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Safeway Pest Control Ltd. offers general pest control services in and around your home or business. We started this business in 1998. Our aim is to provide professional service at an affordable price. We are licensed, registered and insured. Our technicians are trained and certified.
These days a regular program for pest management is very important. Pest infestation can happen anywhere: in homes, apartments, restaurants, hospitals, adult care facilities, daycare centres, warehouses, office buildings, etc.
Pests can come into any building through food, product deliveries, clothing we wear or bags we carry. Loss to your business could be very big if a mouse gnaws through wiring of your inter-office computers – shutting down your entire office building. Regular inspections, monitoring, identification of pests and proper treatment are important to have pest free facilities.

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Proper and effective pest control is much more than applying pesticides. We do a thorough inspection of your property, evaluate pest problems, and make recommendations to prevent future pest problems. We carefully apply pest control techniques that are best to solve your pest problems.
Please contact us for a free consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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If you’ve ever played outside, chances are that you’ve been bugged by insects. Maybe unwelcome ants joined you at a picnic in the park or a bee buzzed around your head while you were playing catch. None of this may have bothered you – unless you were bitten or stung. Ouch! It’s enough to make you stay indoors. But the outdoors can still be a great place to play if you know a little bit more about insects.

Why Do Insects Bite or Sting?
Insects such as bees, wasps, spiders, scorpions, and hornets usually attack when they feel like they are in danger. Sometimes they are protecting their territory, web, or nest. Other insects such as mosquitoes (say: muh-skee-toes) and ticks suck blood in order to survive. The female mosquito needs blood so that she can lay her eggs. (The male mosquito does not bite at all!)

What Are Insect Bites and Stings?
An insect injects venom (say: veh-num) into your skin when it bites or stings you. Usually, venom is like soap in your eyes – it doesn’t really hurt you, but it’s not very comfortable. It will make a small, itchy bump no bigger than a pea form on your skin. When you scratch, your skin becomes red and more itchy. A tick bite can cause a red rash that looks a little like a bull’s-eye (this may take as long as a week). In the case of bee stings, the area becomes swollen and a stinger is left in the skin.

Does It Hurt?
In most cases insect bites are not serious and only hurt for a little while. The itching is the most irritating part of most insect bites and stings. Some bites or stings, such as a bite from a scorpion or a black widow spider, may require a trip to the emergency department. But this doesn’t happen very often. An adult will know whether this trip is necessary.

What Should You Do?
If anything bites or stings you, make sure you let an adult know. He or she will look at the bite or sting to see what needs to be done.

If a mosquito bites you, try not to scratch. It’s hard sometimes, but scratching will make the itch worse and can cause the bite to swell, bleed, or get infected.

If you are stung by a wasp, yellow jacket, or hornet, an adult will remove the stinger by scraping it with a fingernail. The edge of a credit card also works well. Don’t pick out the stinger yourself with your fingers or tweezers. You could cause more venom to be released by squeezing it, which will make it hurt more.

If a honeybee stings you, you should also leave the stinger alone because this kind of stinger has a curve on the end that hooks into your skin. An adult will help you keep the area clean and the stinger will go away in a couple of days. For any type of bee sting, have an adult apply ice to the sting on and off for the first 24 hours. An antihistamine (say: an-tie-his-ta-mean), which is a type of medicine, can help stop the itching, pain, and swelling. Acetaminophen (say: uh-see-ta-mi-no-fen) like Tylenol can also help stop the sting from hurting. Hydrocortisone (say: hy-dro-kor-ti-zone) creams and calamine lotions are also helpful to take away the itch. An adult will decide what medicine is best for you.

If you find a tick on you, don’t try to remove it yourself. Get an adult to help you. He or she will grab the tick with tweezers as close to your skin as possible and pull it off in one smooth motion. Once the tick is removed, put it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Don’t try to crush it in your hands. Your doctor may want to see this tick later.

