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German Cockroach

  • German Cockroaches are the most troublesome domestic cockroach
  • German Cockroaches are about 1/2" – 5/8" long
  • German Cockroaches will feed on practically anything
  • German Cockroaches like to hide in dark cracks and crevices inside your home
  • German Cockroaches Can cause infection and disease
  • One female can produce 35,000 offspring in a single year.

American Cockroach

  • American Cockroaches are the largest of the common cockroaches
  • American Cockroaches grow up to 1 – 1 1/2” long
  • American Cockroaches are attracted to sweets, grains, hair, soap residue, etc.
  • American Cockroaches can be found in dark, moist places
  • American Cockroaches can cause infection and disease
  • These roaches are found around foundations, under wood piles, and near pools


  • More than 3,000 species of spiders in North America keep Pest Control Inc. busy all year long
  • Two spider species are considered more dangerous by Pest Control Inc. than others, they are the black widow and brown recluse spiders
  • Since the black widow and brown recluse spiders feed mainly on insects and other small arthropods, spiders indicate the presence of other household pests
  • Females spiders can lay up to several hundred eggs in a silken sac
  • Brown Recluse Spiders can survive without food for up to three months making Pest Control Inc.’s job more difficult
  • Spider bites may occur when people clean out neglected areas or put on seldom-worn clothing


  • Silverfish are 1/2” – 3/4” long
  • Silverfish can be identified by its 3 bristlelike tails
  • Females can lay 1-3 eggs per day
  • Silverfish Breed in wall voids, under flooring and in attics
  • Silverfish feed primarily on starch in paper (especially wallpaper & wallpaper paste)
  • Silverfish also cause damage to clothing by feeding on cotton and linen

Silverfish can be found almost anywhere in a home, including living rooms, bedrooms, dresser drawers, bathrooms, attics and garages.


  • Crickets are 3/4” – 7/8” long
  • Crickets are generally nocturnal, hiding in dark, warm places during the day
  • Crickets are surface feeders, mainly on clothing and carpet in your home
  • Crickets eat papers, cotton, linen and proteins and damage
  • Crickets can eat large holes in fabric without Pest Control Inc.’s service

Carpenter Ant

  • Many species of Carpenter Ants are black, but some varieties are reddish with a black abdomen
  • The name Carpenter Ant comes from the damage they cause to wood by tunneling and nesting
  • Carpenter Ants can forage up to 300 feet from their colony
  • Mature Carpenter Ant colonies may contain 2,000 – 4,000 ants
  • Carpenter Ant Workers vary in size from 1/4” – 3/4” long

Carpenter Ants feed on other insects and nearly anything people eat, particularly sweets and meats found in kitchen and storage areas.

Ghost Ant

  • Ghost Ants features a dark brown head and light colored abdomen
  • Ghost Ants colonies contain numerous reproductive females and can occupy several different nesting sites
  • Improper Ghost Ant treatment can actually increase and spread the infestation
  • Ghost Ant workers are extremely small, they are usually no more than 1/16” long

Ghost ants are attracted to sugar, cake, syrup, etc. They enter the home from a large number of colonies located outside.

Pharaoh Ant

  • Pharaoh Ants feature a pale yellowish to reddish body
  • Pharaoh Ants colonies may contain several hundred thousand workers and multiple queens
  • Pharaoh Ants can spread a variety of bacteria
  • Pharaoh Ant Workers are usually about 1/16” long

Pharaoh Ants nest in inaccessible areas, such as wall voids, behind baseboards, in furniture, under floors and between linens.

Fire Ant

  • Fire Ants name comes from their ability to inflict especially painful stings
  • Fire Ants feature a yellowish-brown thorax with darker abdomen
  • Single queen Fire Ant mounds can number 80-100 per acre, each with up to 250,000 ants
  • Fire Ant workers are usually 1/16” – 1/4”

Fire Ant nests are usually situated outside in the soil at the base of a tree, shrub, exterior wall or in clumps of grass, However, Fire Ants can also nest inside your home. People call Fire Ants the Fire Ant for good reason! If you step in a nest of Fire Ants they will FIRE YOU UP! Pest Control Inc. exterminates Fire Ants where the live and breed.

Thief Ant

  • Thief Ants are named for their habit of nesting near other ant nests, which they rob of food
  • Thief Ants can be pale yellow to light or dark brown color
  • Sometimes Thief Ants feed on dead animals and carry disease to contaminate human food
  • Thief Ant workers are usually about 1/16” long

These ants usually nest in small crevices, especially in the woodwork and masonry of your home.