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General information:

The house mouse is one of the most successful rodent species. They are so great at adapting they are actually one of the most abundant mammals on the planet! That being said, having a mouse population in your home is something to be concerned with. Mice can have some serious health risks with their presence inside your home. Rodents regularly produce 50-100 droppings per day. As well, urinate constantly.      

Identification & Facts  (Mus musculus)

Identification:

House mice and other mouse species such as a (field) or Deer mouse are generally small slender rodents. Mice have a small body mass typically weighing less than one ounce

  • Juveniles on average are 1-2 inches in length.

  • Adults are 3-4 inches in length. 

  • A female mouse is capable of producing 5-10 litters over the course of a year.

  • Typically, producing 5-6 young in each litter. Gestation period is on average 19 days.

  • Mice are continuous grazers they must consume 1/10 of there body weight per day.

  • Mouse droppings almost always come to a point and are 1/4 inch in length. 

Damages:

One of the many problems a mouse infestation can present is extensive damage to food and stored goods, insulation damage and contamination through feces and urine. Mice must gnaw to wear their teeth as they grow continually grow throughout its life. Due to there gnawing it is not uncommon for mice to be responsible for severe electrical damage, fire hazards and damage of appliances. Mice are notorious disease carriers. They can transmit salmonellosis (food poisoning), leptospirosis and tape worms just to name a few.

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General:

Adult Norway rats are brown or gray in color, they have a grayish-white underbelly; their body is long and heavily built. Adults are 10-12 inches in length on average, including the tail. Juveniles are 3-6 inches on average. Juveniles are often misidentified as a large mouse. The tail on the Norway rat is shorter than their body; both the tail and ears are hairless and covered in scales. Like mice, rats continually defecate and urinate throughout the day. They can produce up to 50 droppings per day.

Identification & Facts (Rattus norvegicus)

First Sings of a rat infestation may only include evidence of droppings and possible gnaw marks The rats common to new England are almost exclusively Norway rats. Unlike the southern region of the united states that has a substantial roof rat population. Roof rats are extremely rare in our climate.

  • The rats droppings average 3/4 of an inch in length. 

  • Rats sexually mature at 3 months and typically have 6-12 pups per litter.

  • Unlike a mouse that have droppings that often come to a point, rats droppings are round and blunt. 

  • Rats must have access to drinking water every day. They require 0.5-1 ounce of water to survive. 

Damages:

Rats can cause some substantial damage by way of burrowing in yards, under structures like houses and live stock housing such as chicken coops. Rats will damage food stock storages. The rats contaminate food through droppings and urine.  They can cause some serious fire hazards through gnawing on electrical wires and bringing nesting material into inaccessible voids. Rats are notorious vectors of many diseases, they are responsible for food poisoning, leptospirosis, murine typhus and various tick/ flea borne diseases.

 

Do not take on a Norway rat population on your own. We have the latest tools and technology to eliminate them from your home or property. Partner with us and rest assured of total satisfaction.   

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Nothing can quite compare to the annoyance and destruction caused by carpenter ants. These large black or redish ants are responsible for damaging and excavating wood. Typical nesting areas for carpenter ants are around windows, inside wall voids, floor joists. Severe infestation of carpenter ants are often heard prior to visually seeing them. It is not uncommon to hear the gnawing taking place inside of a wall void. Often confused with termites they are not the same. The do however, have swarming flying ants produced by the colony annually. 
 

Idenification & Facts Formicidae Many Species

Carpenter ants are usually found around sources of wood. Some areas typical to see them are, wood piles left on the ground for long periods of time and around bases of trees in your yard.

  • Adults can reach 3/8 of an inch in length.

  • Carpenter ants, although they excavate wood they do not consume wood.

  • Saw dust produced by the ants destruction is called frass.

  • Workers are omnivorous, and will attack live arthropods as well as scavenge on dead arthropods for proteins.

  • They do not sting, however will deliver a fairly painful bite if handled.

 

Carpenter ants can be very difficult to eliminate. The nest must be found and destroyed in order to guarantee the risk of future infestation. Ellington Pest can help you eliminate these ants and prevent them from ever returning in the future.   

