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Ants outnumber humans 11.5 MILLION to one! Across the globe, there are 10 quadrillion ants in comparison to approximately 7 billion humans. Every ant you see belongs to a colony, and the colonies have a detailed web of communication with each other when locating food sources. If one ant locates a food source, the rest of the colony isn’t far behind. Acrobat ants, pharaoh ants, and ghost ants are all commonly known to Indiana. Acrobat ants can be identified from their heart-shaped lower body. Pharaoh ants predominantly dwell in homes and in areas with high moisture and high temperatures. Finally, ghost ants are identified by their translucent appearance and smaller body structure. If you’ve identified an ant colony in your home or business, call an experienced exterminator as soon as possible for quality ant control and removal.
Carpenter ants range from 3.4-13 mm – making them one of the largest types of ants in the United States. The ants are most often black, but certain species can be brown, red, orange or yellow. Their diet mainly consists of sweets, meats, and other insects. Carpenter ants create colonies indoors or outdoors where there is damp, hollowed or damaged wood. If carpenter ants have gained entry into your home, it is recommended to seek professional ant control in Noblesville, IN to assist in their removal.
The citronella ant received their name from the odor (resembling lemon verbena or citronella) which they emit when they feel threatened. Citronella ants are subterranean pests, and both larger and smaller citronella ants are found throughout most of the United States. Citronella ants are frequently confused with termites, so make sure you have an expert identify this pest if you suspect they may be in your home.
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Odorous House Ants
The word “odor” is present in odorous house ant’s name for a reason. When crushed, these creatures have a smell that mimics a rotten coconut or old blue cheese. Yuck! Odorous house ants have a black and brown body with an unusually shaped thorax. They are common household pests and can be seen trailing inside after a heavy rain since they need shelter from their flooded nests. These pests commonly create new nests between or inside walls and flooring and prefer areas that are warm and moist, like heaters or water pipes. In these nests, there are hundreds to thousands of colony ants, which is why it is difficult to remove them from the house. While at the same time, they can virtually live anywhere outside and inside. Insects like these naturally eat honeydews, which means they are attracted to sugary foods such as pastries and fruit juices. A trail can be seen when these ants are foraging their food. Contact AAA Exterminating, Inc., and our certified team can remove odorous house ants and their nest from your home.
Ever wonder where bed bugs got their name? Scientifically known as Cimicidae, bed bugs are attracted to the high levels of carbon dioxide which humans emit when we sleep. This is precisely why bed bugs are much more likely to bite during the night than during daylight hours. Bed bugs are most likely to bite their victims from the torso to the top of the body. In addition, bed bugs can be easily transferred from one area to another – so be sure and wash all clothes, sheets, towels, etc. when staying in a new location. Once an area is infested with bed bugs, it’s incredibly difficult to treat unless attended to by a professional. Here at AAA Exterminating, we have the powerful bed bug pest control you need to keep the bed bugs away for good.
These hornets live in large colonies and are known to be quite aggressive. They will sting anything and everything that gets in their space. They have smooth stingers, which means they can sting many times without losing their stingers. Bald-faced Hornets typically build paper-like nests at least a few feet off the ground. If you come across a nest, do not attempt removal by yourself, as it can be extremely dangerous. Professional pest care should be contacted to try to remove Bald-faced Hornets.
Carpenter bees are often entirely black, or mostly black with yellow and white. These bees are about 0.5-1 in long. Due to their similar appearance, carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumblebees. Carpenter bees create their nests in wood, such as trees, doors, windowsills, railings, and wooden lawn furniture. Carpenter bees begin a nest by creating a one-inch hole into the wood and then changing directions to make tunnels within the wood. Female carpenter bees can sting; to ensure a safe removal, contact an exterminator in Indianapolis, IN.
Cicada killer wasps dig underground burrows where they can leave food for their young. While not aggressive, their stings are meant to paralyze cicadas and are fairly painful. Where cicada killers cause the most damage is with their tunnels, which are extensive and displace several pounds of dirt. If located near tiled patios or gardens, they can cause structural damage and stunt plant growth. Proper pest control is a must to avoid problems early on.
