If you’ve noticed scratching sounds in your walls or attic, it’s possible that the pest problems have already started. Depending on where you live, there is a wide variety of pests to put up with, which may cause damage to your property or residence. If you own a home or business, you know just how important it can be to eliminate pests in your home to protect the health and safety of your family and customers.
At Regional Pest Management in St. Catharines, we’re committed to helping our clients throughout the Niagara Region with their pest problem. Check out our handy guide to identify your particular pest. Call us to schedule your appointment.
One of the most common pests around homes and in garden areas, earwigs in large quantities could potentially damage flowers, fruits and vegetables. These pests typically die in the winter months.
These are yellowish-brown in colour. They are the most wide spread species of cockroach in the world. The life span of an adult is 125 to 150 days. German cockroaches develop very quickly in warm, moist areas, like in kitchens and under kitchen sinks. Other harbourage areas could include backsplashes behind sinks, underneath counters, in fuse boxes and even in telephones.
Brown Banded Cockroach
This type of cockroach is nocturnal and prefers to hide in crevices high up in warmer temperature rooms. A female could potentially lay an egg capsule with up to 20 eggs inside. Common areas where you would find this little guy could include in furniture, inside bedding, behind pictures and in cupboards.
This is everyone’s favourite bug to talk about. Bedbugs are very flat, thinner than a razor blade, and adults could be the size of an apple seed. Mainly due to the ban of the pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), these guys have made a pretty aggressive comeback since the late 90’s. When introduced into a home, these bugs can become very numerous and irritating pretty quickly; it is important to remove them as quickly as possible.
Flea eggs are very small and almost transparent. Usually 2 to 20 eggs are laid at a single time. When they are fully grown, fleas could be up to 3mm long.
You will usually find this type of ant at the wall/floor junction or in interlocking brick around the outside of your home. Pavement ants nest in dirt, beneath concrete slabs and even between walls. They feed on grease and oils, but will also eat other insects and sweet materials.
These types of bees are very social insects that can get quite large – up to 22mm. They are bold and will produce a loud, aggressive buzzing sound when flying.
Bald Faced Hornet
Bald faced hornets will traditionally build soccer ball size paper nests in tree branches. They will only have one entrance into the nest, usually close to the bottom of the nest. These wasps can get very nasty and aggressive if they are disturbed, but they will tolerate a human approaching the nest if it is in a very calm manner.
Yellow jackets make the largest nests out of the species. It’s possible for a yellow jacket nest to have 2000 in a single colony.
European hornets typically build their nests in wall voids and fascia; they are very strong fliers with a very nasty sting.
Silverfish prefer humid and dark areas, typically close to furnace rooms, bathrooms and near radiators. They have a flat, tear drop shaped body with a shiny silver colour.
When outdoors, carpenter ants will nest in any decaying wood. When in buildings, however, they will make nests in humid places, mostly in cabinets close to dishwashers or window frames that have absorbed a small amount of water. A mature colony will produce more than 2000 members over the course of five years. They will chew their way through damp wood, but they do not eat the wood. Instead, they leave frass or sawdust looking particles. That’s your number one indicator of carpenter ants.
A female rat will commonly give birth to 5-10 babies at a time, and could do so 4-6 times a year. Rats will mature at three months. Suitable habitats for rats include dumpsters and sewers. They do not have control over their bladder; consequently, they cannot vomit and any rodenticide will not be voided by the stomach.
A female house mouse can bear as many as eight litters of five young over the course of about one year or so. During the warm summer months, mice will live in sheds and underbrush. When the months start to get colder, house mice will seek refuge in cupboards, underneath counters, under floor joists and in other concealed, enclosed areas. They prefer to nibble on grains and seeds but will eat any food that is readily available.