Hydrex Pest Control provides comprehensive termite and pest control services for residential and commercial clients throughout Greater Sacramento. This includes removal of unwanted bugs and rodents from both inside and outside a home or business. Here’s a brief overview of some of the many pests we target.
This category includes odorous house ants, pavement ants, and Argentine ants. Ants are typically about 3/16 of an inch long and dark brown to black in color. You’ll find them nesting in lawns, under stones/wood/boards, and in mounds built along sidewalks, baseboards, and foundations. They feed on pet food, sweets, fruit, greasy foods, and other insects.
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. Bed bugs will feed on pets, but prefer humans. The typical adult bed bug is copper-colored, wingless, and has a flat body about a quarter-inch long. Telltale signs of a bed bug infestation include itchy skin welts and small blood stains or dark spots on bedding and mattresses.
People often bring bed bugs home from a hotel stay. Always place your suitcases and clothing on top of a dresser, desk, or luggage stand when staying at a hotel. Use the flashlight on your cell phone to inspect the mattresses, box springs, bed frame, headboard, and the floor beneath the bed for signs of bed bugs. If you suspect an infestation, call the front desk to request a new room.
Bees and Stinging Pests
This group includes bees, yellow jackets, paper wasps, hornets, carpenter bees, and honey bees. Most sting if they feel threatened. The exception is honey bees, 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. While we treat for other types of bees, contact Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies at 916-451-2337 if you have honey bees. They will recommend a beekeeper who can safely capture your swarm.
This group includes varied carpet beetles and merchant grain beetles that like to attack cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies, and chocolate. They have six saw-like teeth on each side of their bodies. Pill bugs and sow bugs are technically not insects, but soil-dwelling crustaceans closely related to crayfish. Rounding out the list are stink bugs, identified by their classic “shield” body shape. The most common species in California is 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 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 feed on a variety of materials, including cosmetics, beer, potted plants, wallpaper paste, soap, postage stamps, fermenting fruit, pet food, and human food.
Cat fleas are frequently encountered in homes and commonly affect domestic cats and dogs. Dog fleas look like cat fleas but are rare in California. 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.
The rodent category 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 gnaw through cinderblocks, aluminum siding, and even some types of concrete? Homeowners should cut branches at least 4 feet away from the home. A mouse can fit through a dime-sized hole, and a rat can squeeze through a quarter-sized hole. Home and business owners must 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 gray, brown, and black. One stunning exception is the black widow spider, with a 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. We can thank the group of hungry termites for this damage, including subterranean termites, drywood termites, and dampwood termites. Not only do termites feed on wood, but 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 for termites.
If your North Highlands area home has been infested by these or another type of pest, Hydrex Pest Control can help. Explore testimonials from our satisfied customers and call us at 916-447-3922 to schedule your consultation today.