If you think a scorpion or a black widow spider has bitten you, tell an adult right away and have him or her take you to the emergency department at the hospital.
Learn more about bugs around your home

What a Bedbug Is
A bedbug is a small (about the size of a pencil eraser), flat, reddish-brown bug that can be found in homes all over the world. It hides during the day and comes out during the night to look for blood. A bedbug has a special ingredient in its saliva (spit) that keeps blood from clotting while it’s eating.
What a Bee Is
Bee, or honeybee, is the word many people use to describe any flying insect that has wings and a stinger. But honeybees are really only one of a group of insects that includes wasps, hornets, fire ants, and yellow jackets. Honeybees are light golden brown, and their bodies are covered with fuzz. They build nests in old trees and manmade hives (like the ones that beekeepers take care of) and spend a lot of their time collecting nectar and pollen from flowers. Wasps are reddish-brown and have skinny bodies, and they often make nests under the porches of buildings. Bald-faced hornets are black with white markings, and they build nests shaped like footballs in trees and shrubs. Fire ants are tiny and reddish-brown and live in nests under the ground. Yellow jackets have yellow and black stripes on their bodies and are smaller than wasps, hornets, and honeybees. They make their nests in the ground or in old tree stumps.
What a Black Widow Spider Is
The black widow spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. It is part of the arachnid family, which includes not just spiders, but ticks, mites, and scorpions, too. Its body is about one-half inch long (smaller than a dime), and it has long legs. The black widow spider is shiny and black with a red-orange or yellow mark in the shape of an hourglass on its stomach.

Black widow spiders and their relatives can be found almost anywhere in the Western hemisphere of the world in damp and dark places. Their favorite places are wood piles, tree stumps, trash piles, storage sheds, fruit and vegetable gardens, in stone walls, and under rocks. If they come inside, they will go to dark places like corners of closets, garages, or behind furniture. They are shy by nature and bite only when trapped, sat on, or accidentally touched.
What a Mosquito Is
A mosquito (say: muss-kee-toe) is an insect that is found all over the world. There are thousands of different kinds of mosquitoes in many different sizes and colors. The female mosquito needs blood from vertebrates (animals that have a spine) to lay eggs and produce more mosquitoes. She has a special part of her mouth that she uses to suck blood, and her saliva (spit) thins the blood so she can drink it. In fact, it’s the mosquito’s saliva that makes the bites itch!
What a Flea Is
A flea is a small (no bigger than the head of a pin) brown bug with a hard shell. Fleas have tiny claws at the ends of their legs to help them attach to people or other warm-blooded animals and drink their blood.

If you have a dog or cat, chances are pretty good that you’ve seen a flea. Fleas are often found on the coats of these animals. Once the animal comes inside, the fleas can then jump onto people or carpeting.
What a Gnat Is
A gnat (say: nat) is sometimes also called a blackfly, even though it can be black or gray. It is a very tiny insect, no bigger than the head of a pin. Gnats are found anyplace in the world where there is a river or stream, because they lay their eggs in watery places. They need the blood of warm-blooded animals to survive. They can bite humans right through their clothes to get blood.
What a Tick Is
A tick is a tiny brown mite, which is an arachnid. (Spiders and scorpions are the other members of the arachnid family.) A tick attaches itself to the skin of an animal or reptile and sucks blood. There are hundreds of kinds of ticks on the planet, and they can be found almost everywhere. The two types of ticks that many people talk about are the deer tick and the dog tick.

The deer tick is about the same size as the head of a pin, and it is found in many parts of the United States. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease, especially those in New England and parts of the Midwest. (Lyme disease gets its name from the place where it was discovered – Lyme, Connecticut, which is in New England.) The dog tick is very common, and can be up to one-half inch long. If you have a dog, chances are pretty good that you’ve seen a dog tick on its coat. This type of tick can carry a disease called Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
What a Scorpion Is
A scorpion is part of the arachnid family, which also includes mites, ticks, and spiders. Scorpions are about three inches long (about the length of a crayon), with eight legs and a small pair of claws that look like crabs’ claws. A scorpion’s stinger is at the end of its long tail.

