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Cockroaches

Cockroaches
Cockroaches are the number one infestation of homes and food service industry throughout North America. Cockroach infestations are generally introduced to the home via grocery bags, laundry, furniture and by people. Common roaches in North America are the German, Brown Banded, American and Oriental Cockroach. They live where there is warmth, moisture and a viable food source. If these areas are left untreated they can become not only a nuisance but a health hazard, transmitting diseases and bacteria, causing food poisoning and worsening of allergies and asthma.

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Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs
Bed begs are wingless, oval shaped, flat bodied, blood feeding insects. Normally whitish in colour they appear reddish after feeding. They cannot jump or fly but crawl to their destination. They feed on blood and their bites cause redness, itchiness and swelling. The bites can cause allergic reactions and infection. Bed Bugs may have found your home in clothing/luggage, recent visits to a resort or hostel, second hand furniture or bedding, visitors to the home or neighbouring/attached homes.

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Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants can be black and red in colour and range 3/8 to 1/2 inch in size. Queen ants can be larger and can reach up to 1 inch in length. They generally reside in moist wood including rotting trees, stumps, logs and wood boards or anywhere where decaying and rotting wood is found in and around your home or business. If you see Carpenter Ants in winter or early spring there is a good chance that there is an infestation within the structure.

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Mice

Mice
Mice are well adapted for year round living in buildings, homes and especially food establishments. Most people notice mice in late fall when the weather gets colder and the mice move inside for food and shelter. They cause major damage such as chewing wires and contaminating food and also carry many diseases and are consistently urinating and defecating in areas where they feed and travel. Each mouse can produce 5-10 litters per year totaling 35-50 mice. Evidence of mice can be found by urine stains on surfaces and droppings in and around the kitchen, garage and basement

 

Mice

Norway Rats
Also called Brown Rats or Sewer Rats, they are burrowing rodents often found along building foundations, underneath steps, wood piles and in garden areas. When Norway Rats infest buildings they usually stay in the basement or ground level.

Roof Rats
Roof Rats are smaller than Norway Rats. Their head and body combined are smaller than the length of their tails which enables them to be agile climbers allowing them to live and nest above ground easily. In buildings Roof Rats are most commonly found in enclosed and elevated areas such as attics, walls and drop ceilings.

Both types of rats reproduce rapidly and can cause major structural damage and carry many diseases.

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Fleas

Fleas
Fleas are especially active during July to October outdoors and all year round indoors. Flea bites are not only a nuisance to pets and humans but bigger problems can arise as fleas are known to pass on tape worms. Fleas are dark reddish brown and wingless but have three pair of legs allowing them to be good jumpers. They can lay up to 15-20 eggs per day.

 

Bees, Hornets & Wasps

Wasps
Generally you find Paper Wasps in the late summer. They build their nests around trees and structures especially underneath eaves. Some wasps may become aggressive scavengers around human food and are common around outdoor activities where food or drinks are served. Treatment of nests is necessary to prevent them from breeding and starting new colonies in and around surrounding buildings.

 

Moths

Moths
There are two types of moths most common in the household. They are the Clothing Moth and Indian Meal Moth. Clothing moths are brown and silver in colour. They attack fabrics such as carpets and clothing. Indian Meal Moths are brown in colour and feed on a variety of materials including grains and stored food products such as cereals, flour, rice and nuts. It is advisable to keep these products stored in plastic or glass containers.

 

Spiders

Spiders
Most spiders are small, inconspicuous arthropods which are harmless to humans. Their beneficial role is keeping insect populations in check but there are a few spiders that occasionally bite humans. Eliminating webs inside the home along with exterior treatment of eaves, sofit areas and underneath aluminum siding will help keep the population under control.

 

Caterpillars

Caterpillars
Caterpillars are most destructive to leaves on trees and shrubs. They feed on them when in large numbers and can completely strip a tree of its leaves. The most common type of caterpillar found in Ontario are the Tent Caterpillar usually found nesting in a silky web nestled within tree branches.

 

Centipedes

Centipedes
The house centipede has 15 pair of legs and lay their eggs during the spring in between 50-150 eggs per season. Centipedes feed on spiders, termites, cockroaches, bed bugs and silver fish which means they are actually beneficial. Most people are afraid of them due to their many large legs and quick speed.

 

Earwigs

Earwigs
European Earwig is the most common earwig found in Ontario and are nocturnal. They hide under stones, wood piles and damp, dark, secluded locations. Earwigs are omnivores feeding on other insects and decaying vegetation. Just for the record...they do not purposefully crawl into people's ears!

 

 

       

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