Incidental bugs details
Sowbugs are members of the order Isopoda. They are small, oval crustaceans with a back shell made of 7 overlapping plates. They are typically dark grey or brown in colour and can be as long as 15 mm. Sowbugs have gills that require high moisture levels, which explains why their presence is often linked to mildew, rot or water damage. They are typically found in gardens, near property foundations, along driveways, on patios and other humid areas.
Though sowbugs do not typically cause serious property damage, they can nonetheless destroy gardens and plants. Also, just like any other pest, their presence does not go unnoticed. Since a single female can produce three broods of 30 to 40 offspring per summer, they can quickly take over a property.
If you think you may be undergoing a sowbug infestation, contact Axon Extermination today!
Earwigs are generally easier to identify. They are members of the order Dermaptera and are characterized by pincers located at the rear of their abdomen. Their name stems from the myth that they crawl into people’s ears and burrow into their brain.
Earwigs have a flat and slender body. They are reddish-brown in colour and can reach 14 mm in length. Adults often release a foul smell that can be very unpleasant to homeowners. Since they are nocturnal and like to remain hidden in moist crevices, an infestation can sometimes go undetected for several weeks.
Earwigs, like most common household pests, have a relatively fast reproductive rate. A female earwig can lay 20 to 80 eggs that will hatch in approximately 7 days. Female earwigs are known for their maternal care. They will protect their offspring and watch over them long after they hatch.
There are generally two reasons why earwigs seek shelter inside people’s homes. First, they are attracted to moist areas, which means that they will invade any room where high levels of humidity are present. This is why basements and garages are typically their first choice. Also, when summer comes to an end and temperatures begin to drop, populations of earwigs often seek warmth by entering people’s homes. While everyone is cozying up for fall, so will the earwigs that invaded your property…
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The Silverfish Bug is a small, elongated and wingless insect that highly resembles a fish. Though most species are silver in colour, some can be brown or even black. The adult silverfish is typically characterized by two large antennae as well as three long bristles on the back of its abdomen. It can range between 13 mm and 25 mm in length.
In order to survive, the silverfish must consume a large amount of carbohydrates. These can be found in regular household items, such as glue, shampoo, paper, hair and clothes. Since this invading pest prefers humid areas, it is often found in washrooms, kitchens, basements, garages and attics. In the right environment, the silverfish can live between two to eight years, making it a truly resilient pest. Coupled with a reproductive rate of nearly sixty eggs at once, this creature can quickly cause a serious infestation problem.
Though the silverfish cannot seriously damage your property, it nonetheless suggests that humidity levels may be too high. It may even indicate the presence of water damage. Since most insects require moisture in order to survive and reproduce, finding the source of such problem is key in order to ensure that no other uninvited guests make their way into your home.
If you think you may be undergoing a silverfish infestation, contact Axon Extermination today!
Fleas are members of the order Siphonaptera. They are wingless insects of approximately 1 to 3 mm in length, and are a real nuisance to both pets and their owners. Though fleas have a preference for the blood of household pets, they will not hesitate to bite humans if the aforementioned are not available. Their long and powerful back legs allow them to jump as high as 8 mm. Finding a new host is a real piece of cake…
Fleas are known for the itchiness that their bites can produce. Their saliva can cause severe allergic reactions, such as rashes, inflammation and irritation. Also, since fleas continuously feed on various hosts, they are capable of transmitting disease to humans and pets, including the bubonic plague, typhus, tapeworms and bartonella.
Fleas have an extremely rapid reproductive rate. Some domestic species can produce as much as 1 egg per hour! The eggs have a smooth surface that allows them to gently fall off the initial host and onto your bedding, carpet or sofas. This is why the simple removal of fleas on your pet is not sufficient.
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Flour beetles, known as “pantry pests”, are small red-brown insects of approximately 3 mm in length. They infest homes and businesses in search of flour, oatmeal, cereal, pasta, nuts, dried fruits and more. They contaminate food by leaving eggs, fecal matter and skin casings behind. Since they are very small active insects, flour beetles can quickly seek cover and go undetected for a long period of time.
These invading pests are known for their rapid reproductive rate. A female flour beetle can lay up to 10 eggs per day in the food that she is consuming. Nearly two weeks later, the emerged larvae will, in turn, eat the food in which they hatched. And the cycle will repeat itself over and over. In the right temperature, up to 5 generations of beetles per year may be living in your food. This is why an unattended problem can quickly turn into a serious health hazard.
Controlling flour beetles starts with proper pest identification. If you think you may be experiencing an infestation, contact Axon Extermination today!