Cockroaches have been reported to spread around 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of pathogens. They also cause allergic reactions and asthma in many children and adults with the buildup of their dropping, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of this it is important to practice good sanitation, vacuuming, and habitat reduction. They will all aid in the effort to reduce your pest proble

Cockroaches – Oriental Cockroach

Fall PestsSpring PestsSummer Pests

ORIENTAL COCKROACH DESCRIPTION:

Oriental cockroach

Color: Dark Brown, Almost black looking

Size & Shape Males are about 1 inch long and females are about 1 ¼ inch long, 6 legs, and an oval body shape

Flying: Males wings cover their whole body. Females only have short stubs of wing pads. Neither can fly.

Life expectancy: 2 to 6 months

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay around 8 egg cases in their life each containing 16 eggs.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They prefer sewers but will occasionally enter homes through drains. They can be found in basements, crawl spaces, leaf piles, and fire wood. They enjoy temperatures from 68 to 84 degrees much cooler than temperatures preferred by other cockroach species. They prefer to eat more starchy food than other species of cockroach.

THREATS:

Cockroaches have been reported to spread around 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of pathogens. They also cause allergic reactions and asthma in many children and adults with the buildup of their dropping, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Crickets – CAMEL CRICKET

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CAMEL CRICKET DESCRIPTION:

Camel Cricket- Clemson University- USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org

Color: tan to dark brown

Size & Shape: ½ to 1 and ½ inches

They are wingless and do not chirp.

REPRODUCTION:

The female lays eggs in the spring and they hatch around the month of April.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are commonly found in crawlspaces, basements, storage shed, garages and outbuildings. They like damp and protected areas. They typically jump at the observer rather than away from them. This usually startles people

THREATS:

They do minimal damage but their large size and the fact that they jump toward people is usually alarming.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Removing debris, wood pile build up from around the home, these places have the ability to hold moisture areas which these crickets like to live in. Frequently mow the yard to keep weeds at a minimum.

Vacuum to remove visible crickets

Use a dehumidifier to make places like crawl spaces and basements less appealing to these pests

Crickets – Field Cricket

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FIELD CRICKET DESCRIPTION:

Color: Black or Brown

Size & Shape: ½ to 1 1/8 inch long

Life expectancy: 1 year (adults typically die in the winter)

REPRODUCTION:

This type of cricket overwinters as eggs or nymphs. Females lay 150-300 eggs that hatch in the spring time.

The time from egg to adult is 80-90 days

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These Crickets are mostly active during the night and hide during the day. They are attracted to dark warm places, like crawlspaces with soil based ground. They are very attracted to light. They typically cannot survive very long indoors.

THREATS:

The chirping sound the males make is irritating to many people. They also may chew furniture, and rugs.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Vacuum to remove visible crickets

Using a dehumidifier to make places like crawl spaces and basements less appealing to these pests.

Removing debris, wood pile build up from around the home, these places have the ability to hold moisture areas which these crickets like to live in. Frequently mow the yard to keep weeds at a minimum

Crickets – House Cricket

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HOUSE CRICKET DESCRIPTION:

House Cricket- Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

Color: yellow-brown with 3 bands across the top of the head

Size & Shape: ¾ to 7/8 inch long

Life expectancy: 1 year (adults die in winter, eggs are the stage that overwinters)

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay 728 eggs in protected areas outdoors. Indoors they lay around 104 eggs in cracks and crevices.

Nymphs complete development in around 53 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These pests can complete their life cycle indoors. However, during warm weather they prefer to live outdoors. They typically hop around at night and hide in warm dark places during the day. They are extremely attracted to light.

They prefer places like basements, crawl spaces, and anywhere darker and warm.

They typically move indoor when it gets colder or when they are trying to search for moisture.

THREATS:

The males make a chirping noise that can be annoying to some people. They can make large holes in clothing and rugs.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Removing debris, wood pile build up from around the home, these places have the ability to hold moisture areas which these crickets like to live in. Frequently mow the yard to keep weeds at a minimum.

Vacuuming to remove visible cricket

Earwig

Fall PestsSpring PestsSummer Pests

EARWIG DESCRIPTION:

Color: From pale brown with dark marking to reddish brown to black with pale legs

Size & Shape: ¼ to 1 inch long

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay eggs in a nest and provide food for early stages of the nymphs of this pest. When the nymphs molt to their second stage they will leave the nest and begin to forage for food on their own. Their development takes 10 weeks.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These insects overwinter in soil.

They are a scavenger pest but some will feed on plants and insects. They need to live in a moist habitat. They will move when startled during the day but are usually only active at night. When crushed they release a terrible odor. They typically enter the home in the summer months.

THREATS:

They are more of a nuisance pest in the home because of their smell and ugly appearance. They can however feed on and destroy plant roots and flowers.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Fleas

Fall PestsSpring PestsSummer Pests

FLEAS DESCRIPTION:

Cat Fleas – Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org

Color: Reddish brown to black, larvae are an off white

Size & Shape: 1/8 inch long, larvae are ¼ inch long

REPRODUCTION:

Females take a blood meal and then lay 400 to 800 eggs on the host or the hosts bedding. If not already laid on the bedding the eggs will fall off of the host onto the bedding and other places where the animal rests. From egg to adult usually take 16 day to 20 months.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Adult fleas are typically found on the animal they have infested but occasionally are found in areas where the pet rests. The adults have well developed legs that allow them to jump very far distances.

THREATS:

Bites from these pests can cause skin irritation and they transmit typhus.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Vacuum in order to remove larvae and pupae. The vibrations from the vacuum cause the adults to emerge and be sucked up into the vacuum.

