Last modified: May 14, 2021 Click the pictures for information on some of the common pests we treat for. Hornets Hornets are one of the largest type of wasp and can look like very large yellow jackets. Some types, like European hornets, can grow over 2 inches in length! They like to make nest in wall voids, attics, thick shrubs, branches, and hollow areas of trees. Mice Mice are usually around 5 to 8 inches including the tail. They can be gray to light brown to black in color. They are nocturnal and like to nest in wall voids, attics, cabinets, and garages in homes. They can visit a food source over 200 times per night, and leave their droppings behind on their travels. Mosquitos Mosquitos breed in standing water areas and can develop from larvae to adults in as little as 5 days. We offer several types of mosquito control, fully customized to your individual needs. As a result, we need to do an inspection of your yard in order to develop a treatment plan. Rats Rats have a body length of 6 to 8 inches and their tails add an additional 4 to 6 inches. They can be gray to reddish-brown to black in color. Indoors, they typically create nests in basements or crawlspaces. Outdoors, they can build burrows over 6 feet long! Spiders Spiders are the source of more phobias than any other insect. Ticks Ticks are parasitic arachnids that can spread a large number of pathogens. If you find a tick on yourself or your pet, you can carefully remove it and send it for pathogen testing using: https://www.ticklab.org/ We offer several types of tick control, and need to do an inspection of your yard in order to identify which options are best. Yellow Jackets Yellowjackets are another type of wasp that live in annual colonies. They can resemble honey bees, but do not have the fuzzy appearance of honey bees. The queens overwinter in protected places like hollow logs, under bark, and in voids of man- made buildings. The queens emerge in warm late spring days, select a nest site, and build a small paper nest and begin to lay eggs. As the eggs hatch, the nest grows and expands rapidly and the adults can aggressively defend it. As the cold seasons approach, new queens leave the nest to find places to overwinter, the rest of the adults abandon the nest and die, and the nest rapidly decomposes and disintegrates. The cycle continues the next year, with weather temperatures in the spring being the most important factor in colony establishment (colder temperatures lead to slower development of nests). Bedbugs Bedbugs are one of the most feared pests. Their presence can trigger anxiety and stress in anyone. We have developed a treatment plan that, with proper preparation before treatment, can usually eliminate infestations with one treatment. Box Elder Bugs Box elder bugs are usually harmless, but if they get inside your house they may stain curtains and furniture. Carpenter Ants Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants that we have in PA. They can live inside wood in the home, and can often create more damage than termites because they eat the wood around where they are living. They prefer moist wood, and excavate large tunnels, known as galleries, once they select their location. Inside the house, they prefer wooden floors, joists under leaky pipes, and water damaged wall voids in bathrooms. Carpenter Bees Carpenter bees very rarely sting, but they can do extensive damage to wood on the outside of your home. They prefer to intimidate people by dive-bombing and flying directly at you, instead of stinging. Treatment of carpenter bees involves finding and treating each individual nesting hole. Centipedes Centipedes usually don't cause any harm, but they can be an unpleasant surprise! Cockroaches Cockroaches are prolific reproducers who can spread a large number of pathogens. You may notice them at first if you turn on the light in a dark room an see them scurrying. You may also notice their droppings, which look like black pepper specks. Because of their prolific breeding habits, we require a monthly service contract for a minimum of 12 months to be signed before beginning treatment. Fleas Fleas can usually be identified either when they jump (which can be up to a foot each time!) or by the dirt they leave behind. We can develop a treatment plan for your individual situation, but it will definitely involve your vet! All pets in the house must be treated for fleas in order for any treatment we do to be effective. Hornets Hornets are one of the largest type of wasp and can look like very large yellow jackets. Some types, like European hornets, can grow over 2 inches in length! They like to make nest in wall voids, attics, thick shrubs, branches, and hollow areas of trees.