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If you don't recognize any of the pests mentioned below, contact the staff at Best Pest Control today.

When you see an unfamiliar insect on your residential or commercial property, call Best Pest Control immediately. Our state-certified staff will visit your location and properly identify what type of pests you have and how to remove them.

  • Asian lady beetles and boxelder beetles - These seasonal invaders are becoming more prevalent in southeastern Michigan every year. They are mainly seen in early spring and in the fall. They usually enter your home during the fall to survive the winter. They typically emerge from the structure in the spring and summer.

  • Bedbugs - Bedbugs also called Cimex lectularius are small, flat, oval-shaped insects that are approximately 5-7 mm long. They are white or almost clear in color after they hatch and before they feed. Then they become a shiny reddish brown to dark brown color after feeding. Bedbugs are often carried into the home via person or objects such as previously owned furniture, clothing, or in luggage from a recent trip. Adult bedbugs typically live 6-7 months but they can live up to 1.5 years. They can lay up to 10 eggs per day and development from an egg to an adult in 35-50 days (5 stages - each requiring a blood meal) depending on temperature and weather conditions.

  • Carpenter ants - Carpenter ants are a structural problem and can nest in any kind of wood inside your home. Wood studs, window and door frames, sill plates, and roofs are all vulnerable to carpenter ant nesting and damage. Carpenter ants come in multiple sizes and can be seen with or without wings (winged ants are a sign of a new colony).

  • Centipedes - Crawling insects are not only seen in basements, crawl spaces, or main levels of a home where it is damp, but they also show up at all levels of the home. They like to breed in both warm and moist conditions. Exteriors with mulch or heavily vegetative areas around the foundation are more prone to problems with these types of insects. These insects mainly breed outdoors but enter your home for warmth, shelter, and moisture.

  • Pavement ants (little brown ants) - Nest primarily under homes that are either partially or entirely on a slab. Colonies can also set up shop in crawl spaces and along exterior foundations of a home. They are also seen pushing up dirt on cement structures such as sidewalks, driveways, and patios. Activity of these ants is year round and it is not uncommon to see most activity during colder months when they forage moves to the inside of the home.

  • Earwigs - Most visible inside and outside of the home during the months or a season where there is higher than normal moisture (or rain) and hotter temperatures. They will typically hide in small gaps or crevices such as door or window frames, gutters, and water-damaged wood.

  • Fleas - Often enter your home via pets, but they can also enter your home via people, depending on the area where you live. Fleas often hide in carpet edges, under or in beds, under upholstered furniture, under area rugs, pet beds, as well as on your pets.

  • Ground beetles - These insects mainly breed outdoors but enter your home for warmth, shelter, and moisture.

  • Spiders - These insects mainly breed outdoors but enter your home for warmth, shelter, and moisture. Spiders are most visible inside and outside of the home during the early months or the season, on the exterior during mid-summer, then back inside once the temperature begins to cool down. When there is higher than normal moisture (or rain) and hotter temperatures, they will be seen more during dry seasons.

  • Pill bugs and sow bugs - These insects mainly breed outdoors but enter your home for warmth, shelter, and moisture. Pill bugs and sow bugs are mainly seen in basements and around entry doors, as well as in water areas. They can become a nuisance early in the spring as well as in the fall when the temperature begins to drop.

Typical stinging bugs in the Howell, MI area

  • Carpenter bees - Carpenter bees are large black bees that look similar to a bumblebee and are very loud and intimidating. These bees will rarely sting, but will bore small, perfectly round holes into wood surfaces (decks, soffits, eaves, and trim) and then bore destructive horizontal tunnels through the wood. After the holes are made, they will nest inside them where they will lay eggs. Preventive treatment and nest elimination are available. These holes are also an attractant for woodpeckers, which further damage the wood structure.

  • Hornets - The most aggressive stinging insects in the wasp family. They will attack when provoked, feeling threatened, or for no reason at all. Hornets begin to nest in mid-July through October. They will build a “paper ball” nest that can range from the size of a softball to as large as two basketballs! Hornets are very fast builders and can build a large size nest in 7–10 days. Nesting areas are commonly peaks of homes, under decks, and in trees. Attempting to treat hornet problems yourself, if not handled correctly, can prove very costly.