Have pets treated by a veterinarian for fleas. It is important that you treat your pet and home at the same time to eliminate the pest problem. If they are not done at the same time the problem could re-emerge.

Flies – Blow Fly – Bottle Fly

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BOTTLE FLY – BLOW FLY DESCRIPTION:

Bottle Fly Blow Fly

Color: Their colors are metallic blue, green, bronze, or shiny black

Size & Shape: 1/8 to 5/8 inch in size as adults, larvae are ¼ inch for blowflies and ½ inch for Bottleflies

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

Females can lay from 500 to 2,373 eggs throughout their lifetime. They are laid in batches of 100 to 180 on meat, and fish carrion. Blow flies are more likely to lay their eggs on animal manure, and garbage and can occasionally be found developing in decaying bodies of rodents in attics and wall voids. They develop from egg to adult in 15 to 20 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are often found flying around animal feces, dead animals, and garbage. They are attracted to bright lights. They can be very annoying to people as they buzz around their head outdoors.

THREATS:

They can carry disease causing organisms on their bodies that can be transferred to humans when the flies land on their food.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Practicing good sanitation to reduce the food sources for the flies

Also, trash cans should be cleaned out every so often to prevent larval growth

Flies – CLUSTER FLY

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CLUSTER FLY DESCRIPTION:

Cluster Fly

Color: Dull gray, no distinct lines or stripes but many golden hairs on thorax and abdomen.

Size & Shape: 3/8 inch long

REPRODUCTION:

The adult females mate in spring and will lay eggs near earthworm burrows. The larval/maggot form of this fly is a parasite to earthworms. It usually takes between 27 to 39 days for development from egg to adult.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Adults will seek shelter in the fall when it becomes cooler. This is most often the time they will enter the home. They typically gather in attics, storage rooms, and basements. They will accumulate in large clusters in these hiding places. When warm enough they will emerge from their hiding places and exit the building.

THREATS:

They do not cause harm to humans but are more of nuisance since they will occasionally fly into lights if they are stimulated by warmth.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion: When this pest leaves from their protected areas in your home in the spring seal all cracks and crevices they could fit through and have continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan. This will prevent them from returning the following winter.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional and exclusion other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Large numbers of these can be removed with a vacuum cleaner.

Insect light traps can be used in location of the flies overwinter area to help reduce the number of flies

Flies – Drain Fly

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DRAIN FLY DESCRIPTION:

Drain Fly – Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

Color: yellowish to brownish gray.

Size & Shape: Adults are 1/16 to ¼ inch long; they’re covered in fine scales that give them a fuzzy appearance. Larvae are 3/8 inch long.

Life expectancy: typically adults live for 2 weeks.

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay 30 to 100 eggs in water free portions of drain pipes that have a gelatinous film on them. The larvae live in this film and feed on the decaying matter, algae, and fungi it contains.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Adults like humid areas like bathrooms or basements near drain areas. They are weak fliers and spend most of the day resting on walls, and surfaces near drain openings during the day. At night they are more active.

THREATS:

Not so much a Threat as an annoyance.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Flies – FLESH FLY

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Flies – FRUIT FLY

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FRUIT FLY DESCRIPTION:

Common Fruit Fly, Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org

Color: dull yellow to dark brown, some species have bright red eyes and others have dull red eyes

Size & Shape: Adults are 1/8 inch long, Maggots are 1/10 to 1/5 inch long

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

Adult females produce about 500 eggs which they lay near acceptable larval food sources. They have a very large reproductive potential if not controlled. The larvae develop is about 5 days and crawl to dry areas to pupate. Pupal development takes from 3 to 5 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Adult flies that had recently emerged are attracted to light. They are often found hovering around ripe fruits, dirty mops, or clogged garbage disposals.

THREATS:

They can contaminate food with their larvae.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Sanitation: this is necessary to eliminate this pest. You must eliminate the breeding material to control the population.

Insect light traps help to eliminate newly emerged adults

Flies – Fungus Gnat

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Fungus Gnat DESCRIPTION:

Fungus gnat – Whitney Cranshaw, Coloroda State University, Bugwood.org

Color: Yellowish to black

Size & Shape: 1/32 to 7/16 inch long

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

In the home they breed in moist to wet soil of indoor plants. Females lay their eggs in the wet soil. Larvae feed on fungi and organic matter in the soil around a plant. The development from egg to adult is around 14 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

The adults are not very good fliers and often stay near potted plants inside the house. They can also be associated with water leaks or moisture problems in the house if not from indoor plants.

THREATS:

They are not a threat to humans but are more of a nuisance pest.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Allowing soil to dry between watering times of potted plants will help to control the larval form. Repair any leaks or drainage problems in the house what could allow for water build up in soil in the crawlspace or outside the home

Flies – HOUSE FLY

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HOUSE FLY DESCRIPTION:

House Fly

Color: Gray with four dark strips on the thorax.

Size & Shape: Adults- ¼ inches long, Maggots-1/4 to 3/8 inch long

Life expectancy: 15 to 25 days

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay from 7 to 50 clusters of eggs in her lifetime. Each cluster will contain from 20 to 50 small white eggs. She lays these eggs on moist food sources that the maggots can feed on as they grow. These sources are things like animal excrement, garbage, animal feeds, and soil that is contaminated with these sources. Maggots complete their development in 3 to7 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

House Flies have a wide range of foods that they will eat from excrement to human foods.

Adults can only feed on liquids so they regurgitate on foods to liquefy them. They typically do this every time they rest on a food source. They also can taste food with their feet.

