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Carpenter Ants

Ant Description

Black carpenter ants can be entirely black, a combination of red and black, or completely red or brown. Workers range from 1/8″ to 5/8″ and the queens are about 1/2″ to 5/8″ in length.

Ant Location

Carpenter ants are attracted to moist, damp areas and build their nests in rotten or decayed wood but the ants may eventually branch out in to sound wood. They may reside both indoor and outdoors usually in decaying or hollow wood.

Ant Dangers

The dangers from carpenter ants lie in their ability to destroy wooden structures. Even though they do not eat the wood, they do cut galleries in to the wood to build their nests and discard the wood in the form of sawdust. When a colony of ants get established in your home, the damage may not be apparent until they bore through the wall in the form of little openings.

Mice

Mice Description

Mice are common critters in Pennsylvania, ranging in length from 2-4” not including the tail. They are typically a dusty gray/brownish above with a light gray or cream-colored belly. They have a pointed muzzle, small eyes and large ears.

Mice Location

Mice are very social, often living in groups. They typically nest within a structure, normally within 10-30 feet from a food source. They are very good climbers and can fit through small holes, making it easy for them to gain entry in to a structure.

Mice Dangers

Being very prolific breeders, having a litter as often as every 40 or 50 days, a small infestation can quickly grow in size. In addition to the damage they can cause by their chewing through materials, they can also spread various diseases through their droppings and/or urine, the most common of which is Salmonella.



Bees

Description

Carpenter Bees can have a body length ranging from ½” to 1″. The body tends to be robust in form and they resemble bumble bees, but with a bare and shiny top portion of their abdomen.

Location

Carpenter Bees are not social insects and therefore do not live in nests or colonies. You will normally find them nesting in a wide range of woods, but they mainly prefer weathered and unpainted woods.

Dangers

The first danger of carpenter bees is their aggressive nature and the female’s ability to sting. Male bees tend to be very territorial and will become aggressive when approached, but due to their lack of a stinger they do no posses the ability to sting. The female on the other hand does have a stinger but they will rarely utilize it. The second danger of carpenter bees is their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for the rearing of young. This has the potential of being detrimental to wooden structures.



Mosquitos

Mosquito Description

Adult mosquitoes are about 1/8-3/8″ in length with a body that is mostly gray to dark but can have some white, silver, green or blue scales. The head has a long beak and there are two long, narrow wings used for flying.

Mosquito Locations

Whether near Pennsylvania lakes or rivers or in puddled water in your backyard, mosquitoes usually congregate near a source of water.

Mosquito Dangers

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think about mosquitoes is their pesky habit of biting. Of greater concern though is their ability to carry numerous diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, filariasis, dengue, and encephalitis.


Fleas

Flea Description

The four main types of fleas are Cat, Dog, Human and Oriental Rat flea with the Cat flea being the most common. The Oriental Rat flea is the smallest of the fleas at 1/16″ where the other three fleas can get up to 1/8″. Their bodies are laterally flattened, wingless, and brownish black to black in color.

Flea Locations

Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the U.S. That translates to a lot of fleas! Even though fleas can be found on various animals such as cats, dogs, and various other domestic animals it is not necessary to have pets in the building in order to have fleas present. Since fleas can jump about 6 inches they can easily catch a ride on shoes, pants, etc.

Flea Dangers

Not only can fleas cause discomfort by biting, they can be transmitters of various diseases such as plague and murine typhus.

Spiders

Spider Description

Spiders have two body regions, the cephalothorax (head and thorax) and abdomen which is connected by a tiny waist. There are usually 6 or 8 eyes and no antennae.

Spider Locations

Anywhere food is available, spiders are likely to be found in Pennsylania.

Spider Dangers

The main nuisance associated with spiders is the webs they construct, though many do bite and two species are considered dangerous to man. It is important to get the spiders properly identified.



Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Description

Adult Bed Bugs are oval in shape with a flat body that averages about 3/ 16″ in length. They are normally tan in color but become dark red after feeding. Bed Bugs are wingless and therefore do not fly.

Bed Bug Locations

Bed Bugs can be found in various locations including mattresses, box springs, bed frames, carpeting, couches, chairs, desks and other small hiding places in a home. A foul or unpleasant odor can be associated with a heavy infestation. The difficulty with Bed Bugs is that they are great hitchhikers, easy to transfer from one location to the next, and once they are introduced they can rapidly spread throughout a structure.


