Pest Info


Information on pests, their habits and OUR control methods We believe that an informed client is a smart client

Termites and other wood boring insects

Termites

Your home or business is most likely the largest and most important investment you will make in your lifetime. Protecting your investment should be of utmost importance. Because of this, protection against termite infestation and structural damage should be equally as important.

Termites build their colonies deep underground below the frost line and above the water table. These sightless insects spend their entire lives underground and primarily invade dwellings from the soil along foundation walls. Able to slip through tiny fissures just 1/16-inch wide, termites enter through cracks in the foundation or slab, expansion joints, utility conduits, and plumbing connections. Wood structures that have direct contact with the ground, such as decks, porches, and fence posts, invite direct termite access.

The key to prevention is to minimize moisture around the structure, provide a barrier that will either halt activity or make it visible, and by maintaining a separation of any wood from grade, the natural habitat of the termite. Chemical soil treatments and termite baits are effective treatments that we use in order to provide long term protection from damage to structures. All Bugs Aside will provide a thorough inspection to locate and control Termites in you home or business.

Winged Ants

Although Flying Ants are not a wood boring insect, we would like to discuss this pest next because it is all too often mistaken for having a Termite infestation. This especially happens during the termite swarming season. There are some differences in appearance between the two insects that we would like to bring to your attention. Ants have a thin waist while the termite's thorax and abdomen are broadly connected. The front pair of wings on ants is larger than the hind pair, while the four wings of termites are approximately the same size and shape. Termite wings have many veins and may be milky-colored. Ant wings have few veins and are usually clear.

Flying ants will try to enter your home or business for a variety of reasons. If it is cold outside the ants will come in to either make a nest or start new colonies within your home or business. They may also be looking for food.

The first step in taking care of your pest problem is proper identification. Having an All Bugs Aside technician perform a thorough inspection to determine if the pest invading your dwelling happens to be Flying Ants or Termites should be the first step. Once identified, we will use our proven, time tested control methods in order to eliminate this unwanted pest. We will also look for any visible entry points that may be used by the insect to gain access to the inside of your home or business. We will also caulk or seal up these entry points to prevent further infestation.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants can damage the wood structure of your home or business. They burrow into decayed moist wood to make their nest. The key to successful Carpenter Ant control is to locate their nest. All Bugs Aside will perform a thorough examination of your home and its perimeter. Once a nest is located, the pest control agent may drill holes, and treat the surrounding wood, moving outward from the nest’s location, eventually finishing the job with a residual insecticide spray to the perimeter of your home. With the number of Carpenter Ant infestations and the difficulty of getting rid of them, it is common to call in a professional to take care of this wood boring pest.

Getting rid of carpenter ants on your property requires that we complete an inspection outside, treat the outside of your home with a residual barrier insecticide, and clear brush away from the home. We will kill any mature nest found. Note that structural improvements like replacing aging and rotted siding and wood porches may be necessary to prevent establishment of indoor Carpenter Ant colonies.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees get their common name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. They don't have a hive as honey bees, but are solitary bees. The female Carpenter Bee will bore a channel or main corridor in the wood any where from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet long in order to lay their eggs in "galleries". The most difficult part is simply finding the Carpenter Bees burrows. All Bugs Aside will first inspect old wood piles outside and around your home. These wood piles are the most common place where they drill in order to make their lair.

Once we have found the areas where these uninvited bees live, there are three methods we may use in order to get rid of them. They are: applying a dust to the galleries which will prevent eggs from hatching, sealing up their burrows, and/or spraying insecticide into their lair.

We can also control a Carpenter Bee infestation "in" your home or business by covering up their burrows on wood surfaces, window frame or those on your furniture using a wood putty, caulk or other sealants.

Beetles

Another common wood boring insect is the Powder-post Beetle. The Powder-post Beetle’s diet is starch, sugar and protein present in the sapwood of a variety of hardwoods. Damage is usually done to the hardwood floors of new homes. This wood-boring beetle is the most widespread in the United States. Many times infestations are built into structures from infested lumber, however they can re-infest.

