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Earwigs

Earwigs may cause alarm to homeowners when discovered indoors. They have a frightful appearance, move rapidly around baseboards at the ground level, and may emit a foul-smelling, yellowish-brown liquid from their scent glands. These creatures, active at night while hiding during the daytime, normally live outdoors and do not establish themselves indoors. They are harmless to humans and animals, although if handled carelessly, the earwig can give a slight pinch with the forceps. Earwigs are elongate, flattened insects, ranging from light red-brown to black and are easily recognized by their forcep-like appendages (pincers) on the end of the abdomen. Earwigs require moist, cool places and are found in damp crawl spaces, flower gardens near the home, in mulches, compost piles and trash under boards and in wood piles. After entering houses, they feed on sweet, oily or greasy foods or houseplants. They are attracted to lights.

Prevention and control

Since they are attracted to lights, reduce lighting around doors, windows and other potential entry sites. During dry, hot weather, earwigs sometimes migrate indoors. They are easily killed by residual insecticide treatments in cracks and crevices, along baseboards, beneath cabinets, along door and window sills and other hiding places during the day. Earwigs need and are very attracted to moisture. Be sure to eliminate damp, moist conditions in crawl spaces under houses, around faucets, around air-conditioning units and along house foundations. Rain gutters and spouts should carry water away from the house foundation. Use caulking compound, putty and weather stripping around doors, windows, pipes and other entry sites, especially at the ground level. It is advisable to use the services of a reputable, licensed pest control operator or applicator when infestations are persistent and hard to locate. Our exterminators are well trained and have right expertise and equipment to deal with Earwigs control. We utilize safe, effective and environmentally friendly treatments when carrying out Earwigs control service.

Centipede

Centipedes, or "hundred-legged worms" are reddish-brown, flattened, elongated animals with many segments, most of which have 1 pair of legs. The house centipede is greyish-yellow with 3 dark, long stripes down the back with the legs encircled with alternating dark and white bands. The actual body length is an inch or slightly longer (wormlike), surrounded with 15 pairs of very long legs making the creature appear much larger. A pair of very long slender antennae extends forward from the head. Centipedes are long-lived, sometimes up to 6 years. They overwinter as adults and lay eggs during the warm months. Centipedes need moist habitats and those living outdoors are found in rotting wood, compost piles, mulch, wood chips, leaves, etc. The house centipede can complete its life cycle indoors, as it prefers dampness. In spite of their fearful appearance, they are considered harmless to humans. Most centipedes do not bite humans, but a few tropical species will bite, inflicting painful wounds. The jaws of young centipedes are usually not strong enough to cause more than a slight pinch when biting.

Prevention and control

Centipedes require moist habitats and areas of high humidity. It is important to keep the house and outside area as dry as possible. Properly ventilate basements and subfloor crawlspaces to eliminate excess moisture. Indoors, control nuisance insect populations to reduce the food source (prey) of centipedes. Keep old boards, or rotting wood, compost piles, grass clippings, leaves, stones, etc. away from the house foundation. Remove, if practical, trash or leaf litter in a strip 3 feet wide surrounding the house foundation, exposing the soil surface to drying from the air and sunlight. Repair and seal cracks and openings in the foundation wall and around door and window frames with caulking compound and weather stripping.

It is advisable to use the services of a reputable, licensed pest control operator or applicator when infestations are persistent and hard to locate. Our exterminators are well trained and have right expertise and equipment to deal with Silverfish and Firebrat control. We utilize safe, effective and environmentally friendly treatments when carrying out Silverfish and Firebrat control service. It may take 10 to 14 days.