Pavement Ant

There are many different species of small ants. One of the major species we often deal with is pavement ants. These ants are known commonly as sugar ants. They are quite small 1/16-1/8 of an inch long. Like all ants they area social insects. Communicating by means of pheromone trails. They are very prevalent in kitchens throughout countertops foraging for food.

Identification & Facts (Tetramorium immigrans)

Pavement ants are small dark brown or black ants. They are found widely throughout the united states. Many small ants look very similar to the pavement ants, however, when under magnification, pavement ants have lateral grooves on there head identifying them as this species.

  •  Pavement ants have been known to consume insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese.

  • pavement ants are most likely to be found in ground-level masonry walls, but they also nest in walls, insulation and under floors. 

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation; caulk gaps found around windows and doors.

  • Trim back trees and bushes away from the outside of your home, ants will use their branches to gain easy access into your home.

Pavement ants can be very difficult to eradicate. They seem to always find a way around the most tightly sealed homes. At Ellington Pest we offer a safe chemical free treatment for pavement ants. This treatment is so safe it can be used around children and pets without concern and still guarantee elimination. 

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Ticks

General:

There is a variety tick species that inhabit our yards and walking trails. Ticks collectively are parasitic, they rely on the blood of mammals for survival and reproduction. Commonly they will host on deer, dogs, cats and people. Ticks may be present wherever there is yard waste or tall grass present. Ticks climb to the tallest spot on the grass or brush and extend there legs as mammals walk past. They quickly climb on the host and locate a warm, secluded dark area to begin feeding. 

Identification & Facts(many species)

All species of tick are small, when not engorged after feeding they are flat bodied and rather resilient. All ticks are a type of arachnid, adults have 4 pair of legs, but as a larva they only have 3 pair of legs. Other species commonly found in our area;

  • American Dog Ticks

  • Black Legged (Deer) Ticks

  • Asian Longhorn Tick

  • Lone Star tick

Some of these species of ticks can transmit very severe diseases to humans and pets. One of the more common diseases is Lyme Disease. This bacteria is carried by the Black legged (deer) tick. Although, serious the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. 

Ellington Pest is proud to provide a custom treatment strategy based on your yard or walking areas. For more information contact us about our treatment strategies and frequencies. 

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Spiders, (Several Species)

There are over 3,000 different species of spiders in North America alone. In most cases here in New England we are typically dealing with a few of the regular offenders. Some of the most common species we regularly treat are cellar spiders. As well, Wolf spiders. Spiders are classified as an arachnid, all spiders have eight legs. Many species of spiders can deliver a very painful bite if threatened or handled. Although rare, New England has been known to home some venomous spiders throughout the warm months. If you found a spider in your home contact us today for a proper identification, we can guarantee eradication from your home!

Identification  & Facts 

With so many different species of spiders present in our region we simply can not cover every one. Here is a list of a few of the more common species with some identifying features.

  • Wolf Spiders

  • from 0.4 to 1.4 inches, not including their legs.

  • Body appears very hairy

  • Cellar Spider 

  • Less than a 1/2-inch body, 2-inch long legs, and the body is the shape of a peanut.

  • Giant Lichen Orb Weaver Spider

  • The body is orange legs colored with black rings, and the body is grayish-green with white marks.

No matter the species Ellington Pest has you covered. Contact us for a detailed free evaluation. Don't live with those spiders anymore!

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The Stink bug is an ever present species of insect that regularly over winters in our attics and homes. Many times the presence will go unnoticed and one day they will seem to appear out of nowhere! This insect is relatively new to the United States. It is classified as an invasive species that appeared in the U.S. in the 1990's. This insect has an overwhelming presence throughout New England and the country. 

Identification & Facts (Halyomorpha halys)

Stink bugs have the appearance of a shield body shape. They are typically 3/4 of inch long at full-size. They are frequently misidentified as the western coniforsead bug. 

  • Stink bugs eat leaves, flowers, fruit and crops like soybeans. They also eat other insects, such as caterpillars.

  • Stink bugs live in orchards, gardens and farms.

  • Stink bugs do not hurt humans, but they can cause a lot of damage to crops and plants.

Timing is everything when it comes to proper Stink bug control. The key is preventing the stink bugs from entering into your home in the early fall. Many times the best preventative treatments could be as simple as replacing a screen. Let Ellington Pest customize a solution for you!

