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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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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.
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.
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.
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 for animals These are developed through the flea saliva. Taking your pet to the vet is suggested for best treatment options.
Sticktight fleas, or Echidnophaga gallinacea, are the most difficult to remove because they embed themselves within the skin of their host. They are usually half the size of a cat flea, seemingly microscopic. They often live and feed off of many types of animals including dogs, cats, horses, etc. and can even cause infections and anemia.
A form of treatment:
Malathion 5% liquid or gel can be applied topically to the site of the bite, however, consult your doctor for further advice.
Human fleas, or Pulex irritans, are commonly found on the human head, or on other hair parts of the body. Upon finding these fleas, you may want to consult a barber or hairdresser for a special flea treatment. However, you can find some flea-expelling soaps in pharmacies or online. Some detections of human fleas can be skin irritation, itching sensations, skin swelling and tiny bite marks. Some treatments include body shaving and shampooing treatments.
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 Noblesville, Indiana.
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 skin and leave marks that look similar to mosquito bites. They can also stain furniture in a similar way to lady bugs if they are disturbed.
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.
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 Noblesville, IN.
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 Noblesville, IN will be able to help if centipedes have infested your home.
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.
Asian Lady Bugs
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 lady bug 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.
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.
Clover mites are tiny pests that feed on plants and occasionally invade homes. However, clover mites that infest homes will reproduce and quickly parish 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.
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.
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 Noblesville, IN for assistance.
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 Noblesville. AAA Exterminating can inspect your space, identify the pest, and protect your home.
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.
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
The name for these venomous arachnids comes from the female’s tendency to eat the male after mating. They are widely feared as the most venomous spider in North America, as their bite is known to be 15 times more venomous than a rattlesnake bite. Death from a Black Widow Spider bite is very rare, but there are many unfortunate and irritating systems if you happen to be bitten by one. If a Black Widow Spider is to venture into a house, it will probably be found in a basement, garage, or crawlspace.
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 Noblesville, IN.
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.
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