There are many kinds of pests, and you can be affected any time of year. That’s why Skedaddle Pest Control offers a Home Protection Plan – so your home can be protected at all times regardless of the season or the pest. With Skedaddle Pest Control regular inspections and treatments pests will be stopped before they invade your home!
If you do encounter any pests between our visits all you need to do is pick up the phone and call. We will come out promptly to resolve your pest issue at no additional cost to you. This way you can rest easy knowing your home is protected against pests all year.
Starting with a full, in-depth home assessment, we will identify what type of bug problem you have, and provide a clear, precise treatment plan to get rid of them. All of our insect treatments are environmentally friendly and placed in areas of the home where pests are common and in spots where bugs thrive.
The second stage of our process is the clean up and control of an bug infestation! Depending on the affected area, we will remove any dead insects as well as any food sources they have gathered, and put into place multiple pest control measures to keep those insects at bay, making the space in your home, clean and safe for children and pets.
The most important part of our pest control process is continued monitoring and protection of those possible entry points where insects are getting in your home. The best way to do this is through our four season pest control program for bugs. As the pest sprays and other tools we use are environmentally friendly and safe for pets and family, this means they need to be maintained to stay effective.
Appearance – Ants vary in size and color depending on the species. All ants have three distinct body parts (head, abdomen, and thorax), as well as two antennae and 6 legs.
Behavior – Ant infestations are hard to miss, with hundreds of little ants sprawling all over your sidewalk, yard or even inside your home. Most times, Pickering Area ant infestations also include mounds of anthills or obvious ant colonies within cracks in the sidewalk or near a window or door in your home. The bases of trees provide great shelter for ant colonies, as well as under rocks, boards, and cement walkways.
While most ants pose no serious physical harm to people on your property, they can cause havoc to your plants, property, and home by existing and being in such mass quantities. Ants are not picky with their food which can range from plant nectar in your yard to food crumbs left on your floors and in your cabinets.
This is why calling us for Pickering Area ant control would be the next step. We will be able to provide ant extermination to the area of your property where the ant colony is located and trace where the ants are coming from once they have entered your home, effectively eliminating the problem.
Appearance – Common house spiders in Pickering Area range between 5-8 mm in length, and are usually brown or gray with stripes along their bodies. These arachnids possess several common attributes including their eight legs and two distinct body regions, instead of three like an insect has. These regions are called the cephalothorax – which contains the eyes, mouthparts, and legs, and the abdomen.
Behavior – Spiders are known for their unusual reproductive behaviors; the female house spider can lay as many as 250 eggs into a sac of silk. During their lifetime, they can produce more than 4,000 eggs. If you see spiders in your house, cobwebs or have gotten bitten, you probably have an infestation. Spiders usually only bite when they feel threatened; however, if they become crushed by a human for any reason they may bite.
Appearance- House crickets are usually a little less than an inch in length, with three dark stripes on their heads. Field crickets are brown or black colored and about an inch long. While most crickets have wings, some do not. Crickets tend to have long antennae, as well as long back legs which are used for jumping.
Behavior – The majority of cricket species like to live in moist places, such as your basement. Many are nocturnal. Crickets can produce a chirping sound, made by rubbing their legs together, often used to find a mate.
Appearance- Bees and wasps can be mistaken for one another, as both can sting. Wasps however are more aggressive, while bees will more commonly only sting when provoked. Knowing the difference between a bee and a wasp is important for treating a sting received, as well as taking care of the wasp or bee problem.
Bees are usually black bodied or sometimes with brown or orange or yellow striations. Bees are also hairy, while wasps usually have a smooth and shiny skin. Another way to tell the difference is a bee will be fat bodied, while a wasp will have a narrow waist.
Behavior – Bees are social and live in large colonies with a queen and drone workers. Bees seek out flowers for their nectar, the primary source of energy, which they turn into honey for food in the winter. Bees will swarm when virgin female bees leave the nest to form a new colony elsewhere, or bees will swarm when disturbed and in defense of the colony.
Appearance – Millipedes are small and brown, approximately 3 centimeters long. The can sometimes be mistaken for small worms, but do have many small legs.
Behavior – Millipedes tend to make their presence known just by casually walking across your floor, hanging on the side of your Pickering Area home or seeking shelter in the grass and leaves nearby. Before spotting a millipede, you may start to notice that the tops of your plants are being damaged or the stems are being eaten. Although many different pests may do this type of damage to vegetations, most likely you will see millipedes nearby and catch the culprit red-handed.
Cockroaches are the most frequently present household pest. In North America, both American and German cockroaches are present. American cockroaches are sometimes referred to as “palmetto bugs.” Cockroaches are sometimes mistakenly referred to as “water bugs,” which is a distinct species from roaches.
Appearance – American cockroaches are the larger cockroach, growing up to 3 inches long, with a yellow stripe behind the head. German cockroaches tend to be about a half an inch long (as small as the tip of your thumb) with a tan, shiny-rounded back. German cockroaches have two black stripes on their body just behind their heads.
Behavior – Before seeing a cockroach first hand, you may notice what looks like coffee grounds or sprinkled pepper in areas prone to cockroaches. If you haven’t made coffee or seasoned some food, these may be cockroach droppings, which normally a sure sign of a cockroach infestation. Roaches in large groups let off a chemical that encourages them to stay together. This smell is often described as a musty, stale, or moldy scent. Cockroaches tend to move and feed in the dark. Once you see a cockroach during the day, it is likely that the cockroach problem is severe.
Appearance- Earwigs have an intimidating look about them with their pincers on the end of their abdomens, even though they are in reality harmless to humans and pets. Earwigs are only the size of a small bug, ¼ to 1 inch long. Old wives tales state that they will enter your ears – hence the name, which has created an entire culture around the misplaced fear of them.
Behavior – Earwigs tend to prefer damp, peaceful environments. They will feed on plants and plant material they find available. Infestations are easy to pick out because if you see multiple earwigs within your home then most likely there is an earwig problem that needs to be addressed. Earwig control is essential to keeping the problem under control as earwigs can become a nuisance if they begin to reproduce in or around your Pickering Area home.
Appearance – Centipedes are little creatures with many legs – as few as 15 or as many as 300, which can give them a “hairy”appearance. They range from being flat with many legs to looking more spider-like with longer, bent legs and a shorter body. Some even grow to be seven inches in length!
Behavior – Centipedes love damp, moist areas and will gravitate to unfinished basements, bathrooms, and closets. In these places centipedes are able to find food; primarily other insects. These pests are easily able to climb walls, as well as speed across your floor. Centipedes are nocturnal, coming out at night, and are rarely seen during the day.
Most homeowners, if not all will encounter some type of pest problem during their time owning a home. The thought of having to witness, and deal with a bug problem is stressful. When you think about the damage and risks involved when bugs infest your home, it can be alarming.
Professional Pest Control should be a relief and being proactive can save you money. Being able to identify and solve a pest infestation is the key to a happy home for you and your family!
The Skedaddle Four Season Pest Control Program focuses our pest management efforts based on the seasonal activities of ants impacting your environment. During each season, our pest control technicians will re-inspect and reinforce material barriers inside your home to keep ants out! If you experience a re-emergence of ants in your home, regardless of season, our Four Season Pest Control Program is here to protect you.