They are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood. Adults are light brown to reddish-brown with flattened oval shaped bodies and grow to 4-5mm long. They like to nest in and around beds and furniture and will hide in any crack or crevice. They have mouthparts that saw through the skin and inject anticoagulants and painkillers while feeding. Under certain cool conditions they can go up to a year without feeding, but under warmer conditions they typically try to feed at 5-10 day intervals. Treatments include liquid insecticides and heat.
They have a wasp-like sting, which can be complicated by an allergic reaction, and can be fatal in rare instances. Adults are 2-4”long. They are nocturnal feeders. They feed mostly on insects and spiders but can be cannibalistic. Treatments include liquid insecticides and dusts.
Eastern Subterranean Termite
This is the most common and widely distributed termite in North America. Their colonies are usually located in the ground; the location is usually below the frost line, but above the water table and rock formations. Mud tubes are built to cross areas of adverse conditions between the colony and food sources. They can enter structures through cracks less than 1/16” wide. Treatment includes a liquid termiticide, dusts and/or a monitored bait system.
Its common name comes from its silvery light gray color combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements. They are 1/2-1” long. They are mostly nocturnal. Silverfish consume carpet, clothing, coffee, dandruff, glue, hair, some paints, paper, plaster, and sugar. They will damage wallpaper in order to consume the paste. Treatments include liquid insecticides, dusts and baiting.