Ants (Formicidae)

Controlling ants can be very hard to do. If left untreated, they can cause a home owner many problems, including the expense of fixing wood they destroy. Ants can enter a home just about anywhere, but most often enter near a food and water source. Store bought products only treat the ants you can see, but there are always more hidden in your home. Ants can nest in walls, electrical boxes, or under the home and have colonies of up to 500,000, where they can live for several years. The nest has to be killed off to control the problem and certain ants require different treatments. For guaranteed results, have a Bug-A-Way certified and licensed technician eradicate your ant infestations.

  • Odorous House Ant

Odorous House Ants (Tapinoma sessile)

The odorous house ant is about 3mm in length and brown in color. They are the hardest ant to control and baits do little against them. The nests are usually established in walls, beneath carpet, and are also found outside in mulch, trees, and in piles of wood or lumber. They have many sub-colonies, so it usually takes several treatments to get the infestation under control. Bug-A-Way has a specific integrated pest control plan for these specific type of ants that both eliminates the problem and, with a regular service plan, keeps it under control.

  • Carpenter Ant

  • Carpenter Ant Infestation

Carpenter Ants (Camponous spp)

Carpenter ants are one of the biggest ants, measuring at about 3.5 to 13mm in size. Most are black in color. They live both indoors and outdoors, most often in hollow and decaying wood sources. They cause structural damage by creating void spots in the wood to form their nests and use the pathways for access to other parts the nests. Signs of carpenter ants are wood shavings with pieces of dead ants near the nesting location. They can cause extensive damage to your home or structure if left untreated.

Bed Bugs (Genus cimex)

  • Bed Bug Infestation

  • Bed Bug

  • Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and reddish-brown in color. These bugs feed on blood and can be found in cracks or crevices, seams on mattress, or many other locations in a room. They are frequently found in hotels, where they then travel to other locations in people’s personal belongings. Signs of an infestation are discarded skin or signs of feces; this will look like black or brown stains near their hiding location. Red welts on the skin are a sign of bed bugs feeding on the blood host.

The female bed bugs can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime, usually laying as many as 5 eggs a day. Many people have adverse reactions to the bites. It is recommended to call us at Bug-A-Way as soon as signs of infestation or bites appear. Early detection is the best deterrent in preventing an even larger bed bug infestation. These bugs are difficult to locate, but our technicians have the knowledge and training to locate the problem anywhere in your home. After a complete home inspection, we will decide the proper treatment solution. Once the infestation is under control, we also do further inspections to ensure that you do not have any other issues.

Box Elder Bug (Boisea trivittata)

  • Box Elder Bug

The Box elder bugs are 10 to 14mm in size and are black with red markings on their backs. They have flat red wings. This bug typically resides in maple or ash trees during the warmer parts of the year and usually enter homes in the winter to find a warmer place to inhabit. They enter the home through cracks or crevices and usually reside in the walls. They do not cause structural damage but their feces can stain furniture, carpet, and curtains. They are a nuisance pest which can be controlled by the regular treatment plans we offer.

Beetles (Coleoptera)

  • Beetle

With more than 25,000 different types of beetles in North America alone, as well as the largest group of insects in the world. They come in many sizes and colors and are often mistaken for cockroaches. They have front wings which appear like a shell around them, but beetles do not fly well. There are four stages of development and all have different life cycles and habitats. The beetle’s main diet consists of plants and insects, but they will damage fabric, furniture, lawns, and food production facilities. We have an integrated pest control plan designed for each type of beetle to control the problem and prevent damage.

  • Carpet Beetle Larvae

  • Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)

The carpet beetle is oval shaped and has black, yellow, and white colored designs on its back. The larva feed on plant and animal materials, including stored grains and processed foods. The larvae stage is when damage is done. They feed on carpets, leather, wool, felt and many other fabrics. The damage can be ongoing and remain unnoticed for quite some time, which causes extensive damage throughout you home. Contact us for our guaranteed integrated pest control solution to solve your infestation and stop the damage to your property. With a regular service plan, we can stop future infestations.

Camelback Crickets (Rhaphidophoridae)

  • Camelback Cricket

Sometimes referred to as cave crickets or sprickets, they are usually found in basements, drains, sewers, compost heaps, or other dark, damp environments around the home. The camel cricket is easy to identify by the large hind legs and humped back. They are brownish in color and have no wings. They are a nuisance pest and can be controlled with regular a treatment plan from one of our certified technicians.

Cockroaches (Blattaria)

Cockroaches vary in size and can be as large as 50mm. There are 3 varieties of this pest that can carry many diseases due to their proximity to waste areas or places where there is a food source. There is a distinct odor from an infestation. They can enter your home or building through cracks and crevices, or even sewers and drains. With a constant food and water source, they can live year round. They lay eggs approximately every 21 days; for everyone one cockroach you see, there are likely many more hiding in your home. They appear during the day because of overcrowding and are mostly nocturnal in nature. The feces and skins of dead cockroaches can increase allergies in children and people with weak immune systems. Over the counter products have little to no effect on the cockroach and its eggs. A trained certified technician and integrated pest control solution from Bug-A-way is the best way to eradicate and control this pest problem in your home our business.

  • American Roach

American Roach (Periplaneta Americana)

The American cockroach is reddish brown in color with a yellow band by the head. They are approximately 50 mm in length and both sexes can fly when they reach adulthood. These roaches generally live outdoors, but do enter homes under doors, windows, and entry ways. Once inside, they can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas in the home. They are scavengers and will eat any food scraps they can find, including food in pet dishes. Signs of droppings are found around where they nest, which is typically easily detectable due to the unique odor caused by their mess. They pose many health risks due to the diseases they carry.

