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Bed Bugs

Physical Characteristics

The adults are very flat, oblong shape and dark brown in color. At their largest, the adults are about 1/5” long. The younger individuals look very similar to the adults, but just smaller and a shade lighter. The tiny eggs are difficult to see with the naked eye.

Behavior

The bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is among the pests best suited to live with humans. They live in all of the places that humans live and reside. Their recent resurgence is thought to be due to the increased amount of travel. This means that they are not discriminatory as to who they will feed on and who they will travel with. Bed bugs can be found in five star hotels to local hostel; from large homes to small apartments. This also means that they hitch a ride on luggage (or anything else for that matter) and make their home in any place where that luggage rests.

Bed bugs are most active at night. This allows them to feed while their hosts sleep. During the feeding process, the insect injects its long mouth parts into their host. An anesthetic is injected to prevent the host from feeling the bite. Not everyone reacts the same way to these bites. A bug needs a blood meal in order to move on at each stage of develop after emerging from the egg.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Treatment

Treatment consists of very thorough inspections followed up with a combination of chemical and non-chemical treatments.

Argentine Ant

Argentine antPhysical Characteristics

Argentine worker ants are 1/16 inch long; queens are two to four times larger than workers (1/8 to 1/4 inches in length). They are light to dark brown in color. Their antennae each have 12 segments, and there’s no “club” at the end. Viewed from the side, their thorax isn’t rounded but humped; their pedicel, or waist, has one segment. There’s no stinger at the end of the abdomen, but the Argentine ant can bite.

Behavior

The Argentine ant prefers sweets like fruit juices, candy and plant secretions. They will tend aphids and scale insects for their “honeydew” – a sweet, sugary secretion that aphids and scale insects produce – much like the way farmers tend cows for milking; it’s estimated that 70 percent of the Argentine ant’s diet comes from these farming activities. The Argentine ant will nest near a source of moisture – household plumbing, sinks or potted plants. Workers follow routine trails while seeking food, and may be accompanied by winged queens. These ground-nesting ants may nest as deep as 24 feet, and will forage for food up to 200 feet from their nests. These ants will make use of tree branches and even utility lines to travel. One difference between Argentine ants and other ant species is that Argentine ants will combine into massive supercolonies, sometimes hundreds of miles long (one Argentine supercolony stretches from San Francisco to San Diego), rather than launch into wars between different ant colonies, making these six-legged pests the urbanized ant of the future. Wherever Argentine ants are introduced, they quickly become the dominant ant species, not because they’re stronger warriors – although they do a pretty good job taking out fire ant and carpenter ant colonies – but because they’re better organized and can get along with each other.

Treatment

The Argentine ant will try to enter your house during hot, dry weather, looking for the cooler temperatures and moisture it prefers. Any potential points of entry need to be blocked, and bridges to your house, such as branches that touch the structure, need to be trimmed back. And because of this ant’s fondness for sweets, keeping surfaces and floors clean in your kitchen helps to keep the Argentine ant away. If you should experience a heavy, difficult infestation of Argentine ants, your friendly local Clark’s Pest Control branch is a phone call away.

American Cockroach

American CockroachPhysical Characteristics

The adult American cockroach ranges from 1 3/8″ to 2 1/8″ long; their bodies are oval in shape and reddish brown with their head being pale brown to yellowish in color.

Behavior

The American cockroach gains access through sewer systems and drains. More than 5,000 individual cockroaches have been found under one single manhole cover. The American cockroach is not only a nuisance but has also been known to be a disease carrier.

Treatment

Clark’s Year Round Pest Control will control most infestations of American cockroaches on the exterior; however, if interior infestations are a problem the technician will treat the interior as well. In addition, the Clark’s Pest Control technician will advise the customer on ways to help eliminate harborage points that may be contributors to the problem.