There are 650 species of scorpions all over the world, and about 40 species are found in the Southwestern United States. Of these 40 species, only one type of scorpion, which usually lives in Arizona, can kill people. Scorpions like to live in cool, damp places like basements, wood piles, and junk piles. They are usually nocturnal (they sleep during the day and come out at night) and are usually more active when it rains.

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Residential Pest Control
.D. County Pest & Termite Control’s approach to pest control services involves four steps:

Step One – Initial Inspection and Evaluation

S.D. County Pest & Termite Control will conduct a thorough inspection of the premises by one of our trained inspectors. This will allow us to:
a) Assess the situation and identify conducive conditions to pests
b) Identify pests and any kind of related damage
c) Evaluate sanitation practices and structural problems, which may contribute to pest infestation
d) Customize a pest control program that is best for you and your home
Step Two – Initial Treatment
Our initial treatment is designed to eliminate pests invading your home.

“Our goal is to bring the current pest population down to an acceptable level using our proven treatment techniques.”
Step Three – Maintaining Control
a) Monitor pest population levels – primarily outside of the home.
b) Retreat inside your home if necessary
Step Four – Constant Improvement
Our pest control programs are constantly being evaluated and improved. As a result, you can be certain that you receive the very best service available.
Other Services Offered:
Rodent Control
Flea Control-inside and outside
Bee Control and hive removal
Animal Trapping
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S.D. County Pest & Termite Control is committed to complete customer satisfaction.

Your total satisfaction with our services is our main goal. Our services include:

Let S.D. County Pest & Termite Control help solve your termite problems at your home or commercial location. We will inspect your home or location and recommend the best termite management program and repairs for your particular situation.
Fumigation service is available
1 year written warranty on all termite inspections
In-House Construction Repairs available
Fax your requests to our office or use our online Termite Inpection Request Form,
and we can fax back or hand deliver your completed inspection.
All work is guaranteed
We can handle all of your rush inspection needs
S.D. County Pest & Termite Control’s Termite control & repair service’s consist of:
Inspect interior & exterior areas of facility or home.
Exterior treatment for control of occasional invaders (power spray or granulars as needed).
Use bait technology for control of targeted pests.
Pest Site Location Logs (commercial sites)
Pest control service experience:
25 years of experience
Fully equipped and clearly labeled trucks
Certified & Licenced employees
Technicians radio dispatched for quick response.
Fully insured and State licensed
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Wasps
Because of their painful stings which sometimes can be fatal to some allergic individuals – wasps should be dealt with quickly whenever they are seen near homes and buildings. Their colonies can be found in leaves, trees, shrubs, walls, inside attics, etc.
There are several varieties of wasps in Canada including hornet, paper wasp, yellow jackets. The colour ranges from black to combinations of black with yellow, white or brown markings.

