There are all sorts of insects, spiders, and rodents that may infest a home or commercial property. Some of these pests can be occasional invaders, and others can repeatedly remain a problem. All of these common pests, listed below, are covered with our Quarterly Pest Control service. Pests such as Boxelder Bugs, Earwigs, Centipedes, Millipedes, and Indian Meal Moths are just a few of the pests you may encounter. If you find a pest and are having trouble identifying it, capture it in a plastic bag and container. Our pest control experts will be happy to take a closer look and identify it and find a solution for its control.
Boxelder Bugs: These insects are found near many varieties of Maple and Boxelder trees, hence their name. They don’t pose a hazard or risk to humans, but can become a considerable nuisance especially in the spring and fall months. They will frequently be found sunning themselves on structures, vehicles, etc. at times when weather is transitioning. In cooler months, Boxelder Bugs seek places to overwinter behind siding and in attics and garages. As these insects make their way inside, they can become quite a nuisance. Boxelder Bug Control is best achieved by treating the exterior of structures with a control material to minimize the amount of insects that get inside. Once inside, it’s advisable to physically remove them. Sealing up cracks and entry points can help reduce interior populations as well.
Earwigs: These insects are commonly found in moist areas. Areas such as basements and garages are always hot spots for Earwigs. Property owners often find these insects when moving boxes, lifting exterior welcome mats, flagstone pieces, etc. and then see them scurrying about quickly to find another dark location for protection. Earwig control is easily achieved with the use of most insect control materials. Sealing up entry points and eliminating the cool, damp environments that are favorable to Earwigs will help to reduce the likelihood of infestation.
Centipedes: These insects cause alarm to many property owners because they move so quickly and often across living areas and even bedroom walls. They have up to 15 sets of legs, which often grants them the nickname of “Thousand Leggers”. These pests lay 60-150 eggs in the spring of the year, and can live 3-7 years. As a predatory insect, they feed on all sorts of structural pests such as ants, spiders, silverfish, cockroaches, termites, and bed bugs. They pose virtually no risk to humans but can become a nuisance pest as they adapt to and move into most areas within a structure. Centipede control is best achieved by treating the exterior of a structure throughout the year and minimally treating in interior problem areas.
Millipedes: These insects are similar to Centipedes. They will inhabit similar areas but feed on organic matter that is often found in decomposing mulch and soil. They move much slower than Centipedes and usually only enter a structure by accident or to find shelter from inclement weather. They pose no risk to humans but can become an occasional nuisance pest. Millipede control is best achieved by treating the exterior of a structure throughout the year and minimally treating in interior problem areas.
Indian Meal Moths: The larvae of these insects infest foodstuffs and are commonly brought into kitchens in packaged containers. The larvae then pupate and winged adults can be found nearby, clinging to walls. As will most pantry pests, control recommendations are to first find the infested food source and dispose of it. This usually will prevent the infestation from becoming more severe and these insects will die off if they don’t have a food source. Nontoxic traps are also available to catch flying adults that are attracted to pheromones that are infused with glue. Applying control materials inside is rarely recommended.
There are dozens of other pests that will also present themselves as nuisances at both residential and commercial properties. If you have a pest problem, we would be happy to identify your issue and let you know what solutions there may be.