How to Identify House Centipedes
The House Centipede is usually an inch or more in length and grayish-yellow in color. There are 15 pairs of long legs which have alternating dark and white bands. The back pair of legs are are more than twice as long as the others and are used to hold their prey. They are commonly found in moist basements, damp closets, and in bathrooms where they feed on spiders and other insects.
Centipedes live in cracks and voids similar to cockroaches. Treatment and control involves application of a micro-encapsulated liquid in cracks and crevices and a residual dust in voids under baseboards and along pipe chases. Treatment in moist basements and crawl spaces is also recommended.
How to Identify Millipedes
Millipedes or “thousand leggers” normally live outside where they feed on damp and decaying organic matter like wood, leaves, and other vegetation. Millipedes frequently infest homes in the fall when they migrate indoors to seek an area to hibernate. Heavy or continuous rains that raise the water level outside can also force the millipedes out of their natural shelter causing them to seek refuge indoors.
A thorough exterior perimeter treatment is crucial to controlling millipedes. Particular attention should be paid when treating along doorways and other openings around the home.
How to Identify Springtails
Springtails are very small insects measuring 1-2 millimeters in length. They are typically found in basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Sprintail infestations in buildings are usually associated with dampness, organic matter, and mold. Springtails are not harmful but are troublesome to homeowners since they usually occur in large numbers. Springtails have a tail-like appendage called a furcula which propels the insect away from danger.
How we Treat a Springtail Problem
An exterior treatment along the foundation and to the perimeter soil surrounding the home will usually provide control of springtails. Drying out of moist areas in the home will also help eliminate springtails.
How to Identify Ground Beetles
Ground Beetles range from 1/16 to more than 1 inch in length. Most species of ground beetles are black, elongated and slightly flat. They are normally found under wood, logs, rocks and other debris on the ground. They are attracted to buildings with bright lights and will enter the buildings through cracks, doorways, and under garage doors.
How we Treat a Ground Beetle Problem
A perimeter treatment to the foundation and the ground around the structure will help control ground beetles. Removal of leaf litter and moving of wood piles, bricks, and other debris to locations as far from the home as possible will also aid in the control of ground beetles.
How to Identify Camel Crickets
Camel Crickets get their name due to a humpbacked thorax which resembles the hump of a camel. Camel Crickets range from 1/2 an inch to 1 1/2 inches and vary from light tan to dark brown in color. These crickets are typically found in crawl spaces and damp basements but can also be found in living areas, garages, and storage areas. Camel Crickets do not chirp like other species so these crickets won’t be keeping you up at night.
How We Treat a Camel Cricket Problem
Treatment to the areas where crickets are hiding along with a thorough exterior treatment is required. Dusts and liquid applications in cracks and voids are effective along with perimeter baiting of the exterior. ULV applications in crawl spaces are also useful in cricket control.
How to Identify House Crickets
House Crickets and the closely related field crickets can be recognized by the basis of their songs. Many a sleepless night for homeowners can be attributed to an infestation of these yellowish brown to black colored insects. Crickets can also cause damage to fabrics and clothing containing cotton, linen, wool, and silk.
How We Treat a House Cricket Problem
Treatment to the areas where crickets are hiding along with a thorough exterior treatment is recommended. Dusts and liquid applications in cracks and voids are effective along with perimeter baiting of the exterior. ULV applications in crawl spaces and attics are also useful in cricket control.