All wasps don’t sting, only the queens and workers have egg laying tube which forms the stinger. Wasps are most common during warm spring and summer months and are most active during daylight.
To make sure wasps stay away from your home or garden always pick up fallen fruits and refuse which attract wasps. Seal all holes around the house. If you have a wasp nest on your property it is advisable to call us for best treatment.
Cicada Killer Wasp
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/cicadakiller/cicadakiller.htm
Yellowjackets
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/yelljacks/yelljacks.htm
Paper Wasps
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/paprwasps/paprwasps.htm
Bumble Bees
http://dallas.tamu.edu/insects/Ent-1010.html
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Ants In and Around the House
Ants
Ants are social insects and live in large colonies. There are two main types of ants in a colony: queens and workers. The queen ant lays eggs and worker ants care for the larvae, look for food and defend the nest.
Depending on the species, ant colonies multiply by swarming or budding. Swarming means that at certain times of the year, winged males and females leave the colony to mate. The mated females then establish new colonies.
http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/l-2061.html
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Carpenter Ants
These ants are the largest in size and sometimes hard to identify by size or colour because they are so variable. Winged males are smaller than winged queens. Wingless queens measure 5/8 inch, winged queens 3/4 inch, large major workers 1/2 inch and small minor workers 1/4 inch. Workers have some brown on them while queens are black. Workers have large heads and a small thorax while adult swarmers have a smaller head and a larger thorax. Carpenter ants do not eat wood but they do excavate into wood. They will nest inside wood and can do serious damage to wood buildings. These ants are difficult to control and professional help could be necessary.
Carpenter Ant Images
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/carpants/carpants.htm
http://entweb.clemson.edu/cuentres/eiis/hands/hs9.pdf
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Thatching Ants
There are many different species of thatching ants in British Columbia. Several are red and black while others are all black. Worker Ants range in size from 3 to 9 mm in length. Winged male ants of some species look almost identical to winged male carpenter ants. They often nest in tree stumps and large mounds in fields. Sometimes satellite nests are built in wall voids, attics and other parts of buildings. They do not cause damage but they can be annoying and can bite. there can be several queens in the colonies and colonies can contain many thousands of workers. Mating flights mainly occur in late summer.
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Pharaoh Ants
Pharaoh Ants are small yellowish ants almost translucent and they can be a major nuisance inside a house. They prefer warm moist conditions. Pharaoh ant colonies are very large – containing up to 300,000 individuals and several queens. They feed on jellies, honey, peanut butter, corn syrup, fruit juices, greases, dead insects and other sweet stuff. They can be a serious problem in hospitals, rest rooms, hotels, grocery stores, etc. These ants are difficult to control and sprays should be avoided that cause colonies to split and spread making the problem worse.
Pharaoh Ant Images
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/pharants/pharants.htm
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Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants are small black ants about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. These ants occasionally forage indoors for sweets and other foods. When crushed they give off an unpleasant odor like rotten coconuts. This odor can be used to identify them. Odorous ants found indoors in the early spring may stop their activity indoors once warm summer weather arrives or when their preferred food source is removed. If the ants are routinely foraging inside and no action is taken they will likely return in subsequent years as the colony gets bigger over the years the ants may become more of a nuisance and control measures may become necessary.
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Cornfield Ants
Cornfield ants are a problem in home in the lower mainland, Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island. They are often called moisture ants and they are not normally seen indoors except when the large winged honey coloured females or the smaller dark males swarm in the late summer. Cornfield ants prefer moist areas and colonies are often found in decayed logs, stumps or in soil. In homes, colonies usually infest decayed wood that has been previously damaged by carpenter ants or termites. Cornfield ants could further deteriorate the already decayed wood. Cornfield ants are indicators of possible moisture problems in the home and action should be taken. New colonies invade if the moisture and decayed wood are not removed.
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Pavement Ants
Pavement Ants are easily identified by the narrow, parallel grooves on their heads and thoraxes. Pavement ants are 1/16 to 1/8 inch long with a dark body and lighter colored legs. They have two small spines on the back portion of the thorax. Pavement ants nest outdoors, along curbing, under concrete slabs, etc. Inside structures they nest in walls, insulation, floors and near heat sources during the winter. Pavement ants may forage in the home throughout the year, feeding on grease, meat, live and dead insects, honeydew, roots of plants, etc. Although they are not aggressive but workers can bite and sting.
Pavement Ants
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/apavement.html
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Cockroaches
Lifecycle and Habits
The most common cockroach in Canada is the German cockroach. Cockroaches have three stages in their life cycle: the egg, nymph and adult. The females carry the egg cases around until just before they hatch. Over their life time a female may produce 4 to 8 egg cases of about 40 eggs each. German cockroaches develop more quickly than other cockroaches: their eggs hatch in 16 to 28 days depending on the temperature. Nymphs develop to the adult stage in 74 to 103 days depending on temperature.
During the day, these roaches may be found hiding behind baseboard moldings, in cracks around cabinets, closets or pantries, in or under the stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators. If roaches are seen during the day, the population is large. German cockroaches have a high need for moisture and usually travel 10 to 15 feet for food and water in kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Without food and water, adults may die in two weeks but can live a month with only water. If the cockroaches are not controlled in time they will get in and multiply very quickly in tv’s, stereos,vcr’s, telephones, etc.
Prevention and Sanitation
German roaches can move from one building to another during the summer – entering through cracks in foundations, gaps around doors or windows and along water and gas pipes. All the opening around the house should be sealed, holes around plumbing pipes should be filled. Check for cockroaches or any other insects before bringing any old appliances or furniture to your house. Clean areas under cabinets, stoves, sinks, refrigerators, on a regular basis. Clean up spilled foods and liquids, wash dishes as soon as possible. Keep food in tightly sealed containers.
Health Hazards
Cockroaches are a health hazard because they carry bacteria on their bodies which can be transmitted to people. The main diseases transmitted are different forms of gastroenteritis including food poisoning, dysentery and diarrhea. If you are allergic to house dust you may also be allergic to cockroaches. Bits and pieces of their bodies and feces can become part of the dust in your home. Allergic reactions to roaches happen more often to persons who have asthma. So if you or other family members have allergic symptoms talk to you doctor.
Please remember that all pesticides can be harmful if not used as directed. Follow the label instructions carefully.
We offer cockroach control without any spray. You don’t need to empty your cabinets or leave your house. We offer up to 3 year warranty. Please contact us for more information.
Cockroach Links
http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/b-1458.html
http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/insects/g1129.htm
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/cockroaches/cockroaches.htm
http://entweb.clemson.edu/cuentres/eiis/hands/hs6.pdf
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Silverfish and Firebrats
Silverfish and firebrats are shaped almost like fish. They hide in the smallest of cracks and crevices. They reproduce at a high rate which makes it hard to control them. Silverfish and firebrats live outdoors but when building conditions are warm and damp they may move inside and adapt to the indoor environment. They can move around with items transferred from one place to another. They may even travel through heating ducts that originate in damp basements.
Silverfish and firebrats are similar wingless insects. They both feed on starches such as paste, glue, fabrics, cereals or wall papers with paste. They can live without food for several months. Silverfish prefer warm moist areas while firebrats prefer hotter areas. They are active during the night, leave yellowish stains on fabrics and live up to to 2 1/2 years.
Silverfish are gunmetal gray in colour while firebrats are light gray in colour with darker stripes. Silverfish are up to 13 mm long whereas firebrats are up to 8 mm long.
Prevention
While silverfish or firebrats are found in a structure, it indicates excessive humidity. Reduction of humidity is essential for long term control. Effective long-term control may require improving ventilation, repairing leaks, installing fans, etc. In multi-story residential buildings – controlling these insects could be very hard. For any consultation please contact us and we will be happy to answer all your questions.
Silverfish and Firebrats Links
http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/l-1833.html
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/silverfi.html
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Fleas
Adult fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, they can also cause medical problems like flea allergy, tapeworms, skin irritations caused by flea salivary secretions that vary among individuals. The typical secretion to the bite is the formation of a small, hard, red, slightly raised itching spot. There is a single puncture point in the center of each spot. Fleas can also transmit bubonic plague from rodent to rodent and from rodent to humans. Tapeworm that infest dogs and cats can appear in children if pests or infested fleas are accidentally consumed.
Identification
Adult fleas are about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, dark, reddish brown, wingless, hard bodied and difficult to crush between fingers. They have three pairs of legs. Fleas are good jumpers, leaping vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally 13 inches. They have piercing – sucking mouth parts and spines on the body projecting backwards.
Life Cycle and Habits
Fleas pass through a complete life cycle consisting of egg, larva, pupa and adult. After each blood meal, females lay four to eight eggs at a time – about 400-800 within a lifetime. Females lay eggs on the host animal or in its bedding. The eggs hatch in about 10 days. Larvae feed on the adult flea feces which contain dry blood. When mature, they spin silken cocoons in which they pupate. The pupal stage lasts up to 20 weeks. Adult fleas may remain resting in the cocoon until the detection of vibration of walking people or pets. Adult fleas can not survive or lay eggs without blood meal. Sometimes humans are attacked by fleas when they come home after a few days of being away because the fleas are starved of blood. and their usual host cat or dog is boarded out during vacation.
Control
Effective flea control requires three major steps: sanitation, insecticide application and flea control on the animal. If fleas are a problem in your home please contact us. We will be happy to advise you on a possible solution.
Flea Links
http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/l-1738.html
http://entweb.clemson.edu/cuentres/eiis/hands/hs2.pdf
Flea Control
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/ffleacon.html
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House Mouse
The adult house mouse is small and slender – about 1-2 inches long excluding tail. It has a pointed nose, large ears, small eyes and a nearly hairless tail. The tail is as long as the head and body combined. The colour varies bit is usually a light grey or brown but it could be in darker shades as well.