Honey bees are light brown insects that live in large honeycombs made from wax and produce honey. While they can be described as having a light brown color, there are slight variations on their bodies that range from light to dark. Additionally, Honey Bees are ranked. The queen bee oversees the hive and may send chemical messages to guide the worker bees, a group of females that pollinate and collect pollen from flowers. The drones are male bees responsible for mating with the queen bee. Their hives are usually found in nearby trees and rocks. It is not common for honeybees to hibernate during the winter, though the queen honey bee may remove Drones from the hive to help the colony survive. While Honey Bees are necessary for pollination and ecology, it is not pleasant to be stung by a honey bee, especially since it may induce an allergic reaction. Fortunately, a beekeeper can examine the nest and remove it. Though, the process of removing a nest may take longer depending on the size of the honey bees’ nest.
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Yellow Jacket Wasp
These beetles typically begin flying into homes in the fall months to stay for the winter. They return outside when the weather starts to get warm again in the spring. Consequently, it is typically the spring months in which a ladybug infestation is the most noticeable. They can be a big nuisance to a homeowner and they have been known to secrete a yellowish liquid when disturbed.
Boxelder Bugs get their names from the boxelder tree, the tree where they normally dwell. They usually feed on trees during the warmer months, but in the fall, they often migrate to homes for the winter. They find small hiding places to keep themselves insulated until they go back to their trees in the spring. They don’t typically bite humans, but their mouthparts can puncture the skin and leave marks that look similar to mosquito bites. They can also stain furniture in a similar way to ladybugs if they are disturbed.
Carpet beetles are typically small black beetles that are and approximately 1/8 of an inch long. The adult beetles and larvae both tend to feed in dark, undisturbed areas. Carpet beetles feed on animal fibers, such as wool, silk, fur, feathers, and leather. Their feeding habits make carpet beetles a serious threat to your home, as they can damage clothing, bedding, and carpet. Carpet beetle infestations spread quickly and can cause major damage to your home. If you find carpet beetles in your home, immediately contact pest control in Indianapolis, IN for assistance.
Saw Toothed Grain Beetles
If you have a kitchen with grains and pasta, you are a probable victim of saw-toothed grain beetles. These insects are attracted to cereals, grains, dried fruit, nuts, and other items commonly found in household kitchens and large-scale cookeries. Sealed packages and boxes won't prevent these small beetles from gaining access to your food. Some infestations start with groceries from your local store. Even though they do not attack humans, throw away infested food as soon as possible. Do you believe you may be suffering a beetle issue? Despite their small size, they are still visible to the human eye. Be sure to check on your grains and cereals to ensure you don’t have any unwelcome guests in your breakfast.
When faced with the threat of cockroaches, proper identification and quick response is key to elimination. Cockroaches contain allergen proteins that are known to trigger allergies and even increase the risk of an asthma attack – especially in children. Cockroaches prefer to dwell in dark, somewhat damp vicinities – like in the back corners of a garage, under old boxes in the attic, even in shelves or cupboards. Cockroaches are able to survive for a significant amount of time without food or water, which makes them very versatile and difficult to completely eliminate. An experienced cockroach exterminator can eliminate the threat of cockroaches from your home or business.
American Cockroaches are reddish-brown insects that can reach 3 inches in length. They reproduce quickly and deposit their egg capsules in warm, moist places. Each egg capsule has a protective shell for the 16 eggs inside. They typically live outdoors, but sometimes wander around inside to find food or water. They leave droppings everywhere and are distinguished by a stale, musty smell. American Cockroaches have also been known to transfer diseases.
