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Pest Identification

Pest Identification in Your Home or Office

Before pest control and extermination, you first need to know what you are dealing with. There are unfortunately lots of things that can invade your home and garden. If you see something you are worried about, it’s always worth doing a little research, even if just to put your mind at rest.
Scroll down and take a look at a few of the most common household pests below to see if they match your unwanted visitors. You can find information on extermination for all the pests listed below.


There are dozens of different kinds of ants in North America. Odorous House Ants let off a rotten coconut-like smell when crushed, Carpenter Ants can pose a threat to property by burrowing into wood, and Pharaoh Ants have been linked to the spread of infectious diseases such as salmonella. Even ants that pose no threat are unwelcome visitors in your home, and will require professional ant extermination to ensure the entire colony is removed.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, flat, oval shaped insects that like to feed on human blood during the night. They can be found almost anywhere in private or public buildings, are very good at hitching a lift to the next food source, and will hide in any crack, crevice, hole or gap they can find. Sometimes you will see one, but the easiest way to tell if you have a bed bug problem is if you wake up with red, itchy bites or welts in the morning.
You’ll need to get the professionals in to deal with bed bugs Philadelphia, after which you can have a good night’s sleep.


Few things make you more uncomfortable in your own home than seeing a cockroach. There are several different types of cockroach you might find in your home, all of which can carry harmful bacteria inside and spread diseases. They range from brown to black, and can be patterned or a solid color. Practicing good hygiene and keeping your home clean is the best way to prevent cockroaches from invading, but if you already have – or suspect – an infestation, it’s time to call professional cockroach extermination in Philadelphia.


Nobody wants these disgusting pests in their home. They can cause irritation to both animals and humans, as well as spread diseases and tape worms. The sooner you get rid of these parasites the better, as they reproduce fast. They often enter your home on pets, so if you see your dog or cat scratching themselves more than usual, or find irritated spots of skin on them, you may need to check with your veterinarian. If they say it’s fleas, call for flea extermination in Philadelphia before the problem can get worse.


There are around 170 different species of mosquito in North America. They can carry diseases including malaria, West Nile virus, and yellow fever. Females hunt for food (i.e. human blood) by identify your body heat or the carbon dioxide you exhale. Mosquitos are easily identified by their long, thin bodies, and the long, stick-like proboscis on their heads. They breed in areas of standing water, so if you see lots of insect activity around ponds, bird baths, storm drains or paddling pools, you likely have a mosquito problem, and it’s time to call The Aardvark mosquito control in Philadelphia to deal with them.


A single one of these flying around or near your home can be a nuisance: a whole swarm is terrifying. Queen hornets often enter homes looking for a place to survive the cold winters, before emerging when it is warmer to construct her hive. The last thing you want is a hornet’s nest on or in your property, as they become very aggressive when their territory is threatened.
You should not try to remove a hornet nest on your own, as this will aggravate the colony and could prove very dangerous for you. Call in professional hornet extermination in Philadelphia to do the job safely and properly.

Pest management in Philadelphia

Pest infestations can be uncomfortable, unhygienic, and hazardous. It is important to get a professional to evaluate the scale of the problem and identify the species of pest you are dealing with. Have a look at the range of services The Aardvark pest management offers, then get in touch with us. We can remove pests and infestations and help you to prevent further problems from arising.
Keep your home your own!