Pest Control

Pest Identification and Information

Commercial Pest Control Services for Santa Rosa

The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control can inspect your residential or commercial property, advise you about effective treatments, and then get the job done. We'll also set up a regular maintenance schedule if need be to help you control any problems. Our general services include:

Cockroaches

Damage:

Cockroaches spread human disease by depositing disease organisms on food and utensils. The American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings, may transmit bacteria that cause Salmonella and Shigella. German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus, hepatitis, and coliform bacteria. They also have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery.

Recent studies have found a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increases in the severity of asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to cockroach allergens.

Detection & Treatment:

Cockroach Identification for Santa Rosa

Cockroaches may become pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and virtually any structure that has food preparation or storage areas. These pests are common even in the cleanest of crowded urban areas and older dwellings. It’s usually not difficult to discover an infestation, because they are often visible. Treatment usually involves sealing cracks and crevices to block entrance; keeping food and trash areas clean to avoid providing food; and the professional application of insecticide and bait on a regular basis.

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Rodents

Damage:

Rodent Identification for Santa Rosa by Hitmen Pest Control

Rodents consume and contaminate food. They also gnaw on electrical wires, wooden structures, and tear insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting. Rodents can also transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock. They have been found to transmit typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.

Detection & Treatment:

The presence of mice and rats is usually detected by the damage they cause to food and structures, by their droppings, and by their nests. Treatment involves eliminating all entry points and population reduction by trapping and exclusion. Learn more about our Rodent and Small Animal Services.

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Ants

Damage:

Ant Identification for Santa Rosa

Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the variety. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Pharaoh ants may transmit serious diseases. A fire ant’s sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals, and all ants contaminate the food they infest.

The Argentine Ant is the most common ant that invades homes and businesses. They are attracted to and will feed on both sweets and oils. They have the ability to nest in many areas inside or outside of buildings. Treatments will vary depending on the situation at your property.

Detection & Treatment:

Ants build massive colonies, so their presence is generally detected when you see their nests, or the ants themselves. Treatments involve baiting, insecticide, and sealing off entry to buildings.

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Spiders

Spider Identification provided by Hitmen Pest in Santa Rosa

Except for poisonous spiders, such as the black widow and the brown recluse, spiders are not typically harmful to humans. When it’s important to control spiders, chemical control is used, along with destruction of webs and eggs. Since they feed on insects, measures that control unwanted insects will also reduce spider populations.

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Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Identification provided by Hitmen Pest in Santa Rosa

Most people find bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) the most horrible houseguest. These pests are usually no more than one inch in length in their adult state. Bed bugs can lay from one up to five eggs per day. Bed bugs like to hide in the cracks and electrical outlets in walls, behind wallpaper, base boards and picture frames, between beds and around the creases of mattresses and in bedding materials. They have a very powerful odor that is caused by an oil-like liquid they release. Bed bugs are often carried into houses by clothes, luggage, furniture, and bedding, sometimes even by humans. Using a flashlight, carefully inspect for bed bugs. Search for crawling insects, blood spots, and excrement and/or cast skins. Confirm that suspected insects are Bed bugs prior to treatment.

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Biting and Stinging Pests

Damage:

Bees, wasps and scorpions are dangerous because of their painful and potentially harmful stings.

Bees Identification provided by Hitmen Pest in Santa Rosa

There are many different Yellow Jackets and Wasps that are bothersome in the Bay Area. These pests can nest in walls, ceilings, attics, and various areas outside. Some species are very aggressive especially when nests are disturbed. There are several ways of controlling these pests both in their nests and out in the open.

Our technicians are trained to work with pests' natural habits and biology. Services are designed to minimize the use of pesticides while effectively controlling customer pest problems.

Detection & Treatment:

Professionals with protective gear can remove Wasp nests and beehives. Insecticides are also used. Scorpion problems are usually treated chemically.

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California Oakworm

Damage:

Young oakworm caterpillars skeletonize the leaf surface of native oaks, while older caterpillars chew all the way through the leaf. In some years, oakworms can completely defoliate trees by May or June.

California Oakworm Identification provided by Hitmen Pest in Santa Rosa

Even when tree health is not threatened, caterpillars and moths may become a nuisance when populations are high. The caterpillars may move from defoliated oaks and travel on other surfaces in large numbers, such as across lawns and up walls of buildings.

Detection & Treatment:

The adult, called an oak moth, is a uniform tan to gray or silvery color and is distinguished by its prominent wing veins. The body is about 1/2 inch long, and the wingspread is about 1-1/4 inches. Unlike females, males have feathery antennae.

The female lays tiny, round eggs in groups of about two or three dozen, mostly on the underside of leaves. The eggs initially are white but develop red centers that become pinkish to brownish gray before hatching into the larval stage (caterpillars).

Hitmen Pest Control can regulate oakworm populations and protect oaks with an integrated pest management (IPM) program that relies primarily on the conservation of natural enemies and on good cultural practices.

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Termite Facts

Termite Identification provided by Hitmen Pest in Santa Rosa

Subterranean termites are extremely destructive. First they build tunnels to wooden structures, and then they burrow into those structures to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitutes termite food, and given time to do so, they’ll eat until nothing is left but a shell. Termites avoid light and air, so they build their colonies where you’re not likely to stumble upon them.


Is it a Termite or an Ant?

Ants vs Termites at Hitmen Pest Control in Santa Rosa

Ants

  • Narrow waists
  • Bent antennae
  • Two sets of wings (one wing is longer than the other)

Termites

  • Thick waists
  • Straight beaded antennae
  • Two sets of wings (same size)

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