THREATS:

This pest is known to carry over 100 different pathogenic organisms. A few examples include tapeworms, dysentery, tuberculosis, and cholera. Because they regurgitate and sit on food we eat they are efficient transporters of disease. They can greatly affect human food and health.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Practicing good sanitation, taking out trash regularly, cleaning up pet waste, and having screens on doors and windows to prevent their entry are good modes of prevention. You can also use insect light traps and sticky traps indoors to control the flies that are inside your home or business

Flies – Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes DESCRIPTION:

Aedes Albopictus Mosquitoes

Color: The color varies, some are black to pale brown, some have stripes on their bodies and some do not.

Size & Shape: 1/8 to 1/4 inches in size, they are a narrow oval shape with a long proboscis used for piercing animals to obtain a blood meal. The adults have 6 legs and 2 wings. Larvae and Pupae of this pest are aquatic, legless, and wingless; many have a distinct siphon that they use to breathe air through while underwater.

Flying: Yes

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

Females need a blood meal to produce eggs.

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Different species lay eggs in different types of aquatic habitats. They are unlikely to breed in crystal clear water like that of a maintained swimming pool.

The Asian tiger mosquito, which is black and white colored, is one of our most common nuisances around the home. This is because these mosquitoes breed inside artificial containers around our home such as flower pots, toys, uncleaned gutters, tarps, corrugated piping, and many more.

Other species prefer to breed in more natural habitats such as pools of water in grass, salt marshes, or swampy areas.

They typically develop from egg to adult in 7 to 14 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Adults of this pest typically rest in low lying vegetation, like shrubs and bushes around your property. The female mosquito is the one that sucks our blood. Male mosquitoes feed on plants nectar. They typically are most active from dusk to dawn but a few species are active during the day.

Most Mosquitoes can fly up to a mile to feed.

THREATS:

These Flying insects are a vector for West Nile Virus, Malaria, Dengue Fever, St Louis encephalitis and more.

They have painful bites that can itch for several days.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

This could be from performing a preventative barrier spray around your property to treating standing water with an environmentally friendly BTI product to eliminate mosquito larvae from the water.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Eliminate or reduce mosquito breeding sites around your home by replacing or removing standing water on your property at least once a week. This will prevent the younger stages from continuing to grow into adults.

Wear repellants and cover bare skin when going outside during the mosquito’s active months, from April till October

Lady Bug

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LADY BUG DESCRIPTION:

Color: Red or brown with black spots

Size & Shape: 1/16 to ¼ inch long, they are almost circular in shape. Larvae are spindle shaped with spines on their back side.

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

The female lays orange eggs on plants infested with aphids. She will lay these in a single or multiple groups of 12. Larvae are very beneficial as they eat pests that destroy crops, for instance aphids, mealy bugs, and many other insects. The larval stages take 1-2 weeks. The pupal stage takes 3-12 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Adults feed on the same foods as the larva do. During summer they can be found outside flying around plants while hunting for their prey. When the weather begins to cool is when they can become a pest. They begin to look for a place to overwinter typically they find protected areas under rocks and bark but occasionally they will invade structures.

THREATS:

They are not a threat to health or property but can be a nuisance when around the home or business in large numbers.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Using Insect light traps indoors can help to control the population of beetles inside

Moths – Indian Meal Moth

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INDIAN MEAL MOTH DESCRIPTION:

INDIAN MEAL MOTH

Color: Grayish-Tan with a copper reddish color on the outer part of the wings. Larvae are cream colored and have a brown head.

Size & Shape: Adults 3/8 inch long and 5/8 inches wingspan.

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay between 40 and 400 eggs in their lifetime. They lay the eggs near the larval food sources.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are found worldwide where food is stored. They like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, and dried red peppers. Only the larvae of this pest feed. The adult does not feed and rests during the day in darker areas of the home.

THREATS:

They can damage stored products. Larvae spin silken webs that accumulate fecal pellets and cast skins into food products.

Prevention:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Freezing temperatures can kill all stages in a week. Also heating to temperature above 125 will kill all stages.

Store foods in glass or durable plastic containers

Moths – Webbing Clothes Moth

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Webbing Clothes Moth DESCRIPTION:

Color: Adults are buff/ golden except for reddish hairs on the head. Wings are grayish. Larvae are creamy white with a light brown head.

Weebing Clothes Moth- Clemson University- USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org

Size & Shape: Adults are ¼ inch long and from wing tip to wing tip are ½ inch long, and larvae are ½ inch long

Life expectancy: Adults live for about 2 weeks.

REPRODUCTION:

Females attach their eggs to fabric. They lay 40 to 50 eggs. They hatch in 4 days to 3 weeks. Larvae take 35 days to two years to finish development. They spin a silken web in which they pupate.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Larvae feed on fabrics in the home. They can be found year-round in the home but are more numerous in the summer months. Adults of this moth avoid light and do not feed as they have nonfunctional mouthparts.

THREATS:

The larval form can cause significant damage to fabrics as they feed

PREVENTION:

Having a pest professional come and inspect your property to ensure that this is your pest is very important. You don’t want to throw away an expensive rug or clothing only to find out that you did not actually have a Webbing Clothes moth infestation. These Moths can often be confused with Indian Meal Moths

After a thorough inspection the pest professional will provide you with the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced mode of treatment for this pest.

They may also recommend that you remove and discard some of the more infested materials as an addition to the treatment

Rodents – House Mouse

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HOUSE MOUSE DESCRIPTION:

Color: dusky gray to light brown

Size & Shape: head and body length is about 3-4 inches and the tail is 3-4 inches long.

