Size: Tiny—about 1 inch, flat
Color: Reddish brown
Habits: Often enter the home on infested pets. Populate on animals
quickly. Pets sleeping areas are usually highly infested. Infested
pets must be treated during professional home treatment. After professional
treatment it will take up to two weeks until fleas are no longer
seen and often a follow up treatment is necessary. Vacuuming
everyday will help with treatment.
ASIAN LADY BEETLES:
Size: 1/4 inch long.
Color: Oval wings are red or orange, often with black spots.
Habits: Begin to seek protective structures in September—November
when the cool down begins. Often gather in door and window frames,
attics and soffits. Hibernating beetles may become active during
warm winter days. They are known to pinch exposed skin and leave stains
when squashed. Professional indoor/outdoor treatment will help
to minimize beetles and vacuuming will help remove them from the
Size: 1/2—1 1/2 inch in length.
Color: Brown or Black with two pairs of legs on each segment
Habits: Often live in decaying leaves, moist vegetation, or
mulch. Seen in basements, sometimes dead from drying out after
entering the home. Homeowners can help by reducing harborages
around home. Professionally treating the soil around home is often
Size: 1/2—1 inch
Color: Dark brown with forcep-like appendages on end of their
Habits: Cousin to the cockroach. Come indoors during warm dry
weather. Prefer moist, cool places in mulch, wood piles. Earwigs
feed on moss, fungi, mites, and insects. Inside the home they
are often found in basements and crawlspaces. Mainly active at
BOX ELDER BUGS:
Size: Up to 1/2 inch long
Color: Black with cris crossing red lines down the back
Habits: Often cluster on box elder trees, maples and other trees
and scrubs. They generally enter homes beginning in September—November.
Gathering in window and door frames, soffits, porches, siding,
crawlspaces and attics. Become active in warm weather. Professional
indoor/outdoor treatment will help to minimize beetles and vacuuming
will help remove them from home.
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