Bugstoppers

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Ants

Acrobat Ant

Acrobat Ant

A light brown to black ant 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. Nest outdoors under stones,logs, and in trees. Indoors they nest in floors and wall voids. These ants will travel up to 100 feet from there nest.

Fire Ant

Fire Ant

Yellow to dark brown ranging from 1/16 to 1/4 inches. The red imported fire ant colonies can range in size from 80,000 to 250,000 workers alone. Usually nest in the ground but can develop nest in structures.

Odorous House Ant

Odorous House Ant

Brown to black 1/16 to 1/8 inches. As the name imply’s these ants have a rancid bitter smell when crushed. Often nest outside under stones, logs ect. Can also nest inside in walls or floors around heat sources. E.G. hot water heaters pipes. Prefer sweets but will eat most any household food. Usually invade homes during rainy periods.

Pavement Ant

Pavement Ant

1/16 to 1/8 inches dark body and lighter legs. Nest outside under flat stones, sidewalks along curbing, ect. invade structures in search of food particular problem with slab construction. Inside they nest in walls, insulation, floors. Will feed insects, meats, seeds, sweets and grease.

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

1/8 to 1/2 inches, Black, brown, red/black. Usually nest in wood, trees or structures. Prefer to excavate wood damaged by fungus and are ofter found in conjunction with moisture problems. May travel up to 300 feet from nest in search of food.

Blood Feeders

Brown Dog Tick

Brown Dog Tick

1/8 inches red-brown this is a southern pest. Adults can live unfed for 18 months. and one female can lay between 1000 to 3000 eggs at a time. Potential vector for rocky mountain spotted fever.

Fleas

Fleas

Cat / dog fleas can be found in the same area. Are similar in appearance, small 1/ inch, wingless and laterally flat. After each blood meal females lay four to eight eggs, but lay 400 to 800 total in her life.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bug

Adult bed bugs are 3/16 inches long, oval, flat and rusty-red or mahogany in color. Females lay one to five eggs at a time, 200-500 within her lifetime. Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices during the day. Feed at night on its host which includes humans, birds and the family pet.

Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Adult Males are 1 inch long, females are 1-1/4 inches long. Red brown to black. Early nymphs are light brown, get darker with each molt. During her life the female produces an average of eight egg capsules each contains 16 eggs. Indoors Oriental roaches are often found in bathtubs and sink areas outside you can find them in planters, ground cover, under stones leaf litter and other debis.They prefer to feed on starchy foods but eat various other items including decaying organic matter.

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

American roaches are 1-3/ to 2-1/8 inches long. Red-brown and characterized by fully developed wings that completely cover the abdomen. The pronotun, shield like are behind the head has a dirty-yellow band around it. They prefer to inhabit warm, damp locations. Are strong fliers and easily migrate from building to building.

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Males are 7/ to 1-1/4 inches long, and females are 1/2 to 3/4 inches long. Both are chestnut brown. They are attracted to lights, gaining entry to structures through cracks and gaps near the light source.

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

German roaches are 1/2 to 5/ inches long are light brown to tan. During her lifetime, the female German roach produces four to eight egg capsules each containing 30 to 40 eggs. German roaches are the most common household insect within the United States. Typically infesting kitchens and bathrooms but will live anywhere inside a heated structures in which there is food, water and harborage. German Cockroaches gain entry into structures in grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cartons, infest equipment such as used refrigerators, toasters, microwaves, etc. Cockroaches feed on all types of human food,as well as pet food, toothpaste, soap, glue. etc.

Wood Destroying Insects

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

1/8 to 1/2 inches, Black, brown, red/black. Usually nest in wood, trees or structures. Prefer to excavate wood damaged by fungus and are ofter found in conjunction with moisture problems. May travel up to 300 feet from nest in search of food.

Termite

Termite

Eastern Subterranean Termite found from the eastern seaboard as far west as Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Termites digest cellulose in the wood, live in the soil from which the workers build mud tubes to structural wood. An average colony consists of 60,000 to 250,000 individuals but colonies numbering in the millions are possible.

