Bugs

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Bug Pest Control Services

A1 No Nonsense Pest Control can assist in the removal and remediation of any and all bugs and insects, including Bed Bugs, Ants, Bees, Wasps, Termites and more!

We can assist with:

  • Bed Bugs
  • Termites
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Wood Beetles
  • Moths
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Ticks
  • Mosquitos
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Cockroaches

Cockroach Pest Control Services

German

Adult German cockroaches are light brown except for the shield behind the head marked with two dark stripes, which run lengthwise on the body, and about 5/8 inch long. Young roaches are wingless and nearly black with a single light stripe running down the middle of the back. Egg capsules are light tan.

German cockroaches, are the most common roaches found in houses and restaurants. Most cockroaches have a flattened, oval shape, spiny legs, and long, filamentous antennae. Immature stages are smaller, have undeveloped wings and resemble the adults. They eat food of all kinds and may hitchhike into the house on egg cartons, soft drink cartons, sacks of potatoes or onions, used furniture, beer cases, etc.

They can develop into large populations and live throughout the house, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. During the day, these roaches may be found hiding clustered behind baseboard molding, in cracks around cabinets, closets or pantries, and in and under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers. When seen during the day in clusters, the population is large.

Roaches can foul food, damage wallpaper and books, eat glue from furniture, and produce an unpleasant odor. Some homeowners are allergic to roaches. The pests can contaminate food with certain bacterial diseases that result in food poisoning, dysentery, or diarrhea.

American

American cockroaches are reddish brown and have a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head. They are usually around 1 and 1/2 inches long. When disturbed, may run rapidly and adults may fly. Immature cockroaches resemble adults except that they are wingless.

American cockroaches generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water. They prefer warm temperatures around 84 degrees Fahrenheit and do not tolerate cold temperatures. In residential areas, these cockroaches live in basements and sewers, and may move outdoors into yards during warm weather. These cockroaches are common in basements, crawl spaces, cracks and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to buildings. They feed on a wide variety of plant and animal material.

Oriental

The Oriental cockroach known as the "water bug," is more closely associated with damp areas than the other common roaches. These insects feed on garbage and decaying organic matter and are often considered the filthiest of the house-infesting roaches. They are found in damp basements, cellars, crawl spaces, near drains, leaky water pipes and beneath refrigerators, sinks and washing machines, under floors, and inside walls. They forage mostly on first floors of buildings.

Outdoors, they are found beneath decomposing leaves or stones in mulching materials, in trash and at municipal sewer plants. During the autumn, there can be a mass movement into buildings, but because of their preference for cooler temperatures, can be found outdoors and in unheated buildings during the winter.

Adult Oriental cockroaches are shiny, dark brown or black, about 1 to 1-1/4-inch long and have nonfunctional wings incapable of flight. Females are about 1-1/4-inch long, broad and have only little pads for wings. Males are about one inch long, more slender and have wings not reaching the tip of the abdomen. Immature roaches (nymphs) are darker in color than adults, similarly shaped and wingless. Egg cases are dark reddish-brown, one inch long (largest of the common roaches), and appear slightly inflated.

Brown Banded

The adults are rather small cockroaches about 5/8 inch long. The adult male is slender in appearance with its wings extending beyond the tip of the abdomen. Adult females have shorter wings that expose a considerable portion of their broad abdomens. They have two light yellow or cream-colored bands across their backs. These bands tend to be hidden by the wings in the adults. The markings of the brown-banded cockroach are roughly crosswise while those of the German cockroach are lengthwise.

Brown-banded cockroaches are generally found on ceilings, high on walls, behind picture frames, and near motors of refrigerators and other appliances. They are also found in light switches, closets and furniture. They do not require as much moisture as the German cockroach which explains why they normally are found in rooms other than the kitchen or bathroom. These cockroaches dislike light and are not normally seen during the day.

Wood Roach (Pennsylvania)

Wood cockroaches, also known as wood roaches, are common outdoor dwelling insects native to North America and found throughout Iowa. Their normal habitat is moist woodland areas but they frequently become a household nuisance because they wander into or are carried into houses as "accidental invaders."