Unlike other pests, house mouse numbers are not limited by lack of water. Mice can get enough water from food even from dry cereals. If there are good living conditions, they can multiply rapidly. Females produce 8 or more litters per year, with 5 to 7 pups.
House mice can gnaw through wood, asphalt shingles and soft mortars. They can squeeze through small cracks 1 cm in size. House mice leave small dark brown droppings wherever they go. These droppings are the first indication of mice problem.
Mice make their nest from soft material like paper, insulation or furniture stuffing. These nests can be found in walls, ceiling voids, storage boxes, drawers, under appliances or within upholstery. Outside nests are found in debris or in ground burrows.
http://www.buginfo.com/CuteNCuddly/mouse1.html
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Norway Rat
The norway rat – also known as the brown rat is larger and more aggressive than the Roof Rat. It is dull brown in colour and measures between 12 1/2″ to 17″ from nose to tail. The nose is blunt with small ears and small eyes. The tail is shorter than the head and body combined.
The young rats reach sexual maturity in 2-3 months. The female averages 7 litters per year with 8-12 pups per litter. Adults live about one year. They live in colonies. The norway rat generally prefers to live in underground tunnels. Their nesting burrows on the outside are often along the foundations of walls. As the rat family grows, more burrows are built resulting in lots of underground tunnels. Inside buildings, norway rats commonly nest on the lower levels but while the population grows, they may go in attics and ceiling areas.
Rats are nocturnal with their peak activity taking place at dusk or before dawn. When the population is large or the colony is hungry and disturbed, activity can take place during the day too.
http://www.buginfo.com/CuteNCuddly/rats1.html
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Roof Rat
The roof rat is also called the black rat. It is slimmer than the norway rat and has larger ears. The tail is longer than the combined length of the body and head. Roof rats nests are usually in the ceilings and attics. Both roof rats and norway rats are good climbers and can climb up the inside and outside of pipes. Roof rats can climb even wires. Female rats have up to 7 litters per year of 8-12 pups per litter.
Rats can get into a home through a hole about the size of a quarter. Rats damage structure, chew wiring and cause electrical fires, eat and urinate on human and animal food and carry many diseases. Rats rely mainly on smell, taste touch and hearing because of poor vision.
Accidental poisoning could occur among humans and pets from poorly placed poison. Call professionals if you are having a problem controlling rats. Please contact us for further information.
http://www.buginfo.com/CuteNCuddly/rats1.html
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Stored Product Pests
Stored product pests infest a wide range of foods including flour, whole grains, seeds, crackers, processed cereals, peas, beans, nuts, dried fruit and spices.
Some common stored product insects are
saw-toothed grain beetle
drugstore beetles
granary weevils
Indian meal moth