  • Paper wasps - These are all stinging insects that will nest “onto” your home and appurtenant structures. Our program also offers preventive treatment for decks, play sets, basketball hoops, storage sheds, hot tub frames and any other places wasps will attempt to nest. Once a nesting site has been established, the queen wasp will begin laying eggs that will soon hatch into worker wasps. As the nest size expands, so will the population of wasps. In August (2nd peak season), the diet of the wasp will change and they become more aggressive as they build faster. The warmer the weather, the more active they become.

  • Yellow jackets - Very aggressive stinging insects, when they are provoked or threatened. They also can sting multiple times. Loud vibrations or noises will provoke a yellow jacket as well as disturb their nest. Yellow jackets are void-nesters. They will either nest in a void space (wall voids, between floors of homes, crawl space voids) or in the ground. A yellow jacket nest can be detected by observing their high activity throughout the day. Yellow jackets will be constantly active starting early in the morning until dusk. Activity will be seen going in and out of their nest opening all day. If you see this opening - DO NOT SEAL IT, this will force them to backup into your home or business. Yellow jackets should only be dealt by a professional.

Watch out for the following wildlife in your area

  • Bats - Although bats are somewhat beneficial to the environment, you do not want them living in your home.

  • Chipmunks - Have been known to cause mass damage to a homeowner’s property. Chipmunks will rarely nest in garages and homes. Chipmunks will nest in the landscaped areas causing unrest and occasionally killing plants. They can also undermine sidewalks, patios, and driveways, causing cracks and expensive damage.

  • Groundhogs - They feed on flowers and garden vegetables. They will burrow under decks, sheds, or in the middle of heavy foliage.

  • Mice - They reproduce at a very high rate. Mice typically will nest in attics, crawl spaces, garages, and basement rafters. They will forage for food and water throughout the home. Mice droppings pose health risks, so when cleaning any droppings use a disinfectant spray or a damp cloth. Mice can squeeze through a ¼ inch opening so a detailed inspection is necessary to prevent future problems.

  • Rats - Rats are efficient scavengers and can nest in and around garages, crawl spaces, wooden piles, sheltered areas, or just in underground burrows near foundations and sidewalks. If rats do enter the home it is typically from access points on the exterior or from pipe chase accesses inside of a crawl space.

  • Moles - Moles use or create tunnels as a means to locate food. They can create up to 100 feet of new tunnels in a single day. These underground rodents can do severe damage to lawns and landscaping.

  • Opossums - These nocturnal vermin look to burrow under decks, sheds, bay window frames, and wooded areas.

  • Raccoons - Raccoons are nocturnal vermin that will attempt to enter your home for means of nesting. Slow-paced movements and scratching noises at night (9 pm – 5 am) in your attic, crawl space, or even in your chimney is evidence of a raccoon trying to take up residence. Raccoons are very strong animals and can tear off vents, chew through shingles, and squeeze through small openings. Raccoons will have babies that sound like kittens.

  • Squirrels - Squirrels are very smart and can squeeze through small openings as well as chew openings in wood to enter your home.

  • Sparrows and starlings - Birds can find the smallest of openings on your home and build nests quickly. There are a lot of problems related to bird infestations including clogged attic and bathroom vents. Bird mites are a nasty side effect from excessive nesting and bird infestation. The droppings can stain homes and cause problems in attics or exhaust tubes.

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  • German Roaches - These roaches are the most common and difficult for homeowners to deal with. German Roaches enter the home via people, groceries, electronics, furniture, etc. A single roach egg can take up to 35 days to hatch and can hatch up to 40 offspring. German Roaches will infest areas of warmth and moisture. That is why the activity usually starts in the kitchen or in the bathroom.

  • Oriental Roaches - Another name for them is "water bugs" (big and black) due to the fact that they live in sewage and drainage systems and will come up into your home through those access points.

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