Wood roaches are very similar in appearance to the common household cockroach called the American roach; flat, oval body, long antennae, spiny legs, chestnut brown color. However, wood roaches are slightly smaller, about 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch long, and the adults, especially the males, appear tan because of the color of their wings. Adults and large nymphs of the wood roach can be recognized by a pale, creamy white or transparent stripe on the outer edge on the thorax. The pale edge extends onto the first 1/3 of the front wings of the adults. Positive identification of small nymphs is more difficult and usually requires microscopic examination.

Wood roaches that have wandered into the house usually behave differently than the household roaches. Wood roaches are not secretive; they are active both during the day and at night and they are less likely to scamper out of sight when approached. Also, they will wander about the house without congregating in any particular location.

Ants

Ants Pest Control Services

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are among the most conspicuous of ants found in and around homes. All kinds of houses, regardless of age or type of construction, are vulnerable to infestation and damage by carpenter ants; very difficult to control; colonies can contain up to 3,000 workers.

Note sure if you have ants or termites? If you have a pest sample, you can look for the following characteristics:

Ants:

  • Elbowed antennae
  • Three distinct body segments with a slim "waist"
  • Front wings longer than back ones
  • Various sizes

Termites:

  • Straight antennae
  • No "waistline"
  • Wings long and of equal length
  • Usually only about 1/8" in length
What damage can Carpenter Ants cause to my home?

Carpenter Ants are a wood destroying insect. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that there are over 5 billion dollars worth of homeowner damage caused by wood destroying insects each year. That's on average more damage than all fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods combined in the United States.

When Carpenter Ants invade a structure they hollow out galleries in the wood. The smooth clean, sculptured appearance of their nesting galleries is a characteristic of Carpenter Ants - thus their name. This is an interesting point, but these perfect galleries can diminish the structural integrity of your home.

 

How do Carpenter Ants get into my Home?

Carpenter Ants can enter your home while searching for food, moisture, and shelter in a variety of ways. These include: Crawling up the foundation and finding an entry point. Dropping from tree branches on to your roof and other areas of your house that are positioned under the trees. Crossing utility wires that lead into your house. Being brought in on fire wood or other means. Or, just walking in the front door.

How can A1 No Nonsense Pest Control Protect my Home from Carpenter Ants?

Our treatment program consists of a full evaluation of your home by one of our qualified inspectors. Once our inspector has data about your home regarding construction, existing evidence of Carpenter Ants, moisture conditions, possible entry points, etc., he/she will custom tailor a treatment program for your home. This program usually consists of all or some of the following:

  1. Treating Door Frames and kick plates
  2. Treating in and behind kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  3. Treating areas where decks, patios, or steps butt against the outer siding
  4. Treating porch framing including ceilings and columns
  5. Treating soffits
  6. Treating the exterior
  7. Treating beneath roof shingles and behind rain gutters
  8. Treating the framing of garage doors
  9. Treating pipe chases in the kitchen, baths, laundry room, and basement pluming area
  10. Treating window frames
  11. Treating crawl spaces
  12. Treating inside cavities of infested trees
  13. Treating wall voids
  14. Treating up and under the siding around the house

Our treatment techniques may vary according to the above methods. Our basic mission is to get materials in contact with areas that the Carpenter Ants colonize. This may be done in a variety of ways. Most often our mission is accomplished by drilling small holes in the area to be treated, using special equipment to inject the material, and repairing the drill holes with unfinished wooden dowels. After our initial inspection you will receive a diagram documenting the procedures to be performed.

Is the Treatment Safe?

As with any service that A1 No Nonsense Pest Control offers, safety is our primary concern. All products are registered for use by the EPA and have a long record of use in diverse and sensitive situations. It is however recommended to keep children and pets out of the way during treatment. All material that we use will not harm lawns, trees or shrubs.

What Happens After Treatment?

It does take some time for the treatment to take full-effect. The time will vary among structures, but generally 2-4 weeks.

