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Pest Library

Pest Library

Roaches

Cockroaches have the reputation for outliving a nuclear bomb, and for good reason. Typically, these insects are nocturnal and choose places where a water source is prevalent, such as a bathroom or kitchen faucet. These insects are prolific, with over 4,600 different species on the planet. The most common types of cockroaches that plague American property owners are the German Cockroach, the Smokey Brown Cockroach, and the American Cockroach. 

While these three species all share similar coloration—ranging from pale brown, reddish-brown, to dark mahogany brown—they have distinctive characteristics to help you identify them. German Cockroaches are about half an inch in length and have wings but are unable to fly. Chances are if you see roaches in your home, they are the German Cockroach, as the female can produce up to 10,000 nymphs a year. Reaching over an inch in length, the Smokey Brown Cockroach is the darkest of the common roaches and are strong fliers, with wings that extend past their bodies. In the early lifecycle of these species, they present with a whitish stripe on their bodies and on the tips of the antennae. The American Cockroach is typically the largest roach to infiltrate properties, with some growing up to two inches in length. A reddish-brown, these insects have wings but can only fly in short bursts. 

Ants

While small in size, ants are prodigious in their ability to infiltrate homes, no matter how clean you keep your space. All ants share a few common characteristics, three clearly defined body sections—a head, abdomen, and thorax—six long legs, and bent antennae. They typically build their nests around food and water sources, building massive colonies that can contain over a hundred thousand individuals. 

Because different species of ants behave differently, it is important to identify the type of ant infestation you have in order to properly rid your space of them. The four most common ant species property owners struggle with are the Argentine Ant, Tiny Black Ant, Carpenter Ant, and Fire Ant.

Argentine ants are an invasive species that have become prolific thanks to their ability to form ‘super colonies’ spanning both inside and outside your home. As the name suggests, tiny black ants are small, shiny, and black—only about an eighth of an inch long. Typically, they nest in leaf litter, debris, or lumber. Carpenter ants can cause damage due to their ability to tunnel into wood. This also makes it easy to be mistaken for termites, so it is helpful for your professional pest control company to perform a detailed inspection. Fire ants are red in color and deliver a painful bite if they feel threatened. These bites leave itchy and uncomfortable red bumps and while they typically disappear within a few days, they can sometimes cause an allergic reaction that requires medical intervention.

Bed Bugs

Feeding on human blood, these parasitic insects are found virtually all over the world and spread quickly, especially in recent decades. Not only are these insects incredibly small, but they also look different depending on which stage of the life cycle they are in, making identification challenging. Bed bug eggs are small, circular, and white, yellow, or clear in color. In the nymph stage, they can also appear white, tan, or yellowish and are much smaller than adults. The adults are the easiest to identify thanks to their brown color and flat, oval shape. 

Because they are challenging to identify, the most telltale signs of an infestation are often the bites they leave behind. Incredibly itchy, these tiny red and raised bumps are present in clusters. Another telltale sign comes from their droppings or when they are squished, bringing red-brown spots to your linens.

Subterranean Termites

Ranging from three-eighths of an inch to a half-inch in length, these termites range in color and can be found throughout the U.S. While these insects don’t carry disease, they can be incredibly damaging to your home or business—feeding off of the cellulose in wood. If left unchecked, termite colonies can grow to nearly one million termites. Subterranean termites not only leave hollowed-out wood and blistered flooring in their wake but also create mud tubes traveling across walls or ceilings. At PROTEKT Pest Solutions, we perform a detailed inspection to determine the type and scope of a termite infestation and will customize a treatment to rid your space of these damaging insects.

Mosquitos

Everyone has heard the telltale whine of a mosquito flying near them, particularly in the humid summer months. These insects have a distinctive body shape, with wings and a clearly defined abdomen, thorax, and head—equipped with an easily identifiable proboscis. Female mosquitos use this straw-like structure to pierce the skin of humans and animals to suck out blood. The reason mosquitos leave behind an itchy and sometimes painful bump is because they inject their saliva into the bitten creature, causing a reaction. Male mosquitos are smaller and hairier than females, and their proboscises are too weak to pierce human skin, which is why most pest control companies treat specifically for females, allowing you to enjoy your backyard again without annoying bites and stopping the reproductive process of the insects. 

 

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