PestFix Pest Library
Welcome to the PestFix® Pest Library!
In the U.S. alone, there are 91,000 species of insects plus other kinds of pests that can invade your home or business. The first step in getting rid of pests is to know what they are and how they operate. Our Pest Library helps you to identify and learn about your unwanted guests. The pest control specialists at PestFix® can help you keep them away with our exclusive Integrated Pest Management System.
- Ants (family Formicidae) – Ants seek out water and food. You’ll frequently find them in kitchens or storerooms, and they can come in through the tiniest cracks. Just killing the ants you see won’t solve the problem; you have to destroy the nests.
- Beetles (order Coleoptera) – There are more than 25,00 beetle species. Some are beneficial, others will eat wool, other fabrics, grains and even wood. These require indoor treatment that addresses the beetle type.
- Bed Bugs (genus Cimex) – Bed bugs are found not only in bedding, but on fabrics, curtains, furniture, carpeting, wallpaper, electronics, appliances, luggage and anywhere there’s a crack or crevice. They require a combination of inspection, prevention, treatment and monitoring to keep them away.
- Cockroaches (order Blattaria) – Some cockroaches are beneficial, but those that invade your property are pests that can carry diseases. Typically found in kitchens and around food, they enter through cracks, vents, pipes, bags and boxes. Adults and eggs can’t be eradicated without special equipment and professional services.
- Earwigs (order Dermaptera) – Earwigs are active at night and hide in cracks in damp locations by day. They’re attracted to light and hide underneath damp items. They go into buildings to find food or when there’s a change in the weather. Removing hiding places is a key part of earwig control.
- Fleas (order Siphonaptera) – Fleas are parasites that feed on blood from a host. They prefer hairy animals, but might be in a home looking for a new host after a pet or other animal host is gone. Treatment includes exclusion tactics, eliminating flea habitats outdoors and using chemicals and flea control products for pets.
- Flies (order Diptera) – Flies can carry more than 100 pathogens related to diseases. They move from rotting garbage to exposed foods and utensils, and deposit bacteria everywhere they go. Limit home access, keep garbage secure, wipe surfaces clean and work with a professional for effective removal.
- Fruit Flies (order Diptera) – Fruit flies are found around ripened fruit and vegetables, plus anything that ferments. They develop in moist areas where there’s standing water and organic material. Keep counters clean, store food in the refrigerator and keep garbage secure to minimize the risk.
- Gnats (class Diptera) – Some gnats bite and others don’t. They feed on insects, plants and blood. They carry parasites and spread diseases to people and livestock. To minimize gnats, eliminate standing water and let plants dry out before re-watering. Don’t leave fruit exposed on counters. Contact a professional for outbreaks.
- Millipedes (class Diplopoda) – Millipedes are found in damp areas, gardens, mulch and grass clippings. They might enter homes in the fall, through basement windows and doors, crawlspace vents and garages. Clear decaying wood, dead leaves and damp boxes to prevent an outbreak. Vacuum them up or call for pest control.
- Mites (class Arachnida) – Mites have four pairs of legs and certain species are parasitic. These attack animal hosts and cause skin irritation and possibly mange. Some can transfer diseases. There are preventatives and treatments for pets, and a pest control service can handle a large infestation.
- Mosquitos (family Culicdae) – Adult female mosquitos feed on blood to help produce eggs. They’re attracted to standing water and are most active from dusk and through the night until dawn, in dark and shady areas or when it’s cloudy. They spread diseases and can be kept away with a pest management program.
- Rodents (order Rodentia) – Mice and rats contaminate food and spread serious diseases. Mice seek food, water and warmth, and rats are found in attics, under porches and in spaces in walls. Sealing holes can keep rodents from coming into homes and businesses and a pest control professional can help remove them.
- Silverfish (order Thysanura) – Teardrop-shaped silverfish live in damp, dark areas in attics, basements, bathrooms and kitchens. They feed on starches and sugars, silk, linen, book glue, shampoos and can even be found in unopened food. If you discover a population, hire a professional pest control company.
- Spiders (order Araneae) – Certain spiders are found in damp environments such as crawl spaces and basements. Others like dryer, warmer areas, including room corners, attics and air vents. They hide in dark locations and feed on insects and other spiders. Some spiders can bite but very few cause serious illness in humans.
- Stinging pests – Stinging pests include bees, hornets, scorpions, wasps and yellow jackets. Warm weather increases their population, and the stings may cause series health issues like infections, swelling and nausea. For some with allergic reactions, they may be fatal. A pest control expert can remove the pests and their nest.
- Stink bugs (order Hemipetera) – Most stink bugs are shaped like a shield. They’re agricultural pests that eat fruit and vegetables. In winter, they can move into homes through openings and hide in walls, crawl spaces or attics. In spring, they move out into the open and are seen on windows and walls. They have an unpleasant odor.
- Ticks (order Acari) – Ticks are found around vegetation and wooded areas. Certain species need moisture. These parasites feed on blood from mammals, reptiles and birds. Ticks will commonly bite dogs, cats, humans, deer and livestock. They can transmit diseases, and there are various prevention measures to reduce the risk.
- Weevils (order Coleoptera) – Weevils are a form of beetle. They eat plants and may be destructive to food crops. They also feed on stored grain and seeds. Some enter homes in the fall and are seen on windowsills and walls. They can be vacuumed and there are control methods, though you may need help from a professional.
- Wildlife – Wildlife pests can include bats, birds, moles, opossums, pocket gophers, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, snakes, squirrels, woodchucks and voles. A humane form of wildlife control is the best way to remove wildlife from your home or business.
There are other pests that might invade your environment, however, these are the most common pests that are found in residential homes and commercial facilities. Call PestFix, the pest control experts, for more information about our comprehensive pest control services.