Boxelder Bug

Boxelder bugs were originally native to the western United States. They can now be found just about all over the country wherever the Boxelder tree may be present. They are a concerning pest due to the regular overwintering inside of our homes, sheds and garages.

  

Identification & Facts (Boisea trivittata)

Boxelder bugs are easily identified by defined orange markings.

The body is flat and oval shaped.

Boxelder bugs generally become a problem when they invade homes, sheds and garages in the fall and when they emerge in the spring.

They are roughly ½ of an inch in overall length.

Like stink bugs timing is very important and exclusion is necessary to prevent interior infestation.  

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a somewhat new issue that the United States has been facing. Bed bugs originated from the Middle East. Thousands of years ago, bed bugs were originally cave-dwelling insects that survived by feeding off of the blood of bats. As humans moved into these caves for survival Bed bugs changed there feeding behavior and started targeting human blood meals. Today Bed bugs live and feed across the globe. They are persistent little parasites that are resistant to many pesticides. A female Bed bug needs to be impregnated once in her life and can store fertilized eggs for future populations. That’s what makes traveling and finding one bug a major deal.

Identification & Facts (Cimex lectularius) 

There is a lot of wrong information available to the public from the entomologists perspective. Much of this information is spread via the media as “scare tactics”. Although, bed bugs are a tough insect we have the products and the treatment knowledge to overcome any Bed bug population. No matter the size of your building. There is a way to help.

  • Bed bugs are brown/ reddish bugs size can vary form 1-7 mm.

  • They are commonly misidentified with a Bat bug (a completely different species of insect).

  • Bed Bugs do not spread disease currently.

  • Medical doctors cannot positively identify bed bug bites, although they can offer opinions.

  • Luggage is one of the most suspected item bed bugs will travel in while travelling to foreign places.

  • Bed bugs will travel hundreds of feet per night to get a fresh blood meal.

If you suspect you have bed bugs, get InTouch with Ellington pest today! We have over 15 years’ experience eradicating Bed bugs from peoples homes and businesses.

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Carpet Beetle 

Carpet Beetles are a very interest insect. They have a complete metamorphosis which means the juvenile version of the insect does not reflect any size or shape of the adult. There are many different types of carpet beetles that intrude are daily living spaces. Many times Carpet Beetles are found in dressers and closets and under furniture. There are 3 major types of Carpet beetle we see regularly. Varied Carpet Beetle, Furniture Carpet Beetle and black Carpet Beetle. These insects eat natural fibers and proteins. Essentially natures cleanup crew. They pose a serious risk to natural fiber rugs, clothing and other items throughout our homes.

Identification & Facts (Anthrenus verbasci)

Carpet beetle larvae cause damage by feeding on a variety of dead animals and animal products such as wool, silk, leather, fur, hair brushes with natural bristles, pet hair, and feathers; occasionally they feed on stored products such as certain spices and grains. They don’t feed on synthetic fibers.

Larva stage resembles a “hairy caterpillar”.

Adults are roughly 1/8-5/16 of an inch long.

A very strong inspection must be completed by a qualified person to locate and eliminate all potential feeding and breeding areas. Contact Ellington Pest today for a free evaluation of your home.

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Earwigs 

The Earwig is one of the most recognizable insects. Although, it looks rather intimidating it is almost totally harmless to people. The cause no destruction to property, they are simply a nuisance pest. They persist in cool damp dark areas. Finally, no, they will not go in your ears and pinch your brain. This is a myth that’s has been carried over for many years. 
 

Identification & Facts (Forficula auricularia)

Earwigs feed on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects.

There are over 1,000 species of earwigs around the world, and a little over 20 types here in the United States. 

If you are finding Earwigs or “pincher bugs” around your home Ellington Pest has the solution! Reach out for more information

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Centipede 

Welcome to the House Centipede.  The name centipede literally means "100 legs," but this pest can actually have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. Although Centipedes look scary and will harm you they will not bother people. Some species of centipedes do have venom in there jaws to inject into the prey, there mandibles are not strong enough to puncture human skin.

