Pest Details

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Scorpion                  
Scorpions are predators that feed primarily on other insects. They crawl into buildings through exterior cracks in search of food of suitable shelter. Once inside, they may wander into clothing, shoes, or a bed where someone might contact them, resulting in a very painful sting.

Tips for Control - To reduce scorpions around a home, eliminate as many piles of items or debris on the ground, and keep dense vegetation to a minimum. Wen a home is
 chronically invaded by these arthropods, it is best to seek the services of the professionals at Chandler Pest Control.

Beetle
 
 
This slender, flattened brown beetle measures 2 to 3 mm (1/10") in length and features 6 tooth-like projections on its midsection.


It commonly inhabits stored products such as grains, cereals, and packaged goods.

Tips for Control - Although it is not a health risk, a grain beetle infestation can foster the growth of destructive moulds. Keeping food dry and tightly sealed will reduce likelihood of grain beetles gaining a foothold in your cupboards or food storage areas.


Wasp 
 
Because of their painful sting, which can be deadly to certain allergic individuals, wasps should be dealt with promptly whenever they establish a colony on or near homes or buildings. These colonies can typically be found in ball-like, paper structures attached to verandahs, eaves, trees, or shrubs. Occasionally, wasps build their nests inside attics or walls where holes or cracks open to the outside.

Tips for Control - Wasps are attracted to fresh fruit and juices, so removing fallen fruit from around fruit trees and keeping refuse containers tightly closed will reduce their presence and discourage new colonies.

Roaches
 
The hardiest and most adaptable of insects, roaches can be found wherever moisture, food, and shelter are available, even in the cleanest of homes. Known to travel through a variety of habitats including sewers and refuse, cockroaches are capable of spreading a number of diseases.


They are light brown with a flattened oval body and typically measure 20 mm (3/4") when fully grown.

Tips for Control - By keeping food storage areas clean and dry, and foodstuffs tightly sealed, you can reduce the likelihood of cockroach infestation.

Stink Bug
 
 
Darkling Ground Beetle - Eleodes species 3/4?. Body oval, shiny; black, sometimes with reddish above. Forewings fused; flightless. Runs with rear end raised 45 degrees; sprays foul-smelling secretion if disturbed. Mainly nocturnal.


African
Africanized Honeybee

 
 
Characteristics
- Size: About 1/2-inch in length. Color: Golden-yellow with darker bands of brown. Some specimens appear a darker brown than others.

Behavior: Africanized honeybees (AHB) are actually a subspecies of the European honeybee, and the two look exactly the same. Only an expert making numerous microscopic measurements can tell the two apart. The difference, however, becomes readily apparent in the aggressiveness of the AHB when its colony is disturbed, lending to its nickname "killer bees." Never attempt to treat such nests without the proper training and equipment.


Wolf
Spider

 
 
Due to feeding off of other insects, including harmful ones, spiders are considered beneficial. But their webs are a nuisance, and spider bites can be painful or dangerous to humans.

Tips for Control - Controlling spiders begins with reducing their food supply: proper sanitation and control of other insect species will eliminate most spider problems. Regular vacuuming and sweeping of infrequently used spaces such as storage areas, crawl spaces, and attics will also help.


Black Widow
Spider


 
See "Wolf Spider" above for general information.

Yellowjacket
Wasp

 
Yellowjackets can nest in wall voids, attics, in trees and shrubs, or in the ground. They are social insects. They have a worker caste that cares for the young and forages for food. Adult yellowjackets will feed on fruit and nectar from plants while the larvae are fed insects or carrion.


Carpenter Ant 
 
Carpenter ants can cause structural damage to wooden building components and spread disease-causing germs to foodstuffs.

Black or black-with-red in color, these insects measure between 3 and 12 mm (1/8" to 1/2") in length, and reproductive members of their colonies are winged. Swarms of reproductive ants can often be seen in May and June as they migrate to establish new colonies. Eliminating moisture-collecting areas in and around your home, as well as isolating wood from direct contact with the soil, will help reduce the risk of carpenter ants.