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This is an ancient insect whose roots are thought to go back to the times of cave dwellers. For many years, bed bugs were found in numerous communities around the United States regardless of income level. Bed Bugs infestations are on the rise throughout the country; especially in urban centers. Elimination of this pest is very time consuming and requires the cooperation of parties involved in order to be successful.



This will include Bees and Wasps (etc). Although considered a very beneficial insect due to pollination of flowers, fruit trees and various food grains, a bee or wasp sting can cause death to humans who are allergic to them.




The adult German cockroach lives more than 200 days. Females produce an average of four egg cases containing 30 to 50 eggs. Upon hatching in "WARM ENVIRONMENTS" the nymphal stage (baby roaches) can mature in less than 28 days. As you can see a roach infestation can occur rapidly if a Integrated Pest Management plan is not implemented and maintained.




The adult Cat Flea and/or Dog Flea lays several hundred eggs that incubate off the host and hatch within 12 days into legless larvae.   The larvae feed on organic debris for 8 to 24 days and become pupae.   The pupae emerge into adults in five to seven days.  When conditions are "unfavorable" for emergence, larvae can live for 200 days and pupae for up to a year.




The most important aspect of controlling carpenter ants is "identifying and destroying" the nest, removing and repairing the damaged wood, and vacuuming up the stray ants immediately before repairs are made.    If allowed to expand, carpenter ant colonies can cause thousands of dollars in home repairs.   They can be identified by the following; black in color, 5/16 inch to 7/16 inch in size very active movement.




The house mouse is light brown to grey and reaches 3 1/2 inch (9 cm) in length, with atail as long as the body.   Its large ears and pointed nose help distinguish it from a young rat, which has small ears and a blunt nose.    Management strategies for wild mice and house mice are slightly different.   The most important among these are excellent sanitation in side and around the perimeter of the house; specifically, elimination of food, water and harborage areas:



Squirrels are considered cute; however, they can be a problem due to their nesting habits, gnawing on wood and activity in voids areas of your home (for example your addict).    They are a protected species; therefore, they must be trapped and re-located.



Pigeons and Starling:  these very common urban dwellers are very comfortable around humans; in fact they depend on humans for food and shelter.    The usually nest in the voids of buildings at addict level and feed on discarded foods and grains.   A excellent IPM program will eliminate harborage areas, food sources, water sources, preventive screening and/or spikes to provide a physical barrier to stop future nesting.