Identification & Facts (Scutigera coleoptrata)

Many insects prefer food that is dead or decaying. That is not true about  the House Centipede. Here are a few facts about these fast moving praetors.

  • Centipedes roam mainly at night, they can be viewed during the day but prefer to be active on the nightshift.

  • Centipedes are exclusively carnivores. What this means in the insect world is the only eat other insects!

  • Centipedes can be considered beneficial pests, although they look scary running across your floor.

  • Centipedes are almost always a sing of another infestation of some type taking place in your home.

If you have Centipedes in your home, reach out to Ellington Pest. We are happy to assist in eliminating these insects from your home.

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Millipede

Millipedes are those tiny black or red insects that curl into a tight circle when touched. Millipedes are one of the oldest insects to roam the earth. Millipedes normally live in cool, damp places such as those found under stones, leaf mold, mulch, compost heaps, piles of grass clippings, and brick pathways.

Identification & Facts (Many Species)

Some facts about Millipedes

Mostly Black or dark red in color. Size can vary from 1/2 – 1.5 inches (can be longer for some species).

Most species may only live a few days at most if they enter your home.

They almost always curl into a circle upon death.

They have 4 legs per body segment, although it looks like many more.

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Termites

Termites can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. They can cause significant structural damage to homes, which often goes unnoticed until costly repairs are needed. Eastern Subterranean Termites can consume up to eight board feet of wood per year! That’s a lot of destruction to your home or business. Studies have shown termite damage to be as much as $5 billion annually in the United Sates.

Identification & Facts 

Many people live there lives completely unaware of the destruction happening to there homes. While you are busy living your life Termites could be potentially destroying your home.

 

  • Subterranean termite: This underground species of termite is among the most costly wood eating pests in the U.S.

  • White or brown bodies. Termites are often confused with ants, but they tend to be lighter in color than ants.

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Fleas

Cat flea infestations typically begin with pets that have brought fleas indoors and conditions that favor flea development and reproduction. The pests have a much wider range of hosts than most other flea species. Cat fleas are one of most prevalent species of fleas found locally. Just because the name cat flea does not mean they will not pick other hosts. Often these fleas will select to feed on other hosts such as mice, rats and of course people.  

Identification & Facts (Reticulitermes flavipes)

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body.

They are one of the more significant groups of pests because they not only cause discomfort by biting, but they can transmit several diseases.

Brownish black to black in color, but may appear reddish black when full of blood

1/8 of an inch long.

Fleas can persist in carpets and their eggs can go unharmed by means of pesticide treatment done incorrectly. Know in confidence that Ellington Pest can treat and resolve the most complex of flea infestations.

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Mosquitoes

You are enjoying your yard in the on a nice summer evening. Out of nowhere, you feel it! The dreaded mosquito bite!  What brought them in? Carbon dioxide gives insects the signal that blood is nearby, and since we exhale CO2. Mosquitoes are driven to feed of people. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of mammals and humans. Males prefer flower nectar as their primary food source. 

Identification & Facts (Many Species) 

Mosquitos in general are actually the deadliest creature on Earth. They are capable of transmitting many diseases from human to human.

  • There are 175 different known species of Mosquitos in the United States.

  • Mosquitos are most prevalent at dawn and dusk, they typically roost in vegetation or shrubs.

  • They are short flyers’ usually not travelling more then 100-200 feet for a blood meal.

 

Although mosquitos seem to not serve an importance in our ecosystem, they actually do provide good sources of food to predators such as bats and birds. At Ellington Pest we know how annoying these mosquitoes can be. Rest assured, we have treatment options. We can provide abatement services and inspect or treat for mosquito landing areas. Don’t take these blood thirsty insects on alone, partner with a dedicated and educated professional at Ellington Pest.

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Clover Mite

Clover mites leave a red stain when they are crushed. No one wants their carpets, drapes, furniture, or any other items stained with the pigment of clover mites. Clover mites are sometimes indicative of larger problems. Often when pests get into homes, it can mean that there are moisture issues. Pests are drawn to moisture, and when the wood on the outside of your home is wet or rotting this allows pests like the lowly clover mite to enter.

Identification & Facts (Bryobia praetiosa Koch)

Female clover mites, unlike other creatures, do not need a male to reproduce. 

one single little female clover mite can lay up to 70 eggs at a time.

