Although bugs are a necessary part of nature, they aren’t always fun to live alongside. At Pestway, we have a combined twenty years of service in the pest needs of residential and commercial customers in the Metro Detroit area. Our team of professionals will customize a pest program that will fit your needs specifically.
We don’t just offer a one-size-fits-all plan to keep your property pest-free, we evaluate your individual needs and target whatever pest problem you might be having. We then devise a plan to keep your home free from any further infestations that you might be susceptible to by incorporating our regularly scheduled maintenance.
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Most common insects we see and treat in the Michigan area:
Carpenter ants are common across North America. They commonly find refuge in structures to build nests. The destructive nature of their habits of foraging and nesting, along with their activity and size, make them a nuisance for residential and commercial properties alike. Although they typically nest in wood, they do not eat it. Their diet consists of only liquids and things that can break down into a liquid form.
A carpenter ant can be anywhere from one-quarter of an inch to nearly half an inch, with a queen ant being nearly a full inch. They have a smooth appearance behind the head and their abdomen has tiny gray and yellow hairs covering it. But to the naked eye, they appear almost entirely black. They pose a structural problem because just one colony can have several thousand ants housed, and an infestation can pose a real danger to the integrity of a wood structure.
Pavement ants can be found throughout the Midwest and Michigan area. They need soil and sand to form their nests. If they make their way into a home, you can usually find them around the basement slab. A pavement ant stands about an eighth of an inch long and has a matte red head.
The abdomen of the pavement ant is much darker than the legs. Pavement ants can usually be found under rocks, door stoops, patios, and at the ends of pavement strips. They feed on seeds and other insects. And when colonies are found, their telltale sign is drops of waste on your basement foundation.
Their waste consists of seed coats, sand, sawdust from your home’s construction, and dead insect prey.
The bald-faced hornet can be distinguished from a yellow jacket because it is much larger and is black and white. They attach their nests either high in the tree or low shrubs. A single colony can have as many as four to seven hundred hornets at any one time. Although they typically are not a problem to humans, their nests can be a hazard if they fall from trees and are exposed. When hornets come in contact with humans, they can be highly aggressive.
Paper wasps have a similar appearance to yellow jackets. But, unlike the yellow jacket, paper wasps are more slender and longer in appearance. They also differ from the bald-faced hornet. Both bald-faced hornets and yellow jackets make their nests with single exit and entry points. Paper wasp nests are typically found under the decks, eaves, and found around door and window corners.
The carpenter bee only has a lifespan of about one year. They are large insects, which measure about one inch in length. They have yellow bodies and black bellies. Carpenter bees can bore as large as a one-half-inch opening into the wood and then they seek to make long tunnels, which house their pollen to feed their eggs. Carpenter bees prefer wood that hasn’t been painted and deck timbers that also have not been treated. A male carpenter bee does not have a stinger, and therefore, can not sting, and females rarely use their stingers unless threatened.