The brown-banded cockroach is one of the smallest in the cockroach family; the adult is only 11-14.5 mm long. It has tan to light brown wings with a lighter colored band across them. The brown-banded cockroach prefers dry environments and warm temperatures – typically upward of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These pests are often found inhabiting ceilings, attics, cabinets, closets, and in or around appliance motors. The brown-banded cockroach is primarily nocturnal but may be spotted searching for food during the day. Like all cockroaches, the brown-banded cockroach is a scavenger but tends to feed on starch and color dyes, which are found in book bindings, wallpaper, and stamps. The brown-banded cockroach is a health risk, as it can carry and spread harmful bacteria.
German Cockroaches have a light brown shell with two black stripes across its back. They may travel into the house by hitchhiking on personal belongings or boxes that are brought inside. Then they find a moist and warm area of the house to hatch their eggs, where female German Cockroaches lay an average of 30-40 eggs. While they have a lifespan of 5-6 months, they are able to survive on almost any food source, even crumbs that are left behind in cracks. The German Cockroach population can grow rapidly, which is why it’s so important to prevent them. Contact AAA Exterminating, and we will offer you professional consultation on how to protect your home from this pest.
Oriental cockroaches are also called “black beetles” and “water bugs,” and have black to brownish-red colored shells. Male oriental cockroaches are bigger than female oriental cockroaches. Their wings extend to three-quarters of their body with an abdominal segment present on the lower half of their body. Oriental cockroaches come inside the house through sewer pipes and drains and may live in sinks and garbage disposals. Areas that are damp and dark provide them with an adequate habitat for reproduction. Since they feed on decaying matter and trash, pathogens can cling to their body, which means they can easily transmit diseases. A large population of oriental cockroaches is noticeable since they can produce odors and can taint the flavor of foods. It can be tough to remove oriental cockroaches because every house is unique. Fortunately, AAA Exterminating, Inc., professionals can provide you with unique treatment solutions to keep oriental cockroaches out of your home.
Fleas are considered a parasitic insect because they gather nutrients by drawing blood from a host, making flea control crucial for the well-being of your home or business. When choosing a host, fleas prefer animals with a significant amount of hair, such as dogs, cats, etc. This is why fleas are most commonly found in pets. Pets are one of the main causes of flea infestations in the home, and it’s crucial to inspect your pet for fleas before they are brought indoors. Even though fleas aren’t winged, they can spread quickly by jumping from one host to another. Protect your home from fleas with the help of AAA Exterminating.
American Dog Tick
Despite being known to feed off of hosts, these pests can survive up to 2 years without one. The American Dog Tick can commonly be found in open areas like fields and forest trails. When they do find a host, they do not discriminate in size. The ticks will latch on to anything from a mouse to a deer, as long as their host has a beating pulse and flowing blood these ticks don’t care. Most active in warmer months, be sure to be scan over yourselves and beloved pets whenever you are in an area where these pests frequent. Ticks can carry and transmit disease like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia, so a brief look-over is crucial.
Or, Ctenocephalises felis, are the type of fleas commonly found on cats. However, though they are known to be found primarily on cats, they can also be found on dogs, wild critters, and even humans. They are usually found in the carpeting of your home or on in your cat's fur. They will leave eggs both on the animal and all around your house, so it is important to hire an exterminator immediately after finding signs of these.
Or, Ctenocephalides canis, are primarily found on dogs, and feed off of the blood of dogs. These fleas can live without food for months, and females can produce up to 50 eggs per day, making these fleas extremely difficult to remove. These fleas have been known to cause various allergy developments and infections in animals These are developed through the flea saliva. Taking your pet to the vet is suggested for best treatment options.
There are over 80 reported species of Blow Flies in North America. They are metallic in appearance and can usually be found buzzing around any food you may have left out – especially decaying meat. They are most active during the day and are attracted to the light from windows. While they usually act as simply a nuisance in the home, they can also transmit diseases such as typhus and cholera.
Cluster flies, or Pollenia rudis, generally make an appearance in autumn as they fly near the sides of the home looking for a place to stay for the winter. They can enter your home in great numbers if they find an entrance. While they will probably not reproduce in your home, on warm days they may crawl out from their hiding spaces looking for a way to get back outside.
