Ants are a family of eusocial insects, forming colonies varying in size from a few dozen to a few million individuals per colony. The social character of ants is what makes them so successful as a family. A colony consists of one or several queens and workers, who are all the offspring of the queen(s). There are more than 12,000 species of ants known. All species differ tremendously in size, color and behavior, providing an endless source of joy for the ant keeper. Ants have evolved from wasps and belong to the same order as wasps and bees, the Hymenoptera.
Types of Ants
Fire, Pharaoh, Pavement, Carpenter, Acrobat, Crazy
Cockroaches belong to the order Blattodea, which also includes termites. Cockroaches are an ancient group, dating back some 320 million years ago.Cockroaches are somewhat generalized insects without special adaptations like the sucking mouthparts of aphids and other true bugs; they have chewing mouthparts and are likely among the most primitive of living neopteran insects. They are common and hardy insects, and can tolerate a wide range of environments from Arctic cold to tropical heat. Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger than mild species.
Types of Cockroaches
American, Smokey Brown, Oriental, German, Brown Banded
Earwigs get their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people's ears and tunnel into the brain. They do not really do that. There are 22 types of Earwigs in the United States and there are over a 1,000-different species all over the world. They’re Omnivores.
Fleas are wingless insects that are about 3-4mm long when adult. They are very agile and especially good at jumping.
As a ratio of their size, fleas are one of the longest jumpers of any animal. They can quickly spread widely once inside a building.
There are several types of flea that affect humans, pets and animals and are common in the human environment. They tend to prefer a animal host, but will still bite to see if the host is suitable before dropping off.
Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other orders of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exceptions of air and sea colonization. There are at least 45,700 spider species, and 113 families have been recorded.
Types of spiders
Black Widow, Brown Recluse, Wolf, Jumping, Hobo, House
Wasps make up an enormously diverse array of insects, with some 30,000-identified species. We are most familiar with those that are wrapped in bright warning colors—ones that buzz angrily about in groups and threaten us with painful stings.
But most wasps are actually solitary, non-stinging varieties. And all do far more good for humans by controlling pest insect populations than harm.
The house mouse is one of the most troublesome and costly rodents in the United States. House mice thrive under a variety of conditions; they are found in and around homes and commercial structures as well as in open fields and on agricultural land. House mice consume and contaminate food meant for humans, pets, livestock, or other animals. In addition, they cause considerable damage to structures and property, and they can transmit pathogens that cause diseases such as salmonellosis, a form of food poisoning.
House mice are small rodents with relatively large ears and small, black eyes. They weigh about 1/2 ounce and usually are light brownish to gray. An adult is about 5 to 7 inches long, including the 3- to 4-inch tail.
Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and tracks indicate areas where mice are active. Mouse nests are made from finely shredded paper or other fibrous material, usually in sheltered locations. House mice have a characteristic musky odor that reveals their presence. Mice are active mostly at night, but they can be seen occasionally during daylight hours.
The roof rat is a common vertebrate pest in urban areas. It builds leaf and twig nests in various ares or it can nest in debris piles or thick mulch on the ground. This agile, sleek rat has a pointed muzzle, and a tail that is longer than the body and head combined.
Rats gnaw on electrical wires, wooden structures, and fruit on trees. After harvest, they damage fruit in bins by chewing it and leaving excrement. Rats are active throughout the year, and mostly at night.
To help control infestation, reduce shelter and nesting sites of rats. Eliminate debris and wood piles. Store materials neatly and off the ground.
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