Life expectancy: One year

REPRODUCTION:

They reach sexual maturity after 35 days

Females can produce on average 6 litters of 6 to8 young per litter every year.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They usually can be found by their droppings. These are 1/8 to ¼ inch long and rod shaped. They prefer to eat grains, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. They feed between 15 to 20 times a day.

They can survive with very little water. Most of the moisture they need they get from their food. They are very investigative.

The male has a territory around his nest. If food is nearby then he may not travel more than 10 feet.

They make nests from any soft materials they can find.

They can squeeze through holes wider than a nickel

THREATS:

They carry diseases and can contaminate food products with their urine and feces. They can also gnaw through wires and possibly cause fire due to this.

PREVENTION:

It is very important to have a professional identify for the specific species of rodent because each rodent has a different control method as they all live and feed in different locations. Also it is important to have a professional inspect to determine the runways the rodent is using, the size of the colony, and where their harborage areas are.

From this one of our pest professionals will be able to determine the best methods of pest elimination. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular rodent problem.

On top of having a pest professional on your side the following can help with their elimination methods:

Exclusion: seal entry holes that are larger than a nickel to your home. This will prevent them from being able to enter.

Sanitation is very important to ensure that mice will not survive. Clean up and store away any food products that may be readily available to the mice

Rodents – NORWAY RAT

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NORWAY RAT DESCRIPTION:

Norway rat TN- Jim McCormac ODNR division of wildlife

Color: Gray, Brown or Black

Size & Shape: 8” body plus 4” tail

Life Expectancy: 6 to 12 months

REPRODUCTION:

The young reach sexual maturity after 2 to 5 months. They breed approximately once per month with 6 to 8 pups each litter.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Rats typically enter a home in the fall in search of new food sources. They live in structure, farm land, fields, and woodpiles. They are the mostly widely dispersed rat in the U.S. Prefer foods with high protein content. They will eat almost any human food. They only nest where they can access water.

They run along runways at night and will travel 100 to 150 for food and water before returning to their burrows. They typically nest outdoors in burrows but can live and nest inside a structure.

They can be noticed by their dropping that are ¼ inch long and capsule shaped and the dirty, dark markings that they leave behind when running along their runways.

THREATS:

They can cause fires and electrical malfunction when they chew through wires. They also can spread many diseases.

PREVENTION:

It is very important to have a professional identify for the specific species of rodent because each rodent has a different control method as they all live and feed in different locations. It is also important to have a professional inspect to determine the runways the rodent is using, the size of the colony, and where their harborage areas are.

From this one of our pest professionals will be able to determine the best methods of pest elimination. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular rodent problem.

On top of having a pest professional on your side the following can help with their elimination methods:

Exclusion: seal entry holes that are larger than a nickel to your home. This will prevent them from being able to enter.

Sanitation is very important to ensure that mice will not survive. Clean up and store away any food products that may be readily available to the rodents.

Also it beneficial for you to remove debris piles from around the outside of your house

Silverfish

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SILVERFISH DESCRIPTION:

Small blue silverfish – Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

Color: white to brown or silverfish blue in color.

Size & Shape: ½ inch long, young silverfish are identical to adults but are smaller.

Life expectancy: around 3 years

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay eggs in cracks and crevices. They typically lay eggs once to three times a day. In good humid conditions it takes three to four months to go from egg to adult.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Silverfish live in dark, damp areas. Places like basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms are common places you would find them in the home. They can be commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds as they are attracted to paper and damp clothing.

They are only active at night.

They feed on sugars and starches. They typically remain close to whatever their food supply is.

THREATS:

They feed on books, cloth and paper. They also have a tendency to feed on the glue in wallpaper which can a great deal or cause damage in the home.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Controlling the humidity in your home or business can help to prevent these pests from invading since they prefer high humidity

Snakes – Copperhead

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Copperhead DESCRIPTION:

northern copperhead – ohiodivisionofwildlife

Color: Adults: Copper colored head with reddish brown body and darker brown bands that constrict in the middle of the band.

Size & Shape: Adults: 30 inches in length, they have a heat sensing pit organ on each side of the head between the eye and nostril.

Life expectancy: up to 18 years

REPRODUCTION:

Reach sexual maturity after 2 years. They breed from February to May and August to October. Males actively seek out females. They typically produce 2 to 10 young.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are social snakes and will hibernate and feed in areas with other copperheads or other species of snake.

Copperheads return to the same den year after year for hibernation. They migrate in late spring to their summer feeding grounds. They can often be seen basking in the sun or climbing into low trees and bushes while hunting their prey. Occasionally they can be seen swimming in water. They can be found in all states from Florida to Massachusetts. Their habitats include rocky-forested areas, wetlands and in rotting wood and sawdust piles.

They eat mostly mice. They will eat birds, lizards, small snakes, and amphibians.

THREATS:

They have venom which when injected causes the breakdown of red blood cells making the victim’s blood not able to clot.

PREVENTION:

It is illegal to kill snakes in the state of Virginia unless it poses a safety threat.

Call a certified pest professional to properly Identify and remove your snake.

Let us remove your snake problem and try help you find ways prevent the problem from returning to your property in the future.

Often snakes are attracted to their meal they are hunting for which is why they could possibly invade your home. This could be a sign that you have another pest infestation for instance rodents.

If there is no sign of other pest infestation we can use repellants that will deter snakes from entering your property.

Let us come out and insure your home and health are protected from these pests

Snakes – Water Moccasin

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Water Moccasin DESCRIPTION:

Water Moccasin Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Bugwood.org

Color: Shades of brown, tan and copper with darker bands across the body

Size & Shape: 3 to 4 feet, smaller when younger. They can be distinguished from other harmless water snakes by their bigger blockier head with a neck that is narrower than the head. Water moccasins eye pupil is vertical instead of round and they have heat-sensing pits on their face.