  • They feed on the lawn where they suck sap from grasses, clover and other plants.

  • They crawl into cracks around windows or in foundation walls and under siding, shingles or shakes.

  • An adult clover mite is one of the largest mites that can be found infesting plants. They are oval-shaped, have 8 legs, and are either a greenish or red coloration. Measuring in at around .75 mm.

Although Clover mites do not pose a serious risk to our homes, they are certainly deemed a nuisance pest. Call or message for a free evaluation of how Ellington Pest can help with your mite concerns.

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Cluster Fly

This species is widely distributed throughout the United States. Adult cluster flies resemble house flies, but are slightly larger, about 5/16 inch long, narrower and nonmetallic. Adult Cluster flies lay there eggs in the soil near earth worms. About three days later the eggs hatch and the larva enters the earthworm hosts. After 13-20 days the larva leaves the bodies of the host and begin pupation. After the larva pupates in the soil the adult fly emerges and begins to feed on nectar, and juices of fruits. The cluster fly adult will enter homes in an attempt to ride out the winter typically found in most attics.

Identification & Facts (Pollenia)

Cluster Flies appear to have a checkboard pattern on the back of the fly.

They are highly attracted to lights.

They can overwinter in attics in the thousands.

These flies can create future problems as other insects are foraging for food.

At Ellington Pest we have multiple solutions for Cluster flies. You do not have to live with these pests! Call or drop us a message for a free evaluation of your home today!

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House Fly

 Shoe fly! House fly larvae (maggots) are cream or white colored and cone-shaped. The head contains one pair of dark hook-like mouthparts. Maggots develop over two weeks and the pupal stage lasts less than one week. Adults may live for two months. There can be as many as 12 generations per year. House flies normally breed in fresh animal manure, but can also breed in decaying organic matter such as garbage. Blow flies (bottle flies) usually develop in decaying animal carcasses (such as rodents) and in discarded protein-rich organic matter in garbage.

Identification & Facts (Musca domestica Linnaeus)

  • How do I know what have is a house fly? House flies tend to be much darker and do not have the metallic hue that blow flies have.

  • Why are there so many flies in my House? House flies get into your house because of reasons like rotten matter, excessive warmth and breeding grounds that your home may offer. 

  • House flies tend to spend over 90% of there flight time at 5-7-foot intervals.

Ellington Pest can offer a variety of treatment strategies for any house fly situations. Stop swatting and start calling. We will be right out to eliminate your fly problem.

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Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees get their common name due to the females' habit of excavating galleries in wood to create nest sites for their young. These bees do not consume wood; they feed on pollen and nectar and are important plant pollinators. However, they are to be considered a destructive pest. Or wood destroying insects. These bees are found mainly around facia boards on structures and can over winter in there galleries that they create.

Identification & Education (Xylocopa)

Male and female carpenter bees emerge in the spring (April and early May) and mate.

  • 5 species are found in the United States

 

  • Male carpenter bees are harmless and hover around nest.

Carpenter Bees Are Often Mistaken for Bumblebees

  • Entrance holes around 1/2 inch in diameter in wooden structures such as the railings of your porch or around your home.

  • Sawdust left behind near drilled holes.

  • Visible pollen or bee excrement left behind near the openings in the wood

  • Visible carpenter bees

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Paper Wasps

Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, the nest closely resembles a upside down umbrella. There are six known species of paper wasps. They are semi-social and live in small colonies unlike other wasp and hornet species. Similar groups to paper wasps include yellowjackets and hornets, potter and mason wasps, spider wasps and long waisted paper wasps.

Identification & Facts (Polistes dominula)

Paper wasps often build nests in residential yards

The most common paper wasps are about 5/8 to 3/4 inch in length. Many are brownish with yellow markings.

Each colony is started by one or a few overwintered females, usually in April. 

In late fall, all individuals except for a single fertilized queen die in the freezing weather.

Paper Wasps can be one of the first wasp of the season that may sting someone at your home. They are prevalent inside crevices of stone walls locally. Although, not as aggressive as other species of stinging insects the sting they can deliver can be quite painful and possibly cause an allergic reaction. Contact us today to prevent and eliminate paper wasps from your home and yard!

