Pest Facts

Premier Pest Elimination, LLC has experience eliminating a wide variety of pests from commercial and residential spaces. Some of the pests we work tirelessly to control include the following:

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CARPENTER ANT


Description:

1/4" to 5/8" in length generally black; may appear as red and black. The queen is about ¾”, large mandibles on the head, light gold hairs on the abdomen.

Damage:

Carpenter Ants do not eat the wood like termites but they do excavate it to form galleries in which they live and support the colony. They can affect the structural integrity of wood. Cause holes in materials in which moisture can accumulate thus causing more damage. Carpenter Ants have been the cause of million of dollars in damages through out the United States.

ant, red, black, carpenterSigns of their presence:

Most people never realize they have Carpenter Ants in their home until it's too late and damage has been done. Signs to look for and act quickly:

1. See live ants in your home or outside on your home.
2. Find wood shavings (Frass) with insect parts mixed in.
3. Remodeling and come across damage or a nest.

Life Cycle:

Carpenter Ants go through a complete life cycle of Egg, Larva, Pupa & Adult. They have minor and major workers ranging into the thousands per nest. They often form satellite colonies close by to the main colony.

Winged Ants (Swarmers) are a reproductive ant with the responsibility of mating in the air and establishing a new nest.

Asian (Lady) Beetles


Description:

Small 1/4" in length, rust to orange in color. 19 spots on their back but vary in darkness. A black W- shaped mark is located on their thorax.

Habitat:

Asian Beetles can infest a home in large numbers during the fall of the year. They seek areas in which to cover from winter and are attracted to light colors. Houses with white or yellow siding and are situated near woods or agricultural fields are at most risk of infestation.

Asian Beetles are accidental invaders but can be extremely annoying in dwellings. They spend most of their life in agricultural fields feeding on aphids, and they actually are beneficial in this setting.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

No structural damage caused but can bite and be extremely annoying. When swatted they can leave a strong odor and will stain clothing and other surfaces.

Management:

Caulking and exclusion will help but a treatment of your home will most likely be necessary.

BED BUGS


Description:

Small, reddish brown; similar to the size of a wood tick or smaller. Usually come out at night to feed.

Habitat:

Mattresses, furniture cushions, any crack and crevice.

Food:

Human blood.

Damage/Signs of presence:

Bites, rashes, sores. You may see the bugs or their fecal matter that looks like fly specs, rust spots on the mattress (actually blood spots). Clusters of eggs in the ribbing of mattresses and other places may also be present.

Life Cycle:

Their development will be rapid, growing to a full sized adult within 21 days.

Management:

Standard chemical treatment and/or heat treatment is used for control. The following check list is to be used in preparation for your treatment by the technician.

Check List for Pre-Treatment of Bedbugs

1. Buy Mattress Covers. You will need to buy mattress and box spring covers for every mattress and box spring in your home. Customer or tenant will need to bag mattresses and box springs after treatment is complete. Store in cool place away from affected area.

2. Empty all dressers and closets completely.

3. Launder all clothing & linens on hot cycle. This also includes pet bedding. You must wash and dry all clothing and linens on the hottest cycle for successful results. Most “dry clean only” clothing can be put through the dryer on hot cycle.

4. After laundering is completed, place all clean laundry in sealed plastic bag/container. Store in garage or other cool area away from the affected area.

DO NOT TAKE LAUNDRY TO LAUNDROMAT! **THIS WILL ONLY SPREAD THE BEDBUGS TO ANY CUSTOMERS USING THE LAUNDROMAT FACILITY. **

5. Vacuum entire house extremely thoroughly including inside each closet, under furniture, furniture cushions, mattresses, etc.

6. Dispose of any boxed items. Newspapers, magazines, papers, clutter of any sort only provide more places for bedbugs to hide. These items should be discarded if possible.

7. Children’s toys will need to be washed: Using a strong detergent in hot water, wash children’s toys thoroughly, place in plastic bag/container, and store in garage or cool place away from affected area.