REPRODUCTION:

The female produces up to 16 young about every 2 years. They typically mate in late spring or early summer.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are typically found around slow moving bodies of water. However they will travel on land to find a mate. They are non-aggressive and typically only bite when stepped on or harassed. They are typically found in the more southern regions of the state of Virginia and most water snakes seen in the northern part of Virginia are harmless.

THREATS:

This is an extremely venomous snake. Its venom when injected into the wound destroys its victim’s red blood cells and prevents blood from clotting. It is a very painful bite that requires medical attention. It rarely results in death.

PREVENTION:

It is illegal to kill snakes in the state of Virginia unless it poses a safety threat.

Call a certified pest professional to properly Identify and remove your snake.

Let us remove your snake problem and try help you find ways prevent the problem from returning to your property in the future.

Often snakes are attracted to their meal they are hunting for which is why they could possibly invade your home. This could be a sign that you have another pest infestation for instance rodents.

If there is no sign of other pest infestation we can use repellants that will deter snakes from entering your property.

Let us come out and insure your home and health are protected from these pests

Spiders – Black Widow Spider

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Black Widow Spider Description

Black Widow Spider- Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

Color: Females are black with a red hourglass on the underside of their abdomen. Males are dark and streaked with white and red.

Size & Shape: ½ to ¾ inch long. Males are about half the size of females.

Life expectancy: 1 year

REPRODUCTION:

Female builds a cobweb in secluded area. After mating she will produce a pale brown silken egg sac containing about 180 to 460 eggs each. Eggs will hatch in about 1 to 4 weeks and these spiders become adults in a year. Usually only one generation per year.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are not aggressive but will bite if their web is disturbed. They have venom which is a neurotoxin. Females are often found in crawl spaces, garages, woodpiles, unused barns, under decks, and in sheds. They typically will overwinter in the immature stage of spider.

THREATS:

These spiders are venomous and will inflict a very painful bite if agitated. This bite will continue to increase in pain during the first 3 hours and then be persistent for the next 12 to 24. It causes increased temperature, sweating, nausea, and high blood pressure. Receive medical attention as soon as possible if bitten. Capture and take the spider along with you so the doctor can properly identify the spider that bit you.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

By making sure to wear protective gloves when working in the yard.

Also, If you leave your shoes outdoors make sure you check them for any webs or spiders before putting them on

Spiders – Brown Recluse Spider

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Brown Recluse Spider Description:

Color: light brown to dark brown, with a dark brown violin marking on back

Size & Shape: ¼ to ½ inch in body length. Legs are very long in comparison to the spider’s body

Life expectancy: 2 years

REPRODUCTION:

The female constructs a small web in which she lays an off white egg sac with 40 to 50 eggs inside. She will produce one to five egg sacs in her lifetime. Young spiders take about 12 months to complete development.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These are very rare in Virginia. If they are found here in Virginia they are usually brought in from out of state.

They hide in undisturbed areas of buildings, like closets and storage areas. Outdoors they are found in debris and wood piles.

Both sexes inject venom when they bite.

THREATS:

They have a venomous bite. This bite is not initially painful but later causes a blister and can eventually become an ulcerating type of sore that causes a lot of tissue damage. This bite may take months to heal. Their spider bites or seldom fatal but victims should still seek medical treatment.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

To also be sure to wear protective gloves when working in the yard.

If you leave your shoes outdoors make sure you check them for any webs or spiders before putting them on

Spiders – Spider Yellow Sac

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YELLOW SAC SPIDER DESCRIPTION:

YELLOW SAC SPIDER

Color: Pale beige to Yellow

Size & Shape: ¼ inch

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

Over their lifetimes females produce about 5 egg sacs each containing 40 eggs.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Their preferred habitats are in tree, leaf piles, woodpiles, and bushes. They are active at night and hide during the day. In the fall when the weather cools they are likely to move indoors to find shelter.

THREATS:

They can bite humans however they are not venomous. The bites can cause pain, swelling, and itchiness. They rarely result in a harmful medical condition.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Stink Bugs

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STINK BUGS (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) DESCRIPTION:

Stink bug

Color: Brown with dark notches on the edge of the wings

Size & Shape: ¾ inch long

REPRODUCTION:

Eggs are laid in masses of 25 and laid from June to August. Adults begin to appear in mid- August.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They pose a risk to crops as they pierce fruit to feed. They feed on things like apples, peaches, and soybeans. People will begin to find them in their homes on fall days when they seek a place to overwinter.

THREATS:

They are more of a nuisance pest. Crushed or disturbed stink bugs emit a strong odor.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Vacuuming up any bugs that are already indoors

Termites – Drywood Termite

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PEST: Drywood Termite

DESCRIPTION:

Color: Swarmers are yellowish brown, soldiers are pale brown to white, workers are creamy whites with yellow brown heads

western drywood termite, whitney cranshaw, colorado state university, buwood.org

Size & Shape: 3/8 to 5/8 inch, Swarmers have wings, Soldiers have mandibles.

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

Swarming occurs from spring to autumn. They typically swarm at night. After swarming reproductive find a suitable piece of wood to start the colony and begin to excavate a small gallery and mate.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Colonies need heat to survive. They are not subterranean so they do not need to have contact with soil and do not build mud tubes. After 10-15 years the colony may contain as many as 3,000 individuals.