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Yellowjackets

Colonies are founded in the spring by a single queen that mated the previous fall and overwintered as an adult. Nests may be aerial or terrestrial, depending in part upon the species of the wasp. Some species may construct both types of nest. Most homeowners find out they have a colony of yellow jackets in their yard the hard way. Either by mowing the grass or gardening yellowjackets seem to appear and be very aggressive to prevent the destruction of their nest.

Identification & Facts (Vespula spp)

These wasps tend to be medium sized and black with jagged bands of bright yellow—or white in the case of the aerial-nesting 

Yellowjackets commonly build nests in rodent burrows, but they sometimes select other protected cavities, such as voids in walls and ceilings of houses, as nesting sites.

Yellowjackets are small at ½” in length. They can be mistaken for honey bees because of the yellow markings on their bodies.

Great care must be taken in eliminating Yellowjacket nests. At Ellington Pest we are fully prepared and ready to eliminate your yellow jacket nest. Call today to schedule a service or for emergency services.   

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White/ Bald Face Hornet

 The bald-faced hornet is not a true hornet but is a relative of the yellow jacket and other A bald-faced hornet infestation is clearly visible with the presence of a nest, which would be suspended above the ground. There will also be worker bald-faced hornets flying around the nest and nearby area if there is an infestation. wasps.

Identification & Facts (Dolichovespula maculata)

These pests are protective of their nests and will aggressively attack and sting people and animals they deem a threat.

The nests that they create can become quite large over time, sometimes being as big as a basketball. Bald-faced hornet colonies can have between 100 and 400 members living in it.

Bald faced hornets are some of the most aggressive species we encounter. Do not take on a established nest on your own. Give Ellington Pest a call. We will be quick and provide emergency services on weekends as well!

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Cicada Killer

Cicada Killers are large wasps, approximately two inches in length. They are black or dark brown, with colorful yellow markings on several segments of their abdomen. Their wings are amber.  Cicada Killer Wasps are solitary wasps, but can occur in such numbers that they disturb lawns with their burrows. 

Identification & Facts (Sphecius speciosus)

They look like a giant hornet or huge yellow-jacket and are somewhat aggressive.

 Males Cicada killers may fly around people, dive bomb, because they are males they cannot sting. Females do not defend their burrows, and will sting only if mishandled.

After digging the tunnel, the female wasp locates a cicada in a tree or bush and then inflicts a very precise, paralyzing sting before dragging it to the entrance of its burrow.

Most times Cicada Killers can go untreated due to a lack of a threat they provide to people. However, if you are uneasy and have a population of Cicada Killers we are here to provide our expert service and treat them for you. 

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Crickets

 Crickets are mostly harmless, but their endless chirping is enough to keep you awake all night. It's only the male crickets that chirp, and they're using that sounds to attract the females to mate. Crickets in Connecticut also serve as prey for many larger insects and animals, meaning if you have crickets, you may have bigger problems. There are 28 known species of crickets common to Connecticut.

Identification & Facts (Many Species)

Some common crickets we see most frequently.

  • House Crickets.

  • Field Crickets (large black insects)

  • Ground crickets

If you are experiencing problems with crickets in your home give us a call we are happy to provide instant cricket relief!

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German Cockroach

 The German cockroach is the most common cockroach species found worldwide. While German cockroach infestations occur in a variety of human occupied spaces, they are most often associated with restaurants, food processing facilities, German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places close to food and moisture sources. They are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms, so these are the two most likely places for an infestation to occur.

Identification & Facts (Blattella germanica)

When German cockroach populations are present in large numbers, it may be possible to detect a mild, somewhat “musty” odor.

Adult German cockroaches are recognized by their light brown to tan coloring with two dark, almost parallel stripes, located on their backs. 

If you suspect you have a German Roach infestation trust Ellington Pest to resolve your problem guaranteed. Ellington Pest will be discrete and provide a safe corrective service to eliminate all of the roaches calling your house or business home. 

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Silverfish

Silverfish get their name from the insect’s silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. These pests can typically be found in humid, moist areas of the home including basements, attics and bathrooms. People have noticed silverfish when they come down on ceiling soffits and/or drop from skylights and canister light fixtures in the ceiling, likely entering through shake roofs. Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. 

