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Other Pests

ALLGone Services is a full-service pest control company, able to handle any pest problem that you may experience. Here are some less-common pests that occasionally become problems in the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas Metropolitan area.

Sowbugs and Pillbugs

SowbugsSowbugs and pillbugs usually live outside in moist, decaying organic matter like leaf litter, mulch, etc. They often can be found under rocks and railroad ties. They're harmless scavengers, but occasionally they become an annoyance when they migrate inside. In most cases, no chemical control is necessary. Correcting excessive moisture conditions outside the home and removing leaf litter and organic mulches often will solve the problem by itself. When this is impossible, however, there are several products labeled for their control.

Silverfish and Firebrats

SilverfishSilverfish are insects who favor dark, secluded, fairly damp areas such as voids around plumbing pipes and under bathtubs,gaps behind cedar shakes and roof shingles, unfinished basements and crawl spaces, manholes, and utility tunnels. They move very quickly and their bodies are very "squiggly." They can be quickly identified by their three bristle-like tail appendages.

A closely related insect known as the "firebrat" looks a lot like a silverfish, but firebrats favor warmer, dryer environments such as boiler rooms and hot mechanical spaces.

Bedbugs

Bed bugBedbugs are parasitic insects that once were thought to have been eliminated in the United States. But in the last few years, the incidence of bedbug infestations has been steadily rising.

Although not known to transmit human diseases, bedbugs can cause rashes and welts, disrupt the sleep of sufferers, and cause a fould odor in infested areas. And besides that, they're just, well, gross.

For more information about bedbug extermination, click here.

Millipedes and Centipedes

MillipedeMillipedes and centipedes are not insects because they have more than six legs. Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment, and millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment. Most centipedes and millipedes are harmless and usually stay outside in dark, secluded areas. But once in a while they become indoor pests and require treatment.

Treatment may include the correction of conditions conducive to these arthropods, exclusion, sticky traps, or the use of insecticides labeled for their control.

Earwigs

EarwigDespite their appearance and their prominent pincers, earwigs actually are harmless insects that usually live outside in damp, secluded areas that are rich in decaying organic matter. Contrary to the old wives' tale, earwigs don't really crawl into people's ears at night and make them crazy.

But earwigs do occasionally crawl into homes and create a nuisance. Earwig control may include correction of conducive conditions (such as moisture problems, bad grading, or organic mulches), exclusion, or the use of insecticides.

For control of these or any other pest problems you may have, contact the experts at ALLGone Services.


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