Silverfish, Fleas, Mosquitos, & Cockroaches
Silverfish This primitive insect is often found in the home. It is shiny silver or gray in color with three long tail-like appendages. Eating foods, clothing, book linings etc., it occasionally does enough damage to warrant treatment.
Shoreline’s Solution: Treating areas inside and outside the house where this insect is found will reduce the population.
Fleas Fleas are small, hard bodied, wingless insects with a flattened body and legs adapted for jumping onto a host. The cat flea, most commonly found in Michigan, seeks mammals for the blood meal needed to sustain them. They can be a direct health hazard, transmitting several diseases. Humans are often attacked only when other food sources are not readily available. Shoreline’s Solution: Treating for this insect takes a combination of rather intense treatments to be effective. Occupants of the house are asked to leave for up to 6 hours during treatment. If fleas have started their life cycle in the carpet, it is best to leave this treatment to professionals like Shoreline Services. (Image © Joyjoe/Dreamstime.com)
Mosquitos There are over 2500 different species of mosquitoes worldwide and over 60 species live in Michigan. Mosquitoes have been around for over 30 million years and have changed little in that time. Mosquitoes found in fossilized materials are identical to those that are alive today. Some species lay their eggs directly on water while others lay eggs in dryer areas and hatch only after flooding, sometimes as much as five years later. A single female Anopheles mosquito can lay over 300 eggs at a time. Only female mosquitoes bite; males feed only on plant nectar. Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting a number of dangerous diseases and parasites including Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Malaria and Heartworm. The Shoreline Solution: Many factors must be considered when planning a mosquito control program. Target species, weather forecasts, size of treatment area, presence of standing water, density of foliage, etc. are just a few items that come in to play. Generally speaking, an application of carefully selected materials combined with a prescribed reduction of habitat will result in a good control program. In addition to monthly service we can provide single mosquito treatments for special events, such as outdoor weddings, graduation parties, etc. (Image © Mrfiza-Dreamstime.com)
This roach with two dark stripes running front to back is found indoors throughout Michigan. It is commonly found in restaurants, homes and stores where food, moisture and harborage are abundant. This disease carrying, filthy insect can build large populations in a relatively short time. Shoreline’s Solution: Spraying this insect with insecticides can usually make the problem worse, spreading them throughout the house. Shoreline uses special baits and growth regulators to eliminate this pest quickly and effectively -all the customer has to do is sweep up the dead bugs! (Image Xunbin Pan/Dreamstime.com)
Wood Roach This roach is native to Michigan’s woods. It will occasionally enter the home and become a nuisance. Wood roaches are attracted to lights at night and will often hide under the house’s siding during the day. SHORELINE’S SOLUTION: Treating this insect from the outside is the best solution. Injecting insecticide dusts under the siding, than power spraying the outside foundation will eliminate this problem. (Image courtesy NPMA)