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Common Pests



 
Ants
There are more than 700 ant species found in the U.S., although only about 25 species commonly infest homes. Ants are social insects that typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen. Ants will eat practically any kind of food, but are especially attracted to sweets.

Ant identification is relatively simple due to their three distinct body regions: head, thorax and abdomen, as well as antennae. Despite similar construction, ants vary in overall appearance. Small or large ants and brown or black ants are common nicknames for different species.

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, Chikungunya and West Nile virus - a mosquito-borne disease of growing concern in the United States.

Wearing an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient is the best way to prevent mosquito bites. If you are concerned about mosquito control on your property, contact a mosquito management company or your local mosquito abatement district for advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes.

Bedbugs
Bed bugs get their name from their habit of feeding on human hosts in bed. They are excellent hitchhikers, easily transported and are found in many different types of dwellings, which makes them difficult to control.

Bed bug infestations continue to plague Americans. In fact, 99.6 percent of pest professionals have treated for bed bugs in the past year, according to our most recent Bugs Without Borders survey. Do you know how to identify bed bugs?

Earwigs
Earwigs hide during the day and feeds on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects at night. These insects live together outdoors in large numbers. Earwigs can be found under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes. They gain entry to a structure through exterior cracks.

Contrary to folklore, earwigs do not crawl into ears and eat peoples' brains at night. They do not spread diseases, but their menacing appearance can be alarming to a homeowner.

Fleas
Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. Cat fleas are the most common domestic flea, but dog fleas, human fleas and oriental rat fleas can also be found. Fleas do not fly. Instead, they use their powerful legs to jump onto a passing host.

Flea bites can result in painful, itchy red bumps. Fleas are also the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague.

Wasps, Bees
& Hornets
Stinging insects like bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.

These pests are especially active during the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies forage for food that will sustain their queens during the winter.

Moths
Indian meal moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.

Attracted to the light, these bugs are found worldwide in areas where food is stored, such as grocery stores. Indian meal moths infest foods and can contaminate food products.

Roaches
Cockroaches have been long despised by homeowners due to their creepy appearance.

Cockroach control and management are important for health and safety reasons, because cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They also spread nearly 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella.

Ticks
Ticks are often mistaken for insects, but they are actually arachnids. Ticks are classified into two categories: soft ticks and hard ticks.

Soft ticks often feed on bats and birds, while hard ticks feed on humans, pets and nuisance wildlife.


Silverfish
This insect gets its name from its silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. Silverfish have no wings, but are able to run very fast.

They tend to hide their presence from humans which means any damage they have caused could go unnoticed as well.

Spiders
Spider control can be a major concern for homeowners - particularly for those who live in the southwest. There are about 3,000 species of spiders throughout North America, but only two in the southern and western United States can cause serious harm when accidentally disturbed - the black widow and brown recluse.

If spiders are infesting your home, contact a pest professional. They will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species of spider and recommend a course of proper spider control.


Rodents
Rodents can be difficult to keep out of structures. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter. For proper rodent pest control, seal any cracks and voids. Ensure there is proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.

If you do find signs of a rodent infestation, contact a pest professional promptly. They will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species and recommend a course of rodent control treatment.


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Suburban Pest Control
PO Box 2857
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741
916.706.2159 or 530.677.1005