Learn how to identify pests commonly found in the Southeast Idaho area. By understanding their biology, breeding cycles, diet, and habits, you can learn how to better protect your home.
Often found building nests in or around the cracks of concrete surfaces. They are easy to identify by the pile of sand or dirt built up around their nest.
Bait treatments can be successful in maintaining control, but direct treatment is the best form of control.
Brown or black in color, form large colonies with multiple queens. The best way to get rid of this type of ant is to find the colony as bait products aren’t as effective on this particular species.
The most effective way to prevent them from entering the home is to make sure cracks along the entry points are sealed.
They are well known for their large mounds in desert areas. They are reddish brown in color and larger than most ants.
Harvester ants are very aggressive and will bite to defend their nest. While their nests are easy to locate, they are a very persistent pest and can require several treatments to gain control.
They have a fuzzy abdomen and large fangs. Their bite is venomous and does cause pain. They are often mistaken for a baby tarantula because of their similar looking body. The female spider carries her spider-lings on her back until they are old enough to be on their own.
Keeping overgrown areas to a minimum helps prevents these spiders from nesting along the home.
The female spider earns its name because it typically eats the male after mating, leaving her a “widow.” The adult female Black Widows have toxic venom and are highly venomous to humans. If bitten, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Use caution as most over-the-counter sprays won’t get rid of venomous spiders. Look for a glossy hairless all-black body with a small red hourglass shape on the belly.
The best form of prevention for this spider is to minimize hiding places. Remove any extra yard debris, vacuum under and around furniture, regularly have web removal and pest control services done on your home.
The hobo spider is often found on ground level as they are poor climbers. You can find them in moist, dark areas. They are often found in basements, crawl spaces, and window wells. These spiders are aggressive and will bite. To identify this spider, look for brown solid colored legs and a chevron shaped markings on their abdomen.
For extra prevention against this spider, keep your home clean and uncluttered, remove webs inside and outside of your home.
Wasps nestsare the honeycomb looking nests often formed under the eaves of building structures. They are the smallest of the three types and are aggressive.
Hornets also form nests around the eaves of structures. The nest is gray and round, with one entrance hole.
Yellow Jackets build their nests often underground or in wall voids. They are easy to identify as they are very active flying in and out of their entrance. Hornets are the largest of the three types and are the most aggressive.
This is a less aggressive species of the wasp family. To identify this wasp, look for their curvy antennae, thin waist, and bright yellow and black legs. Their first reaction isn’t to sting unless they feel they are under attack.
These solitary wasps can act as a natural pest control as they prey on spiders and flies. If stung, do not fear you as you will not need to be treated medically.
Their nests are formed out of mud balls and are then hollowed out in order for the female Mud Dauber to lay her eggs. Their nests are often found in garages, abandoned buildings, attics, barns, or under bridges.
Ground wasps are one of the largest wasp species and can be identified by the two pairs of wings between the thorax and abdomen. They are often mistaken as ant hills. You can identify nests by the cone shape pile of dirt with a large hole in the center
Fruit flies are a very small oval fly and grow to be 1/8th of an inch in length. They’re tan with a gray and black underbelly, but mostly look tan. Fruit flies feed on decaying fruit, vegetables and overripe plants. Great care should be taken to eliminate and prevent these nuisance pests.They visit unsanitary areas some being garbage piles, sewers, and outdoor drains. From their junkyard travels they can pick up bacteria and diseases on their bodies and legs and can transfer and spread onto items such as food and anything else they land on.
Adult cloth moths can grow up to 8mm long. They are straw colored and have no other markings. They eat the fibers found in clothing, silk, wool, cotton, drapes, carpet, upholstery and bedding and make irregular-shaped holes in fabrics.
Pantry moths are gray with reddish brown wings. They can grow to be a half-inch long. You will often find pantry moths hiding in flour, cereal, rice and grains but can also be found in pet food, dried fruit and other dry food products. Infestation in homes come from pantry moths hitching a ride on food products from infested warehouses or grain storage facilities. Usually they have gone through the different phases of a pantry moth life cycle and before you know it you have adult moths flying around your home.