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees are large 1/2 to 1 inch long, they look like bumble bees. They differ by having a bare shiny black abdomen, compared to bumble bees that have a hairy abdomen. Carpenter bees actually bore holes into wood to create a tunnel in which to raise their young. The entry hole is 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter. Entry holes are usually located in well-lit and sheltered areas, such as headers, roof eaves, porch ceiling, fascia boards, decks and window sills.

Rodents

Deer Mouse

Deer Mouse

Deer Mouse is bi-color upper portion is medium to dark brown, and the underside of the tail, feet and stomach areas are white. The body is 2 3/4 to 4 inches long with a tail 2 to 5 inches long. Deer mice are active year round. In the fall and winter deer mice enter houses, garages and outbuildings. Typical diet consists of nuts, seeds, berries, and insects.

House Mouse

House Mouse

The house mouse is gray, three to four inches long with a tail three to four inches long. House mice easily squeeze through holes and gaps wider than 1/4 inch. The major health risk associated with house mice are salmonella contamination and leptospirosis.

Norway Rat

Norway Rat

The head and body are seven to ten inches long with a tail six to eight inches long. Rats are nocturnal. Outside Norway rats prefer to nest under sidewalks, and concrete pads, stream/river banks, railroad track beds, and next to buildings. The rat can enter buildings through 1/2 inch and larger gaps. In buildings they prefer to nest in the lower levels of the building, crawlspace, basement, and sewers. Preferred foods are meat, fish, and cereals.

Roof Rats

Roof Rats

The head and body are six to eight inches long and the tail is an additional seven to ten inches long. Roof rats prefer to nest in trees and occasionally in burrows and vegetation. Roof rats easily enter buildings through 1/2 inch and larger openings. In buildings they prefer to nest in the upper levels of the building, and occasionally, in basements.

Occasional Invaders

Silverfish

Fabric Pest

Silverfish are wingless insects 1/2 inch when fully grown. Three long, slender appendages project from their abdomen. They are covered with silvery scales and somewhat carrot shaped. Silverfish are tropical insects like to live in 71-90 degree temperatures, they feed on books, cloth, and sometimes dried meats. They seem especially fond of paper and glues and pastes found on wallpaper, labels and other paper products.

Furniture Carpet Beetle

Furniture Carpet Beetle

Adult furniture carpet beetles are 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, oval and covered with spots of yellow. Adult females lay 30 to 100 eggs that hatch in nine to nineteen days. They feed on the hair padding, feathers or woolen upholstery of furniture. It will also feed on wool, hair, fur, and will also damage linen, cotton, jute, leather and softwoods.

Drain Fly

Drain Flies

Drain Flies are very small and hairy flies about 1/16 to 1/4 inch long. They are colored from yellowish, brownish-gray, to blackish. Drain flies or Moth flies are an annoyance within some structures when they breed in the liquids found in drains, dirty garbage containers and septic tanks.

Fungus Gnat

Fungus Gnats

Fungus Gnats are very small 1/32 to 7/16 inch long, long legged and mosquito-like and are sually black, brown or yellowish. The larvae feed on moist decaying organic matter and fungi growing in the soil. The accumulation of old mulch around buildings provides an ideal habitat.

HouseFly

House Fly

House flies are 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, dull gray with four dark stripes on the back of the thorax the (segment right behind the head with the legs and wings attached) Females lay eggs in animal manure, accumulated grass clippings and garbage.

Millipedes

Millipedes

Most Millipedes are brown or black, range in size from 5/8 inch to 4 inches. Mostly found outside in moisture and decaying organic matter, such as under trash, grass clippings, mulch, rotting firewood, leaf litter, etc. Millipedes invade homes when standing water drives them out.

Boxelder

Boxelder

Adult Boxelder bugs are 1/2 inch long black-brown with three red stripes on the thorax, segment where the legs attach. Prefer to feed on leaves, twigs, and seeds. Become a pest in homes when they enter to find overwintering sites. Inside homes there droppings stain drapes, curtains, furniture and other materials where they rest.

Boxelder

Earwigs

Adult Earwigs are 1/4 to 1 inch long, dark brown to black, body is long and flattened. Earwigs usually live outside and feed on plant material. When they invade Homes, usually in the Fall or at night. Indoors they are usually found in cracks and crevices and under furniture and carpet.