THREATS:

Typically are not found in Virginia. However they may be brought into the home from an infested piece of furniture or wood. They usually do not cause extensive damage since their colonies are so small but if left untreated for many years they can cause damage to the structure.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

This pest needs a properly certified pest professional in order to control it. They are most effectively controlled by fumigation which would require tenting the structure and adding a fumigant for a predetermined amount of time

Termites – SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES

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SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES DESCRIPTION:

SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES

Color: workers are creamy-white, wingless, and eyeless. Reproductives are dark colored have wings and eyes. Soldiers are wingless and have reddish brown heads with large mandibles.

Size & Shape: 3/8 inch long

Life expectancy: up to 5 years

REPRODUCTION:

The queen lays 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year. In a mature colony primary reproductives are produced. They have 2 pairs of wings that are thin and narrow and they swarm during the reproductive season (March to July). When this swarming occurs is when the homeowner typically notices the problem. They will usually see dead swarmers around their windows

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They live in soil and build mud tubes to structural wood where they feed. They must always be connected to soil or a moisture source. The average colony contains 60,000 or more individuals

THREATS:

Termites can cause major structural damage to a home or business.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

We can offer your home or business protection with our termite inspection and warrantee.

We have a multitude of treatment methods if you already have a termite problem from bait station installment around the home to spot treatments.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Keep debris, wood piles, firewood, and scrap wood away from contact with soil.

Water leaks should be repaired to prevent accumulation of moisture in soil.

Infested wood materials should be replaced with treated wood.

Be sure that areas between soil and foundation are monitored for termite mud tubes.

Termites – Formosan Termites

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FORMOSAN TERMITES DESCRIPTION:

Formosan Subterranean Termite – Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

Color: Yellowish brown

Size & Shape: ½ inches, they are long and narrow in shape, swarmers of these termites have wings and Soldiers have a head with mandibles

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

Colonies with a queen can produce over 1,000 eggs a day. In late spring early summer time colonies with reproductives will swarm and mate to go make new colonies of their own. This is when most people notice they have a termite problem.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These are the most aggressive subterranean termites. They organize into very large colonies and are able to build carton nests within the structure. These nests make it so the nest can retain moisture and the termites don’t need to return to the soil like other subterranean termites. The average colony can contain more than 350,000 individuals. Workers forage over an acre away from the colonies.

THREATS:

This is one of the most destructive termite species that affects the U.S. They can cause very extensive damage to wood within structures.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

We can offer your home or business protection with our termite inspection and warrantee.

We have a multitude of treatment methods if you already have a termite problem from bait station installment around the home to spot treatments.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Keep debris, wood piles, firewood, and scrap wood away from contact with soil.

Water leaks should be repaired to prevent accumulation of moisture in soil.

Infested wood materials should be replaced with treated wood.

Be sure that areas between soil and foundation are monitored for termite mud tubes

Ticks – AMERICAN DOG Tick

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AMERICAN DOG TICK DESCRIPTION:

American Dog tick- Mohammed El Damir, Bugwood.org

Color: Brown with pearly white to gray markings

Size & Shape: 1/8 to 3/16 inches long

Life expectancy: up to 3 years

REPRODUCTION:

Females need a blood meal before they can produce eggs. Females can lay more than 4,000 yellow- brown eggs after feeding. They will lay these eggs in a sheltered location.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

A common tick found throughout the U.S. Adults can be found throughout the year but are most active during late April through July. They do not survive well indoors and are mostly found near tree lines or when brought inside on pets. Like all other ticks they go through the egg, larvae, nymph, and adult stages. The larva and nymph stage must have a blood meal before they can move onto the next stage. They have a wide host range. Commonly they infest dogs, cattle, deer, raccoons, and opossum. The immature stages prefer smaller mammals like mice, squirrels and chipmunks.

THREATS:

They are the main carrier of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever throughout many areas of the U.S. They can cause tick- induced paralysis.

PREVENTION

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Vacuuming, removing debris outside of the house to discourage rodent activity are ways to prevent tick populations. Also wearing long paints tucked into socks when outside and treating clothing with repellents should prevent them from attaching to an individual.

Also be sure to check out our new tick box control system. We can install these for you around your home and within one year your tick population around your home will be reduced by as much as 80% and 97% by the end of the second year.

Ticks – Blacklegged Deer Tick

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Blacklegged Tick (DEER TICK) DESCRIPTION:

Blacklegged deer tick- Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

Color: Dark Brown to black body

Size & Shape: 1/8 inch, males are smaller and darker than females

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

After feeding engorged females drop off the host animal and lay up to 3,000 eggs in a protected area. Eggs hatch in 50 to 140 days.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Hide in tall grass and shrubs and wait for their host to walk by. They often feed on white-tailed deer in older stages hence the name deer tick. In larval stages they feed on smaller mammals such as mice, and chipmunks. In the Nymph stage they will typically feed on medium sized hosts like raccoons, opossums, and squirrels.

THREATS:

The deer tick is a known vector of Lyme disease. The nymph and the adult stages are the ones that transmit the disease.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Vacuuming, removing debris outside of the house to discourage rodent activity are ways to prevent tick populations. Also wearing long paints tucked into socks when outside and treating clothing with repellents should prevent them from attaching to an individual.

Also be sure to check out our new tick box control system. We can install these for you around your home and within one year your tick population around your home will be reduced by as much as 80% and 97% by the end of the second year.

Ticks – Lone Star Tick

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LONE STAR TICK DESCRIPTION:

Lone star tick – Center for Disease Control , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bugwood.org

Color: Brown, females have a distinct white dot on their back

Size & Shape: 1/8 inch long

Life expectancy: at most 3 years

REPRODUCTION:

After a blood meal females produce around 2,000 eggs.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Most active in May through June but it is possible to find them all year on warmer days. They have a wide range of hosts such as cattle, deer, horses, foxes, cats and dogs. All stages will feed on humans. Usually found on the edges of woods or in tall unkempt grass.

