Browse our Pest Library to learn more about these little critters that may be hiding in your home.
In our region, mostly during the springtime, the carpenter and pavement ants can become quite active. Some are just a nuisance, but carpenter ants for example, can begin to cause structural damage to your property. This occurs when they use wood in your home to build their galleries. Although carpenter ants do not eat wood the destruction they can create is due to this behavior.
SIGNS OF ANT PROBLEM
Ants forage into your home looking for food and moisture, this is often why are you find them in kitchens, dining room and bathrooms. Some tell-tale signs that you have an ant problem:
- Groupings or trails of ants in one location
- Sounds within your walls of ants working
- Frass (displaced wood and excrement)
- Ants with wings (swarmers)
Essentially, bed bugs live anywhere people live and sleep. An infestation of bed bugs has little if anything at all to do with cleanliness. Either way, they prefer to feed on human blood. So, if you have woken up in the morning with itchy, red bumps or noticed little spots on your furniture left behind from dark blood or fecal matter, then it is time to call a professional.
Finding and eliminating bed bugs is a difficult task since they like hiding in small crevices, making them difficult to spot and even harder to eliminate. They can hide in the tufts and folds of your mattress, boxspring, carpets, furniture and also in many of the unlikeliest of places.
SIGNS OF BED BUGS
- Live bed bugs
- Excrement spots or blood on fabric
- Rust-colored stains where bedbugs have been crushed
- Pale yellow eggshells shed by females
As much as we love to have pets like cats and dogs in our homes, it's expected that at some point we may see fleas. These tiny pests feed off of animals as well as humans, and because they sometimes live on other wildlife such as skunks and raccoons they can easily transmit diseases from infected animals.
Flea prevention begins with sound advice from your pet's veterinarian, vacuuming daily, steam cleaning your carpets and discarding old pet bedding among a few. However, if you think you have an infestation already in progress calling a professional pest provider is in your family's best interest. A qualified pest control provider can treat the entire life cycle of fleas to completely eradicate them from your home.
Just the thought of a cockroach in your home or favorite restaurant is unsettling. Some roaches thrive on moisture-filled places and others prefer warm and dry areas, but whatever the case, once roaches invade they are a huge problem. In Northeast Ohio most common roach species area are the American cockroach, German cockroach, oriental cockroach and brown banded cockroach, and one female alone can produce hundreds of roaches per year. That's enough to make anyone squirm.
Roaches are opportunistic and will eat anything readily available in your home. They are also disease transmitters, trigger allergies and asthma, as well as contaminate food. There are dozens of places in your home where these unwanted pests can call their own, but it's important to know where to look when you can't actually see them. That's when it's time to act and call a Pest Control Provider.
Spiders by nature are solitary creatures, and whether we are fond of them or not, they do provide a service in reducing unwanted pest populations. However, spiders indoors are altogether different. Some can bite, some are venomous, or may cause an allergic reaction. A few spiders here and there can be gone by simply using your dust buster or vacuuming.
If you are seeing a lot of spiders with more frequency, then you may have an infestation and it may be an indicator of a separate pest issue.
Wasps and Hornets
Social wasps such as paper wasps, yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets have colonies that are built to serve their queen. Paper wasp and hornet nests can be found in trees, shrubs, underside of overhangs, attics and walls. Yellow jackets are more often found nesting in the ground, logs and border timbers.
When nests are disturbed or threatened, a warning signal is sent out to all members not presently in the nest. This causes them to immediately return to the nest, thus putting anyone in that area in danger. That is why it is recommended to hire a professional pest control provider.