Cluster flies are slightly larger than the common house fly and are a dull gray color with black markings and tiny yellow hairs on the thorax, which can give the cluster fly an overall yellow hue. For assistance identifying cluster flies and guarding your home against infestation, call AAA Exterminating. We proudly provide quality pest control in Indianapolis, Indiana.
For Fruit Flies, there is nothing better than ripening fruits in the house, which they eat and then lay eggs on top. Not surprisingly, they are named after what they attracted to, but may they also be found in areas where there is moist and decaying food, such as the garbage can. Therefore, it is important to dispose and clean any produce or food that is fermenting or rotting and move all fruits and vegetables into the freezer until the infestation disappears.
House Flies are commonly found in garages, spoiled food, and even feces, but they also prefer to congregate in corners, edges, or thin objects. In the day, they may be seen on the ceiling, floors, and walls. A House fly infestation can cause health complications since they can contaminate food and water and carry diseases like typhoid and tuberculosis. While they have a short lifespan, their population can increase rapidly. The first step to eliminate house flies in the home is to locate the main source of the infestation then clean and remove the source to prevent house flies from breeding. It is also important to block and fix damaged areas where future flies can invade and get inside the house.
These tiny pests commonly get mistaken for fruit flies. One attribute that helps differentiate them is the humpbacked shape of their thorax. So prominent is this feature that they are often called the humpbacked fly. Another peculiar trait of these insects is that they will quickly run instead of flying off right away. These pests breed in meat, wet foods, and organic products like paints. Due to their love of wet locations they can be found around plumbing in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. Also, they can spread bacteria onto your foods. Due to this disease spreading ability, hospitals and restaurants are often concerned about acquiring the pests. Ensure that you, family, friends, and guests are kept safe from the potential threat of phorid flies.
The camel cricket has the body of a spider and the legs of a cricket, making them capable of jumping. Camel crickets are lighter shades of tan and brown. Their size is typically between 10-45 mm. Camel crickets prefer environments that are cool, dark and damp. Indoors, they are likely to inhabit areas like garages, basements, wells and under sheds. The camel cricket is known to eat fabric and cloth, making them a nuisance if they gain entry into your home. Pest control in Noblesville, IN can assist in removing camel crickets from your home.
Centipedes, unlike their name suggests, do not all have exactly 100 legs, but anywhere between 30-354 legs. The number of legs is dependent on how many body segments the centipede has. Centipedes are most often shades of brown or red. Centipedes are venomous creatures that most often prey on insects, worms or spiders. If centipedes enter your home, they would likely be found in bathrooms, closets, basements, or other damp and dark areas. Centipedes are nocturnal, which makes an infestation difficult to spot. An exterminator in Indianapolis, IN will be able to help if centipedes have infested your home.
Clover mites are tiny pests that feed on plants and occasionally invade homes. However, clover mites that infest homes will reproduce and quickly perish because they are unable to properly survive in indoor conditions. They do not attack people but can cause quite a nuisance if they are able to reproduce inside your home.
Clover mites are larger than most mites that feed on plants, measuring in at about 0.75 mm long. They have an elongated first pair of legs and are identified by their “greenish” coloring. You will likely find these mites on windowsills on the sunny side of a home, and they will move incredibly quickly if spotted. For assistance eliminating and preventing clover mites, call AAA Exterminating today.
There is an urban legend of Earwigs causing people to become mad after it crawls into the brain. Though this pest may look creepy, they are harmless. Earwigs are known to have a brown or black shell with a hard pincher used to defend itself. They are nocturnal insects usually found outside but may come inside due to decayed matter or a source that is saturated with oil or grease. Other times, there may be an area that is extremely wet and humid that provides the perfect condition for Earwigs to congregate. If this does occur, find the source that is attracting the Earwigs and contact AAA Exterminating. We will take care of this for you! It also may be helpful seal any cracks where Earwigs may hide.