It is important to remember that you may continue to see Carpenter Ants outside because they can be nesting in trees, wood piles, etc. They will also travel as much as 300 feet from their nest to forage for food. This is not evidence of a reinfestation. However, if you see many Carpenter Ants in your home on a regular basis, you may have a problem and you should call for a supplementary treatment.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are small ants about 1/8th inch long and dark brown to black in color. They are found throughout the eastern half of the US and are a major pest in the upper Midwest. The name for this ant comes from its habit of nesting under sidewalks and driveways and piling dirt removed from the nest in a mound on top of the pavement.

In addition to nesting under sidewalks, pavement ants colonies can be found under other items lying on top of the ground, including stones, logs, boards, bricks and patio blocks. They may nest in open soil close to building foundations or under mulch in landscaped beds. Only rarely do the ants nest indoors in walls, under floors or in insulation.

Control of pavement ants should begin with an attempt to locate the nest site. Ants entering buildings from outdoors can be discouraged by sealing as many cracks and gaps in exterior walls as possible. Also, correct poor foundation drainage and repair water leaks.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants are small ants about 1/8th inch long and dark brown in color. They are found throughout the US and in spite of their name, are only an occasional pest in the house. Their name comes from the disagreeable odor similar to the smell of rotten coconuts that is given off when the worker ants are crushed.

Odorous house ants commonly nest outdoors in the soil under stones, logs, mulch, debris and other items. They will also nest indoors in wall and floor voids, particularly in moist or warm areas. If only a few workers (wingless ants) are observed in the house it is an indication that they are nesting outdoors and entering the house in search of food. If winged swarmers are found indoors, or if workers are consistently seen in great abundance, it likely indicates they are nesting within the house.

Control of odorous house ants should begin with an attempt to locate the origin of the ants. Careful and frequent observation may be necessary to develop an opinion about the source. Ants entering from outdoors can be discouraged by sealing as many cracks and gaps in exterior walls as possible.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are very small in size, and light yellow to red in color with black markings on abdomen. Due to their extremely small size, they can be found in a diversity of places, appearing suddenly. They have a wide range of foraging and their nest are usually well hidden. They are very persistent, with large colonies.

Inside they are usually found in the kitchen and bathrooms, but workers are seen trailing along window sills, and baseboards. They can also be spotted near sources of water in the kitchen and bathrooms, counter tops, toilets,drains and sinks. They prefer to nest in recessed areas like wall voids,under some appliance, wall outlets, under carpet for protection, but they can also nest outdoors in lawns and gardens.

Bedbugs

Bed Bugs Pest Control Services

Remember when your parents used to tuck you in at night and they said with a smile, "Night-night, don't let the bed bugs bite!"? Many people thought bed bugs were something of our imaginations like the boogie man, but they are real and they are becoming more and more common in today's households.

This is not the first time there has been bed bug infestations in the United States. Prior to World War II, bed bugs were common, but with improved sanitation and the extensive use of DDT in the 1940's and 50's bed bugs practically vanished from the U.S. Unfortunately these pests remained active throughout the world and now with international travel so common along with frequent immigration to the United States, bed bugs are making a rapid comeback to our homes, apartments, hotels, dormitories and other living shelters. This uncontrolled resurgence is due to pesticides having become less effective, and because many pest control operators are not familiar with bed bugs and the appropriate actions necessary to eliminate an infestation.

Bed Bug Behaviors and Habitats

Bed bugs are a sneaky pest that tend to hide during the day, and can be difficult to find because they like to use their flattened bodies to hide in small cracks and crevices. Bed bugs will usually live near their feeding source and for that reason they generally live near a bed or other commonly used furniture. Unlike ants or bees, bed bugs do not have a nest but they do tend to congregate in groups. They will often live in/or around your mattress, bed frame, headboard, nearby furniture, flooring, etc. These areas of infestation can generally be detected by the appearance of small dark specs and markings on their surfaces. These small reddish to brown specs and spots are from dried excrement of bed bugs; you may also find eggs, nymphs, molted shells and the bed bugs themselves.

