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SubjectDate Asked
Drain worms1/19/2017
  Q: I found small black worms in my bathtub.They look identical to the pictures i saw on the internet of ...
  A: No health problems from worms, Life cycle Three weeks. That is all the time the drain fly has to ...
how to avoid rats getting in the hoiuse10/22/2016
  Q: .need to ask something about how to keep rats from getting into the house winter. last year it was ...
  A: Rats only need a hole the size of a quarter, or a gap that is about 5/8 inch to gain access to your ...
QUESTION PEST ISSUE8/23/2016
  Q: Steve Hi, I have very small droppings bellow my wood shingles. Someone told me they are bat ...
  A: Kenny those look to be bat droppings. If you inspect the droppings you will see the ends are not ...
Indian meal moths, can't find source8/17/2016
  Q: . Wondering if you could please help. Back in June 2013, I brought some perfume boxes home from my ...
  A: Cleaning Up an Infestation Most commonly, by the time the insects are noticed, they have already ...
Bed Bugs?6/1/2016
  Q: I recently found out I had carpet beetles and found them in my spring mattress. I was paranoid ...
  A: I would safely say those are not from Bedbugs however I would invest in Bedbug proof mattress covers ...
A few more carpet beetle questions....5/19/2016
  Q: I've been battling what I've recently had confirmed are black carpet beetles for three years now. I ...
  A: Sorry for the delayed response Colleen. Yes dry steamers should be effective,Iron items. As far as ...
Bugs or mites or ticks???11/12/2015
  Q: I am finding these all over my home. They are on my fireplace, my dogs, and me. My husband and son ...
  A: Picture was not good enough for id so lets try and figure this out. Have you looked at carpet ...
cockroaches9/17/2015
  Q: we just had some cockroaches in our house via a package that was shipped to us. It was a box of ...
  A: I would maybe get an over the counter cockroach bait station and place thru out the space were you ...
Pantry Moths8/24/2015
  Q: Right now I'm battling pantry moths in my apartment. Its been about a month and a half. I threw out ...
  A: It is posiable but not likely that they hitched a ride unless food items were brought in that were ...
Wasps, help8/2/2015
  Q: I live in an apartment building. I am on a low floor. Five days ago my mom spotted a wasp on the ...
  A: Debbie, It sounds if you are talking about yellow jackets they build there nest in wall voids and ...
Bedbugs6/30/2015
  Q: Can they hide in your body and come out and bite at night.
  A: Bud bug will hitch a ride on your body but thru bathing will not hide. More than likely your bedbugs ...
Question2/28/2015
  Q: We are in the process of completing an extensive remodel of the basement of our 50 year old home in ...
  A: Doesn't sound like bug activity Ernest being 15" from wall base I would say if anything slab ants if ...
ant colony7/1/2014
  Q: I live in San Diego and am dealing with our annual summer attack of Argentine ants. As usual they ...
  A: Argentine ants form very large colonies of a few hundred to several hundred thousand workers. Each ...
Shrew infestation5/14/2014
  Q: Sir, Shrews got in my apartment under the kitchen sink Pipes I assume. Even large glue boards are ...
  A: Robert sorry for the delay, Ok Shrew infestation good old mice snap traps placed along runs such as ...
Bookloce/psocids1/13/2014
  Q: I have moved into a high rise student apartment where there are 9 floors and many flats. There seems ...
  A: With booklice and psocids, there is no “main” nest. Typically they’ll live close to moisture hiding ...
wasps in my basement.11/21/2013
  Q: For some time now wasps have been flying around in our finished basement. Can't figure out where ...
  A: check all plumbing, HVAC, gas penetrations from outside also make sure windows seal tight to the ...
Termite Barrier10/15/2013
  Q: Oswalt, and thank you for volunteering for this service. My question is about termite control. I ...
  A: There are various termiticides available on the market today. Some have been proven to be much more ...
bed bug infestation8/3/2013
  Q: There is a serious bed bug infestation at our house. The bed bugs have gotten into almost every ...
  A: I can There are several chemicals that are active ingredients in bed bug pesticides. The list ...
moth or insect7/12/2013
  Q: Found these on my husband's socks after he came home from work, they were twirling slowly. Is this ...
  A: Looks like a clothes moth The Webbing Clothes Moth is the most commonly encountered clothes moth in ...
Mini roach?7/1/2013
  Q: Last summer and again this year I started finding this little bugs that look like tiny roaches ...
  A: Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach, also known as wood roaches, are common outdoordwelling insects native ...
Drain Flies in french drain6/11/2013
  Q: We had a french drain installed in our basement two years ago. Since then we have had drain flies in ...
  A: DF 5000 Gel is a highly selective active bacteria complex (not an insecticide) available in a ...
small bugs3/23/2013
  Q: there are small black bugs in my house. I've seen them since 3-4days ago, and I saw about 5 of them ...
  A: Great picture looks like a grainery/rice weevil.They can be found in nearly any prepackaged food you ...
Small brown bugs in bedroom11/27/2012
