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TYPES OF PESTS

Find what is bugging you and have Godfathers "Hired Killers" clear the area of any of these pest!

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ANTS

Never have ants again.  Godfathers is licensed, Pest Management Professional (PMP) applies a non-repellent material to provide an exterior barrier around the perimeter of your house, and interior areas if needed. BACK TO TOP

APHIDS

A common pest on many plants, these sap-sucking insects are often noticed feeding in clusters on new plant growth. BACK TO TOP

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A common pest on many plants, these sap-sucking insects are often noticed feeding in clusters on new plant growth. BACK TO TOP

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A common pest on many plants, these sap-sucking insects are often noticed feeding in clusters on new plant growth. BACK TO TOP

BAT BUGS

Although bat bugs do not transmit any disease-causing pathogens to humans, their bites can cause insomnia, anxiety and panic to sensitive individuals. They are frequently confused for bed bugs, and eventually will feed in a similar fashion. BACK TO TOP

BATS

While bats help control pest insect populations by consuming up to thousands of insects each night, bats can cause problems that may require their removal by a professional pest control company, especially if they will be in contact with humans. This must be done in a manner that does not harm the bats. Social bats are probably the most concerning type of bat infestation since there can be well over 25 bats in a colony. Sometimes the number exceeds a hundred or more. BACK TO TOP

BED BUGS

Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal. You will find clusters on the corner of your mattress or boxspring. BACK TO TOP

BEES, WASPS & HORNETS

Generally, bees, wasps, and hornets do not sting unless handled, disturbed, threatened, or harmed. Due to their barbed stingers, honey bees sting only once and die because they leave their stingers in the victims' skin. BACK TO TOP

BLACK FLIES

About 30 species of black flies occur in the tri-state area. Black flies, also referred to as gnats or buffalo gnats, can be a serious problem because of their ability to bite. They use blade-like mouthparts to slash the skin and feed on the blood. Fortunately black flies are not known to transmit diseases to humans in Minnesota. Some black flies are just a nuisance, flying around us without biting. Black flies are a problem from spring through summer. BACK TO TOP

BOXELDER BUGS

Boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittatus, are familiar insects to most people. They are generally not noticed during summer, but often can become an issue when they try to move into homes during fall as they search for overwintering sites. BACK TO TOP

CENTIPEDES

Sowbugs, millipedes, and centipedes are not actually insects, but are arthropods related to insects. They are not harmful to food, clothes, furniture, or other items within homes, although just their presence can be disturbing. Their preferred habitat is moist, decaying leaf litter or other organic material found around building foundations. When they are found outdoors, we consider them a beneficial group of animals. BACK TO TOP

CHIPMUNKS

Sometimes it's difficult to identify burrowing animals that have been damaging yards or gardens. They may be nocturnal or so elusive that we never see them. Nevertheless, identifying the animal is an essential step toward controlling or managing the damage. Call Godfathers to help identify what rodent you have and get a free estimate. BACK TO TOP

CLOTHS MOTHS

Clothes moths are well-known pests of fabrics in the home. Two species of clothes moths commonly infest woolens and other animal fibers. Both the webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth are similar in appearance. The adult moths are uniformly yellowish or buff in color and approximately 1/4-inch long. They have a fluttery flight and tend to avoid light. Fully grown larvae are 1/2-inch long and white with brownish-black heads. They spin a silken feeding tube or hard protective case in the fabrics on which they feed. BACK TO TOP

CLUSTER FLIES

Several species of flies can be seen in and around homes during late summer and fall as they seek sheltered sites to overwinter. They are attracted to warm, sunny locations on the south- and west-facing sides in the upper half of buildings. Some of these flies crawl into cracks around siding, windows, vents and chimneys, and accidentally enter homes. They are a nuisance, and don't harm people or property. BACK TO TOP

