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Ants are serious pest and if found in a home or business requires a professional service of a pest control company to resolve issues created by an infestation of ants. They create permanent nests and depending on the species are found either in the soil, timbers, under pavers, or wall cavities.

Bed Bugs have been known by a variety of names including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche and redcoat. They are obligatory bloodsucking insects. Most species only feed on humans when other preys are unavailable.  They are normally out at night just before dawn, with a peak feeding period of about an hour before sunrise, but have been observed feeding during the day. If you know you have bed bugs, then realistically you'll need to get an exterminator - they're very difficult to get rid of.


Carpenter Ants
have several species that may be found infesting homes and other buildings. Normally workers are black or red and black in color and range in size from 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Winged queen ants may be as large as one inch. However, size is not a reliable characteristic to identify carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are very common and are frequently seen in the open. Carpenter ants damage wood by excavating and creating galleries and tunnels. These areas are clean, i.e. they do not contain sawdust or other debris, and are smooth, with a well sanded appearance. It is common to find carpenter ants in homes during spring. It is important to try to determine whether the ants are coming from an outdoor or an indoor nest, although this can be difficult. A professional is needed to inspect and treat any ant infestation.

 

Carpenter Bees resemble bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black; bumble bees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings. Carpenter bee infestation is usually indicated by mounds of saw dust on the ground below an awning, or yellowish-brown feces that tend to accumulate on the walls near a nest, or maybe even constant bombardment by a noisy lot of bees that don’t bother to sting you. The damage done by carpenter bees that have recently taken up residence in a wooden structure is usually quite superficial. However, given enough time and enough seasons spent in the nest, the Carpenter Bee can chew a simple, but prolific tunnel & gallery network through a house’s timbers. Therefore, it is important to exterminate carpenter bees that have infested your home as immediately after their discovery as possible.


Cockroaches
live in a wide range of environments around the world. Pest species of cockroaches adapt readily to a variety of environments, but prefer warm conditions found within buildings. Many tropical species prefer even warmer environments and do not fare well in the average household. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. Cockroaches are one of the most commonly noted household pest insects. They feed on human and pet food, and can leave an offensive odor. They can also passively transport microbes on their body surfaces including those that are potentially dangerous to humans, particularly in environments such as hospitals. Cockroaches have been shown to be linked with allergic reactions in humans. One of the proteins that triggers allergic reactions has been identified as. These allergens have also been found to be linked with asthma.

 

Raccoons are active at night. Feed on almost anything. Very adaptable using their ‘hands’ to open things and collect food. Usually found near water in wooded or brushy areas.  Very adaptable to urban environments. Carry and transmit rabies. Most common problem is turning over garbage cans. May attack small pets. Keep garbage cans covered and secured. Do not leave pet food out overnight. Back yards and gardens can be fenced to keep raccoons out but they can climb ordinary fencing.

 

Termites are eusocial insects, they live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. Colonies use a decentralised, self-organized systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence to exploit food sources and environments that could not be available to any single insect acting alone. Small bugs; sometimes confused with ants. They have straight antennas and wings that break easily. 4,000 species, economically significant as they create structural damage to buildings. Social communities; division of labor. A Professional is needed to eliminate and prevent future infestations.

 

Rodents are various mammals of the order Rodentia, such as a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver, characterized by large incisors adapted for gnawing or nibbling. Rodents will gnaw through many types of materials in order to reach a location including lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding and some concrete. A successful rodent control program includes a combination of baiting and trapping for the highest rate of success.

 

Fleas and Ticks cause a variety of problems in pets. Fleas feed on animal blood and can trigger problems including skin irritation, allergic reactions, anemia and in rare cases, death. Ticks that carry Lyme disease live on white-footed mice as larvae, and on deer or other mammals as adults. Professional help is needed to control infestation of these pests.

 

Wasps have a slender body with cylindrical legs. They have small backward-pointed barbs on their stingers. Wasps are predators and feed on other insects and pests. During late summer and fall, they will often seek human food, especially during outdoor activities.  Wasps will commonly inhabit spaces that are both open and somewhat protected from the rain and weather and once they start using it, they'll return every year.

 

Squirrels like other rodents have four front teeth that never stop growing so they don't wear down from the constant gnawing. Tree squirrels are the types most commonly recognized, often seen gracefully scampering and leaping from branch to branch. Other species are ground squirrels that live in burrow or tunnel systems, where some hibernate during the winter season. A survey of the National Pest Control Association voted the tree squirrel as the number one nuisance animal in the United States. Tree squirrels can cause a variety of problems, including damage to trees, flowers, lawns, gardens, vehicles and homes. They eat acorns, nuts, fruit or vegetables in home gardens and become a nuisance at bird feeders. Squirrels can cause extensive damage to attic insulation or walls and gnaw on electrical wires in homes and vehicles, creating a fire hazard.


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