Adult mosquitoes are gray with silver, white, green or blue scales ranging in length between 3 mm and 6 mm. They have long legs and a long nose (proboscis) that females use to draw blood out of people and pets. Mosquitoes are often found in bushes and shrubs during the day. All mosquitoes need water in order to breed and survive. They are often found in areas such as water, lakes, ditches, ponds, swamps, puddles and other areas with stagnant water. Ways to prevent mosquitoes are to remove areas with stagnant water, trim, and get rid of overgrowth and weeds surrounding your home and property. To get rid of mosquitoes monthly residual sprays around home and property are needed.
They are a rounder shaped rodent and have very short tails. Voles will burrow in yards and leave an abundant amount of holes. They are most active in late winter and early spring. The best prevention is removing grass clippings and fallen leaves before the snow falls. Grass clippings make for easy nests and are prime areas for voles.
Our Service professional can also provide some preventative applications in the fall.
Mice are easily identified by their longer tail. They will build nests in hidden areas in homes and garages. Mice infestations are often recognized when materials such as car seats, wiring, and wrappers are chewed up.
They carry many diseases, and host other pests such as lice, ticks, and fleas. They can enter into homes through holes as small as a ¼ inch. The best prevention is inspecting for nests on a regular basis and sealing cracks and crevices around your home with quarterly check ups.
Bed bugs have an oval shaped body and are reddish-brown in color. They do not jump or fly. Atypical adult bed bug is about ¼ inch in diameter, it can be compared to the size of an appleseed. Nymphs can be much smaller than that.Bed Bugs prefer to live in groups. They are hard to find, nocturnal creatures. They can hide in the small cracks and crevices of baseboards, wallpaper, walls, mattresses, box springs, bed frame, clothes, upholstery, dressers, night stands, luggage, curtains, closets, and furniture crevices.
The German cockroach is a smaller species in the cockroach family, ranging between 1.1 to 1.6cm long. The coloring varies from tan to almost black. If left untreated they can quickly breed and cause an infestation in your home or business. One single cockroach can produce up to320 eggs in their lifetime. Cockroaches are a nocturnal creature and seek shelter in areas of your home, behind your walls, inside your cabinets, and under your sink. If you see one cockroach in your home know that it’s not alone, expect hundreds even thousands more hiding inside your house.
Cockroaches carry and transfer diseases such as E. coli and salmonella from one food source to the next. Eradicating these pests in your home or restaurant is absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of diseases they carry and transfer. Before they contaminate your food and home seek professional help. Trust that Falls Pest Services can effectively and quickly eradicate these pests in your home.
Earwigs have an elongated, flattened body that range in size from ¼-1 inch long. They vary in color from pale brown with dark markings to a reddish brown to black and have two pairs of wings. Earwigs are active at night and attracted to bright outdoor lights. As scavengers they primarily eat dead insects or decomposing plant material. They prefer dark and damp areas and are often found under stones and sidewalks outside. If indoors earwigs are near moisture, in cracks and crevices, in house plants, under-sink cabinets, or around baseboards in bathrooms and kitchens. During the day, they seek shelter under organic matter such as leaves, mulch, and other debris.
Adult boxelder bugs have an elongated oval shaped body. They are somewhat flattened and about half an inch long with black and reddish-orange markings on their back. Nymphs look similar to adult boxelder bugs but lack wings and are bright red in color. They are often found on boxelder trees or maple trees and feed on fallen seeds or new or developing leaves. They quickly become a nuisance inside your home. Their fecal matter can cause red stains on clothing, curtains, etc. If crushed they produce a strong disagreeable odor.
Carpet beetles are round in shape and are 1/16 inch in size. You can identify them by their black centers, with brown, white and yellow patches in an irregular pattern. Carpet beetles enjoy dining on woolen fabrics, carpets, hides, furs, dead insects, horns, hair, bones and silk. They are found in attics, tapestries, and carpet.
Centipedes have a worm-like body with many pairs of legs. They are yellowish to dark brown in color some with stripes or markings and have a pair of long antennae that's covered in dense hairs. They like moist areas inside and outside of homes. To reduce and prevent centipedes remove piles of leaves, grass clippings, stones, and rocks on your property.