COCKROACHES

There are four kinds of cockroaches that can infest homes in the tri-state area, including German cockroach, brownbanded cockroach, American cockroach, and Oriental cockroach. These four species can be major pests in restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices and buildings with food-handling areas. A fifth kind, the Pennsylvania wood cockroach, may enter buildings accidentally but become only a temporary nuisance. BACK TO TOP

DRAIN FLIES

Drain flies, sink flies, filter flies, or sewer gnats are small true flies with short, hairy bodies and wings giving them a "furry" moth-like appearance, hence one of their common names, moth flies. BACK TO TOP

EARWIGS

Earwigs are about 5/8 inch long, with a flat, reddish brown body and very short wings. They have medium length antennae and chewing mouthparts. They are distinctive because they possess a pair of strong pinchers (cerci) on the tip of their abdomen. Earwigs are most active at night and hide during the day in dark, confined, damp areas and are found under potted plants, leaves, welcome mats, and other objects, as well as in cracks between pavers, bricks, and similar places. BACK TO TOP

EMERALD ASH BORER

Since 2002, emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed tens of millions of ash trees. With the largest concentration of ash trees in the country, Minnesota has much to protect. Ash trees lack a way to defend against these pests. Unless protected with insecticides, they will be killed when they become infested. BACK TO TOP

FILTH FLIES

Several species of flies can be found in and around homes in Minnesota during the summer months. These medium-sized flies are attracted to human and animal waste and decaying garbage. Because of these habits, they are capable of transmitting filth-related diseases such as diarrhea and dysentery. BACK TO TOP

FLEAS

In the battle against fleas, it is important to use an approach that controls these biting insects on pets as well as in the animal's environment. You can do this by combining non chemical and chemical means. BACK TO TOP

FOREIGN GRAIN BEETLES

Foreign grain beetles, Ahasverus advena, can be common insects in homes in the tri-state area in August and September, particularly in newly constructed buildings. These small beetles are strong fliers and are sometimes confused with fruit flies or gnats. However, foreign grain beetles have a hard shell compared to flies and lack conspicuous, clear wings when at rest (they are folded under their wing covers). BACK TO TOP

FOREST TENT CATERPILLARS

The forest tent caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria, occurs throughout most of the United States and Canada wherever hardwood trees are found. The caterpillars are commonly, but mistakenly, called 'armyworms'. Groups of these caterpillars can defoliate trees, potentially injuring them. They are often considered a nuisance when they are found around human dwellings or on roads. BACK TO TOP

FRUIT FLIES

When people see small-sized flies in their home, their first thought is that they must be fruit flies. However, there are a handful of other kinds of small flies that may also be found in homes. One common type is the phorid (FOUR-id) fly also know as humpbacked fly, coffin fly, and scuttle fly. There are two species of cherry fruit fly in Minnesota that lay eggs in ripening cherry fruit: the eastern cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cingulata) and the black cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis fausta). Both cherry fruit flies are native to the Upper Midwest and only infest cherry species, including sour cherry, sweet cherry, black cherries and pin cherries. BACK TO TOP

GNATS

The darkwinged fungus gnat (family Sciaridae) is a common indoor fly. Usually referred to simply as fungus gnat, this mosquito-like insect is a very small, about 1/16th inch long, slender dark-colored fly with very long legs. If you examine a specimen with a dissecting microscope, look for the tuning fork-like veins in the wing which help identify it. Adult fungus gnats are weak fliers and are usually found fairly close to where the larvae are developing. BACK TO TOP

HOUSE FLIES

The housefly, Musca domestica, is a fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha. It is believed to have evolved in the Cenozoic era, possibly in the Middle East, and has spread all over the world. It is the most common fly species found in habitations. BACK TO TOP

INDIANMEAL MOTHS

The Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Hubner), is a common insect pest of stored grain (especially shelled corn) and is the only storage insect pest of harvested soybeans. BACK TO TOP

JAPANESE BEETLES

The Japanese beetle (JB) is a serious pest of turf and ornamental plants. Grubs feed on the roots of grass and adults feed on the foliage of more than 300 plant species. BACK TO TOP

