Frequently Asked Questions About Common Household Pests
It’s usually easier to detect termites by the damage they cause to property. Any structure or components that are wooden or cellulose-based are susceptible to infestations.
Termites are commonly found entering your home at its foundation and damaging:
- Floor and wood trim
- Walks and ceilings
- Decks and fences
- Wood shakes and subfloors
Ants have a two sectioned body and appear to have a waist. Their wings typically flair out a bit more to the side.
Termites have a solid body usually dark in color and their wings typically lie straight back.
A swarm of Termites are winged insects that emerge from the ground or existing feeding galleys in your home to mate,reproduce to create more termite colonies.
It is not unusual to see them fluttering around your yard since there are thousands of termites in every yard. It would a good idea to have your home evaluated for termite infestation. If they emerge in your home, you have active termites in your home and you need to take immediate action.
Homeowners often have limited success at controlling flying roaches. However, pest professionals with the right equipment successfully provide excellent control. However, heavy foliage, gaps around doors and windows, and excessive moisture welcome these and similar crawling/flying pests. Let Advantage Pest Services evaluate your home and evict those creepy critters.
Droppings, which look like large grains of rice, are often the earliest noticeable sign of a mice or rat problem. Scratching noises coming from the ceiling can indicate black rats while noises from beneath floorboards can indicate brown rats.
You can sprinkle flour or baby powder over a small stretch of floor and check it for tracks the next day. Pick a spot against a wall.
Rats and mice can be highly destructive and will gnaw on plastics, wood and even metal. Holes gnawed in walls or strong odor of urine could be a clue of a problem.
Rats and mice will also go after food and pet supplies. While you wait for your pest control appointment, put dry food in metal or thick plastic containers. Rats can still chew through them, but it can slow the spread of the damage.
In addition to being unsightly pests, cockroaches can also be a health hazard. When an infestation occurs, the presence of cockroaches in large numbers increases the dangers presented by these insects.
Because they are drawn to human food, cockroaches are a cause of food contamination. Cockroaches both defecate and regurgitate on the food that they eat. While this is disgusting on its own, it also spreads bacteria and parasites that may be living inside of them. Roaches are also a common cause of allergies and have even been known to bite humans!
Carpenter bees are easily identified by the round holes bored into cypress and cedar rough boards Stained wood is more likely to be damaged than painted. Not prone to sting you but they will get in your face.
According to the CDC, bed bugs are rarely dangerous and do not spread disease. They can still be devastating to deal with. Keep an eye out for these physical and emotional symptoms, especially allergic reactions, if you think you have bed bugs.
Although itching and welts are the most common symptoms of bed bugs, they can also cause loss of sleep, allergic reactions and anxiety. Bed bugs also stain sheets and mattresses with blood and facial deposits.
Water plays a significant role in the life of a mosquito. Mosquitoes much like whales need water to survive. Water also provides mosquitoes with a site for laying eggs and begin the next generation. Young mosquitoes find their food supply within the elements that thrive in the same water.