Mice - Mice are extremely good at finding their way into both homes and businesses. Believe it or not, mice can fit through holes the width of a pencil. Since they are known carriers of Salmonella and Weil's disease, it's never good to have them in your living or working environment. Telltale signs of a mouse infestation include droppings, unexplained holes, and scratching noises in the walls and ceiling. Since mice are nocturnal, you'll rarely see them during the day. You will, however, hear strange noises as they search for food and bedding materials. Mice can cause hidden fire hazards in both homes or businesses with their chewing. If not dealt with quickly, a mice infestation can become a huge problem.
Rats- Can dig extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting. Watch for rub marks along baseboards and walls . also look for droppings which resemble a large grain of rice.
As the colder months approach, spiders seek the refuge of warm, dark, secluded places such as basements, closets, drains, and vents. During the warmer months, spiders become active and seek open living spaces in search of food. A spider infestation can easily be identified if you have spider webs and sacs. Sacs can be fixed to a surface, hidden in the web or even carried by the female spider. On average, there are about 100 eggs found in each sac. Since different species of spiders are attracted to different environments, be sure to check places such as your basements, walls, sheds, attics, closets, storage boxes, and wall/ceiling junctions. If you have plenty of other insects around your home or office, chances are you will have a large amount of spiders lurking for an easy meal.
Boxelder bugs are a nuisance pest found in and around homes and offices. Adults and nymphs migrate in large groups and cover the ground, fences, and the sides of buildings which face the south and west. You will find them in cracks and crevices in walls, in door and window casings, around building foundations, and inside homes and offices. Boxelder bugs do not injure people or pets but can be extremely annoying. They can leave excrement on the exterior of buildings, outdoor furniture, windows, doors, and on items inside homes as well.
Even though they are one of the most valuable insects on earth, Carpenter ants can be considered highly destructive when they enter a man-made structure. When a colony invades, the structural integrity of the building becomes compromised as the ants hollow out the wood. A Carpenter ant infestation within a home or other structure can sometimes indicate there is some sort of moisture issue, such as a plumbing leak. The best indicator of a Carpenter ant infestation is finding areas of coarse sawdust-like material, which is created when the ants dig out their tunnels. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested.
As Autumn approaches, Asian beetles look for protected places to spend the winter - such as homes and buildings. Activity typically occurs in the afternoon, on sunny days, and may vary in intensity day to day. Asian beetles typically congregate on illuminated southwest facing surfaces which are heated by the afternoon sun. Beetles seek out crevices and often congregate in attics, wall cavities, and other protected locations such as around windows and door frames, behind fascia boards and exterior siding, and within soffits and wall voids. Asian beetles are a nuisance. They emit an acrid odor and can stain surfaces. They can also cause allergies ranging from eye irritation to asthma. Some can, on occasion, bite or pinch when they come in contact with skin.
If you wake up each morning with bite symptoms on your body that weren't present when you went to sleep, there is a good chance you may have Bedbugs. Bedbugs leave fecal stains which consist of several black spots in one area These fecal spots will not flake off if rubbed but will smear if wiped with a wet rag. Bedbugs do not spread disease but cause extreme itching and sometimes an allergic reaction.