Eliminating the larval stage tunneling under the wood surface is almost impossible. Treating the surface with a residual insecticide at the time of adult emergence may reduce the population. Adult females will not lay eggs on a varnished or painted surface. Eliminating or treating exposed unfinished wood will prevent re-infestation. All Bugs Aside works hand in hand with the customer to control and prevent re-infestation by the beetle.

Other common household pests

Bedbugs

Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. The most common species is the Cimex lectularius.

Bed bugs are easily transmitted from location to location by attaching themselves to materials that move. This includes luggage, you, your clothes and boxes.

Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, flattened, oval, and wingless. They grow to one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch in length.

Bed bug eggs are tiny, whitish, and hard to see without magnification, as individual eggs are about the size of a dust spec. The nymphs are no bigger than a pinhead.

Bedbugs are generally active only at night. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. With one tube it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, while with the other it withdraws the blood of its host.

Bed bugs often hide within seams, tufts, and crevices of the mattress, box spring, bed frame and headboard.

They are capable of traveling as far as 100 feet to feed, but usually remain close to the host in bedrooms. Groups of bedbugs are very often found in beds, usually either in the seams of a mattress (usually the seams closest to the sleeper), in the box spring, or within the structure of the bed itself.

If you believe you may have a Bedbug infestation, schedule an appointment right away with an All Bugs Aside Pest Control professional. The inspection is free of charge.

Stinkbugs

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is brown, gray or dark green in color and triangular in shape. They have 6 legs, wings and antennae and are about ¾” in size. Stink bugs eat leaves, flowers, fruit and crops like soybeans. They also eat other pests, such as caterpillars. They live in orchards, gardens and on farms. Stink bugs do not hurt humans, but they can cause a lot of damage to crops and plants.

If you are suspicious that you may have a stink bug problem, it is time to call All Bugs Aside Pest Control. The best time to treat for this insect is late August until the third week in September. This is most effective because there are less daylight hours and they want to "over winter" in a warm environment for the cold season. Our trained professionals will work to control or eliminate this pest by first inspecting and then treating the outside of your home or business with a residual insecticide specifically labeled for the Stink Bug Control. We may seal any visible cracks or openings around your dwelling and work to correct any possible entry points. We suggest that you keep weeds around the garden in control and clean up the garden at the end of the growing season.

Cockroaches

There are five common species of cockroach present in North America, and each species varies somewhat in preference to environment and appetite. They are: the smoky brown cockroach, the American cockroach, the brown banded cockroach, the Oriental cockroach and the German cockroach.

The German cockroach is the most common indoor pest in North America. It is as comfortable indoors as it is outdoors and will eat just about anything. It can thrive in just about any environment and is less reliant upon moisture than other roaches. Its one main weakness is its preference for warm air. Heating vents and furnaces are some of their most common hiding places. Sanitary standards are one of the most effective ways to control infestation of the German cockroach.

By having us deploy roach baits that use boric acid as their active ingredient, as well as dusting some common hideouts, we are confident that it should take care of the infestation within a few days. Caulking cracks and crevices in your foundation as well as in your baseboards and walls on the first floor of your home or business is essential in preventing infestation of all species of cockroaches. An All Bugs Aside expert will identify and work with the client in order to alter conditions that allow for easy access to this pest.

Centipedes

Centipedes usually live outdoors in damp areas such as under leaves, stones, boards, tree bark, or in mulch around outdoor plantings.

If they are around the foundation of a dwelling, they may wander inside.

The house centipede is gray-yellow with three stripes down the back and has very long legs banded with white. They have many body segments with one pair of legs attached to each segment. Indoors, the house centipede will prefer to live in damp areas such as cellars, closets, bathrooms, attics (during the warmer months) and areas under the house. They do not damage food supplies or household furnishings but are a nuisance pest.

Centipedes can be prevented from gaining entry into buildings. An All Bugs Aside professional can assist by sealing and caulking gaps around siding, windows, doors, pipes, wires and other structural voids. The technician will also use either a liquid or dust pesticide that can be introduced into wall voids, cracks and crevices along baseboards and into other potential hiding places in order to control or eliminate the population of this pest.

