Other Pests

Pest Authority’s revolutionary Barrier 360 treatment protects your home from a wide range of the most common - and most troublesome - household pests with the same highly-effective exterior treatment.

Barrier 360 creates a pest-proof barrier that stops all of these pests from invading your home:

  • Ants
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Fleas
  • Mice
  • Millipedes
  • Moths
  • Pill Bugs
  • Silverfish
  • Spiders

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Carpet Beetles

There are a few common varieties of carpet beetles in the United States, including black carpet beetles, varied carpet beetles, and common carpet beetles. Adult carpet beetles are oval-shaped and either black, brown, or white and often have black spots or stripes on their abdomen. Varied carpet beetle larvae are light brown and covered in barbed hairs, making them look like small caterpillars. Carpet beetles aren’t dangerous to humans, but they can severely damage things like carpets, rugs, felt, animal hair, silk, and wool. Adult carpet beetles tend to enter your home through an open door or window and will lay eggs near their food source. If you notice any damage to your rugs and carpets – particularly on the underside – or to your clothing, furniture, and drapes, you may have a carpet beetle infestation.

Centipedes

House centipedes have long, flat, segmented bodies with numerous legs and long, thin antennae. While their name means “100 legs”, centipedes can actually have anywhere between 15-177 pairs of legs. Centipedes are venomous, and while they rarely bite humans, their bites will cause mild to moderate irritation when they do occur. Centipedes are attracted to damp areas and could indicate a moisture problem in infested homes. You’ll often find them in basements, closets, bathrooms, bathtubs, and sinks.

Crickets

House crickets are usually yellowish brown and have three dark bands on their heads. Crickets are most easily identifiable by the chirping noise they make and by their ability to jump long distances. Crickets typically prefer to live outside, but they will move indoors when outdoor conditions become too hot or dry. They are attracted to moist areas like basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. While crickets are harmless to humans, they can damage clothing and other fabrics and be an unwanted nuisance in your home.

Earwigs

Earwigs are usually brownish red or black in color and have pincers protruding from their abdomen. While their pincers may look menacing, earwigs are not dangerous to humans. They’re not venomous and have not been linked to spreading diseases, but some earwigs do produce a foul-smelling liquid as a defense mechanism. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the myth that earwigs burrow into your ears when you sleep. Earwigs prefer wet, undisturbed habitats and eat decaying vegetation, fungi, sprouts and seedlings, and, in some cases, other insects and human food. They tend to move inside during cold weather and are attracted by cellulose materials like books and cardboard that are stored in damp places like basements and crawl spaces.

Ground Beetles

Most ground beetles are flat and black with elongated bodies. They range in size, with the largest measuring around one inch long. Ground beetles are attracted by light and most commonly enter your home through gaps in the foundation, doors, and windows. They’re not harmful to humans, but you still probably don’t want them invading your home. Beetles are the largest group of animals in the world, with over 350,000 species of beetles worldwide and about 30,000 species in the United States alone.

Millipedes

Millipedes also prefer damp areas and will only migrate indoors if their outdoor habitat becomes too dry or hot. You’ll most often find them in mulch, leaf piles, grass clippings, sheds, basements, under porches and patios, and in crawl spaces. They do not bite or sting and only feed on decaying organic material. However, because they move in such large numbers, they can become a nuisance in your home extremely quickly.

Moths

Moths vary dramatically in size and color depending on the species. Most house moths are small – about 2 cm in diameter – and will often be dull shades of brown or grey. Clothes moths and pantry moths are the most common types of moth that will invade your home. Clothes moths infest clothing and upholstery made of animal-based materials like wool, silk, fur, feathers, and more, and their larvae can leave holes and feces stains on the fabric. Pantry moths feed on dry goods like flour, spices, grains, and nuts, and hide away in cupboards and – you guessed it – pantries.

Pill Bugs

Pill Bugs are actually more closely related to shrimp and crayfish than insects, and they are the only crustaceans that have successfully adapted to living on land. They don’t sting, bite, or transmit diseases, but they can still become a pesky nuisance in your home. Pill bugs have oval-shaped, segmented bodies that are varying shades of grey. When threatened or disturbed, they roll up into a tight ball, hence the common nickname, “roly-polies.” They prefer high-moisture areas and will most likely be found in basements, crawl spaces, and on the ground floor of buildings. They can also frequent the soil of houseplants and trash cans.

Silverfish

Silverfish have been around for over 400 million years and have been found in fossils dating back to the Paleozoic Era. They’re silver or grey and have flat, hard bodies with long antenna and no wings. Silverfish move horizontally and are incredibly fast. They’re nocturnal and highly sensitive to light. You’re most likely to find silverfish in damp areas of your home like bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces. Silverfish will eat just about anything, including clothes, papers, glue, carpet, wallpaper, hair, as well as foods that are high in sugar, protein, or carbohydrates. They can go for weeks on end without food or water and can be extremely hard to control on your own.

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