Identification & Facts (Lepisma saccharina)

  • Closely Resembles a Fire Brat.

  • Adult sizes can vary but average ¾ of an inch in length.

  • Oval, elongated

  • Other common names are Bristle tails.

Elimination of silverfish is guaranteed with Ellington Pest. Silverfish are very resilient and resistant to many readily available insecticides.

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Larder Beetle

The adult larder beetle is dark brown and approximately 1/3 inch in length. Larder beetles often overwinter in crevices of bark or other sheltered places. In early spring, the beetles are attracted to dead insects and will enter the house to lay eggs. A commercial pest as well as a household pest, the cosmopolitan larder beetle was historically a pest of cured meats.

Identification & Facts (Dermestes lardarius)

  • Adult beetles are about 1/3 inch.

  • long, dark brown in color for most of the body, interrupted by a broad, somewhat yellowish gray band across the front portion of the forewings. The band may show six darker spots.

  • Eggs are deposited on suitable food sources.

  • In a heavy infestation hundreds of individuals may creep from beneath baseboards, around windowsills or from electrical fixtures. Full-grown larvae are nearly 1/2 inch in length.

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Drain Flies/Moths

Drain flies (also known as moth flies) sometimes appear suddenly and mysteriously, becoming a nuisance in homes, rest rooms of commercial buildings, sewage disposal plants and agricultural facilities that handle moist animal waste. Adult flies may become so numerous indoors that they congregate at windows, darken lamp shades at night and fall into food. They may also accumulate around showers, bathtubs, sinks and floor drains, especially in the basement. Restaurants, schools and other public buildings may be avoided when drain flies are a nuisance. 

Identification & Facts (Psychodidae Psychodidae)

Adult drain flies are tiny (1/5 to 1/6 inch long)

 Wings are longer than the body and are often held roof-like over the body

Drain fly larvae grow and feed in polluted, shallow water or in highly moist organic solids.

Adults live about two weeks, with old ones dying and new ones emerging.

Drain Moths can be a very frustrating insect. Most of the solution lies around proper sanitation of waste water. Ellington Pest is happy to assist in treating and prevent any Drain moths you may have at your home or business. 

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Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are a type of fly found throughout the United States that often infest homes containing ripe, rotting, or decayed fruit and produce. They are known for their ability to rapidly reproduce and can be found indoors year-round. Depending on the conditions, fruit flies can live 25 to 30 days.

Identification & Facts (Drosophila melanogaster)

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Sowbugs

Sowbugs and pillbugs are similar-looking pests which are more closely akin to shrimp and crayfish than to insects. They are the only crustaceans that have adapted to living their entire life on land. Sowbugs and pillbugs live in moist environments outdoors but occasionally end up in buildings.

Identification & Facts (Oniscidea)

  • Sowbugs and pillbugs range in size from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long and are dark to slate gray. Their oval, segmented bodies are convex above but flat or concave underneath. 

  • Sowbugs and pillbugs are scavengers and feed mainly on decaying organic matter. 

  • Sowbugs and pillbugs may leave their natural habitats at night, and crawl about over sidewalks, patios, and foundations. They often invade crawl spaces, damp basements and first floors of houses at ground level.

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Raccoons

Raccoons cause damage or nuisance problems around houses and outbuildings when they seek to gain entrance to attics or chimneys, or when they raid garbage in search of food.  Raccoons occasionally kill poultry and leave distinctive signs. The heads of adult birds usually are bitten off and left some distance from the body. 

Facts 

Live trapping is the most effective and humane way to remove a raccoon. Direct capture is not commonly used because raccoons are a rabies vector species.

Ellington Pest has many years of dealing with problem wildlife, no matter the case we are happy to help and remove any problem wildlife. 

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Skunks 

Skunks are nocturnal, meaning they’re awake at night and have great night vision. It’s believed this is why they evolved their spray, as nighttime prey is more often attacked in surprise ambushes. Their spray is incredibly powerful. The smell of it can linger for days with some instances reporting people smelled even after weeks. This spray is also extremely irritating and can cause temporary blindness if you’re unfortunate enough to get sprayed.

