Ants

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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants get their name because they build their nests from wood. This pest can cause significant damage to your home if left untreated. They will build their nests from moldy, damp wood, such as crawl spaces or firewood around your home. They will also build their nests inside usually entering through wet, damaged wood. They will dig a smooth tunnel in the wood which can cause significant damage and potentially damage the integrity and structure of your home. 

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ants are a more aggressive style ant than other species and cause painful stings! They can adapt to many climates and conditions in and around their environments. Their nests are found in the soil outdoors in the garden and around the foundation of your home. Their nests or mounds can cause significant damage to the plant roots.

Odorous House Ants

They get their name from the strong and rotten coconut-likee smell they give off when crushed. They will nest in and around your home. Their colonies usually have up to 100,000 members. They eat dead insects and sugary sweets that are left out. They contaminate the food they find once they get inside. 

Pavement Ants

Just as their name says... they live in and under the cracks in the pavement. Building their nests under pavement slabs, sidewalks, and driveways. They can even nest under your homes' concrete foundation. They will eat just about anything and they will come indoors. Any food packaging they get into will be contained.

Centipedes / miLlipedes

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Centipedes

Centipedes have 100 legs but can have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. Some Centipedes will invade your home and usually seen at night. They hide in damp areas around your house like the bathroom, basements, and closets. Centipedes will sometimes bite in self-defense which causes localized pain and swelling. They do have poisonous jaws that they kill prey with, their jaws are not powerful enough to easily puncture human skin.

Millipedes

Millipedes are nocturnal pests. They typically eat decaying plants and dead insects. Usually found in autumn. They tend to migrate in large numbers. Typically found in moist areas with decaying vegetation, such as trash bins, piles of grass clippings, mulch in flowerbeds, or piles of leaves. Usually staying outdoors unless a food source is available indoors. Some millipedes give off an ill-smelling fluid along openings on the side of their bodies. This fluid can be harmful to pets and cause small blisters on humans.

COCKROACHES

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American

This is the most common roach found in your home. They will eat just about anything in your home. They live in dark, warm, wet areas, like basements, crawl spaces, and sewers. They will enter your home through drains and pipes. Once inside your home, they bring with them lots of bacteria and germs. They contaminate food by shedding their skins which contain waste byproducts. These allergens can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. American cockroaches need to be treated immediately!

Brown-banded

The Brown-banded cockroach has two light bands across their bodies. They are typically found in wallpaper past and book bindings. They prefer a dryer, warmer climate but can be found in pretty much any room of your home. They will enter your home through drains and pipes. Once inside your home, they bring with them lots of bacteria and germs. They contaminate food by shedding their skins which contain waste byproducts. These allergens can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Brown-banded cockroaches need to be treated immediately! 

German

The German cockroach is found all over the world and is the most common found in the United States. They typically eat non-organic foods such as books, toothpaste, but will also eat sweet food as well. They live in damp warm areas of your home such as kitchens, bathrooms, and where food is eaten. They contaminate food by shedding their skins which contain waste byproducts. These allergens can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. German cockroaches need to be treated immediately! 

Oriental Cockroach

They are large and very dark in color. They prefer very dark and dirty places with cooler temps. They travel through sewer pipes and drains. They put off a very strong smell and are considered one of the dirtiest of all cockroaches. They are typically found in the garbage and eat organic materials. They will also live in the basement and crawl spaces of your home. They contaminate food by shedding their skins which contain waste byproducts. These allergens can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Oriental cockroaches need to be treated immediately!

EARWIGS

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Earwigs

Earwigs get their name from a myth that they crawl into sleeping people's ears. Not true! They are typically found outdoors and feed on flowers, leaves, mold, and insects. They hide during the day only coming out at night. They live under lawn clippings, compost. They enter your home through small cracks in the walls. They can be scary to look at but they do not spread any diseases. They do live in large numbers. If you start to see them in the house, give us a call. Earwig infestations need to be taken seriously so you don't end up with a house full of them!

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