Ticks are obligate blood-sucking ectoparasites (external parasites) that require an animal host to survive and reproduce. Depending on the species, several ticks may have different hosts of warm-blooded creatures, such as humans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Varied carpet beetles will often burrow themselves in the material of which they feed. Control of carpet beetles can be complex and requires long term service measures. Regular maintenance and sometimes-intensive treatments are needed. Please ask us about removing this annoying pest.
Billbugs and white grubs are serious pests of turfgrass in parts of Idaho. Both groups of insects feed below ground and damage roots or the growing crown area of the plant. Infestations also may attract predators, such as skunks and raccoons, that dig and damage lawns in search of the insects.
These insects are called paper wasps due to the construction of their nests. Paper wasp nests are made from plant material combined with saliva and appear to be made from paper. Their nests include numerous compartments within which wasps lay their eggs and rear their young. Removing a paper wasp nest may be dangerous. It is advised that a pest control professional be contacted to assist in treatment of paper wasp infestations.
Pocket gophers, commonly referred to as gophers, are burrowing rodents. There are approximately 35 species of gopher living in Central and North America. They are commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities and for driving you crazy. Let us catch them for you!
Moles are small mammals adapted to a subterranean lifestyle. They have cylindrical bodies, velvety fur, very small, inconspicuous ears and eyes, reduced hindlimbs and short, powerful forelimbs with large paws adapted for digging. These guys will destroy your yard in a hurry.Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
A vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter, hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, and smaller ears and eyes. There are approximately 155 species of voles. They are sometimes known as meadow mice or field mice in North America.
The bald-faced hornet is actually more closely related to the yellow jacket than hornets. They are often called hornets because they build their nests above ground and their colony sizes are large. Bald-faced hornets are found throughout the United States and up into Canada. More common in the southeastern United States, they are recognizable by their large grey football shaped nest.
Every millipede has two pairs of legs attached to each apparent body segment. Most millipedes are brown or black, but some species are orange or red. Millipedes are found outdoors in situations where there is moisture and decaying organic matter, such as under trash, grass clippings, mulch, rotting firewood, leaf litter, etc.
Under most conditions outdoors, spiders are considered beneficial because they feed on insects. However, they are undesirable to most homeowners when indoors, and the unsightly webbing spiders use to catch insect prey usually outweigh this beneficial behavior. From black widows and recluse spider to hobo spiders and all the rest, we’ll exterminate them.
When box elder bugs build up to large populations and invade a home they are usually pests only by their presence, although their piercing-sucking mouthparts can sometimes puncture skin, causing slight irritation.
All wasps will defend their nests, but Yellowjackets are some of the most aggressive. They can be distinguished from bees by their thin "waists." Bees are thick-wasted. Yellow jackets fold their wings lengthwise when at rest. Like all wasps, yellow jackets prey on a variety of insects and other arthropods. Yellow jackets will also forage on foods that people eat, especially sweets and meats.
Silverfish are primitive, wingless insects. This means they are older than cockroaches. They are covered with silvery scales. They are flat and “carrot” shaped. Three long, slender, antennae-like appendages project from the end of the body. Because of this, silverfish are also called “bristle tails.”
Pill bugs and sow bugs are oval crustaceans. They are humpbacked. They appear to be covered with segmented armor and have seven pairs of similar legs. Pill bugs are able to roll up into a ball when alarmed. They also lack the tail-life appendages that characterize sow bugs.
Fleas (particularly cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, and dog fleas, Ctenocephalides canis) are in the order Siphonaptera. They have no wings and drink blood.
Field Crickets or Gryllus assimilis often with large back legs for jumping are more noticeable in fall. They find mates by chirping, so finding them is just as easy.
House centipedes are actually beneficial – they capture flies, cockroaches, and other small household pests. They never damage plants or household items. They are still creepy as hell, however.
Earwigs, or Forficula auricularia, meaning “skin wings,” has 1,800 species in 12 families. They are tiny parasites that feed on mammals, but they don’t have the usual pinchers. Earwigs don’t usually use their ability to fly."Forficula auricularia, Earwig" © Brian Gratwicke is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Image cropped to fit.
Rodents can be difficult to keep out of structures. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter. For proper rodent pest control, seal any cracks and voids. Ensure there is proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.
Bed bugs love a messy room or a hospital room. They will live in a bungalow or mansion. Bed bugs have been around for centuries. People usually “discover” bed bugs after they have been bitten.
Cockroaches at times occur in great numbers around leaks in the basement or crawlspaces of the home or building. During periods of drought or when weather changes from summer to fall, there may be considerable migration indoors. Control is needed before large numbers infest buildings.
At Gem State Pest Solutions, we aim to control many of the different types of ants you may encounter in or around your home, including Carpenter Ants, Red Ants, Odorous House Ants (Sugar Ants), and Pavement ants."Wood Ant [Formica]" © Tobias von der Haar is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Image cropped to fit.