Other stored product pests that can be found; especially, in imported foods are: confused flour beetle, larder beetle, pea weevil, rice weevil and yellow mealworm.
Proper identification of these pests is important to do proper treatment. Some insects spend their entire life cycle in food; therefore, control methods can often be limited to throwing away of the infested products. Confused and red flour beetles are major pests of flour. They are found in flour, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, spices, cake mixes, beans, etc.
Insects are sometimes brought into the home along with infested food products. They then begin to multiply and spread to other foods.
Clothes Moth
Adult clothes moth is 1/2 inch long from wing tip to wing tip, when wings are folded the insect is about 1/4 inch long with golden-yellow colour with satiny sheen. A tuft of hairs on the head is the upright and reddish gold. Eggs are oval, ivory and about 1/24 inch long. Larvae are a shiny, creamy white with a brown head up to 1/2 inch long. The larvae spin threads and construct tunnels of silk.
Clothes moth larvae feed on wool, feathers, hair, leather, fur, lint, dust, paper, cotton, linen, silk and synthetic fibers. Mostly damage is done to the fabric that is stained with beverages, urine, oil from hair and sweat. Clothes moth cause more damage to the articles that are undisturbed for a long time. Damaged fabrics have holes eaten through them by small, white larvae and often have silken cases and fecal pellets over the surface of the fabrics. Moths cause most damage during the larvae stage. Good housekeeping is important for preventing moth damage. Clothing should be stored in tightly closed containers. Clean clothes before storing, frequent use of woolens and other animal fiber clothing helps avoid damage from clothes moth.
We have products and experts to help you with any pest problem. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to answer all your questions.
Clothes Moths Links
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/mclothes.html
Indian Meal Moth
The Indian meal moth is considered most troublesome of the grain infesting moths and are common in stored products pests found in homes, food processing plants, grain storage and processing facilities. Damage is caused by the larvae spinning silken threads as they feed and crawl thus webbing food particles together. Small moths can be found flying around rooms, kitchens and pantries. These moths fly mostly at night and are attracted to lights and may appear around television sets. Occasionally white worms with black head crawl up walls and suspend from the ceiling attached to a single silken thread.
The female moth lays between 60 to 300 eggs in clusters or singles, near or on the food stuff. Eggs hatch in 2 to 14days with tiny caterpillars white colour. They disperse within a few hours. The larvae stage is the pest stage when they feed.
Indian Meal Moth Links
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/mindianm.html
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Pests of Stored Food Links
http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/insects/g1130.htm
http://entweb.clemson.edu/cuentres/eiis/hands/hs13.pdf
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/storedfoods/sfbeetles/sfbeetles.htm
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Spiders
Spiders are found commonly throughout North America. Spiders have eight legs, vary in size, shape, and color and have no wings or antennae. Their body consists of two parts; fused head – thorax and abdomen. Most spiders have eight eyes some have six and some have none. Most spiders are harmless to humans and will not bite unless accidentally trapped or held. They can often be found around windows, outdoor light fixtures in the corners, inside garages, since other insects are attracted to these areas. Spiders feed on insects.