8. Any stuffed animal type toys that cannot be washed in machine with hot water should be placed in sealed bag and stored in garage or cool area for at least 1 year, or disposed of.

WASPS & HORNETS


Description:

Smooth bodies with a variety of colors and shapes, generally 1/2" to 3/4" in length.

Habitat:

Forage outdoors and nest in structures and trees. Some may be solitary such as the mud dauber, and others are social, such as the paper wasps. Social groups with large nests are more dangerous than the solitary wasps.

Food:

Primarily feed on other insects.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Can pose painful stings. You will know they are around by the location of nest and seeing live wasps.

Life Cycle:

Complete Metamorphosis Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. Populations peak in late summer early fall.

Management:

Treating nesting sites with dusts or residuals.

YELLOW JACKETS


Description:

5/8" to 1" in length and generally Black and Yellow in color.

Habitat:

Nest in ground, old railroad ties or wall voids. You will see foraging outside.

Food:

Primarily feed on insects in the spring but are attracted to human food such as sweets and meats.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Serious stings that some people may be allergic to with severe reactions.

Life Cycle:

Complete Metamorphosis Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. Colonies are at the highest level in late summer and early fall.

Management:

Sanitation, keep garbage secured. Treatments to nests are most effective. Do not try this yourself during the day. Yellow Jackets are very territorial and this could be dangerous. Call a professional.

Box Elder Bug


Bug Description:

About 1/2 inch in length, dull black with red marking along the edges of their wings. Nymphs may appear to be red in color.

Habitat:

Accidental invaders searching a place to overwinter and end up in walls of a home. They may appear throughout the winter in your home.

Food:

Prefer the leaf and seed pods of the box elder tree.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

No significant damage is caused other than being extremely annoying to deal with.

Management:

Caulking and exclusion will help but a treatment of your home will achieve the best results.

House Centipede


Description:

1 to 2 inches, long legged, flat bodied with long antennae

Habitat:

Dark, moist and organic areas.

Food:

Other insects

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Nuisance pest does not cause damage. Actually can be beneficial by killing other insects, but can pose a very painful bite.

Management:

Treatment of their habitat.

AMERICAN COCKROACH (PERIPLANETA AMERICANA)


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Description:

Reddish brown 1 1/2" or longer, winged but seldom fly.

Habitat:

Prefer dark moist area such as basements.

Food:

Prefer decaying organic matter but will eat almost anything.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Spread disease

Life Cycle:

Gradual Metamorphosis Egg, Nymph & Adult Egg to adult takes about 50 to 55 days.

Management:

Sanitation and reducing harborage sites will help in addition to chemical treatment or baits.

GERMAN COCKROACH (BLATELLA GERMANICA)


Description:

About 1/2 inch in length with dark strips on a shield behind their head. Females may be seen carrying an egg capsule behind them, which contain 24 to 48 eggs.

Habitat:

German roaches like tight confined area because they like to have pressure on three sides of their body. Warm and moist conditions are ideal for German roaches. They are most active at night. They also stay hidden when they’re not feeding.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Transmission of disease and contamination of food is a real problem with German roaches. German roaches leave deposits behind like a fly speck.

Life Cycle:

Gradual Metamorphosis- Egg, Nymph and Adult. The nymphs look like the adult only without wings.

Management:

Various methods are used depending on the size and location of the population. Baits have become very effective.

ORIENTAL COCKROACH (BLATTA ORIENTALIS)


Description:

Shiny black, Females 1 1/2" long Males 1" long. Have wings but cannot fly.

Habitat:

Prefer dark moist areas such as basements and crawl spaces, usually below ground level. Prefers the outdoors but will be found inside during drought or cold weather.

Food:

Organic matter

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Spread disease

Life Cycle:

8 egg capsules with 16 eggs in each capsule. Populations peak in mid summer.

Management:

Keep leaves raked and reduce decaying organic matter. Residual sprays and baits are typical methods of treatment.

