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The Summer Services program generally starts in the month of June. This highly effective pest control treatment continues to eliminate these insects for 60-90 days after application. This will let you enjoy your activities such as BBQ's, relaxing on your deck, and other outdoor activities all summer long!
The adult wasp, hornet and bee are in most respects beneficial insects. When they make their nests close or within homes or other human occupied structures, a hazardous situation arises. Wings consist of two pairs, with the hind wings smaller then the forewings. Wasps, hornets and bees have chewing mouth parts. The females of the species possess a stinger. Only honey bees have barbed stingers which can only be used once, other bees and wasps have barb-less stingers which enable them to sting repeatedly. Bees are characterized by their hairy appearance, each hair being branched (feather-like). The few hairs on the bodies of wasps and hornets are not branched but single hairs.
Yellow Jacket Wasp; The yellow jacket preys on other insects. Their colonies can consist of up to 3000 wasps. Nests have many layers (combs) surrounded by paper (wood fibers). Nests can be located below ground or suspended from eaves, roof rafters and tree.
Bald-Faced Hornets; The bald-faced hornet is actually a paper wasp. They build large grey-blue soccer ball sized paper nests. Nests are usually suspended from tree branches, on or within structures. These wasps can become aggressive if disturbed.
Mud Daubers; The mud dauber is solitary. They construct mud nests which they attach to ceilings and walls. Nests can be built inside on roof rafters. An egg is laid in the mud tomb with food for the hatching larva. These wasps are seldom bothersome.
Bees; The adult honey bees are the most social of the group. They build nests in sheltered locations; attics, wall voids and hollows in trees. Due to their pollinating and honey making benefits honey bees should not be expelled unless they create a human hazard.
Nests are gradually built in the summer months and colonies are established by late summer early fall. This is usually the time they create a problem. There are a variety of safe and environmentally friendly methods to rid you of these pests. The type of intervention depends on the wasp, hornet or bee and the nest location. Nests may be in ground, above the ground on a tree branch or on/within your dwelling. These different nests require different approaches and extreme caution must be taken to ensure safety.
Spiders are familiar to almost everyone. Spiders hatch from eggs, which are bundled together in sacs. The female may carry the sack with her or tuck it away in a secluded spot. The young spiders (called spiderlings) are miniature replicas of adult spiders, and they grow through a series of molts. Most spiders live for 1-2 years.
Spiders are cold-blooded invertebrates; their activity is greatly reduced by cold temperatures. Spiders differ from insects in several ways; as a group spiders are recognized by their two-segmented bodies, eight legs (insects always have six), and 4 -8 simple eyes. In addition, spiders always lack wings and antennae. Hence, spiders are more closely related to ticks, mites and daddy-longlegs, than to insects. One interesting attribute of spiders is their production and use of silk. It is produced by a set of special glands located near the tip of the abdomen; it is secreted as a liquid, which hardens when, exposed to the air. Spiders use silk to capture prey (webs and traps), build shelters, wrap egg sacks, and for locomotion (draglines and parachutes). The danger of spider bites is greatly exaggerated. Most spiders are NOT dangerous to man under normal conditions, and only a few species are of public health significance. Spiders are beneficial to man. They are predators and feed on a variety of live prey including insects, centipedes and even other spiders.
The 2 most common spiders that invade your home are:
Cobweb Spiders; The cobweb spider is one of the most common groups of indoor spiders. They are small (less than 1/2"), and pale yellow, tan or gray without any distinct markings. They build irregular webs in corners and around windows and curtains. The webs remain inconspicuous until they are abandoned and become dust covered.
Orb Weaver; The orb weaver is a very large, conspicuous spider that construct large orb-like webs for snaring their prey. These webs are usually constructed in open areas near gardens and homes where flying insects will blunder into the webs. Cottages and homes on or near lakes are very prone to orb weaver activity due the large number of insects hatching in the water.
Our “Indoor and/or Outdoor Spider Maintenance & Prevention Programs” are highly successful and will eliminate and control your spider problems. We service all types of structures; rural and residential homes, vacation properties, barns, trailers, industrial and commercial complexes. These programs are safe and environmentally friendly. The Indoor Program can be completed any time of year. The Outdoor Program is completed in the early summer (June – July) months. The objective is to exterminate these pests in the most active period.