LADYBUGS

Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans. However, they can have toxic effects on some animals. BACK TO TOP

LARDER BEETLES

Adult larder beetles overwinter outdoors as well as indoors in walls. It is common for them to enter homes in spring through spaces and gaps they find around the outside of buildings. They lay eggs in food sources they find for their larvae. BACK TO TOP

MAYFLIES

Mayflies may carry Potomac horse fever. Don’t let the “flies” portion of this insect’s name fool you; they begin their life underwater! The majority of this insect’s life will be spent underwater until it reaches adulthood. Adults leave the water to mate and live anywhere from two days to a week. During mating, swarms of mayflies are known to pile up on surfaces and roads, coating them in a mat of living insects. This makes this insect more of a nuisance, with rare cases of car accidents caused by a lack of visibility from buildup of mayflies on windshields windshields. BACK TO TOP

MICE

If mice are seen during the day, it is likely a house mouse. The house mouse and the white-footed mouse are good climbers and swimmers. House mice stay close to their nests and rarely travel more than 100 feet from the nest. The white-footed mouse and the deer mouse are more likely to venture farther from their nest. BACK TO TOP

MITES

Mites are small arthropods belonging to the subclass Acari and the class Arachnida. The scientific discipline devoted to the study of ticks and mites is called acarology. They can cause problems in soybeans and for humans. BACK TO TOP

MOLES AND VOLES

Sometimes it's difficult to identify burrowing animals that have been damaging yards or gardens. They may be nocturnal or so elusive that we never see them. Nevertheless, identifying the animal is an essential step toward controlling or managing the damage. Call Godfathers to help identify what rodent you have and get a free estimate. BACK TO TOP

MOSQUITOES

Mosquito Borne Disease can be a problem. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes infect over 300 million people a year with Malaria and Dengue, just two of the life threatening diseases mosquitoes can carry. BACK TO TOP

PHORID FLIES

This fly is about 1/8 inch long, tannish to dark brown and has a hump-shaped thorax. Under magnification, you can see the characteristic pattern of veins in their wings comprised of two strong veins at the top of the wings with three or four parallel veins radiating out from there. BACK TO TOP

PIGEONS

The Pigeon or Rock Dove is extremely common in urban areas of the United States. The coloration on pigeons varies widely, the most common being gray with a white rump, two black bars on each wing, a broad black band on the tail and red feet. BACK TO TOP

POWDER POST BEETLES

Wood destroying beetles, including powderpost, deathwatch, and other beetles, are united by the type of damage that they cause to wood in your homes, businesses and everyday life. BACK TO TOP

RATS

Rats are responsible for the transmission of many diseases. Their feeding habits are destructive, and their nesting behaviors can compromise the structure of infested buildings. However, rats are secretive and not seen by humans when populations are low. Therefore, an infestation may prove difficult to confirm. BACK TO TOP

SHREWS

Sometimes it's difficult to identify burrowing animals that have been damaging yards or gardens. They may be nocturnal or so elusive that we never see them. Nevertheless, identifying the animal is an essential step toward controlling or managing the damage. Contact Godfathers to figure out the plan that stops your pest in their tracks. BACK TO TOP

SILVERFISH

A full grown silverfish or firebrat is about ¼-½ inch long. Both insects lack wings and have carrot-shaped bodies, thick at the front and tapering towards the posterior. The young look identical to the adults, but are smaller. Silverfish and firebrats have two long antennae on their heads and three tail-like appendages on the tips of their abdomens. The five appendages are approximately as long as the body. Silverfish have uniformly colored silver bodies while firebrats have mottled gray-brown colored bodies. Both insects can move very fast when disturbed and homeowners often mistake them for cockroaches. BACK TO TOP

