Other Pests Around Yakima and Tikkita County

In addition to helping prevent termites, bed bugs and other common pests from attacking your home and business, Prosite Pest Control can help provide protection against other problems such as flies, roaches, centipedes, beetles, earwigs and more. We even offer services that can help you run a safer and cleaner operation.

Earwigs

You may have seen earwigs inside your home if you brought a damp box upstairs from your basement recently. Earwigs also hitch a ride to the inside of your home when you bring plants inside during the rain. Otherwise, earwigs tend to remain outside unless the weather becomes difficult. They have the ability to pinch and break skin, but these wounds only need to be treated as you would treat a scratch. They do the most damage to your plants, and they are known to eat flowers.

Cockroaches

Just about everyone knows what a cockroach looks like; they are everywhere. While it is often jokingly stated that if anything could survive a nuclear war, it would be a cockroach, the idea is clear - they are real survivors. Once there is a cockroach infestation, it can be very hard to get rid of them. Cockroaches multiply very quickly, and they also adapt quickly, too. It is important to contact a pest control agency quickly if you see them in your home or business.

There are over 4,000 different varieties of cockroaches, but only about thirty of them can comfortably live with humans. This number can be further reduced to include only four varieties; the main species that cause problems in homes and businesses in America.

Centipedes & Millipedes

Centipedes actually have the ability to bite, and are poisonous. The poison from their fangs, located behind the head, is used to kill insects, which are their primary food. To a human, a bite feels like that of a bee sting, and can be dangerous,especially if there is an allergic reaction in response to the bite. Children will be more sensitive to a centipede's bite.

Millipedes are not poisonous and do not have fangs, but they can emit an obnoxious fluid to defend themselves. Some varieties can spray this fluid several inches. The fluid can cause irritation to the skin in some people and should be removed right away. Additionally, it may take some scrubbing to get rid of the odor.

Beetles

Beetles are easily identified by their hard outer shell, which covers their wings. Their wings are exposed only during flight. A beetle's body consists of three sections: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.Adult beetles do not eat wood, only the beetle larvae do. When you see holes in either structural wood or in furniture, it is because the larvae have already left and you are seeing the exit holes. This could be an indication of a nearby infestation. Generally, beetles are attracted to the same type of wood from which they were born.

Treating for beetles requires proper knowledge of the type of beetle species you are trying to eliminate. Wood eating beetles, for instance, cannot be effectively treated using sprays because they are located deep within wood. If you think you may have a beetle infestation, your local pest professionals will have the knowledge,resources and solution to the problem.

Flies

A true fly has only one set of wings. All flies are known disease carriers, many of which can be transmitted to humans. Flies typically breed in garbage, excrement of animals and humans, sewers, compost piles, and any other place where matter is decaying. This enables them to pick up various kinds of diseases which can be transmitted to people by biting or by landing on food, where the bacteria and viruses are released. Since flies are able to transmit disease so easily, it is necessary to seek insect control quickly. The diseases that they can carry include malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, dengue fever, and more.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are serious agricultural pests that require specialized treatment procedures to help reduce crop and fruit damage. For homes and businesses, stink bug treatments generally focus on two species that are very bothersome: the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and the kudzu bug. Both of these insects create troubles for home and business owners when the pests fly to structures looking for overwintering sites. Therefore, pest management professionals focus on treatment methods that will control the bugs or help prevent them from getting inside.

Homeowners often first detect stink bugs by their mass invasions in the fall. They turn up on sunny sides of homes where they warm themselves. Growers often detect them by the damage they cause to their crops.

Crickets

Sometimes, crickets aren’t always music to our ears. There are over 900 identified cricket species, and they are often confused with the similar-looking grasshopper. You can tell the difference by looking at the wings, crickets fold their wings against the sides of their bodies where grasshoppers fold theirs high, almost like a tent, over their body. Common groups of crickets include: house and field crickets, ground crickets, tree crickets, camel crickets, Jerusalem crickets and mole crickets.

They are found under rocks and logs in wooded areas, pastures, and roadsides. Most species are active at night, which is when you usually hear them chirp. This chirping noise is produced by males rubbing their forewings together in order to attract females. The chirp differs from species to species so that individual crickets can identify their own members. Mating occurs in late summer, and eggs are laid in soil where they remain during the winter months. Eggs will hatch in late spring or early summer. The young crickets are called nymphs and look identical to fully matured crickets and even keep the same diet. The only true difference is that they are wingless. It takes around 90 days for these nymphs to reach adulthood. These insects are not picky eaters. The cricket feeds on any organic material, including insects and various plants. However, crickets are also the food source for other animals such as birds and mice. Crickets are considered pests for a variety of reasons. They sometimes find their way into homes, becoming a nuisance between their loud chirping and tendency to attack clothing and other fabrics throughout the house. In agriculture, crickets can be destructive. They eat crops and seeds, causing severe economic implications if not controlled.