Once an ant finds food in your home, they leave a chemical scent trail called a pheromone back to the nest and then recruits other workers to come exploit the food source. Ant workers can live up to seven years and the queen up to 15 years and colony members number from several hundred to several thousands!
Carpenter ants get their name from the damage they cause to wood. As they damage the wood they expel wood shavings called ‘frass’. A mature carpenter ant colony can have up to 2000 members.
Commonly mistaken for bumble bees the pesky pests bore holes into decks, wood siding, and other wooden materials on the exterior of homes. The holes are about a half inch in diameter. The female carpenter bees then lays eggs in the galleries of the wood. While very menacing, these bees rarely sting.
Yellow jackets are extremely protective and leave painful stings to anyone who may accidentally disturb them. They are most noticeable in late summer to early fall when their numbers are at the greatest and can reach into the hundreds or even thousands. Nest are commonly found underground, under siding, and behind brick walls to provide shelter for the colony.
Similar to yellow jackets but nests are typically exposed and commonly found under eaves of windows, soffits, and downspouts.
These solitary wasps build their nest out of mud. They attach the mud om walls inside garages, along sides of windows, and on exterior walls of homes. Because of their solitary nature they are not very aggressive and stings are rare.
Typically found in kitchens and bathrooms, this most common roach can carries several varieties of bacteria. Female roaches carry an egg case or capsule which contains anywhere from 30-40 eggs. It takes about 2 months for these newborns to mature to the point where they can start having babies. At that rate it doesn’t take long for a major infestation to develop.
Commonly called ‘water bugs’ they are typically found in damp areas like basements and travel through sewer pipes which is why they also carry a variety of bacteria. Each female will produce an average of 8 egg capsules in her lifetime with each capsule averaging about 14 baby roaches.
These eight legged creepy crawlers have caused fear, called Arachnophobia , to young and old, male and female for generations. Most species of spiders are harmless and feed on other insects but their ugly appearance is reason enough for most people to call Antimite!
This poisonous spider is very common in St Louis and is identified by the dark brown violin shape marking on its head. 40-50 eggs are deposited in a silk case and each female will produce from 1 to 5 egg sacs in her lifetime. The bite of a brown recluse may kill the affected tissue and cause skin loss and necrosis to the underlying tissue.
These rodents typically enter homes in early fall as the weather turns cold. Garages are common entry points as well as improperly sealed openings for pipes and electrical conduit. Signs of mice include droppings and gnawing on food products.
Bed bugs have returned with a vengeance and are difficult to eradicate. At first, the signs are not very noticeable and sightings are rare. As the population increases, bites and sightings become more common. The solution requires time consuming preparation by the homeowner and an extensive treatment program which far exceeds typical pest control services.
Silverfish are pests of paper but will also feed upon fabrics. They are fond of older books and manuscripts as well as the paste of wallpaper.
These pest are considered nuisance pests and are occasional House Ants: once an ant finds food in your home, they leave a chemical scent trail called a pheromone back to the nest and then recruits other workers to come exploit the food source. Ant workers can live up to seven years and the queen up to 15 years and colony members number from several hundred to several thousands!
Fleas are small, wingless insects flattened from side to side. An adult female lays 25 to 40 eggs per day and can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime. Eggs of the flea can become adult fleas in as little as three weeks in ideal conditions. Fleas are most active mid summer to early fall.