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We provide services that are guaranteed or ongoing.

We treat for Ants, Bedbugs, Birds, Carpenter Ants, Cockroaches, Crawling Insects, Flies, Fleas, Lawn Pests, Mice, Moisture Ants, Odorous House Ants, Opossum, Powder Post Beetles, Rats, Spiders, Stored Products Pests, Squirrels, Subterranean Termites, Thatching Ants, Wasps and Yellowjackets.

Pest Descriptions

Carpenter Ants

Description / Biology

Carpenter ants are among the largest black ants found in the United States. The queens (with or without wings) are the largest ants in the colony, with the males (with)wings and workers being of several smaller sizes.

Carpenter ants do not eat wood, however, they do excavate wood for nesting purposes and can cause considerable structural damage. The nest may be found outside in a stump or in a wall void of a house. They will nest in dry, sound wood, but they would prefer moist rotting wood.

Carpenter ants feed on sweets and other insects. If a nest is present in a building, a trail of these ants can usually be seen leaving the building at night as they forage for food.

Occasionally ants from an outdoor nest wander into a building looking for food, so the presence of only a few worker ants does not guarantee an ant infestation or a major problem, however, the presence of several large winged queen or male ants usually indicates the presence of an infestation in the building.


Cockroaches

Description / Biology

Adult German cockroaches are up to 5/8 inches long. They are pale brown with two parallel black streaks behind the head. German cockroaches are less than 1/8 inch long and are wingless when they hatch. As they grow, the black streaks behind the head become more distinct.

German cockroaches are the most common household insect pest in the United States. This pest is usually found in dark secluded areas such as under cupboards, behind cabinets, in wall voids, and around motor housing sin appliances.

The adult female produces four to eight egg capsules in her lifetime. Each egg capsule contains 30 to 40 eggs. The entire life cycle from egg to adult usually takes less than three months.

Roaches consume a variety of foods, eating almost anything a human would eat. These insects tend to be more active at night than during the day.


Fleas

Description / Biology

Cat and dog fleas are usually found together and are very similar in appearance. Fleas are approximately 1/8 of an inch long with bodies that are very flattened from side to side. They have well developed legs, making them excellent jumpers.

Adult fleas feed on blood, preferably that of dogs and cats, but will also readily feed on human blood. Fleas require this blood meal in order to lay fertile eggs. The females lay 4 to 8 eggs after each blood meal. Eggs hatch into the larval stage in approximately 10 days. This larval stage feeds on the dried blood found in the fecal material of the adult fleas. They move into the pupal stage in 7-15 days, where they remain for anywhere from 1 week to a year depending on conditions, before emerging as the adult stage.

Odorous House Ant

Description / Biology

These ants get their name from the distinct rotten coconut odor they release when crushed. They are brown in color and are approximately 1/8 of an inch long. Colonies may contain as many as 10,000 workers (sterile females) and several queens (fertile females).

Odorous house ants living in buildings usually reside in wall voids, under baseboards, or above the ceiling.

These ants feed on a variety of foods including dead insects and sweets. They are particularly partial to the sweet honeydew produced by aphids that feed on plants.

These ants are extremely difficult to eliminate. If the main ant colony is stressed in any way the colony may split into smaller sub-colonies and spread to other parts of the structure. This makes odorous house ants difficult for the homeowner to control and they usually have to be eliminated by a professional.


Rodents

The word “rodent” means “to gnaw. Rats, mice, and other rodents gnaw on objects to keep their teeth from growing too long. This gnawing could cause damage to doors, floors, and ceilings, as well as utility pipes and electrical wiring resulting in fires, explosions, or flooding.

Rodents can contaminate food with their hair, urine, and feces. Rodents are also carriers of diseases such as the plague, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis.

Rodents will eat almost anything. Mice prefer grans and seeds, while rats are less picky, eating everything from books to dried meat. Rodents typically have litters of 5-8 young, which mature in 2-3 months.

  • Norway Rat

    These rats burrow in soil next to foundations and then pop up in the crawl-space under the building. They then can chew around the plumbing pipes and enter the structure. Adult Norway rats can weigh as much as one pound or more.

  • Roof Rat

    Roof rats climb trees or power cables and then jump onto buildings. They then easily enter the structure through loose tile or flashing. Once inside the attic, they have access to the wall voices and living area of the building. Adult roof rats typically weigh between 5 and 9 ounces.

  • House Mouse

    These small rodents usually enter buildings through open doors and small cracks on the ground floor. They can live in your attic or crawlspace, but prefer to live in the kitchen cabinets. Mice typically weigh less than one ounce.

Aggressive House Spider

Description / Biology

Spiders have a characteristic easily recognizable by most people. Unlike the insects which have six legs, the spiders have eight.

Most spiders are beneficial, however, they become a nuisance when they are seen around the home. Spiders can be found almost anywhere within buildings, yet most are found in moist environments such as basements and crawlspaces where they feed on insects.

All spiders are poisonous and may bite if cornered or pinched, however, the only spider in the Puget Sound area that is normally a hazard to human health is the Aggressive House Spider. The bite of these spiders can cause a large lesion which is slow to heal and may leave a permanent scar about the size of a penny.

Stored Product Pest

Description / Biology

Stored product pests include many moths, mites, and beetles. All of these insects consume stored grain products and/or household food products. Once established these insects explode in numbers and infest many different food product.

These insects get in by either flying in an open door or window, or by traveling in with grain products already infested with the pest. Most of these insects do not bite people or spread disease, but instead are simply a nuisance to have in the house.

Foods that have been stored for long periods of time are more susceptible to infestations than food that is consumed quickly. Food spills and open food containers (especially dog and cat food) also attract these pests.

Mediterranean Flour Moth

Drugstore Beetle

Stinging Insects

Yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets are some of the most dangerous stinging insects. They are classified together in a family of insects known as Vespids.

These insects are social. Vespids live in colonies made up of one queen, that lays the eggs, and one to several thousand workers. They build nests of paper-like material which is a mixture of wood able to survive the winter.

Like bees, vespids’ egg-laying structure is modified into a sting which these insects use in defense of the nest.

Vespid’s eating habits differ from bees in that vespids feed their young with insects, spiders and meat particles, instead of pollen. The adult wasps, however, feed on nectar, honey dew, and other sweet liquids. This is why they sometimes become bothersome around picnics where sweets are present.

Three of the most common vespids are the yellowjacket, paperwasp, and bald-faced hornet.

Yellow Jackets

Yellowjackets are 1/2-1 inch long with a black and yellow striped body. They are unpredictable in their behavior towards humans. yellowjackets are, however, much more likely to sting in defense of the nest than they will if they are encountered while foraging.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are yellow and black and some may be a reddish color. They resemble yellow jackets except that their body and legs are longer and thinner. Nests are usually built under horizontal surfaces such as eaves of houses.

Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets resemble yellowjackets in shape, however, they are usually at least one inch long and are almost entirely black. Nests are usually oval-shaped gray structures hanging from tree branches. The combs are completely of paper.

Bed Bugs

Description / Biology

Bedbugs are small nocturnal insects that live by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, flattened, oval and wingless. Adults grow to about 1/4 inch in length.

Bedbugs are most active shortly before dawn, but can feed at other times during the day and night. Attracted by warmth and carbon dioxide, the bedbug pierces the skin of the host, injects saliva, and proceeds to suck out blood. After feeding for about five minutes, the bedbug returns to its hiding place.

The bedbugs can live as ling as 18 months without food, they typically feed every 5 to 10 days and must feed at least once prior to each molt.