THREATS:

A carrier of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Vacuuming, removing debris outside of the house to discourage rodent activity are ways to prevent tick populations. Also wearing long paints tucked into socks when outside and treating clothing with repellents should prevent them from attaching to an individual.

Also be sure to check out our new tick box control system. We can install these for you around your home and within one year your tick population around your home will be reduced by as much as 80% and 97% by the end of the second year.

Wasps, Bees, Hornets – Bald Faced Hornet

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Bald Faced Hornet DESCRIPTION:

Color: Black with white face and markings on body.

Size & Shape: 5/8 to ¾ inch long.

Life expectancy:

REPRODUCTION:

In spring, each surviving queen constructs a small paper comb nest. She feeds and raises the first generation of workers. After that the workers emerge and take over the duties of nest building, food gathering, and feeding new larvae. They can reach a peak of 4,000 to 5,000 workers.

They do not reuse old nests.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These wasps are aggressive and will defend their nests. They feed on insects such as caterpillars and other populations of garden pests and flies.

They can sting multiple times.

The males, old queen, and non-reproductive all die after the first frost.

THREATS:

They can inflict painful stings and can cause people who are allergic to their stings go into anaphylactic shock.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

A Pest Management Professional will come inspect the property to determine the exact species of wasp. They will then apply a specific product to eliminate the pest. (This must be done wearing full bee protective gear, including a hat with a protective net, eye protection, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants).

The pest professional will then remove the old nest to prevent any more pests from entering that may feed on wasp’s nests

Wasps, Bees, Hornets – Carpenter Bee

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Carpenter Bee Description

Color: Yellow and black

Size & Shape: ½ to 1 inch in length. They resemble bumble bees but have a hairless abdomen, which is much shinier.

Flying: Yes

REPRODUCTION:

Adults emerge from their galleries in the spring to mate. Females make nests in wood by boring holes that are ½ inch in diameter and about 6 inches long(can become longer in later years of the adults life). The females construct 6 to 8 brood cells in each gallery. There is only one generation per year.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

The Adults emerge in spring from their galleries. They build tunnels through wood as they nest and the longer they live in one place the longer the tunnels become. They prefer woods like cedar, redwood, cypress, pine and fir.

Carpenter Bees are solitary insects. Males are aggressive but they do not have stingers so they are harmless. They are the guarder of the nests. Females do have stingers but are more docile. She is the builder of the nest.

They nest in untreated, unpainted wood in porches, sheds, railings, decks, window sills, and wooden doors.

THREATS:

They do not pose a public health threat but can damage untreated wood outside when building their nests.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

On top of having a trusted pest professional other ways you can help prevent this pest from being a nuisance are:

Staining or painting wood helps to deter these bees. However this does not always work. Occasionally they will still attack painted or stained woods. In these situations call a pest professional

Wasps, Bees, Hornets – European Hornet

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European Hornet DESCRIPTION:

European Hornet

Color: Brown with yellow markings

Size & Shape: ¾ inch to 1-3/8 inch

REPRODUCTION:

In spring, each surviving queen constructs a large paper nest. She feeds and raises the first generation of workers. After that the workers emerge and take over the duties of nest building, food gathering, and feeding new larvae. They can reach a peak of 4,000 to 5,000 workers.

They do not reuse old nests.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These wasps are aggressive and will defend their nests. They feed on insects such as caterpillars and other populations of garden pests and flies.

They nest in hollow trees, barns, and outhouses. Their nest is darker than that of other wasps nest because they use decayed wood to build it.

They can sting multiple times.

The males, old queen, and non-reproductive all die after the first frost.

THREATS:

They can inflict painful stings and can cause people who are allergic to their stings go into anaphylactic shock.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

A Pest Management Professional will come inspect the property to determine the exact species of wasp. They will then apply a specific product to eliminate the pest. (This must be done wearing full bee protective gear, including a hat with a protective net, eye protection, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants).

The pest professional will then remove the old nest to prevent any more pests from entering that may feed on wasp’s nests

Wasps, Bees, Hornets – Mud Daubers

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Mud Daubers DESCRIPTION:

Color: black and yellow or shiny dark blue with black wings

Size & Shape: ½ inch to 1-1/8 inch

REPRODUCTION:

Females build a tube-like nest made of mud in spring that has cells that she places one spider and one egg in. The newly hatched mud dauber larvae will feed on the spider. When fully grown the larvae build a silken cocoon and do not pupate till the following spring.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are not social wasps like the others. The single Female will attach a nest to the wall or ceiling of carports, porches, patios, or outbuildings. They are often seen around temporary pools of water to collect mud.

There is only one generation per year.

These wasps are nonaggressive.

THREATS:

Can inflict a painful sting but not typically aggressive. They are more of a nuisance pest.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

A Pest Management Professional will come inspect the property to determine the exact species of wasp. They will then apply a specific product to eliminate the pest. (This must be done wearing full bee protective gear, including a hat with a protective net, eye protection, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants).

The pest professional will then remove the old nest to prevent any more pests from entering that may feed on wasp’s nests

Wasps, Bees, Hornets – Paper Wasp

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Paper Wasp DESCRIPTION:

Color: Generally brown, some have reddish or yellow body markings

Size & Shape: ½ to ¾ inch long

REPRODUCTION:

In spring the queen emerges to make an umbrella shaped nest of 50 to 100 cells which are typically constructed under the eaves of houses, hanging from ceiling porches, or in other protected locations like shrubs, trees, and lumber piles. In fall male and female reproductive mate and then the female over winters by herself while males and the old queen dies after the first hard frost.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

Their preferred food is caterpillars. They can be located indoors and outdoors of a person’s household. If it is an old nest it will not be reused the following year. 1-2 years.

