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Pest Identification and Information

Do you suspect that you have pests within your home but are unsure of what they may be? Click on the different pests below to see some of their identifying characteristics, and possible treatment methods. If you are still unsure of the type of pests within your property, feel free to contact us.

We are experts in the identification and control of all of the pests shown here.

Pavement Ants

Check for this type of ant along cracks in your driveway or concrete structures. This is where they normally make their nests. You can discourage colonies by eliminating standing water as well as debris along the outside of your home.

Bees

There are various types of bees. Some make their nests in the ground, others in trees, but you can also find bee nests in places such as your attic or soffits. Because of their stinging capabilities, contacting proper pest control for removal is advised, but you can help to prevent bees by removing loose wood from your property.

Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles often have multi-coloured backs typically with black, brown and yellow patches. Yes, they are often found in your carpet, but they also like fabrics. One good method for deterring these beetles is to have all of your clothes and cloth items stored in tightly sealed areas.

House Flies

These dark gray flies are common around your home. They like to feed on stored foods as well as organic materials that are left in the garbage. The best deterrent for these pests it to keep your house clean, and to immediately throw away unused food products in tightly sealed bags or containers, preferably outside of your kitchen.

Weevils

Weevils are a small type of beetle that normally looks as though it has a long snout. These small insects like to seek shelter within homes and businesses, and can get in through available cracks, so seal up as many exterior cracks and crevices as possible to deter them.

Termites

As most people know, termites love wood. If they are in your home, you may not see them, but you may notice structural damage to wooden materials. They are normally brown in color and can range in size from an inch to less than 1/2 an inch. Good tips to prevent termites is to not store loose wood near your home, and to seal up all cracks exposed on the outside of your home.

Cluster Flies

A common household nuisance, the cluster fly tends to emerge during the warmer seasons. They are normally about 7mm long and are golden or grey in colour. You can often find them around the windows of your home. To get rid of cluster flies, surfaces around your home and areas outside of your home can be treated.

Cockroaches

Depending on the type of cockroach, these insects can be less than an inch long or up to 2 inches. They are often red, brown or black. They tend to congregate around human food sources as well as moist climates. These insects are also normally nocturnal. Elimination of cockroaches can be difficult, so protect yourself by keeping your home or business clean and sanitary.

Bed Bugs

These small bugs are normally brown or reddish-brown. Fully grown, they reach 1/4 inch long, but are often smaller. You will often notice red itchy bites caused by these bugs. They tend to infest your bedding and clothing as well as other fabrics. Once an infestation has occurred, these are one of the hardest bugs to eliminate. Call a professional if you believe you have bed bugs. A way to help defend yourself against bed bugs is to keep carpets, bedding and fabrics clean.

Spiders

Spiders are easily identified by their eight legs. Most species do not pose a direct threat to humans, but can serve as a nuisance. Sealing cracks within your home can deter spiders, and keeping out other insects can also be helpful.

Fire Ants

Fire ants normally have a dark reddish hue, and make their large mound nests in the ground. Be careful around these ants, as they have a painful bite. They normally do not enter buildings, but their presence is often unwelcome on your property.

Hornets

Hornets build fibrous nests in trees, but also around areas of homes including the attic and soffits. They utilize wood in the creation of their nests. These flying insects can be brown and yellow or black and white. They are often known to be aggressive and can sting multiple times, unlike most species of bees. Hornets are often hard to prevent, but try to pick up any loose wood around your property. If you suspect that you have a hornet problem, call a professional for eradication.

Moths

Many people often discover that they have a moth problem when they notice holes appearing in their clothes. These flying insects can appear in many different colors, but their bodies normally look hairy. Keeping your clothes tightly sealed away can prevent damage from these pests. Moth balls and cedar chips are also effective deterrents.

Mice

If you have found holes in food packages or crumbs strewn about, the culprit may be a mouse. Mice are roughly about 2 to 3 inches long and can be various shades from light brown to black. You can help control these pests with the use of traps, and by sealing up any small holes around your house or office building.

Ticks

Various species of ticks exist, but most are about 1/8 inch in size. They can be brown or black in color. These pesky insects can bite, and feed on the blood of humans and other animals. To protect yourself from ticks, when going outside, use a tick repellent and wear clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible, and wash the worn clothing immediately.

Fruit Flies

These flies are tan or light in color. They like to feed on rotten fruits and vegetables. The best way to prevent these flies is to clean up after food preparation, and to discard all food waste in tightly sealed bags or containers optimally kept away from your kitchen.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are flying insects with thin bodies that feed on the blood of humans and animals. Their bite will often leave small, red welts on your skin. The best mosquito prevention is to rid your property of standing water, where the mosquito likes to breed. Also when going outdoors, a repellant can be applied to your skin and clothing.

Rats

There are a few species of rats, which are brown or black in colour. As adults, they are larger than your common house mice; some can even grow over a foot long (including their body and tail). Rats like to feed on all types of human food, and they are also known to chew through other household materials, often causing extensive damage. Seal up holes around your home, keep food properly stored, and keep garbage tightly sealed in order to help prevent these rodents.

Silverfish

When identifying this insect, you will see that most have a silver metallic appearance. Many times they will stay hidden from sight in damp areas, and feed on a number of household materials including paper, flour and clothing. Keep your food supplies stored properly and look for ways to eliminate moisture from the rooms in your home (e.g., using a dehumidifier) to help keep these insects away.

Wasps

Wasps are often brown in color, but some have marking of various shades of red and yellow. They are commonly found in paper-like nests, which hang from trees, porches and overhangs along your house. These stinging pests feed on nectar and other insects. Keep wood picked up around your property to create a less hospitable environment for wasps, but if you are faced with a wasp nest, it is often a good idea to call a professional.

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