Medwick Bed Bug Control
Since the mid-’90s, bed bug infestations have become increasingly common. Their growing resistance to insecticides makes them a particularly stubborn pest. Medwick Pest Control has the experience necessary to completely eradicate even the most persistent bed bug populations. Dangers of Bed Bugs in your Home Bed bugs are parasitic insects, and they feed exclusively on the blood of their hosts. Humans, livestock, and pets are all suitable targets for a hungry bed bug. They eat mainly at night, punching their long beaks into the skin and withdrawing several drops of blood. While bed bugs generally do not transmit diseases, their bites are itchy and painful. They can also leave uncomfortable rashes on the skin of those with allergies. The bite marks left by bed bugs are a good sign that your home is infested. However, reactions to these bites vary. Some people may not show visible symptoms of bed bug bites for several weeks. The best way to tell whether your home is infested is to look for the bed bugs themselves. Adult bed bugs are flat, brown, and oval shaped. After they feed, they swell up and become more red in color. Bed bugs often leave reddish excrement stains on bedding and walls, and these can also serve as early signs of an infestation.
Characteristics of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small and flat enough to enter the home through almost any crack or crevice. They often spread throughout houses and apartment complexes using ventilation systems. Bed bugs can also get into residences by hitching a ride on used furniture, clothing, and other infested items. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of without professional assistance. If your home is infested with bed bugs, call Medwick Pest Control for a free quote. We can get rid of these insects and their eggs for good. Request a free quote from Medwick Pest Control today.
Most spiders can easily enter your home and begin preying upon insects. Small arachnids aren’t the most dangerous or harmful type of pest, but they cause a variety of problems. Many people also find them rather frightening. Unlike silverfish and bedbugs, indoor spiders are relatively easy to detect. Spiders usually gain access to a home through gaps around the doors or windows. Many of them spin webs in corners and hollow objects. They frequently hide in crevices during the day. Some kinds of arachnids don’t build webs; they prefer to hunt for insects on foot. Common signs of this pest include eggs, skins and droppings.
Signs of Spiders
Spiders rarely cause permanent damage to the home. Nonetheless, they often defecate on windows, walls and other surfaces. The fecal matter may consist of small black pellets or a whitish fluid. It creates an unsightly mess that can be difficult to fully remove. Arachnids also discard insect remains and shed their skins from time to time. The most harmful aspect of a spider infestation is that they can bite humans or pets. Ohio is home to a couple types of venomous spiders, and some people have allergic reactions to their bites. Unlike most household pests, spiders do not seek to prey upon large mammals. However, people may accidentally touch them in drawers, cabinets or beds. Let the Professionals at Medwick Pest Control help you. It’s not very difficult to catch and release one or two indoor spiders. If they become a persistent problem, professional spider control services may be necessary. We use integrated pest management strategies to rid homes of spiders and the insects they consume. Please contact Medwick Pest Control today for a free quote.
Ants are highly social insects that live in colonies and depend on each other to survive. They have three distinct body parts, strong jaws, long antennae and segmented legs. Within each colony, the queen and other reproductive members have wings, and they will swarm to mate and establish a new colony.
Some of the more common ants we see include carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, citronella ants and pavement ants. In most cases, ants are not dangerous to people, but they can possibly contaminate your food and spread disease. In addition, carpenter ants can cause severe damage to your home. These ants are often mistaken for termites because they bore into damp wood. Although they don’t eat the wood, the ants can cause structural damage as they tunnel into your home.
Ants in Your Home
Ants can squeeze through the tiniest cracks and will enter your home in search of food and water. Usually, a few workers will scout out the area, and if they find food, they emit pheromones, which act as a call for other ants to enter your home. Ants also emit pheromones when they are wounded, so if you are swatting ants in your home, you may be unintentionally calling more of them to the scene.
Medwick Pest Control
The best way to prevent most ant infestations is to cover up your food and thoroughly clean up any spills. However, if ants have already invaded your home, we can identify the type of ants you are dealing with and eliminate the problem. For a free quote, call Medwick Pest Control today.
Roaches are hardy creatures that are common household pests in most regions of the United States. Once established in a residence, they can quickly spread from room to room. The end result is likely to be a very heavy infestation that can be enormously difficult to get rid of. At Medwick Pest Control, we are dedicated to eliminating roach populations before they can grow worse. Through both physical and chemical treatment techniques, roach populations can be eradicated before any lasting damage is done to the foundation.
Roaches tend to gather in locations where food is readily available. Kitchens, bathrooms and food storage areas may all be vulnerable. German roaches are especially common in and around sinks and toilets. Most invasive roach species are dark brown or black and are typically only active at night. Once a particular room has been compromised, the roaches may begin to breed at alarming rates.
