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OTHER PESTS

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ASSASSIN BUGS

Assassin bugs may be beneficial to have on your property if you have a garden since it preys on aphids and mealybugs. However, these bugs in large amounts can become a problem, especially if they venture on indoors.

Assassin bugs are also known as kissing bugs and the reason why they are coined as such is because of their tendency to bite human victims when they are sleeping around the lips. What’s even worse about these biters is that if they do happen to bite you, they have the potential of spreading a parasite to the body which can bring about Chagas disease, which can shut down organs, cause heart failure and even be fatal. Assassin bugs have become much more prevalent in recent years and have been starting to work their way into people’s homes in search for blood, either via harming our pets or even us. Assassin are initially attracted to light coming from our homes and once inside they’ll find a cool, dark place to hide in the daytime and then come out at night in search for fresh blood. These insects have even been known to hide in bedding. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your assassin bug problem.


WHEEL BUG

The wheel bug is part of the assassin bug family. Wheel bugs are rather large and is one of the biggest bugs found in the United States ranging between 1 inch to 1.25 inches in length. The wheel bug is usually found in meadows or on trees and shrubs. The most distinct feature of the wheel bug is also what gives the bug its name: the "cogwheel" on its back. The bug is beneficial to have in your garden since it is a predator and eats other irritating bugs like aphids, stink bugs, caterpillars and beetles. However, it is when they slip inside a household or encounter humans is when they can be a problem because they deliver a painful sting. The pain from its bite is worse than a bee, wasp, or hornet sting, and numbness can last for days afterward. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your wheel bug problem.

 


CARPET BEETLES

Carpet beetles are a common pest that you may encounter in your home. Many of us may have discovered them indoors but only a few people truly know what these miniature insects are capable of. Often confused as being “some type of ladybug” because of their similar resemblance in shape and occasional spotted body, Carpet beetles are small dome-shaped insects ranging from a 1/8th of an inch to ¼ of an inch long and with a big appetite for fabric and furniture. While carpet beetles primarily consume elements from fabrics and carpeting (hence the name) they are also a known pest around the kitchen, getting into food products. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your carpet beetle problem.

 

 


CASEMAKING CLOTH MOTHS

This pest is very tiny ranging between 3/8- to 1/2-inch from wing tip to wing tip yet the amount of damage it can create in households and commercial clothing manufacturers can be huge. Casemaking Clothes Moth are a fabric-destroying insect much like the hide beetle and carpet beetle. This moth has been known to infest and tear into sweaters, coats, upholstery, piano felts, blankets and any other woolen products. What they are really wanting is protein contained in fabric materials called keratin, which is their main source of energy. Many people know that keratin is the chief protein constituent of such human tissues as hair, fingernails and skin.

Casemaking Cloth moths go through a complete metamorphosis which mean they have an egg, larvae, pupa and adult stage similar to that of a butterfly. When they reach adulthood, they do not feed on fabrics and have a short life span. It is during the larvae stage where the casemaking clothes moths are small cream-colored caterpillars with brown head capsules where they do the most damage to fabrics. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your casemaking cloth moth problem.


HIDE BEETLES

Hide beetles have a ferocious appetite for flesh and hair and as such they are used in forensics when there is a dead body that needs bones to be cleaned for examination. While they can be a help on that front, if they make way into your home looking for things to feed on, this can cause a considerable problem. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your hide beetle problem.

 

 

 


LARDER BEETLES

Larder beetles like to feed on any natural food item. This often leads them to make their way into homes to become an ugly irritating pest. Larder beetles especially become a problem in the winter when bugs of all kinds are looking for warm shelter from the cold by making their way indoors. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your larder beetle problem.

 

 

 


SCORPIONS

Scorpions are regarded among some of the most dangerous insects that can be encountered. And while it can be quite rare to have a scorpion find its way into your home, it is possible and becoming a more frequent occurrence in recent years. Scorpions can deliver a painful sting that could potentially be venomous. They used to primarily be found in the southwest U.S. but they have been creeping up all over the country so it is best to be prepared to know what to do if you ever encounter one. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your scorpion problem.