Ground Crickets or Tiny Crickets
Ground crickets appear during various times throughout the year. Ground Crickets are omnivores that feed on plants and insects. They may accidentally wander into the house through openings, especially since they are attracted to light sources. While individual ground crickets are not harmful, swarms of ground crickets can destroy household materials such as fabric and paper. Therefore, it is recommended to seal any openings in the house to prevent more ground crickets from invading the house. Since crickets are known to be attracted to wet areas, it is important to ventilate any areas of the house that are moist. Certain effective pesticides may be used to get rid of the ground cricket infestation, though it is advised that trained professionals should inspect the source of the ground crickets before using chemicals, so call AAA Exterminating for your best defense against ground crickets.
Indian Meal Moths
Indian meal moths are commonly found in kitchen and pantries since they tend to feed on grain and cereal products. There are different life cycles of Indian Meal Moths: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Larvae may dig through bags of rice and seed. Adult Meal Moths have a gray top with a gold-rusty brown near its lower body. Indian Meal Moths have a short lifespan of 5-7 days, and females lay around 350-500 eggs. Manufacturers may inspect the dry food, but sometimes they may not detect Indian meals moths. Thus, an infestation may occur in the house. There are also cases where they have crawled into dry food at the store. The first step to finding its food source, which usually means looking in the cupboard or where food is typically thinly covered. It is important to check to see if there are any larvae and pupae in cracks of the cupboard or walls. Then seal the food tightly to prevent future infestations.
Millipedes are arthropods that are characterized by their two long leg segments. They may be found under dead leaves or grass clippings. They especially love damp areas because of the moisture it provides, so they tend to dwell in crawl spaces such as basements, ceilings, or sliding windows. Millipedes are beneficial because they remove dead plants and animals from the environment. However, they are a nuisance to have in the house. They are usually seen in the house during spring and fall and may enter the house through various openings like cracks under doors or windows. There are no obvious indicators of a millipedes infestation, but millipedes are attracted to areas where decomposition is occurring, like under mulch or dead leaves. If a few millipedes are present, they can be removed by using a vacuum cleaner. It may also be helpful to dry areas where millipedes have been spotted.
Mud Daubers have either blue or black metallic shells and make their nests from mud. They have a stinger on their back but will most likely not sting humans since the stinger is used to paralyze their prey (usually spiders). However, symptoms may occur for those that are allergic to the Mud Dauber’s sting. Female Mud Daubers make the nests, and the Queen Mud Daubers will lay the eggs in the nest, collect spiders for the nest, and then leave the nest. Then, the larvae will consume the spiders after they hatch. These nests can be seen around the porches, under the patio, or in the garage. Removing spiders and sealing cracks where spiders can make webs is a good strategy to prevent Mud Daubers from forming nests around the house. Here at AAA Exterminating Inc, our trained pest control experts can remove unwanted Mud Dauber and Mud Dauber nests from your home.
Known for their strange shape sow bugs or pill bugs are easy to identify and frequently go by the name “roly-polies.” The pillbugs are scavengers and can survive and thrive off of decaying organic matter. Like many pests, they are drawn to wet areas and like to take cover as much as possible. Some common areas they frequent are under boards, stones, and stumps. They will even wander into basements and the first floor of homes if conditions permit. If your home isn’t properly sealed, they will intrusively welcome themselves through door thresholds and concrete walls. Seeing sow bugs indoors is a sign of a nearby breeding spot. Due to their reliance on moisture for survival, they won’t be able to live inside for an extended period unless your home provides for such conditions. Want to check for an infestation? Give us a call today.
Fungus Gnats have a black body that looks similar to mosquitoes. It prefers to live in humid and moist potted plants, feeding and hatching their eggs in the soil’s decaying matter. Once the larvae hatch, it verges out to find new areas to live. While they are harmless, Fungus Gnats can be irritating because they may try to fly into people’s mouth, eyes, or nose since they are attracted to moisture. The first step to eliminating Fungus Gnats is locating their home, most likely inside of the plant’s soil. Next, observe the Fungus Gnats’ food source. If you notice that the plant has too much water, drain the water and look for decaying material. Remove this material from the pot. If you notice a build-up of fungus, throw away the plant.
