Roaches are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms(German Cockroaches are the most common household roach) but can be in any portion of a heated structure, and are commonly found near food preparation areas. Roaches are typically more active at night. If spotted during the day, this is a indicator of a larger hoard nearby.
They feed on the same sugary food you love to eat such as cereals and other sweets while polluting the food in the process. They can also be found in meats and starchy foods.Larger roaches are known to chew on paper products as well, damaging them in the process.
Cockroaches aren’t known for causing physical damage to homes, but you should still hire pest control to remove them. Cockroaches carry bacteria that can lead to serious illness in humans, like typhoid, dysentery, and polio. They spread bacteria when they move from one food source to another, and they can easily spread bacteria found in the fecal matter they consume.
Subterranean termites feed off cellulose debris such as roots, mulch, paper products and most importantly the wood within your home. Leaving the home untreated can lead to more serious damage. Termites live in underground colonies from which they obtain moisture and sometimes can be found within your home itself.worker termites travels outside of the colony for food, consuming the wood in your home and then returns to feed the rest of the colony.
The most common signs of termites include mud (or shelter) tubes on the foundation walls, termite swarms and of course infested wood. Subterranean termites typically damage the interior structure of beams, flooring, etc. and leave the surface intact.
Prevention is always the best road to safety. It is important to know what any pest control company is going to do to treat your home for termites. As well as the types of guarantees, treatment frequency and more. First Choice Termite and Pest Control, Inc. can answer these questions and many more in regards to pest control.
Bed bugs are insects that in mattresses, carpets and bedding. The bed bug tends to breed at a very fast rate. Hospitals, businesses, homes, buses, apartments and hotels are just a few places where bed bugs are most commonly reported. A common misconception is that bed bugs in your home is related to poor hygiene. In reality, all it takes is one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing, bag, furniture, etc and infest in your residence as they reproduce at alarming rate. What's worse is that they can live up to one year without drinking a drop of your blood. Bed bug nymphs can survive for months without feeding. It is common to find bed bug bites on exposed portions of your body when infected.
Bed bugs are 6-legged bugs that are flat, brown, wingless and about ¼ of an inch.Though they can be seen with the human eye, they typically do not hide in plane sight. These bugs love to hide in the seams of your mattress & sofas, cracks in the bed frame or headboard, under rugs, edges of carpets, drawers, and other dark areas. If you suspect you have an infestation, call First Choice Termite and Pest Control, Inc. in Upstate South Carolina.
Ants vary in size, species are typically either black, brown or reddish in color. They live in colonies, usually found either underground or in dead wood, but have the ability adapt to other habitats. Many ants are capable of biting or stinging people. They are capable of communication, either by touch (tapping the antennas), or by leaving a chemical odor trail. The odor trail usually marks a path between the nest and a food or water source. Some varieties include:
Rodents can be quite a problem for home and business owners alike. The major pests are house mice, rats and roof rats.
House mice thrive under a variety of conditions. They are found in and around homes and Commercial structures as well as in open fields and agricultural lands. Because of this, the often contaminate food, pet food and animal feed. In addition, they are known to cause considerable damage to both agricultural and property. Mice do not like bright lights and are mostly active during the night. They construct nests from various soft materials that are often found in hidden places with easy access to food. You can keep mice from infesting your home by maintaining sanitation practices and implementing mouse-proof construction and traps throughout your home. Keep kitchens, dining rooms, and other food areas clean to eliminate mouse food sources, and seal openings that are wider than ¼ of an inch to keep them from entering. Pest control services will also prove helpful.
Roof Rats can be controlled by thinning and trimming trees up several feet off the ground. Rake up dead leaves, and pick up any fruit that falls to the ground. Eliminate any areas where rats could find shelter. Disposable gloves should be worn when handling dead rodents.
Spiders are generally categorized by either web spinners or hunters depending on how they catch their prey. Hunting spiders wander around searching for their prey or hunt by lying in ambush. The more insects there are inside a building, the more likely it is to have spiders living there. During the fall as the temperatures begin to decrease, spiders can often be found in warm homes and offices.
All spiders have two body regions (cephalothorax and unsegmented abdomen), eight legs, a pair of pedipalps, a pair of jaws and either six or eight eyes. Regular landscape & lawn management will assist with controlling spiders and other pests from invading your home. Keep large trees, branches, tall vegetation from growing too close to the home.Stacks of firewood should be located AWAY from your building or home.
Place sticky spider traps in discrete locations throughout your home and in garages, crawl spaces, and basements. Remove traps once they are full of spiders and replace them with fresh ones. You can also use a vacuum hose or dusting tool to remove webs in corners. Keep in mind that these practices won’t eliminate a spider problem, only reduce the signs. A pest control service can remove them for good.
Unlike most crickets, camel crickets — also called cave crickets and spider crickets — do not chirp. They enjoy moist environments like forests, caves, cellars, and stacks of wood. The Spartanburg, SC, area is particularly susceptible, due to our humid weather. Camel crickets typically become a problem in late spring or early summer, when nymphs hatch from eggs lain a few weeks prior.
Camel crickets often become a problem when we have extremes in weather conditions, excessive rainfall or extended period of heat & drought. They are attracted to cool, moist/humid areas in and around our homes. The crickets often invade dark, cool spaces where moisture forms such as storage buildings, crawlspaces, basements, garages, as well as indoor areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.