 

 


PUSS CATERPILLARS

Measuring 34 to 36 mm in length, puss caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis) are extremely venomous critters which vary in color from grayish-white, to orangish-brown, to charcoal. When they reach adulthood, they turn into yellow or orange moths with black, furry feet. Puss caterpillars become common during the late summer, early fall months and have become an increasing problem in the United States in places like New Jersey, Florida and Texas. The bugs tend to gather around oak, elm and citrus trees, as well as in garden plants like roses and ivy. Encountering the furry Puss Caterpillar on your lawn or garden can be quite a scary encounter because of the sting they deliver just from merely touching their fur. The Puss Caterpillar’s fur is covered with venom which causes intense pain when touched by skin. The sting is said to be more painful than the sting of a jellyfish or scorpion and can result in symptoms of vomiting, convulsions and  drop in blood pressure. It’s safe to say that just by the thought of getting stung by this creature is enough to want to do whatever it takes to eliminate it from your yard. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your puss caterpillar problem.


SADDLEBACK CATERPILLARS

While it’s understood that insects such as bees, wasps and ants like to sting when irritated or disturbed or to defend themselves, few realize that the caterpillar can do the same, especially a type known as the Saddleback caterpillar. While the average caterpillar looking hairy in a way with little spines hooks, those spikes are usually harmless and superficial. Stinging caterpillars like the saddleback caterpillar on the other hand, have hollow hairs that look similar to a quill and are connected to poison sacs. These hairs are mainly for self-defense and can prick the skin and release a poison to anyone who dares to touch the saddleback caterpillar. Usually a homeowner doing gardening outdoors will encounter a saddleback caterpillar and get “stung” by their hairs while picking up leaves. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your saddleback caterpillar problem.

 


EARWIGS

Earwigs are a common garden pest found throughout North America. They have glossy, flattened bodies which are usually are brown to black in color and measure ½ to 1 inch long, and they are distinguished by their pair of curved pincers or forceps which emerge from the tip of their abdomen. There are over ten different species of earwig found in the United States with four of them being the most common in invading homes. Earwigs are omnivorous and will eat just about anything. At worst, they can create some minor to moderate damage to plants found in gardens which can make them an irritating pest. Earwigs can also infest areas of a home, particularly where there is moisture because they are quite fond of damp areas. Homeowners will find them in basements, garages, hot tubs, pools, bathrooms and just about any part of the home where the conditions are right. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your earwig problem.


CRICKETS

Crickets don’t threaten humans with any kind of harm, but for gardeners, they can present some harm when they find their way to the young flowers and plants you are growing and feed on them. Crickets thrive at night time, when all we would like is some rest so they may be hard to detect. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your cricket problem.

 

 

 


FIREBRATS

A relative of the silverfish, firebrats are a common indoor pest that has been on the rise in recent years. Firebrats are commonly found in hot humid places like boiler rooms and around hot water heaters. They can also be found around your ceiling, in light fixtures, in sinks or bathtubs, or on countertops. Firebrats are about ½ to 1 inch long and have long, slender, bodies that are a dark orangish gray. Some of their favorite foods include: wallpaper paste, flour, starch, dried beef, gum, paper, glue, rayon, sugar, cotton, linen, silk, breakfast cereal and mold. Inside the home, the eating habits of firebrats can cause some frustrating damage. Firebrats will eat into wallpaper, book bindings, paper goods and some dry food. Firebrats can also damage articles of clothing by eating holes into fabrics such as linen, cotton, and silk. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your firebrat problem.


SILVERFISH

Silverfish can be just as annoying as roaches and ants and are very quickly becoming an increasing issue for homeowners, especially in areas of the country where there is a lot of moisture and humidity. It’s not uncommon to encounter an outbreak of silverfish in the bathroom while in the shower. Silverfish can appear practically anywhere in the home where they can find a source of food. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your silverfish problem.

 

 

 


CICADAS

Cicadas pose no threat to us humans but when you look at their rather ugly appearance, bulging bright eyes, hard shell-like skin and larger than normal size, most people can’t help but be startled by cicadas and run the opposite direction when they are flying about. However, perhaps what’s most annoying about the cicada is the loud chirping noise they emit when they are traveling in their swarms. Cicadas appear primarily in the summer and make a lot of noise and this is why homeowners consider them a pest to get rid of, even if they are only active a few months out of the year. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your cicada problem.

