Pest Control

Doug’s Bugs Pest Inspection

pest control servicesLet Doug’s Home Inspection Services ensure that you’re buying, selling or warranty inspection is done thoroughly, top to bottom.

We thoroughly inspect and report on all materials inside and outside your property such as structural timber frames, joists, rafters & any wood finishing. Our exterminators will even take into account your landscape, timbers, pavers, trees and tree stumps.

Doug’s Bugs team of Licensed & Certified professionals is here to protect you from pests throughout the year. Our approach is not only effective in controlling pests, it also helps prevent and reduce pest populations, reduces the use unwarranted use and makes your home a pest free environment!

THE INSPECTION PROCESS

Once you make an offer on a home, your Purchase Contract will likely contain terms allowing you various inspections of the property. The objective of these inspections is to educate you as to the physical condition of the property you are acquiring. Even though these inspections do not provide guarantees of the condition of the property, they do provide useful information to you as a Buyer. It is very important keep in mind that your Purchase Contract may provide for withdrawal from the agreement if these reports are unsatisfactory. Inspections should not be deemed an open door to renegotiate the purchase price, or a way to get out of a contract.

STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL INSPECTION

Often referred to as a “Termite Report”, the Structural Pest Control Inspection is carried out by a qualified inspector. In addition to actual termite damage, the Pest Report will indicate any type of wood destroying microorganisms that may be present, including Fungi (sometimes called “dry rot”), which usually is caused by excessive moisture.

Call us now! Doug’s Bugs Exterminator Home Inspection Services at 1-516-328-0850

Ants

Carpenter Ants

Description:

Carpenter Ants can cause significant damage to your home.  There are many types of carpenter ants throughout the U.S. measuring in size from one-quarter inch (about the width of a pencil) for a worker carpenter ant to three-quarters of an inch (about the size of a quarter) for a queen carpenter ant.

Carpenter ants do not eat the wood they remove during their nest-building activities, but deposit it outside entrances to the colony in small piles. The diet of carpenter ants includes living and dead insects, meat, fats and sugary foods of all kinds, including honeydew and nectar from plants.

Pavement Ants

Description:

Although these ants can live inside, they get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement.  They are typically found in the eastern half of the United States, California and Washington.  Pavement ant colonies average 3,000 to 4,000 members and have several queens.

Prevention for Ants:

  • Eliminate standing water.  Pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Rodents

House Mice

Description:

The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world.  A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. That’s over 150 babies a year!

Prevention:

  • Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food and water out.
  • Be sure to empty kitchen and household garbage cans frequently.
  • Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
  • Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
  • Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

Norway (Sewer) Rats

Description:

Norway rats tend to be larger and more aggressive to animals, humans and each other than Roof rats.  When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor.  These rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials, urinating on food and eating stored foods. They have also been known to chew on wires, which can cause fires to start, and also carry harmful diseases.

Roof Rats

Description:

Roof Rats are excellent climbers and get their name because they usually live high off the ground, like on the roof of a building, in sheds, garages, boxes, ceilings, and under floors. They have very poor vision and are color blind, but they have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Rats have four to six litters a year and each litter has 6 to 12 babies in it. These rats are only pregnant for about 21 to 23 days and they can start reproducing when they are three months old.

Prevention for Rats:

  • Rats like to eat, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out.
  • Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
  • Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
  • Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

Cockroaches

American Cockroaches

Description:

The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses.  Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year.  Cockroaches don’t get their wings until they become adults.  American cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dark, wet areas, like sewers and basements, and often enter structures through drains and pipes.  Although American cockroaches can be found in homes, they are also common in larger commercial buildings, such as restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals.

German Cockroaches

Description:

German cockroaches live in warm and damp places, like kitchens, bathrooms, and places where people eat and drink.  Each German cockroach can live about 100-200 days.  Cockroaches are attracted to sweet and floury foods.

Oriental Cockroaches

Description:

Oriental cockroaches also live in sewers and wet, decaying areas, such as basements and crawlspaces, firewood and piles of leaves.  They are large and very dark compared to other cockroaches. They usually travel through sewer pipes and drains. Oriental cockroaches prefer dirty places and cooler temperatures than other cockroaches, and creates a strong smell and is considered one of the dirtiest of all the cockroaches.

Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins.

Prevention For Cockroaches:

  • Keep your home clean and dry.
  • Vacuum often and seal cracks in and around your house.
  • If you see cockroaches, it is best to call a pest management professional due to the illnesses they can spread.

Bees

Bumble (Ground) Bees

Description:

Bumblebees are considered to be beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants. They are very social bees and live in large “families”. Unlike honeybees, bumblebees can sting more than once because their stingers are smooth and do not get caught in the skin when they fly away.

Bumblebees often nest in the ground but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks.  They will sometimes build their nests in attics or under roof beams.  If disturbed, bumblebees will buzz in a loud volume, and they will aggressively defend their nests.  As part of the aggressive defense of their nests, bumblebees will chase nest invaders for long distances. The bumblebee sting is one of the most painful stings, where swelling and irritation can last for days after you are stung.

Prevention:

  • Bumblebees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential nesting materials.
  • Because bumblebees will sting when threatened, homeowners are advised not to address the infestation themselves.  A pest management professional should be called in to help.

Carpenter Bees

Description:

Carpenter bees are solitary bees, that build nests just for themselves and only feed their own young.  They get their name from their ability to drill through wood.  Carpenter bee stingers are not barbed, so they are able to sting over and over again.

Carpenter bees do not pose a public health threat, but they can do damage to the wood where they build their nests, which can lead to damage to your home.