  • Brown Banded Roach

Brown Banded Roach (Supella longipalpa)

This is a small roach that measures at about 12mm long. They are light brown in color, with tan colored bands on their wings and also on the bodies of the younger roaches. These roaches like warm environments and can be found in attics, ceilings, motors of appliances, and electronic devices. They generally feed on books, wallpaper, and other objects that are mostly composed of starch, but will eat what they can find. As with other roaches, they carry germs and diseases that can cause intestinal problems, which irritates allergies and other breathing problems.

  • German Roach

German Roach (Blattella germanica)

The German cockroach is the most common invasive roach in the world; they are light brown with two black stripes on the upper body and about 15mm long. The nymphs are much darker in color. The winged adults prefer to run and almost never fly. They like warm areas with a food and water source and are usually found in a kitchen or bathroom. They feed on everything and thrive in filthy or dirty areas. These roaches produce very rapidly and populations can get out of control very quickly. As with other roaches, there is a distinct smell when large numbers are present. Treatment from a trained Bug-A-way technician is needed to get a German Roach infestation under control.

  • Oriental Roach

Oriental Roach (Blatta orientalis)

The shiny dark colored roaches are small, measuring at about 25mm in length. The males have wings shorter than their body, while the females are larger with no wings. They enter through various cracks and crevices, as well as gaps under doors. Outside, they live in wood debris and mulch. Inside, they tend to populate in wall voids and crawl spaces. They prefer to feed on decaying materials like garbage and must have an available water source. During warms months, they enter homes and buildings to feed on whatever they can find. Because they rummage in garbage, they carry germs and bacteria on themselves and transfer it to the areas in the home they come in contact with.


  • Earwig

There dozens of earwig species in the US, they range in size from about 5mm to over 20mm in length. They can be identified by the pincers on their abdomens which they use in fighting other earwigs. The earwig produces a strong odor to protect them which also contains a scent that attracts other earwigs. They can be found in large numbers.
Earwigs are nocturnal in nature and hide during the day in damp areas like mulch and under rocks or in cracks and crevices. They tend to move indoors when the weather changes and are usually found inside a home around a water source. The earwigs are attracted to light and can be a pest issue at night. They can be found just about anywhere in the home once they find a spot to habitat. Their nest must be treated directly to insure the problem is removed. It is highly recommended to contact us at Bug-A-Way because the earwig is a difficult pest to eliminate.

Fleas (Siphonaptera)

  • Flea

Fleas are a reddish-brown color and around 2.5 mm in size. They feed on a blood host, which is most often animals with hair. Once in the home, they look for a blood host and start laying eggs that then hatch in two days. They lay eggs about every 12 to 14 days. Over the counter products will not solve the infestation problem because they will continue to reenter the home until the root of the infestation is found. Our technicians are trained to eliminate your flea problems and to find the source of the infestation.

Rodents (Rodentia)

  • House Mouse

  • House Mouse Infestation

  • Norway Rat

Rodents are mammals that can be found everywhere in the world; mice and rats are the most common pest in our area. These mammals reproduce very fast, with populations getting out of control in a short time. They enter through small openings in homes and structures in search of food, water, and place to nest. They are capable of causing extensive damage because their excrement contaminates whatever it comes in contact with. Rats can spread dangerous diseases and parasites as well.

Spiders (Araneae)

Spiders are found all over the world and are identified by having eight legs with two body segments. They like all types of environments that are warm or moist, depending on the species and enter through cracks and crevices around the home. They most often feed on other pests, including other spiders. Once the spider problem is identified, our trained professional will find the plan that best fits your needs.

  • Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa)

Brown recluse spiders are venomous and can potentially cause serious harm to human beings, even causing death in some cases. Most brown recluse bites are misdiagnosed, but now there is a test that shows if venom is present in the system. It is best to seek medical attention if you think you have been bitten. They are identified by light brown to charcoal gray color with a black violin shaped marking on their back. Adults are about the size of a quarter. They like dark, undisturbed areas like boxes in unfrequented rooms. Brown recluse spiders like to be left in peace and only bite when disturbed.

  • Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider (Lycosidae)

This type of spider is covered with hair and measures around 30mm or larger. They generally have multicolored patterns. These are fast spiders and are quite large, so they are easily seen when they move. These spiders do not make webs; instead, they live in retreats in the ground. Wolf spiders may try to come indoors in cooler times of the year. They feed on insects and other spiders. The bite is not a serious threat to people; oftentimes, they only bite when they are provoked.

  • Black Widow

Female Black Widow (Latrodectu)

The female black widow is about 13mm long and can be identified by being black in color with a red hourglass shape on their belly. The like dark, undisturbed places to hide like voids in walls, wood piles, or disorderly areas of the home. Basements and closets are common places where they are found. They can be seen making webs during the day. They feed on large variety of insects and keep food in webs. They are generally not aggressive unless disturbed; male Black Widow bites can be harmful to humans, but are almost never fatal. Females, on the other hand, have the bites which are more harmful to humans.

Termites (Isoptera)

  • Termites

  • Dampwood Termite

  • Drywood Termite

  • Termite Infestation

  • Termite Structural Damage

  • Termite Structural Damage

Termites are an invasive species that causes serious, costly damage to the wood structures of homes and buildings. Most damage is done to the structure without any signs to the owner. They are most often found feeding on the dead parts of trees or dead plants. Once in the home, they feed on cellulose materials, such as wood. Certain termites can gain entry under homes and build mounds and tunnels, which lead to food and water sources. Other termites live inside the wood they eat and can move up into walls. A sign of infestation is the swarming termite, which be seen in the yard or around widows and light, as well as in mud tubes that they build on walls or wood. If signs of a termite infestations are found, immediately contact us and arrange for a professional Bug-A-Way technician to come inspect the problem. Once evaluated, an appropriate treatment solution will be implemented.