 

 


MAYFLIES

Whether you’re taking a walk around the lake with a loved one, enjoying a barbecue or trying to go fishing, these little flying irritants can put a damper on the perfect experience as those popular areas are also popular areas for Mayflies to gather. Luckily, they don’t bite or attack humans but a large swarm of them can be difficult to deal with and in some cases frightening.

Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your mayfly problem.

 

 


CADDISFLIES

While these insects mainly like to hang around bodies of water, they may wander off and end up in homes where they can be a troublesome pest especially when they swarm in large numbers. These insects are heavily attracted to light and may have wandered away from their aquatic habitat by the lure of a light. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your caddisfly problem.

 

 

 


DOBSONFLIES

Dobsonflies may look threatening to us due to their scary appearance and the fact that they have pinchers, they are in fact harmless. They do not carry any harmful diseases and perhaps the worst thing they can do when threatened is emit an unpleasant odor. Dobsonflies are aquatic insects which are essential to the ecosystem and are commonly found around fast-moving streams. Adult dobsonflies are among the largest-sized insects in the U.S., and the males have large mandibles up to 1-inch or more in length, making them appear to be quite frightening. Female dobsonflies deposit their eggs near the water or on vegetation that hangs above a stream. When the eggs hatch, the larvae move into the water. The Dobsonfly larvae are called hellgrammites or dobsons. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your Dobsonfly problem.

 


SOWBUG

The sowbug is usually found around areas of moisture and can be a helpful bug in gardens and landscaping areas by feeding mainly on decaying matter thus contributing to the decomposition process. However, they can become a pest when the venture on indoors looking for damp places to hang out and food to eat. Sowbugs are tiny bugs that fall between ½ an inch to ¾ of an inch in length. These slow-moving crustaceans look more closely like crayfish or shrimp than insects. They vary from gray to brown to almost purplish-black in color and have seven pairs of legs, elbowed antennae, and a segmented hard shell-like covering, like that of an armadillo.  They live under rocks, logs, mulch, wood chips and all around the home where it is damp, dark and moist. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your sowbug problem.

 


CENTIPEDES

Centipedes can be difficult to remove from the home through conventional means because they are good hiders during the daytime, finding cover in damp, cool, dark places. If they are out in the open they can move quickly before they can be caught. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your centipede problem.

 

 

 


MILLIPEDES

Millipedes have multi-segmented bodies with 2 pairs of legs attached to each body segment. They are oval shaped and most are slow moving. Millipedes are typically gray to light brown or even orange in color. While millipedes rarely ever venture on indoors, outdoors they can become a real nuisance by damaging garden plants or gathering in large numbers. Millipedes usually become an increasing problem after periods of heavy rain. During periods of rain, drought or scarcity in finding food, millipedes will begin migrating and often your home is targeted by these pests. When they die they emit a very awful odor which lingers for some time. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your millipede problem.

 

 


SNAILS & SLUGS

Snails can become an annoying pest around the home and garden. You probably first notice them from the slimy trail they leave behind as they are slithering around. While they are relatively harmless to humans, they can do a considerable amount of damage to garden plants and can leave behind an unsightly mess from the slime residue they leave behind everywhere they go. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your snail and slug problem.

 

 

 


TENT CATERPILLARS

Tent caterpillars are known for their ferocious appetite and can cause some irritating damage to your garden if they venture there. However, plant life isn't the only thing this worm can damage. Tent caterpillars are also known for crawling on cars and damaging the paint job with their feces! If you have an outbreak of these critters on your property or even inside your home, it would be wise to do something about it sooner rather than later. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your tent caterpillar problem.

 

 

 


THRIP

These tiny little speck-like insects make their way onto your healthy lawn and garden with one thing on their mind: sucking the insides of all your plants. The sign of thrips feasting on a plant is usually little black dots or scrapes, which are their feces. When these pests begin to show up on your lawn, it is vital that you take action swiftly before damage is done, not just to your plants, but to you and your pets in the form of stings. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your thrip problem.

