General Pest Invaders
Hoffman’s exterminating is best at solving house hold pest problems. We eliminate infestations as well as reducing the pest pressures in and around your home. We have answers to eliminating the most common pests, such as:
- Cloths moths
- Carpet beetles
- Food infesting insects
- Mice and Rats
- Bee’s and Wasp Nests
- Clover mites
- Millipedes & Centipedes
- Ground Beetles
- Box Elder Bugs
- Pavement Ants
If you are experiencing issues with any of these pests, contact us today!
There are many different incidental occasional invaders, and their presence is often related to moisture. However, the recommended control measures for these pests are, for the most part, minimal. Topping the list in this category are Pill Bugs, Sow Bugs and Scuds (commonly called “Rolly Pollies”). These crustaceans all need moist environment to live. Therefore, they find living conditions under excessive mulch, near decaying vegetation, and in damp basements or crawlspaces. The key to controlling these pests is finding and removing moisture sources. Chemical measures aren’t usually needed because these pests won’t typically survive indoors anyway. You want to stop them before they get in.
Two other groups of incidental pests that tend to like thick mulched or organic moist are Springtails and Earwigs. Again, exclusion, habitat alteration, moisture reduction and mechanical removal of the pests are the keys to control. In a rare occasion, if it’s really bad, you could do some insecticidal treatments of mulch outside, as long as you can penetrate the mulch or roll it back.
Millipedes, and in particular garden millipedes, are another common invader. These pests can grow to large numbers in yards, and they gain access to a structure via cracks and crevices under doors and thresholds. Millipedes reach structures basically by accident, via their normal crawling behavior, although they will trail each other, because these pests do tend to have a bad odor, they should be swept or vacuumed up as soon as possible. It can be difficult to achieve chemical control of millipedes in outdoor areas, simply because many treatments don’t fully penetrate the mulch to reach them.
Centipedes, although not as frustrating to control, tend to cause more alarm among homeowners. Unlike millipedes, centipedes are fast-moving, predatory creatures that can bite. While millipedes have two legs per body segment, centipedes have just one. Also, while millipedes survive off of organic vegetation, centipedes feed on other insects around. There are two main types of centipedes: the house centipede, an indoor pest that isn’t typically found in great numbers; and the outdoor centipedes that come in under threshold. Perimeter treatments may help to control the outdoor species. For indoor species, crack and crevice dust treatments or limited spraying may help, but mechanical control measures may be all that’s needed. However, if a structure has a large number of house centipedes, that would indicate a problematic point allowing other insects access to the structure.
Some Spider Species are occasional invaders, such as the “ambush spiders” (wolf spiders), which simply wander in under doors. No chemical controls are needed for these types of pests. Many spiders, especially the ground dwelling ones, are only incidental pests.
Crickets can also be characterized as incidental, and possibly seasonal, invaders. There are two main types: field crickets and house cricket. The field cricket is a black, stout -bodied cricket that is not known to establish indoors. Exclusion is the best remedy. If you perform any treatment, it would be outside. Meanwhile the house cricket, which is brown, can occasionally establish indoors, in such places as crawlspaces, basements and damp garages. Being closely related to cockroaches, house crickets can be controlled with well-placed cockroach gel baits.
At Hoffman's Exterminating, we can handle any kind of pest. Give us a call at (800) 615-3920 to see how we can help rid you of your invaders!
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