WOOD ROACH


Description:

Similar to the American Roach Chestnut in color 3/4" to 1" in length. Males may appear tan in color because of their wings. They have pale edges in the first 1/3rd of their wings.

Habitat:

Outdoors

Food:

Decaying organic matter

Life Cycle:

Gradual Metamorphosis Egg, Nymph & Adult. Females lay 30 capsules containing 32 eggs. Life cycle can take up to 2 years.

Management:

Do not survive indoors. Perimeter treatments are done around your home.

FLEA


Description:

Adults are 1 to 3mm in size and are reddish brown to black in color.

Habitat:

Fleas will lay eggs and harbor in carpeting and furniture.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Fleas can carry and spread disease and cause serious allergic reactions in people and pets. A tell tale sign of their presence is their bite. You will see pets scratching, biting and generally being annoyed. You may also see “flea dirt” (actually flea excrement) by combing through your pet’s hair. It appears as small dark spots which turn red when exposed to water.

Life Cycle:

Fleas a have a complete life cycle from Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. This cycle can take 30 to 75 days depending on temperature and humidity. Adult fleas require a blood meal in order to reproduce. Eggs can lay dormant for several months.

Management:

To achieve complete control the pet must be cleared of all fleas. A vet visit is recommended. The home and possibly the yard need to be treated. Please use the check list below to prepare before your technician arrives to begin.

Check List for Pre-Treatment for Fleas

1. Vacuum all carpets, including closets, rugs, furniture, (under and between cushions) and bed mattresses.

2. Place vacuum cleaner bag in sealed bag and immediately dispose outside.

3. Clean, sweep, and mop all tile, vinyl and hardwood floors. Sweep concrete floor.

4. Remove everything from under beds.

5. Remove all pets, fish bowls and tanks. Shut off any aquarium air pumps. Pets must be kept out of home and tanks covered for at least 4 hours after service is completed.

6. Dispose of, or launder all pet bedding on hot cycle. Keep separate from other items.

7. Communicate and show your pest control professional where your pets sleep, rest and eat.

8. Resume normal vacuuming 24 hours after treatment is completed.

9. Continue to vacuum every 3-4 days for 2-3 weeks. This will greatly improve the effectiveness of the treatment.

***ALL STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED FOR SUCCESSFUL RESULTS. ***

If all steps are completed as directed, subsequent treatments should not be as labor intensive to the customer/tenant for pre-treatment. Additional tips and suggestions may be offered by technician at time of service. Pre-treatment check list should be completed 24 hours prior to technician’s arrival.

CLUSTER FLIES


Description:

1/4" to 3/8" long and dark grey in color. Resembles the house fly but usually larger and has a yellow sheen on the thorax.

Habitat:

Prefer the outdoors, but they will move into your home in large numbers in the fall and winter. Food: Larvae feed on earthworms but adults feed on flowers.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Seeing and finding dead cluster flies in your home.

Life Cycle:

Complete Metamorphosis Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. Four generations per summer and generally takes about 30 to 40 day to mature into adults.

Management:

Seal and caulk cracks in home. Residual treatments or dusts may be necessary.

HOUSE FLY (MUSCA DOMESTICA)


Description:

Usually identified by 4 dark stripes on top of the thorax.

Habitat:

Prefer decaying organic matter which is most numerous around farms with animals.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Flies are directly responsible for disease transmission. They can transmit and carry foot-and-mouth disease, mastitis, pinkeye, streptococci, tuberculosis, and staphylococci.

Life Cycle:

Complete Metamorphosis Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. The newly hatched female can begin to lay eggs within a few days, ranging from 5 to 6 batches of 75 to 100 eggs in each batch. Weather conditions play a part in the time length of their development. During the summer, it takes 7 to 10 days for developing into an adult.

Management:

Sanitation is key for reducing the population. Aerosols, fogging, baits, light traps or residual treatments may be effective.

STABLE FLY


Damage/Signs of Presence:

Flies are directly responsible for disease transmission. They can transmit and carry foot-and-mouth disease, mastitis, pinkeye, streptococci, tuberculosis, and staphylococci.