  Q: Here was my initial question, which was answered, but in attempting to post follow-up pictures, the ...
  A: Both cigarette and drugstore beetles infest a wide variety of foods, especially dried plant and ...
booklice?10/3/2012
  Q: I had a recent infestation of these tiny light brown pests that move like ants (no wings nor do they ...
  A: Pantry Pest will seek grains or spices that are open. I would suggest to clean all cabinets with a ...
unknown bug9/27/2012
  Q: I was cleaning and found these bugs. This is a close picture of a few with the colors. What are ...
  A: Carpet beetles are among the most difficult indoor pests to control because of their ability to find ...
pest noises in walls9/5/2012
  Q: At the beginning of the summer, we noticed a hole right under our porch. Couple days later we saw a ...
  A: Well depending on the size of the hole now if it is around 3" it could be a skunk, opossum or a ...
STRANGE signs of rodent in house, not consistent with what you'd see with mice, frightened to think of what it could be--Please Help!8/11/2012
  Q: we own a house in the suburbs in the mid-west and are hoping you might be able to advise us on this ...
  A: Rats and mice are found around every city, town and farm in the country. As far as the dog not ...
Bugs on my uggs8/4/2012
  Q: Im freaking out!! I was cleaning my closet and When I was done I swept the floor an stuff. I started ...
  A: Carpet beetles feed on animal and plant substances such as wool, fur, feathers, hair, hides, horns, ...
Wall Mites7/24/2012
  Q: I've been finding tiny (ca. 1mm), rather fast moving, reddish-brown to brown bugs crawling on our ...
  A: Does look like book lice. Booklice are very small insects known as psocids. They are usually less ...
Mole tunnels7/23/2012
  Q: We recently purchased an older doublewide trailer. We noticed last fall that there appeared to be a ...
  A: Moles are best trapped in the fall and early spring of the season as they are in the more shallow ...
Beetle swarm7/15/2012
  Q: I live in Maryland and my yard is swarming with beetles flying about a foot off the ground and ...
  A: There are about 15,000 Buprestidae worldwide Eggs are laid in crevices of the bark of living or ...
mouse control7/11/2012
  Q: My family and I camp all summer long and this year we seem to have another tenant. This tenant has ...
  A: I would start with first with a detailed inspection of trailer. You can learn about inspections at ...
What destroyed my chairs and how to prevent this?7/4/2012
  Q: I have two chairs outside on my deck that have been there a very long time. I woke up one morning ...
  A: Since it was at night time I would suspect raccoons. Do You feed birds or squirrels or feed any pets ...
problematic eggs keep appearing6/25/2012
  Q: Iv recently spotted about 50+ eggs being dropped from a crack in my kitchen unit near my sink, i ...
  A: I would think you have either Red Flour Beetles or Confused Flour Beetle eggs.The eggs, larvae, and ...
Squirrels chewing my awnings6/23/2012
  Q: How do I keep squirrels from chewing my awnings? I have tried fox urine, wooden snakes but they ...
  A: Have you inspected your home roof line area for other chewing marks were squirrels may already be ...
Tiny brown larvae, holes in clothes, and parrot!6/22/2012
  Q: I have a problem with something making tiny holes in my clothing, especially cashmere sweaters. ...
  A: Carpet beetle larvae! the stripe gives it away.carpet beetles damage clothing and other products the ...
Bed bugs outside?5/29/2012
  Q: I was at a demolition derby yesterday (outside and it was like 95 degrees) and I was sitting on the ...
  A: Bed Bugs are were there are host and it is possible not likely that it could of hitched a ride from ...
squirrels5/19/2012
  Q: I tried putting squirrel repellent in my backyard to get rid of squirrels and did not work. What are ...
  A: Squirrels I assume we are talking tree squirrels and not ground squirrels. Do you or your close ...
Small Grey Bugs on Concrete Steps4/14/2012
  Q: I live in an apartment in the central south. In front of my apartment are concrete steps where i ...
  A: Your gray bug sounds like a spring tail check out the site ...
tiny black bugs4/12/2012
  Q: last night i found tons of tiny black bugs all over my wall in my bed room then today i found more ...
  A: Your nest outside could they be termite swarm? Soon after they swarm reproductive swarmers loose ...
simple question about bed bugs3/14/2012
  Q: I know bed bugs are on the rise. We want to shop on ebay or kijiji for used furniture but we're ...
  A: All most all of us buy used homes, some used cars and the list goes on. to answer your question ...
postpowder beetles1/19/2012
  Q: I live in Hawaii and have heard about boring beetles that bore little holes in wood. I pulled out a ...
  A: As far as treatment lets first determine that there is not any damage to the furniture that the ...
FL Trees infested with White Flies1/9/2012
  Q: Happy New Year! I live in FL. The White Fly is swarming all over all trees here, all their leaves ...
  A: Happy New Year to you. White fly tap into the flesh of plants, introducing toxic saliva and ...
night flying insects rendering security cameras useless1/4/2012
  Q: I have a customer in a residential home in Leninists CA. They are probably a few miles from the ...
  A: I have been asked several times of what can be done and I am by no means a camera person but the ...
