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Cockroaches


Description:
    Largest species of the common cockroach
    Adults can grow to an average of 1.6 inches tall and .28 inches tall
    Reddish brown and have yellowish margin on the body region behind the head
    Immature cockroaches resemble adults except they are wingless
    Has a pair of large compound eyes each having over 2000 individual lenses

Reproduction:
    Females produce egg cases which protrude from the tip of the abdomen.
    After 2 days, the eggs are places on a surface in a safe location
    Eggs hatch in 6-8 weeks
    Takes 6-12 months to develop from egg to adults
    Adults can live up to 1 year
    Females can produce an average of 150 young.

Habits/ Habitats:
    Very active at night
    Generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water.
    Prefer warm temperatures, do not tolerate the cold
    In residential areas
    Live in basements, sewers, crawl spaces, cracks and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to
buildings
    May enter homes through plumbing traps and are found near bathtubs and clothes hampers
    May move outdoors into yards during warm weather.
    A scavenger that feeds on decaying organic matter
    Fond of fermenting foods (yeast, mold)
    Beer, alcoholic beverages
    Has an unpleasant odor

Threats:
    Can spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and 7 other kinds of human pathogens.
    Can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these onto food surfaces.
    Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage is protected while in their bodies and may remain infective     for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight.

Prevention Tips:
    Good sanitation and habitat reduction
    Bite-Away’s Treatment Suggestions
    Monthly pest control service
    Areas of treatment
    Cracks and Crevices
    Behind kitchen appliances
    Along baseboards
    Under sinks
    In pantries
    Around pipes and water drains
    Window and door frames
    Exterior of structure

Ants

ANTS

General Information: Ants are social insects, and mainly nuisance pests. There are over 217 species of ants in California alone. Most ants are omnivorous, meaning they will eat almost anything, including insects, honeydew, sweets, greases, oils, vegetables, and bread. Ants locate food simply by random searching. Their sense of smell is their best developed sense.
 
Control:
 
(1)   Pest inspection
(2)   Good sanitation
(3)   Chemical treatment
(4)   Non-chemical treatment
(5)   Baiting
(6)   Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
 
ORMIGAS

INFORMACION GENERAL: ORMIGAS SON INSECTOS SOCIALES, Y PRINCIPALMENTE PARASITOS FASTIDIOSOS. HAY MAS DE 217 ESPECIES DE ORMIGAS SOLAMENTE EN CALIFORNIA. MAJORMENTE ORMIGAS SON OMNIVOROS, OSEA COMEN CASI CUALQUIER COSA, INCLUYENDO INSECTOS, DULCES, GRASAS, ACEITES, VEGETALES, Y PAN. ORMIGAS LOCALIZAN COMIDA BUSCANDO SIMPLEMENTE AL AZAR DEL ALIMENTO. SU SENTIDO DEL OLOR SON SU MEJOR SENTIDO DESAROLLADO.
 
CONTROL:
 
(1) INSPECION DE PARASITOS
(2) BUEN SANAEMIENTO
(3) TRATAMIENTO QUIMICO
(4) TRATAMIENTO SIN QUIMICO
(5) CEBAR
(6) ENTRAMPAR
(7) MANEJO INTEGRADO DE PARASITOS/INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)

 

Description:
    Small, dark colored
    Worker ants are about 3 millimeters long
    Queens are two to four times the length of workers
    6 legs
    Segmented; oval shape

Reproduction:
    Workers do not lay reproductive eggs, but can direct the development of eggs into reproductive females.
    Queens seldom or never disperse in winged form.
    As few as 10 workers and a single queen can establish a new colony.
    There are as many as 8 queens per 1,000 workers
    Workers live about a month as adults
    Queens live up to 10 years or more
    Eggs are white, laid in the summer
    Larvae emerge after about 28 days
    Pupal period may last 10-25 days
    It takes about 2 months from egg to adult, but may take up to 4-5 months

Habits:
    Common household pest
    Often enters structures in search of food or water (particularly during dry/hot weather), or to escape flooded nest after rainfall.
    Bathroom faucets and drains
    Especially fond of sweets, but will feed on any food
    Tuna, syrups (even cough syrups), juices, egg, dead spiders and rodents, feces vomit
    They do not sting or bite
    Live to nest in moist soil next to buildings or under them
    Will set up quarters in the ground, in cracks, concrete walls, between  boards and timber, and among human dwellings.
    Can be found near sidewalks and plants
    Queens and larvae will eat the protein/ grease
    Workers will eat the sugar based products
    Extremely mobile and will move colonies frequently

Prevention Tips:
    Empty trash often and make sure your house is free of crumbs and food particles.
    Make sure food containers are tightly closed, without residual traces of food on the sides of the container.
    Eliminate standing water
    Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house
    Seal all cracks and little holes around the bottom of your house
    Make sure firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home

Bite-Away’s Treatment Methods:
    Monthly or Bi-Monthly Pest Control Treatment
    A combination of baits, dusts, and liquids
    Baits
    Maxforce Ant Bait
    Liquids
    Termidor
    Bifin
    ExciteR
    Lawn Granules
    Wisdom Lawn Granules
    Areas of treatment
    Cracks and Crevices
    Behind kitchen appliances
    Along baseboards
    Under sinks
    In pantries
    Around pipes and water drains
    Window and door frames
    Exterior of structure

Fleas

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FLEAS

Fleas attack both animals and man and have been known vectors of various diseases. The more immediate problems is the irritation that comes from merely being bitten by fleas. The reaction varies a great deal – from small red bites in some cases to severe rash with itching in others. Close inspection of a flea bite shows a tiny central spot where the mouthparts pierced the skin. There seldom ever is much swelling.
 