Indian Meal Moth


Description:

Light brown with darker brown markings on the wings. They are generally 1/2 inch in size. Larva can also be 1/2 inch in size.

Food:

Variety of stored foods, particularly dried fruits and cereals.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Can contaminate stored products. You will see adults flying about. The larva spins a web before it pupates. You will see webs in corner of walls or under the seals of boxes.

Life Cycle:

Complete life cycle Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. Generally completed in a month and can have as many as 6 generations a year.

Millipede


Description:

1 to 1/2 inch in length, dark to almost black, 2 pair of short legs on each body segment, also very short antennae.

Habitat:

Dark, moist, organic areas.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Nuisance pest no real damage caused.

Management:

Treating their habitat

Mosquito


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Description:

The following information was taken from a Consumer Fact Sheet produced by the National Pest Management Association and is used with permission from the NPMA.

Food:

Blood

Public Health Safety and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Community Responsibility:

One of the greatest defenses against mosquito-borne illness is you; the homeowner; the parent; the average consumer; the business owner.

Since one of the most widely recognized mosquito-borne illnesses - West Nile Virus - was first detected in the United States, the potentially fatal disease has spread across the country from Pennsylvania to Washington state. Forty-one states and Washington D.C. have confirmed cases of West Nile Virus.

Not all communities provide municipal mosquito management. Today, a concerted community-wide effort can help to properly manage these pests and reduce the risks associated with them. Every town. Every neighbor.


Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes transmit several human diseases including:

How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Contact a local pest control professional. They can help homeowners reduce their exposure to mosquito bites by inspecting properties for breeding sites, treating to control mosquitoes in some cases or suggesting corrective actions, and educating homeowners and businesses about mosquitoes.


What You Can Do Now

For further information about Mosquitoes and Public Health, visit www.pestworld.org.

Powder Post Beetle


Description:

Lyctidae or True Powder Post Beetle is reddish brown less than 1/4" in length.

Habitat:

Infest hardwoods. The female leaves an egg in a crack or an existing hole. The larvae emerge eating their way into the wood consuming cellulose. It then pupates and the adult emerges by boring a hole to the surface leaving a fine powder behind.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Significant damage can result to the structure of wood over a period of time if left untreated. The larvae do the majority of the damage burrowing into the wood and eating the cellulose of the wood. When the adult emerges they bore their way to the surface leaving a very fine powder. The holes they leave behind are about 1/8".

Life Cycle:

Complete Metamorphosis Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. The process can take anywhere from 3 months to over 2 years.

Management:

Unfinished wood can be treated with some type of borate which is used to penetrate into the wood where most of the activity occurs.

HOUSE MOUSE


Description:

Small usually light grey in color and weigh about 1/2 ounce. Adults are 5 to 7 inches in length including the 3 to 4 inch tail. Mice have excellent senses; hearing, smell and touch. They do however have rather poor eyesight.

Habitat:

Mice can fit through very small openings smaller than the tip of your pinky. They can also jump 12 inches vertically and are excellent climbers. These traits allow the house mouse to become quite a problem, at times infiltrating homes.

Food:

Grains, seeds and cereals are their choice, but will also eat what's on hand.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

They can contaminate much more than they can consume. Mice have a constant urine trail they leave behind.

Life Cycle:

Females can have 10 litters a year with 5 to 6 young with each litter. The young reach sexual maturity in 6 to 10 weeks. The life span of a house mouse is 9 to 12 months.

Management:

Wide variety of control methods depending on the infestation and location. They range from

NORWAY RAT


Description:

Weights can vary, but most often weigh just under a pound. Their body length is around 6 to 8 inches with the tail being shorter than the head and body combined. Norway Rats have a blunt nose and small eyes and ears.

Habitat:

Prefers to live underground in tunnels, but will also make a nesting area of choice if conditions are right. Most activity is at night; if day time sightings are reported the population level could be high. Norway Rats continually gnaw on wood and other material not only to gain access into areas but because they must keep their front teeth worn down or they could continue to grow to the point of death.