Out of more than 3,000 mosquito species in the world, the United States possesses 176. Each species of mosquito has a slightly different appearance. However, all mosquitoes have a long, thin body with one pair of thin wings. Most mosquitoes are no longer than 15mm in length and weigh a maximum of 2.5 mg. Mosquitoes are extremely resilient and versatile, and the females are able to draw blood from a wide variety of animals – including humans. Prevention methods range from mosquito repellent to mosquito nets, and, in serious cases, a professional exterminator. AAA Exterminating has the resources and expert mosquito control services needed to keep your home or business safe from the threat of mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes carry vector of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, and even the Zika virus (in certain parts of the world). They may travel into the house through open doors and windows and are usually found in areas that can lock in heat and moisture, such as the sink or in the laundry room. Females breed their eggs in standing water, and the eggs remain in the water from the larvae stage until the pupa stage. Therefore, a good strategy when it comes to eliminating unwanted mosquitoes is to get rid any sources of water. This way, it prevents more eggs from hatching.
While many exterminating companies may lump mice and rats into one category, we realize that there are distinctive difference between the two – and those differences can be the key to successful rodent control.
Deer mice, or Peromyscus maniculatus, are found throughout North America and prefer to dwell in woodlands. They range from 7-10 cm in size and have brown fur with a red tint and white underbelly fur. If a deer mouse is infesting your home, it will likely be nesting in your attic, basement, or crawlspace, as these spaces are similar to their preferred nesting space in hollow logs or tree holes. Deer mice actively hoard food for their nests, so if you notice a torn package, tiny bite marks, or even missing snacks, you may be facing a deer mouse infestation. Call a professional exterminator for quality rodent control in Indianapolis. AAA Exterminating Inc can inspect your space, identify the pest, and protect your home.
House mice are usually smaller than rats, measuring around 2-4 inches long and may travel through crack openings into the house. While they are not known to be hostile, they may be harmful since their feces and urine can transmit diseases. House Mice may be difficult to remove from the house because they tend to hide in secretive places. Fortunately, our trained team can identify and secure the source. Once we know the source, we will seal to prevent mice from roaming to other areas of the house. Then we may set traps to decrease the mice population and we also may use chemical or non-chemical methods. Though we understand that we need to investigate the mice infestation first before proceeding on with the steps of removing the house mice.
While there are a wide variety of species of mice, their overall appearance is very similar. Most mice range from 5-10 inches in length Their ears are much larger than rats, particularly in comparison to their small frames. A few common mice found in Indiana are house mice, field mice, deer mice, and wood mice. Most mice find their way indoors through minor cracks, open doors, windows, wall cavities, etc. While the presence of mice may not strike as much fear as that of rats, they still present a large threat to the home or business owner. The skilled exterminators at AAA Exterminating will protect your home or business from the unwanted presence of mice.
Norway rats have shaggy brown or gray fur with a tail that is shorter than their head and body. They live in underground nests but may travel into the house for food. Since they are omnivorous, Norway rats can be seen eating fish, grains, fruits, and nuts and they build their nests close to water sources. If you spot Norway Rats during the day (they generally hide during this time), this is specific indication that you may be dealing with a Norway Rat infestation. These infestations can weaken the interior of the house from the clawing that occurs when these rodents build their nests. You may hear squeaking and clawing sounds that are coming from inside the walls of your home. Another issue is that Norway rats may also carry fleas that can transmit deadly diseases to people and other animals. To stop Norway rats from entering the house, eliminate food and water sources and seal any cracks in the house.
When facing a rat infestation, you are most likely to identify a Norway rat or a roof rat, the most common species of rats in the United States. Norway rats are larger and thicker in comparison to the long, thin build of the Roof rat. In contrast, the Roof rat has much larger ears and eyes in comparison to the smaller features of the Norway rat. Rats can hide around the structures and foundations of walls, in bushes. attics, etc. If you’re noticing indication of rats plaguing your premises, don’t hesitate to call a professional.
