From cockroaches to fleas, we can help you rid your home of
common (and even uncommon) pests. As you scroll down this page, the following will help
you identify just a few of the most common pests that can invade our homes and
Ants are members of the
family of social insects meaning that they live in organized colonies. There are three types of ants in each species: the queen, the sterile female workers,
and males. The male ants only serve one purpose, to mate with future queen ants.
They do not live very long. The queen grows to adulthood, mates, and then spends the
rest of her life laying eggs. A colony may have only one queen, or there may be many
queens depending on the species. Ants go through four stages of development: egg,
larva, pupa, and adult.
Cockroaches (also called roaches) may become pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and in virtually any structure that has food preparation or storage areas. They contaminate food and eating utensils, destroy fabric and paper products, and impart stains and unpleasant odors to surfaces they contact. Here are some common types of cockroaches:
The American cockroach (Periplaneta
americana), also known as the Palmetto Bug or Waterbug, particularly in the southern United States, is the largest
species of common cockroach, and often considered
a pest. It is native to
the Southern United States, and
common in tropical climates. Human
activity has extended the insect's range of habitation. Specimens have been observed in
eastern North American cities as far north as New York City, Toronto, and Montreal, though its intolerance
to cold restricts it to human habitations. Global shipping has transplanted the
insects to world ports including Tenerife (Spain), Southern Spain, Greece, Taiwan, and Cape Town and Durban, South
The oriental cockroach (also known as: waterbug and Blatta orientalis) is a large species of cockroach, measuring about 1 in (2.5 cm) in length at maturity. It is dark brown to black in colour and has a glossy body. The female Oriental cockroach has a somewhat different appearance to the male, appearing to be wingless at casual glance but has two very short and useless wings just below its head. It has a wider body than the male. The male has long wings, which cover a majority of its body and are brown in color, and has a more narrow body. The odd male is capable of very short flights, ranging about 2 to 3 meters. The female oriental cockroach looks somewhat similar to the Florida woods cockroach, and may be mistaken for it.
The German cockroach, Croton bug or Steam fly (Blattella germanica) is
a small species of cockroach, measuring about 1.3 cm
(0.51 in) to 1.6 cm (0.63 in) long; however, they are known to get
bigger. It can be tan through brown to almost black, and has two dark parallel streaks
running from the head to the base of the wings. Although it has wings, it is unable to
sustain flight. The German cockroach is
one of the most common and prominent household cockroaches in the world, and can be
found throughout many human settlements. These insects are particularly fond of
inhabiting restaurants, food processing
facilities, hotels, and nursing homes. In colder
climates, they are found only near human habitats, since they are not very tolerant to
cold. However German cockroaches have been found as far north as Alert, Nunavut. The German
cockroach is originally from Asia, it is very closely related
to the Asian cockroach, and to the
casual observer they appear nearly identical and may be mistaken for the other. This
cockroach can be seen in the day occasionally, especially if there is a large population
or if they have been disturbed. However, sightings are most commonly reported in the
evening hours as they are most active at night.
This roach is very similar to the American roach, but is smaller in size and is dark brown-mahogany, black in color. Adults have well-developed wings that stretch to the tip of the abdomen.
Adult fleas are small, brownish insects flattened from side to side, without wings but with powerful jumping legs. Adults can live for several years and go without feeding for months at a time under extreme conditions. Fleas can remain in a structure long after the host mammals have been removed. Depending on the species and environmental conditions, adults can breed from two weeks to two years after emerging. Pesticides are applied to areas where fleas are most likely to breed, including animal bedding, cracks in floors, and baseboards. Management of fleas has been made easier in the past few years with the introduction of veterinarian prescribed products such as FrontLine and other brands. The use of insect growth regulators (IGR's) have been highly implemented as well by your pest control professional. IGR's are similar to chemicals produced by the flea to regulate the shedding of its skin during molting. They work by interfering with the molting process, thus preventing the immature flea from developing into an adult. This method of control is a long-term process, since it will only kill larvae as they molt.