Facts

Besides the obvious of why you would not want a skunk around your home there are actually many more reasons. Skunks are referred to as bulldozers. While foraging for grubs and other meals they cause significant damage to lawns and sometimes landscape. 

Ellington Pest offers many different treatments when dealing with skunks, live trapping is usually the most effective strategy. give us a call for all of your wildlife removal needs.  

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Woodchucks/ Ground Hogs

One of the common Woodchucks facts is that they are considered the largest members of the squirrel family that can climb trees. Woodchucks are active during the day. In summer they commonly feed in the early morning and the late afternoon, spending the rest of the day sleeping or basking in the sun. Mainly vegetarians, woodchucks feed on a variety of grasses and chickweeds, clover, plantains, and many varieties of wild and cultivated flowers. They eat blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and other fruits, along with the bark of hickory and maple trees. Of course, to the chagrin of gardeners, woodchucks love fresh produce, as well. They will even eat grasshoppers, June bugs, and other large insects.

Facts 

Woodchucks live in extensive burrows two- to six-feet deep and up to 40 feet long that contain numerous chambers with specific functions, such as for nesting or for wastes. Woodchucks can cause significant damage to garden plants and agricultural crops. Trees may be severely damaged or killed by chewing and territorial marking.

Ellington Pest is happy to provide expert woodchuck removal. We will trap and remove all problem wildlife from your property.

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Pest Birds

Most birds, along with their eggs and nests, are protected against non-permit trapping or killing under the Migratory Bird Treaty and Endangered Species Act. However, neither U.S. federal nor any state law holds protection against control or elimination of the nuisance bird species.

Facts

Pigeons, house sparrows, and European starlings are considered pests

  • These birds are not native to North America and have no natural predators in the U.S.

  • Large populations of pest birds can have significant adverse effects on human health and safety.

  • Birds can carry and transmit diseases including toxoplasmosis, encephalitis, and Salmonella; and breathing of their droppings can cause further disease, including histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis.1

  • Bird droppings can also cause significant damage and deterioration to structures and vehicles.

Ellington Pest is your one stop solution for problem birds. With a multitude of options we will remove your problem in no time at all and prevent future flocks!

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Bats 

The little brown bat varies in color from brown, reddish, to golden, although some albino specimens have been observed. Little brown bats are not territorial—they live in colonies numbering in the hundreds of thousands of individuals. Colonies aggregate at nesting sites called roosts. There are several different types of roosts that serve different purposes day and night roosts provide habitat for bats when they are sleeping or resting.

Facts 

Eating insects plays an important role in the bats' ecosystem by controlling bug populations near their roost sites.

Although, bats play a critical role in our ecosystem as insect control it must be noted that bats are one of the main vector species that is suspected of carrying rabies. When possible, Ellington Pest will remove and try to release problem bats. If a bat is suspected of contacting a person, the bat will be tested for rabies at no additional cost. 

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Chipmunks 

Chipmunks are small, ground-dwelling members of the squirrel (Sciuridae) family known for their burrowing habits and love of nuts. Despite their size, chipmunks can cause significant damage to homes, yards, and farms.

Facts 

Though chipmunks are small, they can be quite destructive - especially when burrowing near a home's foundation.

Here are some signs of chipmunk damage:

  • structural or foundational damage from chipmunk burrows

  • holes in lawn or garden from digging for plant roots

  • seed piles underneath bird feeders

  • uprooted bulbs

  • chipmunk tracks: tiny prints with four toes in the front and five in the back (front and hind feet are generally reversed)

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Squirrells 

As indicated by their name, tree squirrels are arboreal, and they often make their homes either in leaf nests or inside tree cavities. All tree squirrels rely heavily on the availability of mast (the dry fruit from woody plants and trees) - especially acorns and other nuts - for their survival. So a tree squirrel's habitat must consist of these nut-bearing trees.

Facts 

Because squirrels are active during the daytime, you are likely to see any that may be inhabiting your yard. However, you may not always be home to witness them, or they may be wreaking havoc in other places like your roof or attic.

Here are some additional signs to help identify a squirrel problem:

  • stolen birdseed

  • damaged wood siding

  • chewed insulation or electrical wires

  • squirrel tracks: tiny prints with four toes in the front and five in the back (front and hind feet are generally reversed)

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