 

 

 


SPRINGTAILS

When you think about common household pests, what comes to mind may not be the springtail. In fact, many homeowners don’t even know what a springtail is, much less identify them. Because of how tiny they are in size and the startling height that they can jump, they are often mistaken to be fleas. When springtail bugs do find a nice moist area in the home, they can multiply rather rapidly and it can be quite alarming to see these little specks bouncing around. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your springtail problem.

 

 


BOXELDER BUGS

Although boxelder bugs don’t cause any harm to property or people, these little black and red bugs can be a nuisance since they tend to gather in large numbers crawling around cracks and crevices. Fortunately, these bugs can be fairly easy to get rid of by implementing preventative exclusion measures in and around your home and using an effective insecticide. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your boxelder bug problem.

 

 

 


STINK BUGS

Stink bugs have become a growing problem for homeowners. Their distinguishing feature that makes them such an unwanted pest invading the home is the disturbing odor they emit wherever they go. It can be especially alarming to suffer a stink bug infestation in the home especially in the winter time when bugs of all varieties start looking towards human households to find shelter and warmth. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your stink bug problem.

 

 

 


DUST MITES

Dust mites live in virtually every home and is an unwanted intruder that lives amongst us, though they are practically invisible to the naked eye. They feast on dust that accumulates in our home and on top of that they are known for shedding their skin and leaving their feces around. When these particles get into your breathing passages, especially for someone who is vulnerable to allergies, it can make staying in the home unlivable and miserable. If you or someone in your family is suffering from the above allergy-based symptoms caused by dust mites, action must be taken immediately. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your dust mite problem.

 

 


BIRD MITES

Bird mites are a type of mite parasite which gets its main source of food by feeding on the blood of birds and poultry. These include birds like pigeons, sparrows and other wild birds. They are also known as chicken mites when they are hanging around farms and feeding on chickens and hens.

Bird mites usually find their way inside a home when a human has a pet bird of some type that they have been using as a host. Thankfully, ABET has all of the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your bird mite problem.

 

 


BOOKLICE

Booklice like to gather around wherever there is paper, books, bookcases, newspapers and the like. Large infestations of these insects can become a nuisance and they can even contribute to allergies. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your booklice problem.

 

 

 

 


HEAD LICE

Lice are often thought of as a problem for children, and it is true that they are most susceptible to getting head lice, but anyone can come down with an infestation of these blood-sucking parasites living on your scalp. Though lice may be easy to kill, they are stubborn and won’t go without a fight. The thought of these parasites on your child’s head is something any responsible parent wouldn’t stand for. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your head lice problem.

 

 

 


POWDERPOST BEETLES

Powderpost Beetles are one such pest. Powderpost beetles are rather rare and are largely unknown but it doesn’t take away from the fact that these pests can be damaging and destructive to homes. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your powderpost beetle problem.

 

 

 

 


CHIGGER/RED BUGS

These little red mites are so small they’re practically invisible, but you know for sure they are present from the itchy and irritating bites they deliver. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your chigger problem.

 

 

 

 


TICKS

There are a variety of ticks that you or your pet can encounter when outdoors. Among the various species of tick there are seven types of ticks that are most common in the United States: The American dog tick, Blacklegged tick, Brown dog tick, Gulf Coast tick, Lone Star tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick and the Western blacklegged tick. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia to name a few. When ticks latch on to you or your pet, they can’t easily be plucked off as their grip is exceptionally strong for a little insect so it’s better to not have to deal with them in the first place. Having the right products and know-how on getting rid of ticks is important to help you kill, deter and outright prevent infestations of ticks. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your tick problem.

 


DARKLING BEETLES

If you have a large yard with pets or own a farm with a variety of animals, there is a chance that you may have noticed a little black bug that has been hanging around, particularly around the droppings your pets or animals have been leaving behind. These beetles are known as darkling beetles and while they often go unnoticed in a yard since they tend to hide during the day and come out and feed at night, however, when they gather in large quantities they can be a big stinky problem. They are known to eat plants, destroy insulation and carry disease. Thankfully, ABET has all the professional tools and products needed to successfully eliminate your darkling beetle problem.

 

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