Pests

Learn about the most common bugs and pests you can expect to find in the Fort Smith area

Ants

 

Ant infestations are our most common reported pest.  They enter your home through any accessible entrance (cracks in your windows, doors, outlets, plumbing, etc) looking for food, water and shelter.

 

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are a smaller at measuring at 3.5mm and are usually found out side in soil or "pavement" but can occasionally nest inside your home.

 

Contact us to get rid of pavement ants!

Carpenter Ants

The carpenter ant is a wood destroying ant that can be up to 5/8" long and creates galleries in wood. As they don't eat the wood you will see frass (sawdust) which is commonly mistaken for termite damage.

 

Get rid of carpenter ants today! Call Extermco!

Little Black Ants

The little black ant is very small (only 2mm). They nest in wood work inside the home and outside can be found nesting in soil, under rocks, logs, or debris.  These are the ants you see "marching" in trails along the foundation of your home.

 

Call Extermco to get rid of little black ants!

Red Imported Fire Ants

Fire ants are now a serious problem in our area.  Their mounds can be more than 15" high and 15" in diameter.  They are EXTREMELY aggressive when disturbed, and been know to cause death to livestock and humans.

 

Get rid of fire ants! Call Extermco today!

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon warm blooded animals. Hatchling bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed and adults are about 1/4 inch in length.  Above they are oval in shape and flattened from top to bottom.

 

You can find out if you have bed bugs fairly easily by following a simple inspection protocol yourself. They leave behind signs of their presence, so you just need to know what to look for and how. Inspecting for signs of bed bugs on a regular basis is your best defense against a serious infestation.

 

Bed bugs are most abundant in rooms where people sleep.  They are most active in the middle of the night, but when hungry, they will venture out during the day to seen a host.

 

 

 

Call us for tips on how to get rid of bed bugs!

Cockroaches

 

American Roaches

The American Roach, also known a "water bug" is reddish-brown, about 1.5 inches or longer and winged, but seldom fly. American roaches are scavengers and will eat anything. Sweets are attractive to this roach as well as starchy items like book bindings, and the back of wall paper.

 

Get rid of roaches! Call Extermco today!

German Roaches

The German roach is best identified by its small size and by two dark parallel lines running from the back of the head to the wings. They also are scavengers, but are particularly fond of sweets, grease, and meat products. They are mostly active at night as they forage for water and food, and hide in cracks and crevices during the day to provide a warm humid environment.

 

Call Extermco to remove german roaches!

Brown Banded Roaches

The Brown Banded Roach is often confused with the German Roach, but its habits are different. They are brought in dwellings in furniture. They are light brown, have two light, irregular bands along their wings, and have two dark, distinctive bands behind their heads.

 

Get rid of brown roaches by calling Extermco!

Oriental Roaches

The Oriental roach is dark brown to black in color and has a glossy body. They prefer dark, moist places. They can be found around decaying matter, in sewers, drains, damp basements, porches and other damp locations. They also can be found outside in bushes and under mulch.

 

 

Call us to get rid of black oriental roaches!

Fleas

Fleas are small (1.5 to 3.3mm long) wingless insects mouth parts that are adapted to feeding on blood from their hosts.  The flea can jump up to 7 inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally.  This makes them one of the best jumpers of all known animals (in comparison to body size).

They also have adapted a very tough body that will withstand great pressures, likely to survive attempts from scratching.

 

Ready to get rid of fleas? Call Extermco today!

Flies

Housefly

Although there are many species of flies, the most common is the "housefly".  It is one of the most widely distributed insects, found all over the world.

Houseflies feed on feces, open sores, sputum, and moist decaying matter such as spoiled food, eggs, and flesh.  Houseflies can only eat liquid foods, they spit out saliva on solid foods to predigest it, and then suck it back it.  They also regurgitate partly digested matter and pass it again to the abdomen.

 

Have flies? Call Extermco for treatment options!

Maggot

Did you know that a "maggot" is a fly?  Maggot is a common name for the larval phase of the fly.  Within a day of a fly laying an egg "maggots" will hatch. They will live for a week then crawl to a dry cool place and transform to pupae, and then later the flies emerge from the pupae.

We have many treatment options available for flies for residential as well as commercial (restaurants, hospitals, lodging, etc).

 

Want to get rid of maggots? Call Extermco!

Mice & Rodents

 

A mouse is a small mammal belonging to the rodent family.  The best known mouse species is the common house mouse, although on occasion the white footed, deer and field mouse may invade your home looking for food and shelter.

Mice only need a 1/4 inch access to enter your home.  Mice will enter your home through foundation openings, scurry under door thresholds, & climb walls to get to kitchens, pantries & food-storage areas.  Mice have poor eyesight but compensate with a keen sense of hearing & smell to locate food & avoid predators. 

 

Call us today for do-it-yourself as well as professional mice solutions.

Scorpions

 

Scorpions are most common in mountainous areas.  They are usually found under stones, between rocks, in timber piles and under tree  bark.  They can also be found in attics, walls, and bedrocks.

Scorpions are poisonous, having poison glands on the rear of their tail.  Their sting is VERY painful, with people relating it to being burned with a cigarette.

 

Have scorpions? Contact us for treatments!

Spiders

 

Spiders are the surely the most dreaded insect to have in your household.  Unfortunately, for the most part, the bad reputation for the spider is well deserved.  We have many types of spiders in our area, but the bites of the brown recluse and the black widow can be painful and may result is disfiguring skin ulcers, severe pain, and occasionally life threatening complications.

 

Because of the danger, these are the two most asked about spiders in our area.  We have treatments available for these, as well as many others.

 

 

Brown Recluse

 

As its name the implies, the brown recluse is shy and not naturally aggressive.  Indoors they are most common found in closets, garages, crawlspaces, and attics.  Their web are irregular with thick sticky threads, usually in dark "out of the way" corners.  The recluse is identified by dark violin-shaped marking on the back of the front portion of the body.

 

Get rid of brown recluses by calling Extermco!

Black Widow

The female black widow is very easily recognized.  She is shiny and black, with a red marking in the shape of an hourglass on the underside of her very rounded abdomen.  As you probably already know she is also known for the fact that she will eat her mate after reproduction.

 

The widow's venom is reportedly to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's.  They will spin their webs in warm, dark places, where they're not disturbed.  Common indoor habitats include attics, basements, trash cans, barns, garages, rarely used shoes etc.

 

Get rid of black widows! Contact us for treatment options!

Ticks

Ticks are blood-feeding parasites often found in tall grasses and shrubs where they will wait to attach to a passing host. Ticks cannot jump or fly, so physical contact is the only method of trasportation for ticks, as they can detect heat and carbon dioxide from a nearby host.  Ticks are more active in warm weather but can attack at any given time.

Ticks carry a number of diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other Tick-bourne diseases.  Don't take your chances! 

 

Have a tick problem? Call us today for treatment options!

Termites

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline.

 

While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Besides the monetary impact, thousands of termites emerging inside one's home are an emotionally trying experience — not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one's largest investment.

 

Think you have a termite problem? Call us today for treatment options!

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