The NPMPA recently published in list of popular places of bed bug infestations:


Hotels/motels                75%
College dorms                47%
Nursing homes                46%
Schools and day care centers    41%
Office buildings                36%
Hospitals                    33%
Transportation (train/bus/taxi)    21%
Retail stores                 15%
Libraries                    12%
Movie theaters                 10%
Laundromats                  9%
Restaurants                  7%
Airplanes                      2%


Bed Bug Dangers

Bed Bugs bite. They come out at night when the host is sleeping and feed on their blood. Although the bite is painless, some people may develop an allergic reaction to the saliva injected by the bug.



Flies

Flies Description

Adult flies, depending on the species, can range from 1/8″ up to 5/8″ in length. The fly body has one pair of wings on the middle thoracic segment with one pair of hid wings that is reduced to small knobbed structures. The antenna are usually short and 3 segmented. The eyes are compounded and large. The mouth parts are sponging or lapping.

Flies Locations

Anywhere in Pennsylvania.

Flies Dangers

The main danger of flies lies in their ability to spread diseases, which can include over 100 different pathogenic organisms. Some flies, like the blowfly and flesh fly, can potentially cause myiasis in man. Myiasis is the condition in which larval flies (maggots) develop in the tissue or cavities of a living animal.



Termites

Termite Description

Common to Pennsylvania, the Eastern subterranean termite has three castes: worker, soldier and reproductive (swarmers). The workers and the soldiers are creamy white (almost clear) in color and can be up to 1/8″ in length. The reproductive (swarmer) termites are dark brow to black in color, have wings, and can reach 3/8″ in length.

Termite Locations

Eastern subterranean termite colonies are primarily located in the ground. In order to provide food for the colony, the worker termites will go in search of food to bring back to feed the soldiers and reproductives. It is this search for food that will bring them in to your home, and ultimately cause damage to the structure. In their unending search for food, the termites will build mud tubes that help keep them moist and provide protection when they are out in the open.

Termite Dangers

In the termite colony the workers are the only ones that cause damage since they are the only ones capable of eating wood. The soldiers exist only to protect the colony and the workers and must be fed by the workers. The reproductives, which also must be fed by the workers, exist only to reproduce and spread the colony. Anytime you see termites, you can be assured there are worker termites, and therefore damage will occur.



Cockroaches

Cockroach Description

Most cockroaches have an oval shaped body, usually flattened, with their heads mostly or totally covered by the pronotal shield. They have six legs, two long antenna and wings.

Cockroach Locations

There are approximately 4,000 species of cockroaches in the world, 70 existing in the Unites States. Of those 70 species only a few may be found in human structures. Of these the most common is the German, followed by the American, Australian, brown, brownbanded, Oriental, Pennsylvania wood, and the smokybrown cockroach.

Cockroach Dangers

Cockroaches are one of the most common household and commercial pests. Not only are they a nuisance, they also have the ability to carry many diseases and they can also cause allergic reactions in some individuals.



Rats

Rats Description

Rats can range in length from 6-10″ with the tail being an additional 6- 8″. They are typically a brow/black mix above with a light gray, black or cream-colored belly. They have a blunt muzzle, small eyes and small ears.

Rat Locations

Rats typically live underground in burrows but will enter a structure in search of food. They are very good climbers and can fit through holes as small as ½”, making it easy for them to gain entry in to a building.

Rats Dangers

In addition to the damage they can cause by their chewing through various materials, they can also spread various diseases through their droppings, urine and the fleas they may carry.




Ticks

Tick Description

Ticks have a flattened oval shaped body that can range in length from 1/8″ to 5/8″ in length and 3/8” wide when engorged. Color can range from red, brown, black or slate. 8 Legs

Tick Locations

Ticks can normally be found in areas of high vegetation where they hang by their back legs waiting for a host. When the host brushes by the tick, it will grab on with its front legs and attach itself. Another common place to find ticks is in the den or nest of a host.

Tick Dangers

Ticks are of medical importance because they can spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.



Wasps

Wasps Description

The name Yellowjacket comes from the typical black and yellow patterned body whereas other wasps can be white and black and two northern species can even include red. The adult workers range from 3/8″ to 5/8″ in length depending on the species. The queens can be 25% longer. When at rest the wings will be laid along the length of the body.

