Pest ID

Here are the common pests we treat for. If you think you might have an infestation or need help identifying a pest problem, call now and let us help you quickly get rid of the problem. We know how to identify, reduce, and eliminate your infestation.

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Termites

Damage
Drywood Termites do not need moisture from soil, instead, they excavate their nests and live directly inside of wood. Infesting dry wood such as walls, siding, and eaves, drywood termites can cause extensive damage to your home. Subterranean termites are extremely destructive. First, they build tunnels to wooden structures, and then they burrow into those structures to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitutes termite food, and given time to do so, they'll eat until nothing is left but a shell.

Detection and Treatment
Termites avoid light and air, so they build their colonies where you're not likely to stumble upon them. A typical homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover destruction caused by termites, even though they cause over 1 billion dollars in damage to homes throughout the United States each year. Our inspection and treatment program can help you understand the threat of termites, and we will take the necessary steps to protect your home.


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Ants

Damage
Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the variety. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Argentine ants form supercolonies and will come inside to forage for food. Pharaoh ants may transmit serious diseases. A fire ant's sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals, and all ants contaminate the food they infest.

Detection and Treatment
Ants build massive colonies, so their presence is generally detected when you see their nests or the ants themselves. Treatments involve baiting, insecticide, and sealing off entry to buildings.


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Cockroaches

Damage
Cockroaches spread human disease by depositing disease organisms on food and utensils. The American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings, may transmit bacteria that cause Salmonella and Shigella. German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus, hepatitis, and coliform bacteria. They also have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery.

Recent studies have found a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increases in the severity of asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to cockroach allergens, especially children.

Detection and Treatment
Cockroaches may become pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and virtually any structure that has food preparation or storage areas. These pests are common even in the cleanest of crowded urban areas and older dwellings. It's usually not difficult to discover an infestation because they are often visible. Treatment usually involves sealing cracks and crevices to block entrance, keeping food and trash areas clean to avoid providing food, and the professional application of insecticide and bait on a regular basis.


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Rodents

Damage
Rats, mice, and other rodents consume and contaminate food. They also gnaw on electrical wires and wooden structures, and tear insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting. Rodents can also transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock. They have been found to transmit typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.

Detection and Treatment
The presence of mice and rats is usually detected by the damage they cause to food and structures, by their droppings, and by their nests. Treatment involves eliminating all entry points and population reduction by the application of rodenticides and traps.


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Spiders

Except for poisonous spiders, such as the black widow, brown widow, and the brown recluse, spiders are not harmful to humans.

Detection and Treatment
When it's important to control spiders, chemical control is used, along with destruction of webs and eggs. Since they feed on insects, measures that control unwanted insects will also reduce spider populations.


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Biting & Stinging Pests

Damage
Bees, wasps, and scorpions are dangerous because of their painful and potentially harmful stings.

Detection and Treatment
Wasp nests and bee hives can be removed by professionals with protective gear. Insecticides are also used. Scorpion problems are usually treated chemically.

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