When seasonal pests intrude into your home or business in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., call in Barefoot Pest Control. Our speedy service exterminates and excludes yard-destroying nuisances including:
Pest Library: Crickets
Crickets are scavengers, feeding primarily on decaying plant material, fungi, and some living plants. When necessary to survival, they also feast on dead insects, including other crickets.
Crickets enter the home through open doors and windows, crawlspace vents and other cracks and crevices.
Dark, moist areas are ideal for a cricket’s shelter and nesting, allowing it emerge day or night to forage for food. If it is disturbed, it can jump quickly away and return to its hiding place.
Cricket populations expand rapidly during the warm season due to a large hatching of cricket young each spring. These newborn crickets will then gather near homes in the fall to take advantage of the trapped heat, as well as to secure a mate before the winter.
Because crickets spend most of their time outdoors, control can be quite difficult. Effective control depends on the elimination of entry points before traditional insect control methods are implemented. A full plan of exclusion in combination with recurring population control will keep these outdoor creatures outside, where they belong.
Pest Library: Earwigs
Earwigs feed mostly on decaying vegetation, such as dead leaves. Some will eat insects and a broader variety of plant materials.
Earwigs will enter homes in search of food, as well as to escape the fall and winter cold.
Earwigs produce a pheromone that is attractive to other earwigs, encouraging them to group together under leaves, mulch, and other ground cover.
Female earwigs lay up to fifty eggs at one time. If food and shelter are sufficient for their support, many of the newborn offspring will remain close to the parent group of earwigs.
Our earwig control proceeds methodically, eliminating of entry points and removing nesting sites. Once additional insects have been excluded by these means, we clear out the existing earwigs using traditional insect control methods.
Pest Library: Millipedes
Millipedes eat decaying vegetation, such as dead leaves, and particles of wood, including old mulch.
Millipedes most commonly enter homes at the ground level, especially basements and crawlspaces. They prefer to take up residence in little-used areas so they can lurk in privacy.
Dark, damp areas make the perfect shelter for millipedes, affording them cover from predators and the environment as well as easy access to food. This soil is also the ideal location to lay their eggs.
Millipedes are not social insects and do not form any specific groups, but infestations can become quite large. This is especially true in homes near wooded areas, because great numbers of millipedes will all move at once in response to environmental stimuli.
Because millipedes can present a become an endless headache, call in our millipede control for full, effective eradication and exclusion. Our first task is sealing entry points and eliminating nesting sites, followed by traditional insect control methods. This will clear out the infestation, and prevent its return.
Pest Library: Centipedes
Centipedes are nocturnal predators, chasing down food such as insects, worms, spiders, and even small animals.
Centipedes enter through cracks and crevices or even under doors, almost always in search of food.
Centipedes curl up in cracks and crevices for shelter from weather and predators. However, they are highly mobile creatures and do not often spend much time in the same location.
As independent predators, centipedes tend to hunt alone in competition with other centipedes for food. The availability of sufficient prey can support a large population of centipedes.
Centipede control starts by closing of entry points and then proceeds to the elimination of potential prey insects. Following that, traditional insect control methods can clear out any remaining centipedes. Because every infestation of centipedes is different, we encourage homeowners to consult our pest management professionals in order to control the problem.
Pest Library: Silverfish
Silverfish feed on a variety of food sources seeking sugars and cellulose. They eat almost everything organic, from food products and dead insects to books and even clothing.
Small cracks and crevices are all that silverfish need to enter a home.
Silverfish are nocturnal and prefer dark, damp areas, especially lairs close to food sources such as paper and linen.
Because they are inconspicuous and only emerge at night, silverfish can multiply very quickly before they are detected. Female silverfish can produce over 20 young per month, exacerbating this challenge.
Our pest management professionals have all the tools and training we need to effectively and efficiently bring your silverfish infestation under control. Proceeding with the elimination of entry points, eradication of nesting sites, and other traditional insect control methods, our comprehensive pest service brings the infestation to a speedy halt without reoccurrence.
Call (855) 754-6760 or contact us today for pest control on your schedule, including 24/7 emergency service. We are your one stop home care company! From our base in Waldorf, Barefoot Pest Control provides complete protection against home and yard invading pests, termites and wildlife for Waldorf, La Plata, Clinton, Upper Marlboro, and Mechanicsville, Maryland, as well as Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.