Wasp Locations

Yellowjackets will typically build their nests in the ground, in structural voids or in shrubs, bushes, houses, garages and sheds.

Wasps Dangers

Even though wasps may be considered beneficial since they eat other pest insects, they can be quite aggressive when their nest is approached and they may sting multiple times.



Stink Bugs

Stink Bugs Description

The brown marmorated stink bug’s name comes from the bug’s brown, marbled color. The adults range in size from 1/2” to 5/8” in length. The body has a distinct shield shape with wings that do not completely cover the abdominal margin.

Stink Bugs Location

Stink bugs originated in eastern Asia is a recent introduction to the United States. It was originally discovered in Allentown, PA in 1996 but not identified until September 2001. Now it is considered an over wintering pest that will reside in your home when the temperature drops outside. They become active in Pennsylvania early to mid April and will begin to lay eggs on the underside of leaves from May to August. From September to November stink bugs will start flight to find over wintering sites.

Stink Bugs Dangers

Though stink bugs may not be considered harmful, they can become a nuisance when they become established in the home.



Moles

Moles Description

Moles are small, cylindrical animals with grayish/brown velvety fur, small ears and eyes and powerful limbs and large hands that are well suited for digging.

Mole Locations

Since moles are subterranean mammals, they spend almost their entire lives underground, and therefore they are rarely seen.

Mole Dangers

Even though moles do not cause any immediate danger they can cause extensive damage to your yard.

Mole Treatment

An evaluation needs to be made of the property, where and how the moles are traveling and what kind of tunnels they are using. Once this has been established proper control methods can be established.



Silverfish

Silverfish Description

Its common name derives from the animal’s silvery light grey and blue color, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements Silverfish consume starches and dextrin in adhesives.

Silverfish Locations

Due to their diet of starches and dextrin in adhesives. Silverfish are often found near book bindings, base-boards, plasters, some paints, and carpets.

Silverfish Dangers

While Silverfish can also can damage to book bindings, base-boards, plasters, some paints, and carpets. They’re generally considered a nuisance pest.


Millipedes

Millipedes Description

Millipedes are gray-to-brown arthropods with worm-like, cylindrical bodies, usually 13 to 38 mm long, with a pair of short antennae

Millipede Locations

Millipedes normally live in and feed on rotting leaves and wood and other kinds of moist decaying plant matter. They’re often found in Pennsylvania gardens. However, when they become numerous some millipedes invade homes.

Millipedes Dangers

Some species exude a defensive liquid that can irritate skin or burn the eyes. Generally, they’re just a nuisance pest.



Centipedes

Centipedes Description

Adult centipedes range from 1/8″ to 6″ in length with an elongated, flat, wormlike body. They are typically yellowish to dark brown in color but they may sometimes have darker stripes or markings. 15-177 pairs of legs may be present with one pair of antennae at the front of the body.

Centipede Locations

Centipedes are typically found in areas of high moisture such as under mulch, grass clippings, leaves, trash stones, rotting logs, etc. When they do enter the home they are usually found in damp basements, bathrooms, damp closets and potted plants, though they may be found anywhere in the house.

Centipedes Dangers

Though centipedes can and do bite, the bite is painful but not deadly. They are mainly considered a nuisance.


Bats

Bats Description

Depending on the species, adults can range in size from 2-3/16” to 7-1/2” in length from the tip of its nose to its tail. The wingspan can be 6” to 15” and they can weigh from 1/8 to 2-1/8 oz. They are typically tan to black in color and have very large ears on their head.

Bat Locations

Bats are nocturnal creatures that will inhabit dark, secluded places. They can commonly be found in the attic of a home under overhangs, behind shutters, or any dark, protected area. They can find entry in to your structure through any opening as small as 3/8”.

Bat Dangers

Since bats do not chew their way in to your home nor do they make nests, they rarely do any physical damage to a structure. The danger with bats lie in the diseases they may introduce. Bat droppings harbor a fungus know to cause the lung disease Histoplasmosis and Cryptocacaous as well as the potential to be carrying rabies. A secondary concern is that the bats may be carrying bat bugs which can spread and inhabit other parts of the building.

Bat Removal

D-Bug can help in the removal of bats as well as the cleanup to remove the urine and droppings left behind. We use a safe and humane method to exclude the bats from your home, seal the structure so they do not return, and then clean the structure to remove any further potential of disease as well as the odor from their droppings.

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