SKUNKS

Skunks can be found across the continental United States and are known for their acrid, pungent odor and black and white stripes. Their musk, which is produced by a pair of anal scent glands, can be smelled over great distances. The bodily chemicals that produce the odor act as an irritant to multiple senses and may even lead to temporary blindness. Nocturnal and omnivorous, skunks eat many different foods, such as small insects, amphibians, rodents, and garbage. BACK TO TOP

SOWBUG

Sowbugs, millipedes, and centipedes are not actually insects, but are arthropods related to insects. They are not harmful to food, clothes, furniture, or other items within homes, although just their presence can be disturbing. Their preferred habitat is moist, decaying leaf litter or other organic material found around building foundations. BACK TO TOP

SPIDERS

Spiders are related to insects but are distinctly different. Spiders and insects are both arthropods; that is, animals with an exoskeleton (their skeletons are on the outside of their bodies) and jointed legs. Differences between spiders and insects are described in the accompanying chart. Spiders are closely related to mites, ticks, and scorpions and are collectively known as arachnids. BACK TO TOP

SPRINGTAILS

Springtails are one of the most common insects in the environment, although they are inconspicuous and are often overlooked. When suitable habitat occurs, they can develop tremendously large numbers and are one of the most abundant insects. One source estimates you may find millions of springtails naturally in one hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land. However, springtails can be a nuisance when they occur in and around homes and other buildings. BACK TO TOP

SQUIRRELS

Squirrels eat buds from trees, strip off bark, eat fruit and nuts from trees, and dig in gardens and lawns. They also monopolize backyard bird feeders, chew on deck railing, lawn furniture, and wood trim on exterior doors. All species of squirrels occasionally raid birds' nests or nesting boxes, eating eggs or young birds. BACK TO TOP

STARLINGS

One pest in particular can be a huge problem in the tri-state area farms in the winter.  I am referring to birds, and specifically the starling.  When the weather is cold and the ground is covered in snow, these birds look for a more convenient food source, and they find just that on livestock farms. BACK TO TOP

STINK BUG

Prefer to feed on pods and developing seeds. Penetrate plant tissues with proboscis, inject digestive enzymes, and remove nutrients. Feeding causes abortion, deformation, and discoloration of seed, which can affect yield and quality. Feeding can also cause delayed plant maturity ("stay–green syndrome"). BACK TO TOP

STRAWBERRY ROOT WEEVILS

The strawberry root weevil is a very common insect found throughout Iowa. The shiny black, hard-shelled adult weevils develop from larvae that live in the soil and feed on the roots of strawberry plants, evergreen trees and shrubs. BACK TO TOP

SWALLOWS

Swallows become pests themselves by building their mud nests on man-made structures. Swallow nests deface and damage properties, and the birds' droppings that result under the nests cause health concerns. BACK TO TOP

TERMITES

When it comes to termites, "out of sight" doesn't always mean "out of mind." Signs of a termite infestation are difficult to spot, and many termites even tunnel hundreds of feet to reach a home or feeding site causing damage to homes and businesses. They can cause structure damage to buildings. BACK TO TOP

TICKS

Ticks are considered to be a pest because some species bite people and feed on blood. They can also feed on dogs, other pets and livestock. These ticks cut a small hole in the skin and insert their mouthparts into the opening, thus attaching themselves to their host. Some ticks will even secrete a substance to further cement the mouthparts to the skin. BACK TO TOP

WHARF BORERS

Wharf borers are found in very moist wood. They can damage wharves, support timbers, flooring, and wood under soil such as cellars. BACK TO TOP

WOODCHUCKS

Sometimes it's difficult to identify burrowing animals that have been damaging yards or gardens. They may be nocturnal or so elusive that we never see them. Nevertheless, identifying the animal is an essential step toward controlling or managing the damage. Call Godfathers to help identify what rodent you have and get a free estimate. BACK TO TOP

WOODPECKERS

The first thing to remember is to start doing something as soon as possible. Once a woodpecker has made your house part of its routine it is very difficult to get it to change its behavior. BACK TO TOP

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