Stinging Insects: Bees + Wasps
Bumble bees have annual colonies that die in the fall, leaving only newly produced queen bees to survive the winter. In spring, they search for favorable nesting sites to construct new nests. They do not use old nests.
Honey bees are perennial insects with colonies that survive over a year. They form a cluster when hive temperatures approach 57 degrees F. As temperature drops, the cluster becomes more compact. As long as honey is available in the cluster, a strong colony can withstand temperatures to -30 degrees F or lower.
The first step in controlling bees and wasps is to correctly identify the insect and locate its nesting site. The best time of year to control nests is in June after the queen has established her colony and while it is still small.
Our Stinging Insect Control Program offers you and your family protection all season long. A protective treatment deters bees from nesting on your home. This proactive service allows you to enjoy the warmer weather. Our service includes two pre-scheduled treatments with free return visits should nesting appear.
Bedbugs are small, flat, oval, brownish insects without wings. They live on human blood and are usually a reddish color after feeding. They do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls and ceilings. Female bedbugs can lay hundreds of eggs. They tend to hide in small spaces and are usually found in mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards. They can enter through your luggage, clothing, used furniture and other items.
Most bedbug bites don't hurt, but later turn into itchy welts. They are mainly around the ankles, feet or any exposed areas while sleeping. Bedbugs can also leave small blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases and sometimes a musty odor.
Metropolitan Pest Solutions can help you treat bed bugs. Before our visit, make sure you remove and wash all bed linens and clean the entire area around your bed (floor, nightstand, headboard, etc). Since bedbugs can travel fast, it's best to treat your entire home if you spot any bedbugs. This would require a thorough application of insecticide and could also require follow-up treatments.
There are many different types of ants. Ant control can be difficult, they can enter through the tiniest of cracks and leave an invisible chemical trail containing pheromones for other ants to follow once they locate a food source. Ants will nest anywhere in and around your home and their colonies can number up to 500,000! Most DIY treatments only kill the ants you see.
Different kinds of ants require different kinds of treatments. Metropolitan Pest Solutions can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent ants from returning.
Mice + Rats
House mice are brown or gray rodents with big ears and small eyes. They eat many kinds of foods and contaminate surfaces with their feces, which can cause food poisoning. Droppings, small tracks or gnawing make it easy to spot where mice are active. Rats are a lot larger and are gray to black, sometimes having a white belly. They have large ears and a long tail. Roof rats prefer nesting in upper structures - such as attics, and in and on rooftops. Brown Rats live primarily in basements or in burrows under sidewalks or lawns.
Effective mouse + rat control involves sanitation and reduction treatments. Food must be mouse-proofed - with all crumbs cleaned up and garbage kept away and closed off. Mouse/Rat traps are effective, but can be toxic to humans and pets. Natural and chemical-based repellents are available and also effective. Working with Metropolitan Pest Solutions, we will determine the best course of action and work towards a long term solution.
Some of the most common spiders are house spiders, wolf spiders, black widows and daddy long legs. If you spot a black widow, call us immediately. The females abdomens feature a distinctive red hourglass marking. The males, however, had red and white designs on their sides. If bit, their venom is very potent, causing chest pain, fainting and man other serious symptoms.
House spiders are known for making compact fluffy webs and can be found in attics, basements and on ceilings. Daddy long legs are very tiny and delicate, and can be found in tree trunks, gardens and outdoors. Wolf spiders are larger and hairy.
Although there are many different kinds of ticks, they all can spread disease. Hard ticks attach themselves to the skin for a long period of time. They cause discomfort and also can cause Lyme disease and others. They will attach to humans, dogs, cats and cattle. We can treat your home and your yard to keep ticks away.
Fleas are wingless insects with long legs, allowing them to jump up to 14 inches. Their primary goal is to find blood and reproduce. They settle on the skin in less than 9 minutes, causing small, puffy bumps, itchiness and soreness. A female will lay up to 500 eggs after feeding on blood. Any outdoor area that is warm and humid is the perfect environment to attack fleas. Pets are prone to flea infestation since they are low to the ground. If a female lays her eggs on the pet, they tend to fall off the animal when it scratches.
We will take necessary measures to remove fleas from your home with our Integrated Pest Management techniques. This is usually a two step process involving sanitation and extermination. After treatment, you should vacuum floors and carpets daily for 2-3 weeks to help control any resurgence.
Centipedes + Millipedes
Centipedes depend on moist environments to live. They are nocturnal animals and eat other insects for food. They're about 1-1.5 inches in length and have 30 legs that help them run quickly. Limiting moisture, fixing any plumbing leaks or running a dehumidifier can help decrease the amount of centipedes in your home.
Millipedes are dark brown, worm like creatures with up to 400 short legs. They are about 1-1.5 inches in length and move very slowly. They normally live outdoors in damp places, such as gardens. Millipedes often gather on porches, patios, and the lower foundation of your home. They're not harmful and usually enter your home through cracks, ground-level windows or under doors. They eat dead leaves and decaying wood particles. We can treat both centipedes and millipedes using different types of pest control techniques for both the interior and exterior of your home.
Most moths have two pairs of wings covered in scales and vary in size. There are many different species of moths - some are bright metallic colors and others are browns or grays. Some moths stay outdoors and are often the food source for many other animals. If a moth does get indoors, you may find them feeding on pantry items or fabrics. They almost always avoid light so stick to darker locations such as basements, attics or closets. Metropolitan Pest Solutions does not recommend using common pesticides when treating a moth infestation. We would identify the breeding materials and make a control plan accordingly.
Silverfish are teardrop-shaped white/brown/grey/bluish-silver in color and are about 15-19mm in length. They have 3 long bristles on the end. They tend to stay in dark, damp areas such as spaces in attics, basements, kitchens and bathrooms. They feed on carbs such as sugar and starches. They are nocturnal creatures and move and reproduce very quickly.
Cinnamon is a common trick to repel silverfish, however, it doesn't terminate their eggs. Over time, your best option is to work with a pest control professional.
Most crickets have long, thin antennae and large back legs for jumping. You can usually hear their different chirping noises. Crickets prefer damp, moist habitats and are active at night. House crickets are a light yellow/brown color. Field crickets are brown or black and usually larger. Ground crickets are brown and much smaller than other types. They feed on crops and seeds, destroying any agriculture.
There are many different kinds of cockroaches. They can measure over 2 inches in length and have 6 legs, 2 antennae and some have wings. Cockroaches can carry various diseases because they're usually found near waste deposits or where food is present. Restaurants may experience cockroach infestations. They emit unpleasant odors and sometimes make sounds.
They can enter your home in many ways, through cracks, vents, pipes and even on things we carry in such as grocery bags or boxes. If you spot a few cockroaches, there are sure to be others nesting together.
Earwigs have pincers on the back of their abdomens and use them for defense. Adults can range from 5-25 mm and are slender with two pairs of wings. They are active at night and live under rocks and logs, usually in mulch or gardens. They eat plants and insects. Although they typically stay outdoors, they will move into your home to find food or if there's a change in weather. You can find them in ares with water, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas.
To control earwigs, Metropolitan Pest Solutions would eliminate their hiding places and make different adjustments around your home. We would use several insecticide products to effectively control them.
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