Insect Removal and Prevention

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are small insects that are usually active at night when people are sleeping. Adult bed bugs have flat rusty-red-colored bodies. Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long (about the size of an apple seed). They are big enough to be easily seen, but often hide in cracks in furniture, floors, or walls Bed Bugs feed on human blood and can sometimes survive a year after feeding.

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants are large ants indigenous to many forested parts of the world. Workers vary greatly in size from 1/4″ to 3/8″ in length. Usually they are black, but may have some red coloration. They’re long-legged and move swiftly. They build nests inside wood consisting of galleries chewed out with their mandibles, preferably in dead, damp wood. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by carpenter ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture.

Pavement Ant

Pavement Ant

The pavement ant is an ant native to Europe, which also occurs as an introduced pest in North America. Its common name comes from the fact that colonies in North America usually make their homes in pavement. A typical colony of pavement ants includes multiple queens and numerous workers.

Pharoah Ant

Pharoah Ant

These ants vary in colour from yellowish to reddish, with the abdomen normally darker to black. Pharaoh ants are found throughout North America. Their colonies can become very large, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They prefer to nest in warm, humid areas near a source of food and water.

Ant Swarmer

Ant Swarmer

Winged ants produce the offspring in the colony and swarm at certain times of the year. Colonies can have both primary reproductives (one king and one queen), and hundreds of secondary reproductives to assist in egg laying and colony growth.

Cluster Flies

Cluster Flies

Cluster Flies are about 8 to 10 mm long. They are dark grey, with black and silver (non-metallic) checkered stomachs, and many golden hairs on their upper body (these may or may not be present on older flies). Unlike house flies, their wings overlap when they are at rest.

Drain Flies

Drain Flies

Drain flies are a common, major health hazard. These small insects closely resemble fruit flies and breed in the decaying organic matter typically found in “J” traps or floor and sink drains. Drain flies cannot be eliminated unless you remove their food source and egg laying environment.

Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly

Adults are about 1/8 inch in length and the colour varies between tan, brownish, or brownish-black. The eyes are normally bright red. Fruit flies are drawn to fresh fruit and vegetables or where there is plenty of moisture and yeast.

House Fly

House Fly

The house fly is the most common of all flies fluttering in homes, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects; it is often considered a pest that can carry serious diseases. Its eggs are laid in almost any moist and warm material such as manure, decaying vegetable material and garbage.

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are social hunters living in colonies containing workers, queens, and males (drones). A typical Yellowjacket worker is about 12 mm long, with alternating bands on the abdomen; the queen is larger, about 19 mm long (the different patterns on their abdomens help separate various species).

Bald-Face Hornets

Bald-Face Hornets

Range in size from a worker (12-15mm) and a Queen (18-20mm). They are social insects, although not true hornets. They live in colonies that may contain between 100 and 400 members at their peak. They usually appear in late summer when populations are largest. Unlike other stinging insects, bald-faced hornets do not reuse their nests season after season.

Honeybees

Honeybees

Honeybees are flying insects, and close relatives of wasps and ants. They are found on every continent on earth, except for Antarctica. At DeBug ‘Em Pest Solutions, we prefer to save the Honeybees. They have a very important role in the ecosystem. We are working with a Beekeeper to team up and save any nests we discover.

German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Their colour varies from light brown to tan, except for 2 dark streaks on the shield-like segment behind the head. They prefer infesting the kitchen and bathroom, but will live anywhere that is heated, has food, water and harbourage. They are active at night. This is the most common roach found in Canadian homes. They breed throughout the year.

American Cockroach

American Cockroach

American Cockroach: The largest of the common species, growing to a length of 1 1/2″ or more. The colour consists of reddish-brown with a yellow border on the back of the pronotum. The wings of the male extend beyond the tip of the abdomen, while the female’s wings are about the same length as the abdomen. Found in the dark, moist areas such as around bathtubs, clothes hampers, sewers and basement corners.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach: The Oriental cockroach or waterbug is a large species of cockroach, measuring about 1 inch in length at maturity. It is dark brown to black in colour and has a glossy body.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

Most common in Canada. This beetle infests carpets and feeds on the fabric. It also feeds on animal products that are left undisturbed such as wool, leather, furs, etc. These beetles are small and oval in shape. They’re grayish black in colour with a varied pattern of white and orange scales on the back. An orange-red band of scales runs down the middle of the back.

Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle

Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle

The Saw-toothed grain beetle and its look-alike relative, the merchant grain beetle, are slender, flattened, reddish-brown beetles that measure about 1/8 inch in length. They exhibit saw-like teeth along the edge of the prothorax (shoulder area). These beetles feed on a wide variety of foods. While some come in from outdoors, most come in on purchased food, particularly dry pet food. These beetles can enter a home in large and disturbing numbers to feed on food, such as bird seed or pet food, which mice or other rodents have stored in wall voids.

Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles

Second only to termites in destroying wood, Powder Post Beetles leave small, round holes in wooden articles along with a residue of fine, powder-like dust. These beetles range from 1/2″ to 1/3″ in length and from reddish-brown to black in colour. The basal segment of the abdomen is as long as the second and third combined. The body is flattened and the head is visible from above.

Centipedes

Centipedes

A flat, wormlike body, 1″ or more in length with one pair of long legs for almost each body segment. The house centipede is grayish-yellow with three dark stripes running the length of the body. It has 15 pairs of legs with hind legs more than twice its body length. Found throughout the country. House centipedes live in damp areas such as cellars, closets, bathrooms. Outdoors they can be found in damp locations under leaves and stones.

Millipedes

Millipedes

Unlike centidpedes, millipedes have round bodies, not flattened. Plus, they have two pairs of legs for almost each body segment. They’re brownish in colour and are usually between 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ long. They coil up when resting. Normally found outdoors in damp places such as under leaves and in mulch. At times they swarm into building basements and first floor rooms.

Earwigs

Earwigs

Earwigs are most readily recognized by the forceps at the end of the abdomen. Species range from 1/2″ to 1″ in length, and from light reddish-brown to jet black in colour. Some species are marked with stripe or band on the body and legs. Earwigs are active at night and hide in cracks or underneath objects during the day. Most species scavenge on dead animal and plant material. Eggs are laid in underground burrows.

Indian Meal Moths

Indian Meal Moths

The outer two thirds of the forewings are bronze or copper in colour while the upper third are yellowish-gray, with a dark band at the interface between the two. The wingspan is 16-20 mm. Up to 300 eggs are laid directly onto the food surface. These are smaller than 0.5 mm and not sticky. The larvae (Waxworms) are off-white, with a brown head and approximately 12 mm long when mature. They are commonly called “flour moths” or “pantry moths.”

Sowbugs and Pillbugs

Sowbugs and Pillbugs

Oval bodies, convex above and flat or hollow underneath. They never grow over 3/4″ long. Both have seven pairs of legs. The sowbug has two tail-like appendages that prevent it from rolling up in a ball. The pillbug, however, lacks these appendages and rolls itself into a tight ball. They prefer moist locations and can be found under vegetable debris or any object on damp ground. Frequently invade damp basements, crawl spaces and may infest potted plants.

Spiders

Spiders

Eight legs with no wings or antennae. Their bodies have only two sections-a fused head and thorax, and an abdomen. All spiders have a pair of jaw-like structures with a hollow, claw-like fang at the end. Depending on the species spiders can be found in both damp and warm dry parts of buildings. Most species hide in cracks, darkened areas or in shelter they make from silk.

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