Ants Ants may enter your house foraging for food or seeking shelter. Understanding the behavior of ants will help you with minimizing their impact on your indoors living. They enter through the smallest openings, foraging for water or food. They are in search of either sweet based food or protein/grease based foods. Once they find a food source, ants will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow. A perimeter barriere is a very effective means of deterring them from entry into your home.
SpidersMany species of spiders are common household pests in the United States. Spiders are considered a beneficial pest because of their prey to other insects and many people do not consider spider control measures for most spiders. Because spiders have eight legs, they are easy to separate from insects, which have only six legs. Another distinction between spiders and other pests is that spiders do not have wings or antennae. Spiders are arachnids. Some Spiders populations are found in humid and moist locations like basements and crawl spaces. Other Spiders prefer dry and warm places. They can be found in upper corners of rooms and attics as well as sub floor air-vents. Spiders prefer to hide in dark areas and in cracks as a retreat in order to construct material for their webs. Most people still find it beneficial to restrict spiders from entry into the home.
EarwigsEarwigs can be found in almost any zone, although they more likely to inhabit southern climes. You might have trouble spotting one—not only are they quick movers, they are also nocturnal, and tend to hide out during the day when you are tending the garden. They like decaying wood and plant material, and dark, damp spaces. Often times they can be found in basements and woodpiles. The name “earwig” comes from the Old Englishear-wicga, which means “ear insect”, and it is named so because it’s hind legs are shaped like human ears.
Millipedes Millipedes are oval, 1-1/2 inches long, segmented with many legs, coiling up when resting or dead. Every millipede has two pairs of legs attached to each apparent body segment and most 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. Their diet consists of damp and decaying wood and plant materials. They scavenge feeding on decaying organic matter and they typically invade the house during extremely wet seasons or extreme drought.
CentipedesHouse centipedes have long, flattened bodies, which can measure as long as 1-1/2 inches long. The arthropods have 15 segments, and each features one pair of legs. The centipede’s legs are long, slender, and thread-like and have black and white banding. On females, the last pair of legs is more than twice as long as the body. The body is a yellowish-brown with three dark stripes running along the top of the body with lighter shading between them. They have large, well-developed eyes.
Box Elder BugBox elder bugs are common pests over much of the United States. Adults are about 1/2 inch long. They are bright red or black with narrow reddish lines on the back. Box elder bugs feed principally by sucking juices from the box elder tree, but are sometimes found on other plants. They do very little damage to the trees they attack, but at certain times of the year they can become a nuisance. Box elder bugs develop by gradual metamorphosis, from egg, to nymph, then to adult. 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.
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