Food:

Prefer foods with high protein or carbohydrates but will eat almost anything. Rats unlike mice must have water source to survive.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Norway Rats contaminate more than they consume. They can also pose a risk of fire by gnawing through wiring. They also undermine foundations making them weak.

Management:

Vary depending on infestation size and location. Control methods include: snap traps, glue boards, baits, tracking powder and liquids.

MOLES


Description:

Velvety blue-black hair, slender snout and flattened feet are the primary features of the mole. They are commonly mistaken for voles and shrews. The naked nose and small eyes and ears hidden by its fur are ways to tell them apart.

Habitat:

Active all year long and do not hibernate. They have tunnel structures deep in the ground and just below the surface. They can tunnel up to 100 feet in a day.

Food:

Worms, grubs and beetles are their main food source.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Extensive damage can be caused to lawns and gardens when moles tunnel just below the surface of the lawn. They usually leave a tunnel upheave in the lawn.

Life Cycle:

Mate in February and March have one single litter of 3 to 5 young late in the spring.

Management:

Treating the tunnel structures with bait has been most effective.

SILVERFISH


Description:

About 1/2 inch in length and have silver looking scales.

Habitat:

Silverfish like high humid places such as bathrooms, basements and attics. They are most active at night or in very dark places.

Food:

High protein, sugars and starches. Glue or paste is a favorite. They like insulation that contains cellulose.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

May damage book bindings, wall paper, paper goods and linens.

Life Cycle:

Gradual Metamorphosis Egg, Nymph and Adult Females lay eggs anytime of the year and it take 19 to 43 days to hatch. From egg to adult is 3 to 4 months.

Management:

Try to reduce high humid areas. Treatments around baseboards, basements and attics are recommended.

EARWIG


Description:

The European Earwig is the most common earwig in Wisconsin. 3/4" - 1" long. Earwigs have a large forcep (pincher) appendage from their abdomen. It is probably the most recognizable trait to identify the earwig. Their color is brown to light brown. Earwigs feed on vegetation and other insects. They live in large numbers under mulch and other areas that hold moisture. If they invade your home, you will also find them in moist places. Leaving damp towels out will attract earwigs if they are present.

Damage/Signs of Presence:

Earwigs received their name from a superstition that they would crawl into people's ears and bore their way into people’s brains. This is only a superstition! They do not have a painful bite nor are they poisonous to humans or pets. They are major garden pests that will damage flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants. They will find access into people’s homes which cause a major nuisance.

Brown Recluse Spider


Description:

Body size is 3/8 inch long and 3/16 inches wide. Leg span is about the size of a quarter. Color can very from light tan to dark brown and have a velvety appearance due to the fine hairs on the spider. Best know for the violin shape marking on the cephalothorax.

Habitat:

Prefer dark secluded areas away from activity. Mostly travel for hunting or reproduction. The Brown Recluse is not an aggressive spider but most bites occur during accidental contact. They may survive up to 6 month without food or water. Not commonly found in Wisconsin.

Life cycle:

Egg laying generally occurs May through July, females produce an egg sac of 50 eggs and can produce multiple egg sacs over a period of several months. Brown recluse will reach maturity in roughly one year and will live as an adult 1 to 2 years.

Black Widow Spider


Description:

Female is about ½ inch long and about 1 ½ inches when the legs are spread out. Males can be a quarter to half the size of the female and generally a grey to brown in color. Females are shiny black with a globular abdomen that can have a bright red hourglass marking on their abdomen.

Habitat:

Not an aggressive spider will try to flee or move away from large animals. Generally will hang upside down in the middle of it’s web and most human bites are accidental. Black Widow Spiders are not common in Wisconsin.

Life Cycle:

Females will live about 1 year and males about 3 to 4 months. Females will lay several batches of egg sacs (up to 750 eggs in each sac) only 1 to 12 spiders will typically survive due to cannibalization.


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