Summer brings warmer weather, and that can lead to unwanted pest infestations. Some common pests we see as temperatures rise are Oriental cockroaches, ants, silverfish, and earwigs. If you find yourself having any of these unwanted guests in your home, call a pest control professional right away. Not sure what to look out for? Here is a breakdown of what each of these pests looks like from the team at CalPro Inspection Group.
The hue of Oriental cockroaches ranges from lustrous black to dark reddish-brown. Even though they are both rather large as adults, the male and female cockroaches look very different from one another. The smaller males have wings that are shorter, measuring only 25 mm in length. As a result, their bodies’ last few abdominal portions are visible. Female oriental roaches, in contrast, grow to a length of 32 mm and lack wings. Instead, the first few body segments are protected by sizable wing pads. Contrary to popular belief, neither males nor females can fly.
There are roughly 25 different ant species that are known to infest homes. Although they all have six legs and antennae in common, the size of the ants does vary depending on the species. Ants are social insects, which means that you’ll probably observe more than one at a time. Their colonies can contain up to hundreds of thousands of ants. Ants are primarily found in the kitchen and bathrooms within the house because they have access to food and moisture.
Silverfish can run quite quickly. Without the tail, an adult silverfish’s body measures around 12-19 mm long. They have a flattened body and are frequently compared to fish, carrots, or teardrops because of how they taper from the top to the bottom and are typically coated in scales. The name “silverfish” refers to the fish-like shape and movement of the creatures as well as their metallic, silvery appearance. They also have small, widely spaced compound eyes and antennae that resemble threads. With the exception of growth and the appearance of their scales around the third or fourth molt, young silverfish resemble adults.
The length of earwigs varies from 1/4 inch to 1 inch. They have flattened, elongated bodies that range in color from reddish brown to black to pale brown with dark patterns. Earwigs have six legs and long, threadlike antennae that are about half of their body length. The pincers that stick out from the back of their abdomen, however, stand out the most. The wings of earwigs are also divided into two pairs, with the hind wings typically tucking under the front wings. The look of these body parts is often leathery. Some earwig species do not fly, and those that do only do so briefly.
In addition to pest control for the pests mentioned in this article, CalPro Inspection Group can also help with termite inspections as well as a variety of other home inspections. You can contact us at (800) 474-3540 to schedule an inspection. We serve Greater Sacramento and the entire Bay Area.