• Roaches

    Since the reemergence of the bedbug, it seems we hear less and less about everyone’s old favorite, the cockroach. Although the attention has been shifted to our newfound blood-sucking friends, the cockroach is still alive and well. There have been many improvements made to the products we use to control cockroaches, which helps minimize the amount of chemicals needed to control these pests. When cockroaches are found in kitchen cabinets for example, rather than treating the cabinets with sprays, we can use baits and insect growth regulators which make the cockroaches unable to molt and reproduce. In many situations, we use a vacuum cleaner to remove the bulk of the population, so there are far fewer insects that need to be controlled. With the use of vacuum cleaners, baits and insect growth regulators

  • Bed Bugs

    There’s no doubt about it: bed bugs are back! And understandably, the recent rise in the bed bug population has many people concerned. Pre-World War II times, it was estimated that nearly 30% of American homes had bed bugs. After World War II, many long-lasting pesticides were commonly used indoors. Bed bugs were nearly absent for 50 years in America. However, reports show that they may never have truly disappeared, but were very uncommon, until the late 1990’s. It is unknown exactly why the sudden resurgence of bed bugs in America, but two possible reasons have been recently cited. The first is the change in pest control products used by professionals over the years. With the entire planet focused on “going green”, products have become less and less toxic and designed to break down much faster than those used in the past. Thus, survival rates of bed bugs have increased due to the lack of non-targeted poisoning. The second main reason is the huge increase in worldwide air travel. Bed bugs are nature’s hitchhikers, which unknowingly find their way into travelers’ luggage while staying in infested hotel rooms. The bugs are brought back home and slowly infest their new place of residence. More recently, we have seen bed bug issues in all sorts of public places from movie theaters to subway trains.

    If thought you may have the beginning of a bed bug infestation, it is best to seek the help of a professional pest controller. Bed bugs are by no means a “do it yourself” type of job. Signs of an infestation would be waking up with small red itchy welts on the body. These are where the bed bugs have feasted on the host’s blood while they lay asleep at night. Other signs to look for are small black ink stains in and around the seams of your mattress. These stains are caused by the bugs’ fecal excretions following a blood meal. You also may find cast bodies (as they drop their skins when they molt), and the presence of the bugs themselves. Bed bugs are very small and good at hiding so they might not be very easy to spot. If in question, call a professional. If one lets a bed bug problem get out of hand, it can take much longer and cost a lot more to take care of the problem.

  • Spiders

    Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica and have become established in nearly every ecological niche with the exception of air and sea colonization. As of 2008 taxonomists have recorded approximately 40,000 spider species and 109 families.

    Most spiders will only bite humans in self-defense and few produce worse effects than a mosquito bite or bee sting. Most of those with medically serious bites such as recluse spiders and widow spiders are shy and bite only when they feel threatened but this can easily arise by accident. Funnel web spiders’ defensive tactics are aggressive and their venom, although they rarely inject much, has resulted in 13 known human deaths. There were approximately 100 documented deaths from spider bites in the 20th century compared to 1,500 deaths from jellyfish stings. Many alleged cases of spider bites may represent incorrect diagnosis, which would make it more difficult to check the effectiveness of treatments for genuine bites.

  • Fleas

    Fleas are small, agile, usually dark colored, wingless insects with tube-like mouthparts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their bodies are laterally compressed permitting easy movement through the hairs or feathers on the host’s body or in the case of humans, under clothes.

    Fleas attack a wide variety of warm-blooded vertebrates including dogs, cats, humans, chickens, rabbits, squirrels, rats, ferrets, and mice. Fleas are a nuisance to their hosts, causing an itching sensation, which in turn may result in the host attempting to remove the pest by biting, pecking, scratching, etc. the vicinity of the parasite. Fleas are not simply a source of annoyance, however. Some people and animals suffer allergic reactions to flea saliva resulting in rashes. Fleabites generally result in the formation of a slightly raised swollen itching spot with a single puncture point at the center (similar to a mosquito sting). The bites often appear in clusters or lines of two bites, and can remain itchy and inflamed for up to several weeks afterwards. Fleas can also lead to hair loss as a result of frequent scratching and biting by the animal, and can cause anemia in extreme cases.

    Besides the problems posed by the creature itself, fleas can also act as a vector for disease. For example, fleas transmitted the bubonic plague between rodents and humans. Typhus fever, and in some cases, tapeworms can also be transmitted by fleas.

  • Wasps and Hornets

  • Earwigs

  • Pantry Pests