droppings in attic12/2/2011
  Q: I have found flat very shiny plastic like pellets in my attic. At first I found them in a bucket of ...
  A: Well the key word in your question is shiny. Sounds as if you may have a few bats in the attic. ...
Termites?11/23/2011
  Q: I decided to ask a question here because I can't seem to get the attention of the landlord or the ...
  A: In the debris do you see any insect parts and is the debris hard? It looks to be aggregate from the ...
Cigarret Beetle10/3/2011
  Q: I live in apartment and all of the sudden I notice little insects by the window in my daughters' ...
  A: Both cigarette and drugstore beetles infest a wide variety of foods, especially dried plant and ...
moles9/25/2011
  Q: Moles are everywhere in my yard. I've tried to trap them, poison them, and tried to remove their ...
  A: Moles get there vast majority of their diet from earthworms and are always on the lookout for food. ...
What is in my house?9/22/2011
  Q: We have a terrible, terrible odor in our basement. My husband pulled down the insulation and found ...
  A: Identifying animal scat should be fairly easy at this point as the possible entry points have been ...
roaches8/18/2011
  Q: I live in a 4 family house and the people upstairs from me are giving me roaches. this has been ...
  A: Sorry about your bug problem but lets get started. Roaches are as stealth as bedbugs. Do pack ...
What is this?8/15/2011
  Q: We built a home with ICF styrafoam blocks and concrete. Our home is 7 years old. We decided to ...
  A: Hey Paula, Well I don't have very good news for you it appears to be a subterranean termite mud tube ...
Tapping noise in wall8/3/2011
  Q: I reviewed what the noise might be and do have a hole in the foundation between golf and baseball ...
  A: Sounds like you have found the entry point now the removal process. Many nuisance animal trappers ...
Identify an insect6/20/2011
  Q: Recently we have had tiny black insects around the sink and countertops of the kitchen and bath. I ...
  A: Drain flies sometimes appear suddenly and mysteriously, becoming a nuisance in both homes and sewage ...
Tiny little brown/black bugs6/12/2011
  Q: Okay for awhile now i have been seeing little itty bitty bugs crawling around... usually on my legs ...
  A: from the sounds of it you may be seeing various Ground Beetle species which wander into the home ...
pest/insect droppings5/31/2011
  Q: for the past month or so I have been getting these droppings in my basement. They are always in the ...
  A: It looks brown and not black as with rodents (mice,rats). So if you can slide droppings onto a piece ...
unknown critter5/10/2011
  Q: Live in Florida with screened in lanai. Recently found a plactic bag with yarn inside and the ...
  A: Well gosh this could be alot of unknowns, I belive we are talking rodent mice, rat, squirrel.. The ...
beetles beetles EVERYWHERE4/24/2011
  Q: These beetles showed up at my house in middle tennessee about 4 days ago and have taken over. They ...
  A: well Michelle more than 2,000 species are found in North America. I will take a guess and say you ...
snakes4/16/2011
  Q: I'm from Louisiana and have a snake problem in my yard (and even in my house,once). No matter what ...
  A: Well Kevin lets start with removing some environment conditions close to human dwellings are also ...
moths4/10/2011
  Q: Where do I buy pheromone glue boards?
  A: You must have done some reading on pheromone traps but anyway there are several companies that sell ...
Holes in my front lawn3/30/2011
  Q: I live in the downtown toronto area and I have a front lawn with an ancient evergreen tree smack in ...
  A: Hey Joshua, Well since the holes go no where in a network of under ground tunnels that rules out ...
carpet beetles?3/7/2011
  Q: I hope you can help me with my bug issue. First, you should know I am so squeamish about bugs that ...
  A: Sorry for your bug problem TH, Let's start with Inspection Find sources of carpet beetle ...
roaches3/7/2011
  Q: We just completed a drain cleaning couple days ago and now the customer said she has roaches in the ...
  A: Terry lets think about this for a moment, I think it would be difficult for roach to enter through ...

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My Pest Control and Nuisance Wildlife Removal experience is in Residential, Commercial, Public Housing, Multiple Story Hi Rises, Agricultural facilities. My company is located in Lewisburg, Ohio and our Web sites are http://allpestpest.com

Experience

20 years in Pest Control and Nuisance Wildlife Removal business were we provide exclusion services for pest control and nuisance wildlife along with latrine and gauno cleanup.

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National Wildlife Control Operators Association's, Bed Bug Professional Group, Pest Management Professional Network, Wildlife Professionals Network, Rodent Management Network

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Licensed and Certified in Ohio with the Department of Agriculture and Ohio Division of Wildlife as a Nuisance Wildlife Operator.

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Commercial Kitchens, Pre-Schools, librarys, Banks, Post offices, Urgent care, Fire houses, Kennels, Veterinarian offices, grocerys, nursing homes.

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