Pest Identification for insects in Southwestern PA

FABRIC DESTROYING PESTS

Casemaking Clothes Moth

Before the Casemaking Clothes Moth becomes an adult, the larvae are small caterpillars (3/8 of an inch long) that live within a small portable, silken case. Although the males are active fliers, the females fly only short distances.

Size: 3/8 to 1/2 of an inch long 


Color: Buff to gold with a brown tinge


Activity/Behavior: Only the larvae or caterpillars eat. Casemaking clothes moths shun light. They prefer to eat animal products over plant products. This moth likes to eat wools in rugs, clothes, bedding, feathers, felts, skins, spices, drugs, furs, taxidermy mounts, and stored tobacco.


Where They Live: These moths are common in southern states.


Tips for Control: Periodically clean areas of a home that may harbor moths. Those areas include under furniture, along baseboards in closets and vents. Also, clean clothing before storing it in an airtight container.

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of casemaking clothes moths takes persistence and experience. An infestation is difficult to control using over-the-counter products because they are rarely capable of reaching everywhere. They are also never successful at killing the larvae. Sometimes fumigation is needed, and a trained pest control professional can help you get rid of moths.


Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. 

Furniture Carpet Beetles

Furniture Carpet Beetles are found worldwide. They ruin linens, cotton, jute, softwood, and leather because they feed on the wool. They have thick tufts of hair on either side of their body and on the rear. They are oval shaped.

Size: 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long 


Color: White with spots of yellow, white, and black scales


Activity/Behavior: They feed on the hair padding, feathers, or wool upholstery of furniture, as well as fur, bristles, horn, tortoise shells, silk, other insects, dried blood and other human foods.


Where They Live: Outdoors, they can be found on plant materials, specifically pollen. Inside, the beetles are found on furniture such as linen, cotton, wool, or leather.


Tips for Control: Vacuuming and dusting is probably the most important way to prevent carpet beetles because they are attracted to dust and linen build up.


How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of Furniture Beetles takes persistence and experience. An infestation is difficult to control using over-the-counter products because beetles are very resilient. Oftentimes it’s necessary to fumigate the home. A trained pest control professional can help you to get rid of beetles the most efficient way.

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Varied Carpet Beetles

Varied Carpet Beetles are generally oval. The wing covers meet at the rear end of the body. It is smooth and round with no apparent cleft. The backs of these insects are spotted with gray-yellow, brown, and white scales. They form two bands across the top. The underside of the body is also gray to yellow.

Size: 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long


Color: Gray to yellow

 

Activity/Behavior: The beetles feed on a variety of foods, including carpets, woolens, skins, furs, stuffed animals, leather binding on books, feathers, silk, plant products, and pollen. They are good fliers and enter homes through open windows.

 

Where They Live: Varied carpet beetles will often burrow themselves in the material of which they feed.

Tips for Control: Control of carpet beetles can be complex and requires long term service measures. Regular maintenance and sometimes-intensive treatments are needed. Refer questions to the technical director or manager.

 

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of varied carpet beetles takes persistence and experience. An infestation is difficult to control using over-the-counter products because beetles are very resilient. Oftentimes it’s necessary to fumigate the home. A trained pest control professional can help you to get rid of beetles the most efficient way.

 

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Webbing Clothes Moths

Webbing Clothes Moths are the most common fabric moths found in the United States.The antennae are darker than the rest of the body, and the eyes are black.

 

Size: 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch long


Color: Buff/golden except for reddish hairs on the head


Activity/Behavior: Webbing clothes moths feed on clothes, carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, felt, animal hair, and stored wool. They especially like to feed on solid materials.


Where They Live: They are often found on furniture because of their food supply. Adult webbing clothes moths are seldom seen because the avoid light.


Tips for Control: These moths require specialized cleaning products and often fumigation, so we suggest a professional be called immediately.


How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of webbing clothes moths takes persistence and experience. Moths have many hiding places and are very resilient. They can live off of a lot of material, and a trained pest control professional can help you get rid of moths.

 

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

Fleas

Fleas (particularly cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, and dog fleas, Ctenocephalides canis) are in the order Siphonaptera. They have no wings and drink blood.

Size: 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch long


Color: Black to reddish brown

Activity/Behavior: Adult fleas drink the blood of their host animals, usually cats and dogs, with their piercing-sucking mouthparts. Their spit is what irritates the animals, leaving a red spot where they drew blood. This is the easiest way to spot a case with fleas.

Where They Live: Eggs are laid on the host animal and/or in its bedding. So, check their fur and bed!

Tips for Control: Vacuuming is actually a good way to draw the fleas out. As for treatment of the animal, there are many products available and treatment should be discussed with the pet’s veterinarian. Check your pet for fleas frequently. 

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of fleas and advise you on how to prevent flea infestations in the future. Spraying for fleas is a dangerous task and people and pets shouldn’t really be around during it. Handling these chemicals on your own is a risk. Allowing a trained professional to prepare the house and listening to his or her instructions after is the best bet to avoid further infestation and illness.
 

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