Millipede

Millipedes normally live outdoors but may become nuisance pests indoors by their presence. At certain times of the year (usually late summer and autumn) due to excessive rainfall or even drought, a few or hundreds or more leave the soil and crawl into houses, basements, first-floor rooms, up foundation walls, into living rooms, up side walls and drop from the ceilings. Millipedes do not bite humans nor damage structures, household possessions or foods. They can give off a disagreeable odour and if crushed, leave an unsightly mess. Millipedes, or "thousand-legged worms", are brownish-black or mottled with shades of orange, red or brown, and are cylindrical (wormlike) or slightly flattened, elongated animals, most of which have two pairs of legs per body segment, except for the first three segments which have only one pair of legs. Antennae are short, usually seven-segmented, and the head is rounded with no poison jaws. Their short legs ripple in waves as they glide over a surface. They often curl up into a tight "C" shape, like a watch spring, and remain motionless when touched. They range from 1/2 to 1-1/4 inches long depending on the species. They crawl slowly and protect themselves by means of glands that secrete an unpleasant odour. Millipedes can be long-lived, sometimes up to seven years. They overwinter as adults and lay eggs singly or in small groups in the soil. Some females lay between 20 to 300 eggs (fertilization is internal), which hatch in a few weeks with young reaching adulthood in the autumn. Some reach sexual maturity the second year, while others spend four to five years in the larval stage. Millipedes are attracted to dark, cool, moist environments (activity at night) and tendency to disperse. They feed on living and decomposing vegetation and occasionally on dead snails, earthworms and insects.

Prevention and control

Millipedes require moist habitats and areas of high humidity. It is important to keep the house and outside area as dry as possible. Millipedes prefer moist, decaying organic matter (similar to forest soil) and shade. Always keep compost piles, grass clippings, rotting wood, leaf piles, plant debris, stones, etc. away from the house foundation as far as practical to reduce moist, damp, dark places where feeding and reproduction can occur. Be sure to check for wood imbedded or buried in the soil. Repair and seal cracks and openings in the foundation wall and around door and window frames with caulking compound and weather stripping. Properly ventilate basements and subfloor crawl spaces to eliminate excess moisture. Indoors, many will die of desiccation (drying out) and can be collected by broom and dustpan, vacuum cleaner or other mechanical means and discarded.

It is advisable to use the services of a reputable, licensed pest control operator or applicator when infestations are persistent and hard to locate. Our exterminators are well trained and have right expertise and equipment to deal with millipede control. We utilize safe, effective and environmentally friendly treatments when carrying out millipedes control service.

Silver fish & Firebrats

Silverfish are a small, wingless insect measuring normally 20mm or less in length. Their body is covered in tiny silver scales. Silverfish and firebrats are active at night and hide during the day. The silverfish lives and develops in damp, cool places (prefers 75 to 95 percent relative humidity), often in the basement, bathroom and kitchen. Large numbers may be found in new buildings where the walls are still damp from plaster and green lumber. These insects follow pipelines from the basement to rooms on lower floors, living in bookcases, around closet shelves, behind baseboards and behind window or door frames. They feed on fungi and plant materials. In homes they like to feed on starch rich substances such as paper, book bindings, wallpaper glue and sometimes photographs. They are hardy and can live without food for many months. Bristletails prefer to eat vegetable matter. Indoors, they will feed on rolled oats, dried beef, flour, starch, paper and paper sizing (which contains starch), gum and cereals. Outdoors, they can be found under rocks, bark and leaf mold, and in ant, termite, bird and animal nests. A large infestation in the house usually indicates a long time infestation.

Prevention and Control

Reducing available water and lowering the home's relative humidity with dehumidifiers and fans is helpful. Repair leaking plumbing and eliminate moisture around laundry areas. Lighting a dark, sheltered area may force these insects to move to new sites where they can be controlled more easily. Once the infestation has been eliminated, sanitation will help prevent re-infestation. It is advisable to use the services of a reputable, licensed pest control operator or applicator when infestations are persistent and hard to locate. Pest Control BARRIE exterminators are well trained and have right expertise and equipment to deal with Silverfish and Firebrat control. We utilize safe, effective and environmentally friendly treatments when carrying out Silverfish and Firebrat control service. It may take 10 to 14 days.

Spiders:

Spiders have been on the earth for about 300 million years and they haven’t changed very much. They didn’t have to. They were and still are very successful at what they do. Female spiders may reproduce up to 300 spiderlings (baby spiders) per hatching 2 or three times per year, depending on their species. The spiderlings (baby spiders) are then distributed on gusts of wind on parachutes of web, or crawl to their new home. Life cycle is usually less than 12 months for webbing spiders, but some ground dwelling spiders may have a life cycle of many years. When we treat your home, we pay attention to all the potential spider harbourage areas including webs and spiders will die after being contacted with the spray.




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