Let’s narrow down our list of suspects.
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Centipedes are typically found in areas with moisture. These areas can include damp basements, crawlspaces, or bathrooms. Outside areas can include under the trashcan or in potted plants.
These are common household pests in Missouri and while they do have some benefits for humans, they shouldn’t be welcome inside your home. Learn more about the pros and cons of centipedes here.
Clover mites (Length: 1/64”). These pests, which are plant feeders, show preferences for bluegrass and fescue lawns. It has also been shown that they prefer lawns which are well fertilized and watered. Clover mites thrive in the spring and fall, are not too fond of the summer heat and usually hibernate from June until September.
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Fleas bite both people and pets which in some cases create severe allergic reactions. Fleas account for over half of all dermatological conditions requiring a veterinarian. Often times the customer complains about being bit, generally around the ankles. Finding and identifying fleas on the pet or in the home is very important.
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Crickets can be up to 1 inch long. Males rub wings to make distinctive chirping sound.
Crickets are found in moist environments such as mulch, woodpiles, or stones. They are attracted to light, feed on vegetable crops and do not survive long indoors. A common summer and fall pest.
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Pill Bugs are found in lawn turf, under leaves or other moist areas of decaying vegetable matter, but they aren’t actually insects. They are crustaceans. Pill Bugs roll into a ball or “pill” when they are disturbed, hence their nickname “Roly-Polies.”
Learn more about this unique crustacean pest here.
Silverfish are about 1/2 inch long and are teardrop shaped with a silver sheen.
Silverfish prefer room temperature and high humidity. They feed on pastes, paper, protein and may harbor in mulch, cedar shake roofs, attics, crawlspace and wall voids.
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Spiders are a year-round issue in both residential and commercial buildings. The two most common spiders are the Missouri Wolf Spider and the Brown Recluse. The later has a poisonous bite, but both are common throughout the state and can easily enter your home.
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Springtails are tiny wingless insects with distinctive heads and hump-backed appearance. Their name comes from a forked structure to the underside of the abdomen which acts as a spring to flip them into the air. This behavior gives them the appearance of tiny fleas.
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Stinging insects pose a safety and health concern for people and their pets. Though they are predominately active in the summer months, they can be a problem all year long. Mick’s Exterminating can eliminate your stinging insect problem by identifying, locating and removing any hives or nests in a safe and careful manner.
Learn more about stinging insects in Missouri including bees, hornets and wasps.