Silverfish

Silverfish are about 1/2" long with a uniform silvery color over the upper surface. Their bodies are long and slender and flattened. They are broad at the front and gradually tapering towards the rear. They can be found all year around and prefer dark, damp, and moderate temperature places such as basements, laundry rooms and under sinks.

They require a large supply of starchy foods or molds to survive. Silverfish are considered to be nuisance pests that can feed on wallpaper pastes, natural textiles, books, and papers. They also feed on mold or fungi that can grow on various surfaces. They are fast-moving and can travel throughout buildings. Once silverfish find a good source of food, however, they stay close to it.

In order to control and prevent infestation, any sources of any undue moisture, such as faulty plumbing or condensation that provide the humidity favored by these pests should be eliminated. Dehumidifying reduces the moisture content of the air that these insects find essential. Regularly vacuuming cracks and crevices with a narrow vacuum tip also can be a good method to physically remove these insects from their homes.

Residual insecticides, sprayed around entry points and the foundation of the structure would be an important first step that an All Bugs Aside technician will perform to help control your Silverfish problem.

Spiders

Most "domestic" spiders are small in size (usually 1/4" in length), uniformly colored (pale yellow, tan, or gray). These spiders that are casual invaders and would normally reside outdoors are usually large (1/2" in length or more), hairy, distinctly patterned (even brightly colored), and usually jump or run quickly. One of the keys to prevent or control any spider infestation in your home or business is to exercise good sanitation practices, both inside and out. As a rule you should clean up all woodpiles, rocks, trash, compost piles, old boards, and other debris. We at All Bugs Aside will assist in establishing good sanitary practices.

Garages, cellars, crawlspaces should be kept clean and uncluttered. Control of excess moisture is also helpful. Keep crawlspaces, basements, and porches as dry as possible. You should also plant trees and shrubs far enough away from the foundation to allow sunlight and wind to penetrate.

The spiders that enter buildings from outdoors usually do so through small cracks and crevices. An All Bugs Aside professional is an expert in finding and altering these entry points and will seal and caulk any visible access as well as provide an exterior perimeter barrier treatment. Screens, tight-fitting doors and windows will also help keep spiders out.

Indoors, we suggest that you move and dust frequently behind and under furniture, stored materials, and wall hangings. Also, since spiders are strictly carnivorous, the elimination of household insects such as cockroaches, bedbugs, ants, and other prey will help discourage spider infestations.

The best "mechanical" control device is the vacuum. At All Bugs Aside we will vacuum corners, registers, window angles and any other areas that are inviting to this pest if necessary. Contact us today to assess your pest control needs.

Ants

Ants may travel large distances in search of food. Even the cleanest of homes can provide a ready food source for ants which once found can invade in large numbers. Most ant species are highly developed social insects that live in permanent nests, which depending on the species, may be in the soil, in timber, under pavers, in wall cavities or roof voids.

Mostly ants are considered a nuisance pest when they infest kitchens and barbecue areas in large numbers. Identification of the particular species of ant is vital to implementing a successful control program. Ants are now the number one pest problem for which homeowners rely on professional advice and remediation. Since an interior infestation is likely to have resulted from outdoor populations, you should expect your All Bugs Aside professional to perform a thorough inspection of the surrounding environment and develop a strategy to prevent re-infestation of the building.

At All Bugs Aside we have access to a variety of baits, insect growth regulators, and non-repellent materials, which can be used together in an integrated approach to solving any ant infestation.

Earwigs

Earwigs are easily recognizable by their pincers at the ends of their abdomen. They are dark reddish-brown, with light brown legs, and are about 5/8 inch long. They are primarily nocturnal, feeding at night. They are found in homes and can get in through entry points like doors and windows, and by going up the foundation. An All Bugs Aside technician will assist in making adjustments to your home or business in order to make it less desirable to this pest. We will caulk or use weather stripping at all possible entry points such as doors, windows, pipes and other entry points at the ground level. Because earwigs are attracted to moisture it is important to eliminate high moisture areas.