Roaches can also cause significant structural damage. In the worst infestations, the critters can ruin wiring, wood, drywall and other foundational materials. Many roach populations, in fact, may eventually become ensconced underneath floorboards and behind furniture pieces. If electronic structures are compromised, the damage can run into the thousands of dollars.
Dirt and Grime
Roaches also leave behind droppings and empty egg capsules, which can attract dust and dirt. Men and women who are sensitive to allergies might find themselves especially troubled by roach impurities. The insects also tend to leave droppings on kitchen counters and other areas that are used for food preparation. Such uncleanliness can make people sick. Individuals who need help with roaches can contact Medwick Pest Control.
Bee & Yellow Jacket Control
While honeybees are useful because of the role they play in the fertilization of plants, they can also be a nuisance to homeowners. Honeybees have been known to build their extensive hive systems within exposed walls, chimneys and eves of homes and bees can be dangerous when they’re defending their hive. Seven distinct species of honeybees are recognized, and most species of bees are typically not aggressive. However, once a worker bee becomes alarmed, it releases a pheromone that alerts other bees of a possible danger and could lead to swarms outside the hive. Thousands of these insects live together in a hive, but only workers possess stings.
Yellow Jacket Control
Yellow jackets are often mistaken for the common honeybee, but they are a breed of wasp. When these aggressive scavengers nest in homes, it is typically in the attic. If you’ve noticed a wet spot on your ceiling that is slowly getting larger, it may indicate the presence of a yellow jacket hive. During the cold winter, honeybees will gather together inside the hive, called “over wintering,” eating the honey they have made throughout the warmer months. Homeowners may not realize that a hive is inside their walls during this time of year. Yellow jacket workers do not over winter, but the queen will hibernate, sometimes in attics. If you suspect that your home has been infiltrated by a hive of honeybees or yellow jackets, it is best to leave it alone and call in Medwick Pest Control professionals for a free removal quote. Aggravating these types of pests can lead to unpleasant stings, and completely removing every part of the hive is necessary to ensure that bees and wasps do not return.
Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter ants are one of the most common pest insect in Ohio, and they can be both annoying and destructive when they invade your home or office. Fortunately, carpenter ant control is routine and effective when performed by an experienced, licensed professional.
Identifying Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants are easy to identify. In the United States, they are wingless and range in size from ¼ inch to ½ inch in length. These are the largest invasive ants in the country, and although they are usually black, some have a red, brown or yellow tint.
Biology of Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are happy to live outdoors or indoors in damp or decayed wood. They use the wood to build nests and lay eggs, and this activity results in unsightly damage and advanced decay. For food, these ants are particularly fond of sugars, meats and other insects. Queen carpenter ants may live for up to 25 years, and they lay up to 16 eggs at a time that produce mature offspring in six to 12 weeks
Preventing Carpenter Ant Infestations
The best way to control carpenter ants is to prevent infestations before they occur. This can be done by eliminating damp and humid conditions inside your home, especially near wood. Firewood or other lumber should always be stored in a garage or outside as far away from the house as possible.
Controlling Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ant control is usually performed with liquid or powder insecticides. However, it is not enough to treat large areas. The ants must be traced back to their nest so that it can be treated directly. This is not always easy, but a reliable pest-control technician will be able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. If you believe your home is infested with carpenter ants, Medwick Pest Control today for a free quote.
If you spot a rat or a mouse in your home, it’s likely that even more of these pests lurk behind your walls. Rodents, such as rats and mice, breed by the thousands and quickly take over a home without proper pest control management. However, these small critters aren’t the only rodents that invade homes. Squirrels invade attics and chew through wiring, and gophers destroy gardens in an instant. If you have questions about eliminating these rodents, Medwick Pest Control has the answers.
Rodents and the Damage They Cause
Mice, rats and other rodents do more than live in your attic, basement and walls; they also scavenge for food when you’re asleep at night. These small pests invade pantries, chew through boxed goods and leave behind feces as they crawl along the countertops. Mouse traps can only do so much, and rats usually evade many over-the-counter treatments. Rodents also cause allergies and spread diseases either directly or indirectly. Many of these rodents harbor lice and fleas, which cling to your belongings and spread Lyme Disease and other infectious illnesses through their bites. Other rodent-borne diseases include salmonella, rat-bite fever and hantavirus. Therefore, you need a reliable and dependable pest control service to eradicate the threat of rodents in your home.
Effective Rodent Control Services
Do you need help ridding your home of rodents? Contact Medwick Pest Control for a free quote. Our team evaluates your home and applies the appropriate solutions for removing the threat. In addition, we make sure your home remains free of these pests and provide long-lasting protection from rodents.
Content provided by: The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.