Bed bugs can move quickly along ceilings, walls, floors and furniture. It is very common for bed bugs to travel quickly from one adjacent room to another. Hotels, motels, apartments and other tight living environments need be very careful to quickly identify a bed bug infestation and be extremely proactive when an infestation arrives.

What does a Bed Bug Look Like?

Bed bugs are brownish in color with flattened-oval bodies. Adults are about 3/4" in length while nymphs are smaller and lighter in color. Adult females can lay about 5 eggs per day and about 500 in a lifetime. The eggs are whitish in color and are hard to see without magnification. These eggs will turn into nymphs and before long you may have a full blown infestation on your hands. Bed bugs often are mistaken for ticks, cockroaches, or bat bugs

How can I prevent Bed Bugs from entering my Home?

People often suspect bed bugs just showed up out of the blue, come from leaving the front door open, or are encouraged due to a messy home. These thoughts are not true in just about every case. Bed bugs more often than not come into someone's home by way of hitchhiking! They are crafty little pests that can easily sneak onto a person's luggage or clothing while traveling, or in furniture when brought into a home. Just think of your luggage stored next to everyone else's on a plane or ship!

When traveling it is a wise practice to inspect your hotel/motel room and mattress for bed bugs prior to occupying it using the identification tips mentioned previously in this section. Even the cleanest, most upscale hospitality across the world are susceptible to bed bugs, so you should always perform a quick, yet thorough inspection to your room so you do not bring home any unwanted souvenirs!

When buying furniture for your home, be sure to closely inspect for small brownish spots, specs and other markings and signs of bed bug infestations. Even new mattresses and furniture have been found to carry bed bug infestations, so it is wise to check all furniture that enters your home for such markings and potential infestations.

I think I have Bed Bugs, What do I do?

There's only one way to get rid of bed bugs. Thoroughness. From the initial inspection, to the last step of removing a bed bug population you must be thorough all along the way.

It is important to remove all clutter from each room. The more hiding spots bed bugs have, the harder it will be to eliminate an infestation. Removing all loose clothing, boxes, and other clutter from a room is necessary in battling a bed bug population.

It is also extremely beneficial, recommended and oftentimes necessary to discard a mattress that is infested by bed bugs. All mattresses after treatment should be covered with a bed bug cover to help prevent future problems. Removing/replacing a mattress alone will not eliminate a bed bug infestation.

As a homeowner, landlord or grounds/property manager you should know that this is a pest that rarely can be controlled "in house". It is very important that you work with a highly regarded and professionally licensed pest operator when removing a bed bug infestation. A1 No Nonsense Pest Control uses products that specifically target bed bugs, follows regulations, as well as the product label's usage instructions. Only products that are labeled for use with mattresses, beds, and other furniture will be used in those areas.

At A1 No Nonsense Pest Control we are a fully licensed, insured and experienced company in handling insect infestations such as bed bugs. We incorporate a detailed inspection with the most comprehensive treatment program available for your home, hotel, etc.

Termites

Termites Pest Control Services

Termites have commanded more attention than any insect pest. A1 No Nonsense Pest Control Termite specialists are knowledgeable in building construction, termite biology and behavior, the proper and safe use of pesticides, the use and maintenance of equipment, and safety. We always use considerable judgment in the performance of every job!

Note sure if you have ants or termites? If you have a pest sample, you can look for the following characteristics:

Ants:

  • Elbowed antennae
  • Three distinct body segments with a slim "waist"
  • Front wings longer than back ones
  • Various sizes

Termites:

  • Straight antennae
  • No "waistline"
  • Wings long and of equal length
  • Usually only about 1/8" in length
What can Termites do to my Home?

What can termites do to my home? Termites eat wood. In their natural state, they eat fallen logs and stumps off the forest floor. But on your property, they can eat away the equity you have built up in your home and property. Termites infest millions of homes nationwide, causing billions of dollars in damage annually, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

What should I know about a termite colony?