Most insecticide treatments will be done outside with application around the building foundation, flower beds, mulch areas and turf within a couple of yards of the building, as well as in the crawl space areas of the dwelling. Contact an All Bugs Professional today to control and eliminate this undesirable pest.

Fleas

Fleas are external parasites which can be found attached to the skin of their hosts. Adult fleas measure approximately 1/8-inch in length. Their bodies are shiny and reddish-brown in color. Fleas do not have wings, but are capable of jumping long distances.

The cat flea is the most common flea in North America, although the dog, human, and sticktight fleas are also common. Fleas typically attach themselves to dogs, cats and humans as well.

The female flea lays her eggs on the surface hair of the host. Eggs then drop from the host and can infest carpets, bedding and furniture, hatching into larvae within 14 days. Usually within two to three weeks, larvae enter the pupa stage by encasing themselves in small, cocoon-like structures. Approximately two weeks later, adult fleas emerge and begin to search for available food sources. Fleas establish large populations where pets are present. Pets continuously scratching themselves often are a good indication of flea bites and should be addressed immediately. You should contact your veterinarian as soon as you are suspicious your pet may have fleas. It is non uncommon for fleas to feed on humans as well. They may also carry human diseases such as typhus and tularemia.

Several different treatment methods are used in order to eliminate a flea population. Effective flea control should include both chemical as well as other mechanical methods and should be performed on your pet as well as inside and outside of your home. Your pet should be examined on a daily basis if there are any indications that fleas may be present.

Prior to your scheduled appointment with your All Bugs Aside professional, you will be asked to make sure that your home is clean. You should wash all of your bedding and linens and clean all floor surfaces in order to properly evaluate the level of possible flea infestation.

After taking these steps, your All Bugs Aside expert will administer proper treatment to infested areas within your home.

Ticks

Ticks are the leading carriers (vectors) of diseases to humans in the United States, second only to mosquitoes worldwide. It is not the tick bite but the toxins, secretions, or organisms in the tick's saliva transmitted through the bite that causes disease.

Ticks are arthropods, like spiders. There are more than 800 species of ticks throughout the world. Many organisms that bite humans for a blood meal are not ticks and should not be confused with ticks. Some common examples are Bedbugs and fleas (both are insects, not arthropods). If it is possible to bring into the doctor's office what has caused a "bite," the physician may be able to determine what potential vector caused the "bite."

Two families of ticks, Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks), are important to humans because of the diseases or illnesses they can transmit or cause. Hard ticks have a tough back plate or scutum that defines their appearance. The hard ticks tend to attach and feed for hours to days. Disease transmission usually occurs near the end of a meal, as the tick becomes full of blood.

Ticks can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme Disease. People contract Lyme disease by being bitten by these ticks.

In order to reduce exposure to ticks, one should where light colored clothing. Long pants and long sleeve shirts are highly recommended while doing yard work or spending time in wooded areas.

If you believe you may have a tick problem around your home or business, call All Bugs Aside Pest Control where a technician can determine if property treatment is required in order to prevent contracting Lyme Disease. The visit is free of charge.

Squirrels

Squirrels are only considered pests once they start invading and creating damage to you home and property. They tend to do substantial damage in attics by chewing through electrical wires and soiling or tearing insulation. Evidence of fox and gray squirrels inside attics include noise from gnawing or running during the day. In contrast, flying squirrels and rats can be heard squeaking and making noise during the night. 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. Flying squirrels are most active at night, while both fox and gray squirrels are most active in morning and late afternoon.

Squirrels can squeeze through holes 1 1/2 inches in diameter or gnaw through smaller holes to gain access to buildings.

If you suspect or see evidence of squirrels living in your eaves or attic, call All Bugs Aside Pest Control for a free inspection and evaluation. Our control methods include exclusion of these pests as well as an effective and proven trap and release program.