Prevention:

  • Carpenter bees can drill into almost any wood, but prefer bare wood, so painting and staining wood can sometimes deter them.
  • However, they will sometimes attack stained or painted wood, and their nests can be hard to reach, so a pest management professional should be called in to help.

Wasps

Bald-Faced Hornets

Description:

Bald-faced hornets get their name from the large white patches on their faces.  Bald-faced hornets house their colonies inside large nests that they build hanging from trees, bushes, vegetation and occasionally from buildings.  A single mated queen starts a new nest each spring by laying eggs inside a small nest made from paper strips and loose bark.  The workers then gradually expand the size of the nest until it is larger than a basketball by the end of the summer.  The queen lives deep in the nest, so she is always protected.

Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack anyone or anything that invades their space. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again, and their stingers also carry venom which makes the stings hurt, itch and swell for about 24 hours.

European Hornets

Description:

European hornets are much larger than other wasps. Unlike most other stinging insects, European hornets will fly at night.  Queens are the only females to reproduce, and most other hornets are female workers who build the hive, gather food, feed the young, and protect the colony. There are few males (also called drones) in the hive.  Since their job is to mate with the queen, males typically die soon after mating.

European hornets can do a great deal of damage to trees and shrubs, because they strip the bark to get to the sap. They also use the bark fiber to build their nests. They have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again, and also carry venom that makes the stings hurt, itch or swell for about 24 hours.

Yellow Jackets

Description:

Yellow jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.

They usually build their nests underground, around garbage and in cool, dark spaces.  They also build nests in trees, shrubs and in holes in walls.  Most yellow jacket colonies only remain active for one year, then the queen flies off to start a new colony.  The remaining bees die in the fall and the nest is abandoned.  Look for yellow jacket nests during the day, because you can see them flying in and out, but destroy nests at night, when they are dormant and all there.

Prevention for Wasps:

  • Do not leave sweet drinks or meats out in the open.
  • Call a pest management professional if you find yellow jackets around your house.

Flees

Description:

Fleas are parasites that feed on blood, and transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts at all times.  The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.  Fleas do not fly. Instead, they jump from one place to another. In fact, fleas can jump as high as 8” vertically, which is 150 times their own height.

Prevention:

  • Clean and vacuum frequently.
  • Keep your yard clean of garbage and pet droppings.
  • Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, give them lots of baths, give them monthly flea and tick treatments and take them to the vet at least once a year to make sure they haven’t been infested.
  • If you think you have ticks in your home and property, call a pest management professional!

Stink Bug

Description:

They get their name from an unpleasant odor released when you crush them or when they are protecting their homes.

Prevention:

  • Seal cracks around your house.
  • Replace damaged screen on doors and windows.
  • If you see a stink bug indoors vacuum them up and throw away the bag immediately.
  • If you see a stink bug in your garden, lightly spray the area with approved insecticides. Keep weeds around the garden in control and clean up the garden at the end of the growing season.
  • Hand pick stink bugs in early morning when they are slow moving.

Bed Bug

Description:

Bed bugs get their name because they are commonly found in beds but can also be found in other places where humans spend a lot of time: hotels, airplanes, and couches. When Bed bugs feed, they inject the skin with their saliva (this keeps the blood from clothing) and an anesthetic (this keeps the host from feeling the bite and moving). Bed bugs do not spread disease, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.  Their most common targets are humans because, unlike animals with fur, we have a lot of exposed skin for them to bite.

Prevention:

  • Don’t take mattresses or padded furniture that has been left at the curb or on the street.
  • Check your bed sheets for blood spots.
  • Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor when you travel.
  • When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.
  • When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
  • Bed bugs are hard to see, so if you think you have bed bugs, call a pest management professional.

Termites

Subterranean Termites

Description:

Subterranean termite colonies can have up to 2 million members! Their colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives.

Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.

Prevention:

  • Make sure water drains away from your house.
  • Don’t let water build up around your home’s foundation. Termites like that!
  • Replace any damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.
  • Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.

 


OUR TREATMENT APPROACH

December / January: Rodents are always active and spiders can be easily found. In this service dormant oil is used to reduce the number of honeydew producing soft bodied insects during their dormant overwintering stage. This service keeps your plants protected and healthier in the spring and prevents ants and wasps in the spring and summer months.

February / March: During February and March we inspect and treat the outside perimeter of your home. We do this simply because many pests – like rodents, spiders, birds, millipedes, and earwigs – overwinter in the soil along the foundation and are beginning to emerge. Additionally remove spider webs and spider sacs that are visible on the exterior surfaces. This treatment reduces spider populations and prevents pests from emerging in warmer temperatures.

April / May: Customers can expect an inspection and treatment around the foundation walls of the home. Since temperatures are warming up- pests like ants, rodents, spiders, wasps, ladybugs, box elder bugs, flies, and stink bugs are becoming more visible. As activity begins to multiple, our attention centers on pests further from your structure to avoid them before they enter your home. These emerging insects can be extremely bothersome, and prove the value in our fall preventive applications.

June / July: During these summer months our pest control professionals inspect walkways, landscape areas, fences, electrical lines entering the structure etc. to find new infestations that are moving closer to the structure as they enter your property. Your technician will be inspecting for signs of rodents, ants, spiders, ground beetle, rove beetles, and other occasional invaders.

August / September: As summer starts to change into fall, our pest control professionals start to protect your home by looking for ants, spiders, millipedes, rodents, many other occasional invaders, and the overwintering insect activity that begins in September. During this time, pests become more attractive to water and food is in short supply as the season comes to an end.

October / November: During this time, we inspect and treating the outside area of your home for ants, millipedes, spiders, rodents, overwintering insects. This is the time when the pests are trying to get inside your home.

If you have pest issues that continue in between/after your services just let us know, we will return to address your concerns at no additional cost to you.