The Argentine ant is light to dark brown in color. They will nest both indoors and outdoors. On the inside they prefer to nest near areas where there is moisture such as bathrooms, kitchen sinks, potted plants, and plumbing areas. They can eat almost anything but prefer to eat sweets.
Outside the Argentine Ant will nest in various locations; under rocks, plants, wood and along sidewalks and prefer moist soil. They will invade your home or place of business in search of food and or shelter. Their colonies are massive and can adapt to different environments.
The Odorous House Ant gets its name because when crushed it gives off a rotten coconut odor. It can develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens. They normally nest outdoors under loose bark, ground cover, potted plants and suitable voids. On the inside they can be found near moisture in bathrooms kitchens and plumbing areas. They feed on other insects, plant secretions and seeds.
The Pavement Ant is approx. 1/10 inch and brown in color. Their colonies are moderate to large in size, 3-4,000. They like to nest in sidewalk cracks, along curbs, under baseboards, floors and around insulation. They like to feed on meat, cheese, nuts, other insects and just about anything. Each female can lay an egg per day and live for several years.
These tiny ants are golden-amber in color and require warm climate to survive. Inside they will nest near warm humid areas and generally in inaccessible areas, such as wall voids, inside furniture and under floors. A single colony can support several million worker ants.
This is among the largest of the ant family, 1/4 ” to 1/2″ in length, and usually black in color. It has a large head and strong mandibles (jaws) used for chewing. Although they chew their way through wood they do not eat wood. They are of great concern to homeowners because an infestation cans cause serious structural damage if left untreated. They will eat grease, sweets, eggs, cakes and other foodstuff.
Female Black Widows are approx. 1/2” in size with a red hour glass marking on the underside. They have irregular shaped webs, hang upside-down and shelter in areas with little or no light. Their venom is a neurotoxin and can be very dangerous especially if there is an allergic reaction. The bite may not be felt but the pain is almost immediate. It’s recommended you seek medical attention if bitten.
The Brown Recluse Spider is very dangerous to humans. It starts out as a small spider bite but their powerful venom slowly kills the flesh. It has a dark brown fiddle-shaped marking and is approx. 1/2″ long. If bitten seek medical attention immediately.
A Wolf Spider is hairy and can be up to 2” in length. They are not typically associated with webs. They will actively hunt their prey during the day and night. Their bite is rare and not dangerous. They enter the home through doors and cracks.
The German Cockroach is a prolific breeder with each egg sac containing up to 40 eggs. It is the most common roach and is often found in structures, such as in kitchen, bathrooms, cabinets, countertops, drawers, and in appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, and toasters. Anywhere there is food or water is an ideal harborage area. They can infest a home quickly and are hazardous because they are known to carry diseases.
The Oriental Cockroach, commonly called a “Water Bug,” is usually shiny black but can also appear dark reddish brown in color. They seek out warm, damp areas indoors and survive quite well outside. They like to feed on organic decaying matter but prefer to feed on starchy foods. Because they feed on filth they will omit a roachy odor.
The American Cockroach can be up to 2″ in length, and reddish brown in color. They are the largest cockroach in the United States. It prefers damp areas such as sewers, basements, crawl spaces and boiler rooms. They are scavengers and like to feed on decaying organic matter. It will gain access to buildings through drains and sewer systems. It is also known to carry diseases.
Earwigs are a serious garden pest. They like to feed on flowers, fruits, trees, plants and other insects. They are nocturnal and during the day will hide in dark areas, under vegetation, mulch and stones. They are often called “Pincher Bugs.”
They are identified by three long, thin appendages extending from the rear of the abdomen. They like to eat paper products, glue, starch and textiles. They are often found in books and packaging, and cause damage to these products. Signs of their presence can be irregular chewing marks, holes eaten directly through paper and small dark feces.
Most commonly carried into the home by pets, but can also be brought into the home on pants, socks and shoes. They like to feed on blood and live on animals. They have the ability to transmit disease. Fleas can carry bubonic plague and Murine Typhus. Approx. 75% of fleas are associated with rodents.
Mice seek food and shelter and prefer to nest in areas that are dark and secluded. They use materials such as fabrics, papers, packaging materials, insulation and cotton to make their nests. They are curious creatures and can gain access to structures through 1/4″ openings. They carry diseases such as; Salmonella, Plague, typhus, Polio, Tapeworm, Jaundice and others.
Rats are shy creatures and are very cautious. They will feed on practically anything, but prefer fruits, nuts, berries, meat and cereals. They can gnaw through material such as furniture and electrical wire which can create fire hazards. They are a hazard to humans because their bite can cause disease and they contaminate food.
Scorpions are nocturnal creatures and will hide in blankets, shoes, drawers, and under rocks during the day. They enter structures through cracks and weep holes in structures. They like to feed on insects. Their sting is similar to a bee sting and certain species can be very dangerous especially if there is an allergic reaction. If bitten seek medical attention immediately.
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