THREATS:

They can inflict painful stings and can cause people who are allergic to their stings go into anaphylactic shock.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

A Pest Management Professional will come inspect the property to determine the exact species of wasp. They will then apply a specific product to eliminate the pest. (This must be done wearing full bee protective gear, including a hat with a protective net, eye protection, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants).

The pest professional will then remove the old nest to prevent any more pests from entering that may feed on wasp’s nests.

Wasps, Bees, Hornets – Yellow Jacket Wasp

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Yellow Jacket – Wasp DESCRIPTION:

Color: Black and yellow

Size & Shape: 3/8 to 5/8 inch long

REPRODUCTION:

In spring, each surviving queen constructs a small paper comb nest. She feeds and raises the first generation of workers. After that the workers emerge and take over the duties of nest building, food gathering, and feeding new larvae. They can reach a peak of 4,000 to 5,000 workers.

They do not reuse old nests.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

These wasps are aggressive and will defend their nests. They feed on insects such as caterpillars and other populations of garden pests and flies.

They often build their nests underground or in the walls of buildings.

They can sting multiple times.

The males, old queen, and non-reproductive all die after the first frost.

THREATS:

They can inflict painful stings and can cause people who are allergic to their stings go into anaphylactic shock.

PREVENTION:

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem.

A Pest Management Professional will come inspect the property to determine the exact species of wasp. They will then apply a specific product to eliminate the pest. (This must be done wearing full bee protective gear, including a hat with a protective net, eye protection, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants).

The pest professional will then remove the old nest to prevent any more pests from entering that may feed on wasp’s nests

Wheel Bug

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Wheel Bug – Ward Upham, Kansas State University, Bugwood.org

Wheel Bug (Assassin Bug) DESCRIPTION:

Color: Nymphs often are more colorful than the adults which typically are brown to black. They look similar to stink bugs but have a long ‘fang looking’ mouthpart.

Size & Shape: about 1 inch long as an adult

Life expectancy: 1 year

REPRODUCTION:

Females lay eggs in masses of 10-40 that hatch in May to June. After they hatch Nypmhs hunt for their favorite prey Caterpillars. They reach adulthood by late summer when they mate and lay eggs which will overwinter to the next year.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They reside in leaf areas and typically hide. Most people will never see an assassin bug in their lifetime. They occasionally will fly into light fixtures but not very often.

THREATS:

If handled they can inflict a painful bite. They are however very beneficial insects that eat other nuisance insects like caterpillars, beetles, and stink bugs.

PREVENTION:

Although generally not abundant many people fear this insect when they see it the best method for control is:

Exclusion (sealing all small holes that pests can enter through) and continued service with our Health and Property Protection Plan are the best ways to prevent this pest from entering.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Wildlife – House Sparrow

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House Sparrow DESCRIPTION:

House sparrow- Greg Bartman, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

Color: Males: Black beak, Black face, gray head, gray breast with wings that are reddish with black streaks. Females: Brown with a gray breast and a yellowish beak.

Size & Shape:

Life expectancy: 3 years

REPRODUCTION:

They reproduce February to May. Females lay eggs about 4 times each year with each brood containing about 8 eggs. It takes about 2 weeks for these eggs to hatch.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are typically seen foraging on the ground for food. They will eat seeds, grains, food crumbs, and insects. They nest in buildings or man-made structures just about anywhere they can fit that is protected. They frequently will reuse the nests that they built.

THREATS:

They often cause nuisance when in a building with their chirping and droppings. They can be a major pest for restaurants and warehouses.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all holes that pests can enter through).

Food source reduction. Reducing the amount of food available around a location like a restaurant helps greatly. Make sure customers are not feeding the birds outside perpetuating the problem

Cut trees back away from the home.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Wildlife – Raccoons

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Raccoon DESCRIPTION:

Raccoon-Ohio division of wildlife

Color: Have a bandit mask and a black ringed tail and rest of body is grey.

Size & Shape: 61 to 91 cm long

Life expectancy: in the wild in typically 1-5 years

REPRODUCTION:

Females mate February to March and carry young for about 60 days. She has approximately 3 to 5 young. The family will usually stay together and forage together for about one year.

HABITAT+BEHAVIOR:

They are a nocturnal mammal and often are found around the trash cans of homes and buildings. They typically live in woods or near lakes and streams but will venture into populated areas for food. They will occasionally use places like attics, chimneys, beneath porches, and crawlspaces as a den. They can also be found eating pet foods that is left outdoors.

THREATS:

They have a tendency to scatter trash everywhere when foraging for food in trash cans which is a nuisance.

PREVENTION:

Exclusion (sealing all holes that pests can enter through).

Cut trees back away from the home.

Be sure that trash can lids are tight fighting so that raccoons cannot enter them.

If limiting their food sources is not an option trapping is the next option. Be sure to have your pest professional do this for you as if it is done by yourself it could lead to bites and scratches from the Raccoons. We can trap them and move them to a safe location where they cannot bother people around them.

Having one of our Certified Pest Professionals on your side helping to protect your home or business is always a good idea for controlling pest populations. All of our Professionals are thoroughly trained. They can properly identify and monitor your pest activity and determine the best methods of pest prevention and elimination for your home/business. They will do this with the most environmentally friendly and up to date technology for your particular pest problem

Wolf Spider

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