All spiders produce venom that is poisonous to their prey of insects, mites, etc. Venom is injected to immobilize the prey. Two species of spiders are considered dangerous to humans. They are the black widow and the brown recluse. If bitten by these spiders receive immediate medical attention.
Spiders
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/spiders/spiders1.htm
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/spiders/spiders2.htm
http://entomology.unl.edu/images/spiders/spiders3.htm
http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/insects/g792.htm
http://entomology.unl.edu/charts/recbite.htm
http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/l-1787.htm

Sowbugs and Pillbugs
These bugs have oval bodies and are sometimes called wood lice. They live outdoors and may enter homes in damp areas such as basements, main floors and garages. They don’t bite humans nor do they damage any structures but they are a nuisance by their presence. If they are present in large numbers then they can feed on young plants in greenhouses.
Sowbugs can be distinguished from pillbugs by the fact that they can not roll up into a ball like the pillbug. The sowbug has two tail like appendages that the pillbug does not have. Sowbugs and pillbugs usually feed on decaying vegetables and their roots. Adequate moisture is essential for their survival and they group in masses to reduce water loss. Since these bugs need moisture to survive it is necessary to keep the house inside and outside as dry as possible. Areas around the house should be kept clean.
Pillbugs and Sowbugs links
http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/insects/nf302.htm
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