The adult earwig is one of the most common pests in homes and gardens. Earwigs vary in size from approximately ½” to 1” in length, they are brown to black in color. Species may be winged or wingless. Only a few species are good fliers. The body terminates in a pair of forceps. These forceps or pincers are the earwig's most distinctive characteristic. The forceps are used in capturing prey and mating. Although earwigs appear somewhat dangerous due to their forceps, they are practically harmless to man. In early spring, females lay about 60 round white eggs in small nests in garden soil. When the eggs hatch, the nymphs leave the nest in search of food. They reach the adult stage in about 70 days. Earwigs are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of foods. They will eat live or dead insects as well as live or decaying vegetation.
Earwigs can cause damage to cultivated plants and can cause limited damage to flowers, fruit and vegetables. They are a nuisance when they migrate indoors. Migrations of earwigs numbering in the 100's have been reported. Some species will emit a foul odor when disturbed.
Earwigs are nocturnal. During the day they will be found in moist shady places, in cushions on patio furniture, under woodpiles, stones, boards, compost piles, flower beds, and other secluded locations. When earwigs migrate indoors, they hide in cracks and crevices around baseboards and other locations. They may be found in potted plants and cut flowers. The earwig typically invades homes and gardens from early summer to late fall. To enter the home, they crawl into wall voids, gaps in the siding, foundation, cracks and crevices and under doors. They create a very uncomfortable environment, however they do not bite, sting, feed, carry diseases or otherwise cause harm to people and pets. They cannot reproduce inside the house, as egg laying and development are restricted to the outdoors in soil.
Our “Earwig Maintenance & Prevention Program” is highly successful and will eliminate and control your earwig problems. We service all types of structures; rural and residential homes, vacation properties, barns, trailers, industrial and commercial complexes. Completed during late spring and the summer months. The objective is to exterminate these pests in the most active periods.
Ants are social insects and colonies may consist of up to 300,000 ants. The ants need to protect their nest and community from enemies. Some ants bite with their jaws or sting and may spray a burning fluid into the wound. Ant colonies have three distinct orders; the queen, workers and males. The queen is the largest ant in the nest. The queen hatches with wings. When a female has been fertilized she becomes the queen of the colony. Only the queen can lay eggs. She lives in the centre of the nest and there may be several in one nest. The worker ants are female and have no wings. The worker ants feed and guard the queen, take care of the young, collect food, clean and guard the nest and dig new tunnels. The male ants do not work.
The male ants have wings but they are smaller than the queen. When winged ants swarm in the air, the male and female ants mate. The males usually die after they have mated. The female ant then tears off her wings and starts to look for somewhere to build a new nest. When ants inhabit areas in or near the home they can be a nuisance or destructive pest.
Carpenter Ants; The adult carpenter ant measures one-half inch long. They are predominantly black, grayish-black or brown. They nest in moist wood. In a building this is often a sign of a moisture problem. In natural areas, the ants nest in logs, stumps or dead trees. In constructed areas, they nest in wooden posts, beams, walls and joists. They tunnel through the rotting wood leaving honeycombed galleries. Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood. The sawdust like remains caused by chewing the wood is called “frass” and is a sign that these ants are nesting close by. The nesting habits of these ants can cause major structural damage to homes.
Field Ants; The field ant is about one-quarter inch long. They are brownish-black in color, but they show considerable variation from one species to the next. This name is used for a large group of ants commonly found nesting in fields, meadows and lawns. Field ants are probably our most commonly observed ant. Field ants nest in the soil in moderately large colonies. They do not normally nest indoors but the workers frequently forage indoors for food and create an annoyance by their presence.
Pharaoh Ants; The pharaoh ant is very tiny, approximately one-eight inch long. They are light yellow to a reddish color. They cannot survive outdoors year-round. They are often found in dwellings, bakeries and restaurants. Colonies may be found outdoors in the lawn or garden areas. Indoors they can be found in-between walls, sub-floor, attics, cracks, crevices, behind wainscoting, baseboards, plaster, or mantles, and between flooring. Colonies have several queens. One of the smallest ant species, pharaoh ants are difficult to control because their large colonies divide at the slightest disturbance.
Ant colonies established in a home can be a problem all year long, especially carpenter ants as they cause structural wood damage. Ants living outdoors can be a nuisance in late spring to the fall. The “key” to eliminating nuisance ants is to kill the queen(s) to cease the life cycle and ultimately destroy the nest. There are a variety of safe and environmentally friendly methods to rid you of these pests. The type of intervention depends on the type of ant and the nest location. Nests may be in ground, under stone slaps or patios, under wood piles, in stumps or in your home. These different nests require different approaches.
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