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HOW DO I GET RID OF CRICKETS ON THE OUTSIDE OF MY PROPERTY?

Crickets can be controlled through the following techniques:

  • Change home lighting to yellow “bug light bulbs” to greatly reduce the number of crickets attracted.

  • Trim back heavy ground cover, like ivy, especially next to the building.

  • Remove sites where crickets could live, such as piles of lumber and bricks.

  • Seal as many exterior cracks and holes and make sure all doors have tight-fitting weather-strips on the bottom.

Larger infestations can be controlled by a professional pest control company.

HOW DO I GET RID OF HOUSE CENTIPEDES?

House centipedes, characterized by their long legs, can breed indoors and feed on spiders and insects. Homes with house centipedes usually have a crawl space or basement underneath where the centipedes harbor. Contact the specialists at Terminix to advise you on the best course of action.

HOW DO I GET RID OF EARWIGS?

Contrary to popular belief, earwigs do not bite and are not dangerous. They can be controlled by sealing off all openings to your home and removing likely harborage sites (woodpiles, landscape timbers, etc.)

Many people seek to hire the professionals at Terminix when dealing with a significant infestation of earwigs to ensure that all areas are located and treated.

HOW DO I GET RID OF FIREBRATS?

Firebrats are related to silverfish and prefer very warm areas such as furnace rooms, heat ducts, boiler rooms, attics and fireplaces. Cracks and voids in areas such as these should be treated using a residual dust pest control product labeled for indoor use. This pest often proves difficult to control, so you may want to consult a professional.

HOW DO I GET RID OF FLEAS?

Flea control requires thorough vacuuming, treatment of pets and treatment of the infested premises.

To control fleas, do the following:

  • Vacuum thoroughly to reduce soil and debris that might interfere with the treatment. This also removes adult fleas and their eggs and opens carpet fibers so the treatment can penetrate to flea larvae and pupae. Be certain to vacuum underneath beds, furniture and inside closets.

  • Mop hardwood, tile and laminated floors.

  • Vacuum daily for several days after the flea treatment. This causes adult fleas to emerge from their cocoon so they will contact the treatment and die more quickly. Although the flea population will be dramatically reduced following the treatment, it may take two weeks or a bit longer before all fleas are gone from the premises.

  • Have your pets professionally bathed and groomed the same day as your home is treated.

  • Consult with your veterinarian regarding products that can be administered to your pet to help ensure long term protection.

  • Fleas can be difficult to eliminate on your own. For best results, contact a professional pest control company.

HOW DO I GET RID OF LADYBUGS INSIDE MY HOUSE?

Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles, are more common now than they used to be, possibly because of mild winters in recent years, or organic gardeners buying and releasing them to control plant pests.

In the fall, ladybugs may be attracted to buildings where they crawl into cracks and voids to live for the winter. During warm winter days, beetles may “waken” and then crawl into the living spaces of your home.

Once inside the walls, the beetles are very difficult to eliminate. Caulking cracks around window and door frames and around ceiling fixtures (lights, fans) can help keep the beetles inside the walls and out of the rooms of the house.

For the best results, consult a trusted pest control provider with experience in ladybug infestations.

WHAT ARE THESE SLOW-MOVING BUGS WITH MULTIPLE LEGS AND LONG, THIN BODIES LIKE WORMS?

You most likely have millipedes.They live in moist areas outside and feed on organic matter in mulch, lawns and leaf litter. When it gets too hot, too wet, too dry, etc., millipedes may try to enter a home, sometimes in large numbers.

To control millipedes, start by sealing cracks and holes in your home's exterior walls. Keep mulch to a thickness of two inches or less and try to keep it 10 to 12 inches from the foundation.

For the best results, contact a professional company, like Terminix, to provide recommendations and treatment.

WHAT ARE THESE SMALL, REDDISH-BROWN BUGS AROUND OUR DOORS AND WINDOWS?

You’re probably seeing clover mites that live in the grass outside and invade homes during the spring. During the fall, the adults will deposit eggs in cracks in the outside of buildings.

When these eggs hatch in the spring, the tiny, red mite “larvae” crawl up the foundation and find their way inside.

This problem is usually remedied by treating the exterior foundation and the ground several feet out from your house. You may want to consult a professional company, like Terminix, to apply this treatment for best results.

HOW DO I GET RID OF CLOTHES MOTHS WITHOUT USING MOTHBALLS?

To control clothes moths, do the following:

  • Clean the affected clothing and other clothing items that were stored with it, according to the clothing manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Thoroughly clean the closet, dresser or storage area.

  • Treat cracks in these areas using a properly labeled indoor pest control product.

Contact Terminix for treatment recommendations that might be required.

HOW DO I GET RID OF INDIAN MEAL MOTHS?

Moths on your ceiling and in food cabinets are most likely Indian meal moths, which are a food pest (insects that infest and feed on stored grain and grain products). They are a common problem around kitchen cabinets.

To control these moths, do the following:

  • Examine all dry items like flour, cereal, whole grains, spices, pet foods, tobacco, dried flower arrangements and seeds. Infested products need to be discarded.

  • Clean and vacuum the pantry very well.

  • Look for the cocoons of the moths in corners, under shelves, etc. and destroy them.

  • Store all dried food products and pet foods in plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids.

HOW DO I GET RID OF SILVERFISH?

Silverfish often hide deep within walls or attics, where treatments are difficult to apply. Experience has shown that homes with wood shingle roofs typically have the most difficulty with silverfish infestations.

To control silverfish, do the following:

  • Seal all cracks and voids where activity has been seen.

  • You may need to treat the attic beneath insulation where silverfish are found.

  • Persistence in inspecting and treating new areas of activity over several months is also helpful.

  • Inspect all stored goods inside and in the attic - especially those in cardboard boxes sealed with packaging tape. Silverfish like to feed on the starch in the glue.

As with all pest infestations, consulting a professional pest control company like Terminix may be the most effective option.