Spiders are far from uncommon in the Midwest. A member of the Arachnida class, most spiders prefer to make their home in dark, damp, and often secluded areas like crawlspaces, building corners, etc. Others prefer drier areas like attics and air vents. Grass spiders, banded garden spiders, and woodlouse hunter spiders are all commonly found in the Midwest. Some species, like brown recluse spiders, can inflict serious harm with their bite. While this spider is more likely to be seen towards the southern part of Indiana, stumbling upon it when cleaning out your basement or working outside is entirely possible. These spiders can be identified by their light brown coloration and a violin-like pattern on their back. AAA Exterminating has the tools necessary to keep your home or business safe from the threat of spiders, let us help you keep your property pest-free with our quality spider control services.
Black Widow Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders can be a whitish, dark brown or black-gray color and have a marking resembling a violin on their dorsal side. These spiders only have six eyes, as opposed to having eight eyes like most spiders. Brown recluse spiders are typically between 6-20 mm. These spiders inhabit dry and undisturbed areas, such as woodpiles, sheds, garages, cellars, closets, dressers and shoes. The spiders leave their webs to hunt for soft-bodied insects. Their venom is necrotic; its bite may require medical attention. If brown recluse spiders are found inside, consider contacting spider control in Indianapolis, IN.
Ever see a massive spider and assume it was a tarantula? There is a substantial chance that it was actually a wolf spider. Wolf spiders are often mistaken for tarantulas due to their large, hairy bodies. Despite their intimidating presence, these arachnids come in handy when dealing with other pests. Naturally a hunter, the wolf spider pounces on its prey instead of using a typical spider web to ensnare insects. They will consume things like grasshoppers, beetles, and even other spiders. It is uncommon for wolf spiders to bite a human unless threatened. The bite will not usually affect a healthy adult; however, if it bites a child or individual with a weak immune system, effects may be more serious. Wolf spiders are found in areas like leaf piles, tall grassy clearings, and under lumber or rocks. To escape the extreme weather, they may wander into your home. If you find that you have a wolf spider predicament, don’t hesitate to call AAA!
Identifying a termite infestation is the first step in eliminating the threat of termites in your home or business. Both drywood and subterranean termites are common to Indiana. Drywood termites nest in the wood they are infesting, while subterranean termites nest in the ground. Both can be identified by the presence of “swarmers,” or winged adult termites in the process of flying away to form their own colony. The presence of swarmers, even if the numbers are small, is a direct indication that termites are near. If you have any indication of termites in your home or business, it’s crucial to contact a professional exterminator immediately.
Dampwood termites are attracted to water-damaged wood or wood that sets right on the earth. Due to this aspect, common places to find these pests are stumps, logs, and other rotting tree debris. Another critical spot for them are areas in your home that may be affected by water leaks. These pests can weaken the structure of a building by devouring beams from inside. Their work is done silently, and like all termites, is hard to locate before it is too late. Dampwood termites build their entry points with their own feces. Frequently, when one finds these pests in their home, fungus is close by due to the termites being attracted to damp wood.
These pests can cause severe damage to homes and other buildings before homeowners even notice them. Just like the subterranean termites, they enter homes through exposed wood. However, what causes them to be different is that all the moisture they need to survive is sourced from the air’s humidity. As we all know, Indiana does get humid which is unfortunate for us, but a blessing for the drywood termite. This termite also doesn't need soil to nest. Instead, they reproduce above the earth in the infested wood. It is crucial to check all wooden furniture before bringing it into your home. These termites are known to infest furniture and later spread throughout the building. To prevent extensive damage to the wooden structure of your home, contact us today!
These termites are one of the most destructive, causing 95 percent of all termite-oriented damage in North America. These pests live in the earth under and around your home. They can enter a household through the wood that is touching the ground or by making their own passageways. Their paths usually consist of mud tubes that allow them to infest the wood of your house. Any cracks in your home can also serve as a point of entry for these pests. Beyond destroying your home, these termites will also devour paper products and other plant-based items you may have.
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