Hydrex Pest Control provides every possible pest-control and termite-control service throughout Greater Sacramento. Yes, the word “pest” includes unwanted rodents, either inside the home or business, or outside in the garage or yard. Here’s a brief overview of the many pests we target:
These include odorous house ants, pavement ants, and Argentine ants. In general, ants are 3/16 of an inch long, and colored dark brown to black. You’ll find them nesting in lawns, under stones/wood/boards, and in mounds built along sidewalks, baseboards, and foundations. They’ll feed on pet food, sweets, fruit, greasy foods and other insects.
We’ve all heard of these little guys who like to live and feed in beds. Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. While not known to transmit disease, bed bug bites can cause large, itchy welts on the skin. Bedbugs will feed on pets, but prefer humans. The typical adult bed bug has a flat body about ¼ inches long, is copper colored, and wingless. Watch for the itchy welts on you or your family’s skin. Also look for small bloodstains on bedding from crushed bedbugs, and dark spots from bed bug droppings.
More times than not, people bring bed bugs home from a hotel/motel stay.Inspect with the flashlight on your cellphone the mattress, boxsprings, bed frame, headboard and floor area beneath headboard.Look for bedbugs and blood spots from their feces.Do not put suitcases or clothing on the floor, instead put on a luggage stand or on top of the dresser or desk.If you see anything, notify front desk and request a new room.
Bees, other stinging pests
This group includes bees, yellow jackets, paper wasps (AKA umbrella wasps), hornets, carpenter bees, and honey bees. Most can, and will, sting if they feel threatened. Carpenter bees are wood-boring insects.
Honey bees, though, are different. They are gentle creatures who mind their own business and are perfectly happy pollinating flowers and crops and producing honey, rather than interacting with people or other animals.
At Hydrex, we choose not to kill these very useful honey bees, and ask that you call “Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies” at 916-451-2337. “Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies” has a list of Beekeepers and might know of one who’d want to capture the bees so they can continue to be useful to the environment. They typically pick up only swarms.
This group includes varied carpet beetles and merchant grain beetles that like to attack cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies, and chocolate and have six saw-like teeth on each side of their bodies. The group also includes pill bugs and sow bugs that are technically not insects, but soil-dwelling crustaceans in the Isopod order, more closely related to crayfish than to insects. Rounding out the list are stink bugs, identified by their classic “shield” body shape with the most-common species statewide being the consperse stink bug.
This group includes Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and field cockroaches. Some cockroaches are known to carry infectious bacteria on their bodies and in their guts -- bacteria that may be transferred to food and other items that the cockroaches contact. While this can cause food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea in humans, know that cockroaches are not a major disease health threat. Cockroaches can feed on a variety of materials, including cosmetics, beer, potted plants, wallpaper paste, soap, postage stamps, fermenting fruit, pet food, and human food.
Fleas are not fun, whether they’re cat fleas, dog fleas, or ticks. As you may know, cat fleas are frequently encountered in homes, and are a common pest on domestic cats and dogs. Dog fleas look like cat fleas, but are rare in California. Fleas found on either cats or dogs in California are most likely cat fleas. Adult fleas are usually reddish-brown, wingless, and no longer than a fraction of an inch. Most adult fleas have piercing, sucking mouthparts through which the fleas obtain blood meals from their hosts.
Here’s a fun group. It includes roof rats, house mice, and Norway rats (also known as common brown street rats). These critters will chew through many types of materials just to reach a place of comfort. Did you know that rats and mice can chew -- or even gnaw through -- cinderblocks, aluminum siding, even some types of concrete. Home owners should cut branches at least 4 feet away from the home – did you know that a mouse can fit through a dime sized hole and a rat can squeeze through a quarter sized hole? The homeowner and business owner needs to be proactive with mice and rats to prevent disease, famine, and many other threatening home problems.
We all know what spiders are and many of us are absolutely terrified of them. The ones that our Hydrex crews encounter most often are black widow spiders, wolf spiders, and common house spiders. These creepy crawlers range from ½ inch to 2 inches long. The most common adult colors include grays, browns, and black. One stunning exception is the black widow spider with its red or orange hourglass-shaped mark on the underside of its large, round abdomen.
Here’s a shocker: Every year more than 600,000 American homes suffer termite damage totaling more than $1.5 billion. And we can thank the group of hungry termites – a group that includes subterranean termites, drywood termites, and dampwood termites. Termites feed on wood. They also destroy paper products, including cardboard boxes and books, plus furniture, and various other items. Hydrex Pest Control combines expert knowledge with specialized equipment to develop and implement effective control strategies. Visit the Termites webpage for more info .