Mice

A house mouse in a city environment may spend its entire life in buildings. In rural and suburban settings, it may not only live inside, but be found outside near foundations, in the shrubbery, weeds, crawl spaces, basements, or in garages.

They survive well on weeds, seeds, or insects, but when their food supply is shortened by the colder months they move inside nesting closer to a food supply. They make their nest from soft material such as paper, insulation, or furniture stuffing. These nests are found in many places including walls, ceiling voids, storage boxes, drawers, under appliances, or within the upholstery of furniture. Outside, the nests may be found in debris or in ground burrows.

A mouse will eat almost anything, but prefer cereal grains, seeds, or sweet material. They require very little water, obtaining most of their water needs from their food. Mice can consume large quantities of stored seed and grain from farmers and granaries. A house mouse is an excellent climber and can run up any rough vertical surface. It will run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up 13 inches from the floor onto a flat surface.

We at All Bugs Aside will determine the root cause of your pest problem and assist in eliminating all openings through which they can enter a structure. We will seal any visible cracks and openings in building foundations and openings for water pipes, vents and utilities. Doors, windows and screens should fit tightly. All food that is stored, processed or used should be made mouse-proof. Dried grain and meat products should be stored in glass jars, metal canisters or other airtight containers.

Rats

Rats will seek food outside, but many times will come inside at night to forage for food and return to their burrows. Needing a water source, they can obtain water from toilets, sinks, rain puddles, or condensation from utility pipes. Their nesting burrows on the outside are often along the foundation walls. As the rat family grows, more burrows are built, resulting in a network of underground tunnels. Inside, the Norway rat also known commonly as the brown rat, mostly nest on the lower levels, but if the population is too large, they may be found in the attic and ceiling areas.

Their nests are built from soft material like paper or grass chewed into small pieces. Rats will climb if necessary to enter a building. The Norway rat is also an excellent swimmer.

They are suspicious of changes in the environment or new foods, for this reason it may take a couple of days for traps or poison baits to take. We will follow up and inspect baits and traps set by our technicians. Rats are nocturnal, with their peak activity at dusk or before dawn. When the population is large or they are disturbed or hungry, you can see activity during the day.

They prefer foods with a high protein or carbohydrate content, but will eat almost any type of food.

Rat prevention and control starts with proper sanitation. Poor sanitation and the presence of garbage help rats to survive in residential areas. Good sanitation will effectively limit the number of rats that can survive in and around the home or business. This involves good housekeeping, proper storage and handling of food materials and refuse. Removing clutter around homes allows inspection for signs of rats. Good sanitary practices will not eliminate rats under all conditions, but will make the environment less suitable for them to thrive. All Bugs Aside will develop a plan of good sanitary practice and help to control, eliminate and prevent re-infestation by using our state of the art techniques and bait stations.

Wasps, Hornets and Yellow Jackets

Wasps

Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are more dangerous and unpredictable than honey bees and should be treated with respect; nests should be eliminated with great care and in a specific manner. Paper wasps, hornets and yellow jackets construct nests of a paper-like material which is a mixture of finely chewed wood fragments and salivary secretions of the wasps. Paper wasps typically build their umbrella-shaped nests under eaves and ledges. These wasps are not as aggressive as yellow jackets or hornets.

Hornets

Hornets are far more difficult and dangerous to control than paper wasps. The nests resemble a large, inverted tear-drop shaped ball which typically is attached to a tree, bush or side of a building. Hornet nests may contain thousands of wasps which are extremely aggressive when disturbed. The nests are often located out of reach and removal is best accomplished by a professional pest control firm.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are another dangerous wasp encountered around homes and buildings. They are the most aggressive of the three mentioned. Nests are often located underground in an old rodent burrow, beneath a landscape timber, or in a rock wall or wall of a building. If the nest can be located, it can usually be eliminated by having a pest control professional apply a liquid insecticide into the nest opening, and then remove the nest in a very specific manner. Call All Bugs Aside Pest Control to eliminate nests and their potential danger from around your home or business.

There are many other pests not shown here that can try to make your home....their home..... It is OUR job to prevent this from happening.


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