Types of Fleas that Attack People:
 
(1)   Cat Flea
(2)   Dog Flea
(3)   Human Flea
(4)   Oriental Rat Flea
 
Methods of Control:
 
(1)   Pest inspection
(2)   Have pets treated by a veterinarian
(3)   Wash pet bedding and vacuum the rugs, furniture and baseboards before the pest treatment, and remove, seal up and immediately dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag.
(4)   Interior treatment (primarily carpeted areas, plus exterior yard and perimeter chemical treatment.
PULGAS

 
PULGAS ATACAN A ANIMALES Y A HOMBRE Y SE HAN SABIDO SER VECTORES DE VARIAS ENFERMEDADES. EL PROBLEMA MAS INMEDIATO ES LA IRRITACION QUE VIENE SIMPLEMENTE DE SER MORDIDO POR PULGAS. LA REACCION VARIA MUCHO ---DE MORDEDURAS ROJAS PEQUEÑAS EN ALGUNOS CASOS A LA ERUPCION SEVERA CON PICAZON EN OTROS. LA INSPECCION CERCANA DE UNA MORDEDURA DE LA PULGA DEMUESTRA UN PUNTO ROJO CENTRAL MINUSCULO DONDE LA PARTE DE LA BOCA PERFORA LA PIEL. RARAMENTE HAY MUCHA HINCHAZON.
TIPOS DE PULGAS QUE ATACAN A PERSONAS:
(1) PULGA DE GATO
(2) PULGA DE PERRO
(3) PULGA DE HUMANO
(4) PULGA ORIENTAL DE RATA
 
METODOS DE CONTROL:
 
(1) INSPECION DE PARASITOS
(2) HAGA QUE LOS ANIMALES DOMESTICOS SEAN TRATADAS POR UN VETERINARIO.
(3) LAVAR EL LECHO DEL ANIMAL DOMESTICO Y ASPIRAR LAS CARPETAS, LOS MUEBLES Y LAS BASES DEL PISO ANTES DEL TRATAMIENTO DEL LOS PARASITOS,  Y REMUEVA, SELLE Y INMEDIATAMENTE DISPONGA DE LA BOLSA DE LA ASPIRADORA.

Silverfish

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Silverfish

Description:
•    Wingless, flat, carrot shaped
•    ½ inch long when fully grown
•    Covered with silvery scales
•    Has 3 long slender “antennae-like” appendages looks like a “bristle tail”
•    Feed on paper products


Reproduction:
•    Female
o    Lays 1-3 eggs per day in crevices or under objects
    Eggs hatch in around 43 days
    The young become adults in 3-4 months
o    Female molts after laying a batch of eggs
o    Sheds skin as many times as 50 times after becoming an adult
•    Live at least 3 years
o    Can survive for weeks without food or water


Prevention Tips/Treatment Methods:
•    Reducing moisture and lowering the temperature, and removing infested items will help eliminate localized problems.
•    Sanitation
•    Treatment include:
o    Bait, sprays, dust
•    Treatment Areas:
o    Wall voids, cracks and crevices

 

Bed Bugs


Description:
    Small parasitic insects
    Smells like cilantro, coriander, almonds, or over-ripe raspberries.
    Adults
    Light brown to reddish-brown
    Flattened
    Oval shaped
    4-5 mm in length, 1.5-3mm wide
    Nymphs
    Translucent
    Lighter in colour and become browner as they mould and reach maturity

Reproduction                 
    Lifespan varies by species and is also dependant on feeding.
    Has 6 life stages (5 immature and an adult stage)
    Eggs
    Females can lay from 1-12 eggs each day
    Eggs are dropped on rough surfaces or in cracks and crevices.
    Eggs are coated with sticky glue
    Will hatch in 6-17 days
    Nymphs will reach adulthood between 5 weeks and 4 months, depending on how much food they have consumed and temperature
    Can live around 12-18 months
    Over 3 generations can occur in one year
Habits/Habitats:
    Feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals
    Active mainly at night (not nocturnal)
    Use pheromones and kairomones to communicate regarding nesting locations, feeding, and reproduction
    Can live for a year without a blood feeding
    Feed every 5-10 days
    Will usually remain close to its host
    Harborage areas include but are not limited to:
    Luggage, vehicles, furniture, bedside clutter
    May nest near animals that have nested within a dwelling
    Bats, birds, or rodents
    Will spread from room to room
    Normally will start off in the bed, but will spread throughout the house and hide in cracks and crevices
Detection/ Signs:
    Often lodge in unnoticed dark crevices
    Fecal spots, blood smears on sheets/mattress, and molts
    Hiding places
    Mattresses (especially the seams)
    Couches
    Box springs
    Bed frames
    Behind head boards
Ways to become infested:
    Can “hitchhike” on pets, clothing, and luggage
    Moving trucks
    Purchasing furniture and other household items from used good stored
    Flea markets, good will, garage sales
    High Risk areas:
    Hotels, motels, and apartments
    High turnover rate
    Keep luggage off of the floor
Threats:
    Skin rashes
    Psychological effects
    Allergic symptoms
Prevention Tips
    When traveling, keep your luggage off of the floor
    Reduce clutter around the house
    Check all second hand beds, bedding, and furniture
    Examine the bed and headboard area for signs of bedbugs when traveling
    Wash, dry or freeze clothing bought at a garage sales or second hand stores right away
Bite-Away’s Treatment Method:
    Liquid
    ExciteR
    Mattresses, box springs, and bed frames
    Baseboards, moldings, flooring, closets, shelves, furniture, picture frames