Named for their silver color, these little insects are common household pests that can run very fast, but cannot fly. They are more active at night which makes them harder to locate. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches and they have been found in unopened food packages. While they are capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas and they multiply quickly. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing and are commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds.
There are approximately 370 species and each has their own characteristics. Being able to identify the proper species is critical to quick and effective treatment.
Carpenter ants are one of the most difficult variety of ants to control. They are one of the largest ants and are usually black or dark brownish in color and about 1/4" in length. Winged carpenter ants most commonly swarm from their nests in early spring. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish them from a termite, however the best distinction is to look at their waist size. The carpenter ant has a slender waist, where the termite has a broad waist.
The carpenter ant nests in both dry and damp wood, but usually prefers a damp area. Leaks caused by water damage to roofs, windows and walls are just some of their favorite areas to invade. Garages, decks and fences are also areas to be aware of. If left untreated for a long period of time, they can cause some major structural damage.
The common household ants are one of the earliest inspects to appear at the beginning of spring and the last to leave in the fall. There are more than 1,000 different species in North America and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. For the most part, they're harmless, but they certainly can be a real nuisance!
Ants are a social insect that lives in colonies. They only invade structure in search of food, shelter or water. It can be very frustrating to try to control them, but with proper identification and treatment, it can be VERY EFFECTIVE!
Not only are roaches unattractive but they are a health concern. Roaches are known to carry diseases and can cause allergic reactions. They are extremely resilient pests, and once they invade your home can be very difficult to get rid of. Their biggest attractant is food, but even once the food area is cleaned, roaches can survive for up to 3 months without eating. In the mean time they look for dark, damp, wet places to hide.
In the late spring and early summer, homeowners often notice large black bees hovering around the outside of their homes. These are probably carpenter bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests. Male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests.
Mice often live in hidden areas within homes, including storage boxes, attics and wall interiors. They can fit through extremely small openings in foundations, floors and walls. Once they enter your home, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of especially since they rarely leave their nests during daylight. Professional pest control should be sought for the knowledge, training and expertise to successfully manage mice.
Stink bugs were not on our continent until 1998. It is believed they were transported here from China in a shipment. Their numbers have greatly increased in the last few years and spread to about 20 states, with Kentucky being one of them. Stink bugs are brown and have a very odd shape with specks of light brown markings. They have a gland which emits an odd odor when they feel threatened or if they are stepped on, thus the name "stink bug." While these insects are not harmful to humans, they can do a great deal of damage to farmer crops, especially fruits and vegetables.
A common indication that you have flea activity would be your pets repeatedly scratching and grooming themselves. Some people may also experience bites which leave behind itchy marks. Fleas are relatively easy to see in their adult stage however flea eggs represent about half of the flea population in an average home. Therefore, to rid the infestation our licensed technicians will get to the root of the cause by conducting a thorough inspection and locate the areas that immature stages of the fleas are residing.
There are two types of ticks most often found in Kentucky, the American Dog Tick and the Lone Star Tick - both of which are not carriers of Lyme Disease. There have been reports of Lyme Disease in our state, however the carrier ticks have yet to be identified. Ticks like to live in tall grasses, overgrown bushes, weeds and empty birds nest. They also seek shelter in hidden areas within homes. If you suspect a tick infestation call us 502-339-1234.
Gnats are typically small and long-legged flying inspects. Contrary to popular belief, these flying insects are not babies, they are adults. Depending on species, gnats can be biting or non-biting and feed on plants, other insects or blood. Gnats have been known to carry parasites and spread diseases to humans and livestock. They assemble in large swarms that occur most commonly at dusk in large fields and above streets. The best control for gnats in your home is to identify any plants that have wet soil and let that soil dry completely before the next watering. Keeping fruit in the refrigerator will protect it from gnats as well. Schedule an inspection if you are encountering difficulty ridding your home of these pests.
There are various types of carpet beetles, all of which can cause damage to fabrics. The most common are the Black Carpet Beetle and the Varied Carpet Beetle. Each female lays approximately 50 eggs that hatch over the course of 3 weeks deposited in various areas. It can be almost impossible to eliminate these bugs without our professional help in locating the unhatched eggs and targeting all the nooks and crannies that need to be treated.
Here in Louisville, we are in the heat of the summer and the threat of wasps are heightened this time of year. Yellow jacket are known to sting repeatedly and their stings pose health threats along with possible allergic reactions. Wasps live in colonies that can contain thousands, therefore a thorough inspection and treatment by a trained professional is your safest solution. Trying to get rid of these on your own will more than likely result in getting stung.
This spider is found primarily in the South and Central United States, but has been known to travel to other states. It is a nocturnal insect and is not usually seen during the day, but is most active after the sun goes down. The bite from this spider is a venomous bite and ranges from a mild to a severe reaction. Brown recluse spiders get their name from their soft brown color and their typical nesting habits. As their name implies, they are very much "the loner." They are usually found in dark, out of the way places.
Mosquitos carry numerous diseases including the newest mosquito-borne Zika disease. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a half an inch of water, so it's advised to treat your property by a professional. We offer seasonal mosquito control services during the months of April - October.