Subterranean termites are native to every state except Alaska. A colony may include up to several million individuals, living as deep as 20 feet underground. Feeding on cellulose-based material, such as wood, termites find human dwellings offer the ideal combination of warmth, moisture and food.

The Queen occupies a "royal cell" with the King. She may live up to 30 years, laying many thousands of eggs annually.

Supplementary Reproductives act as replacements for the Queen if she should die. They may also produce eggs even if the Queen is healthy to help increase colony size.

Soldiers with armored heads and strong jaws, protect the colony from enemies, most commonly ants.

Winged Reproductives are the termites you may see when they "swarm", usually in the spring signaling a well-developed colony. After shedding their wings, reproductives pair off, burrow into the soil and begin a new colony.

Workers represent most of the termites in a colony. Blind and sterile, they forage for the colony's food. Most damage is caused by worker termites.

How Do Termites Get in?

Because termites need moisture and have a low tolerance to air and light, they live underground, attacking a home from below. A loose mortar joint, a minute space around a drain pipe, or a settlement crack in the basement is all they need to gain entry.

Aren't New Homes and House with Concrete Slabs Virtually Termite Proof?

The experience of homeowners nationwide shows that no home, new or old, is safe from termites. By building mud tubes, termites can cross concrete, brick, cider block, metal termite shields, pretreated wood, or any barrier other than a professionally - applied termite treatment.

If I haven't seen swarming termites, or traces of damage, can my home still be in danger?

Unfortunately, yes. When a colony swarms, the winged termites may be in the air for just a few minutes and you may not see them. Termites also eat wood from the inside out, making their activity detectable only by professional termite inspection.

When is the right time to call in a termite professional?

Call A1 No Nonsense Pest Control for an inspection at the first indication of termites, for cost effective treatment. The longer you delay treatment, the more damage termites will do. Repairs will become more extensive, and more expensive. Generally speaking, the sooner you approve treatment, the better.

If you are considering listing your home for sale, be sure to have A1 No Nonsense Pest Control inspect at no cost prior to bringing the property to market to avoid problems later.

How Does A1 No Nonsense Pest Control Protect your Home and Property?

While much termite damage is hidden, termites have few secrets to the eyes of a A1 No Nonsense Pest Control Professional. We know the conditions termites favor, and how to uncover termite activity which the untrained eye might pass over - with damaging results.

What will you do to get rid of the termites?

Create an invisible barrier between your home and the termites, blocking them from your house. Treatment begins with a thorough inspection. Then, an analysis of your home and property is prepared. Finally, applying materials to effectively control termites.

How will you achieve this invisible barrier?

Methods vary with each house, depending on the type of foundation or basement, construction chimneys, etc. By digging narrow trenches along walls and drilling through horizontal surfaces and into voids, materials can be applied where they will kill termites within your home and block the colony's reentry.

Won't this kind of thorough treatment be a lot of trouble?

No. A1 No Nonsense Pest Control's modern termite control treatment will usually take a single day, or less, with very little upset to your daily routine. And, considering the fact that a home is the largest single investment most American families will ever make, protecting its value is not much trouble at all.

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What you will see us do as we treat your home

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    Trench and treat the outside foundation. The first basic step.

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    Trench and treat inside the crawl space foundation wall. This is necessary if your house has a crawl space or a basement with a dirt floor.

     
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    Treat the soil under a crawl space. If space is limited, we'll usually have to drill small holes in the outside concrete wall surrounding the crawl space.

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    Treat beneath the flower boxes or other parts of the structure that protrude out from the main structure.

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    The soil in bath traps must be treated and access panels may have to be cut.

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    Treat behind the brick veneer.

     
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    Treat the spaces around the chimney.

     
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    Treat hollow blocks.

     
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    Treat cracks, expansion joints and voids under the basement floor or slab.

     
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    Treat near the ducts in the slab.

     
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    Treat the areas where the pipes and utility lines penetrate the slab or basement floor. Treat through holes drilled around the perimeter of the slab.

     
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    Treat the soil beneath the porch and/or deck.

     
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    Treat between the steps and house.

     
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    Drill and inject the brick piers.