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The Problem With Less Well-Known Pests

All homeowners know to be aware of pests such as termites, bed bugs, and cockroaches, but other, less famous pests can wreak havoc on your home as well. If you are experiencing an influx of bugs such as boxelder bugs, centipedes, and earwigs, you need the help of a pest control expert.

Boxelder Bugs

These creatures are black with orange or red markings and are about 1/2 inch in length. They look harmless, and generally are as long as they stay outside of your home. Unfortunately, they can gain access to your home's interior and cause some problems there. You may start to experience problems with them near the end of summer or the beginning of fall when they begin their search for a warm winter's dwelling place. They can gather in a large group on the outside of your home and then find their way indoors, meaning you have bugs everywhere. They are not dangerous, but they can really muck up your home with their excrement. When your home is infested with these insects, you know it is time to call the exterminator.


Centipedes do not necessarily have 100 legs. In reality, they may have between 15 and 177 pairs of legs. Some can get quite large, and others are very fast. Although you may find their looks to be disturbing, they can actually help rid your home of other pests like cockroaches and flies. Unfortunately, they also have a venom gland they use to attack their prey. A centipede bite can be quite painful and can cause numbness and inflammation. If you have an infestation, you and your family can physically suffer from it. A skilled pest control professional can certainly help you eliminate these pests from your home. 


Earwigs are small, dark brown bugs with pincers and sometimes wings. Although they are small enough to gain access to your ears, they do not target that part of your anatomy. These insects do sting on occasion and can harm your house plants. Earwigs lurk near damp places in your home. They are nocturnal, so you may have quite an infestation before you notice a problem. A pest control expert can advise you on the best way to rid yourself of these pesky insects.

You may have escaped problems from the usual pest suspects, but you may still have an infestation problem. If you are being tormented by some of the lesser known bugs or pests, consult your pest control professional for help.