Pests Inventory

Here you'll find relevant information about common pests we deal with everyday.

Pest Information & Identification

Abell's approach at Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is all about controlling pests in the safest, most efficient manner possible. That starts with properly identifying the pest you are dealing with. Here you will find descriptions on the most common pests people call us about. If you're uncertain about a pest you've found in or around your home or business, you can find more information here. If you can't identify the pest you have, Abell has entomologists on staff that can identify pests from around the world.



Common Pests

House Mouse

The house mouse is dusty grey in colour and measures from 110 to 150 mm in length with large ears and small eyes.

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Cockroach

All cockroaches increase the risk of cross-contamination yet they are still a very common pest.

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Rat

Rats attack the food of man in the farm fields, orchards, and livestock facilities, during its processing, storage and transport.

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Flea

Some kinds of fleas transmit diseases such as bubonic plague, endemic typhus and tularemia to humans.

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Bed Bug

Bed bugs are gray to reddish-brown in colour, are oval and flat, and are approximately 1 to 5 mm (1/16" to 3/16") in size.

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Birds

The general public's affection towards birds translates into a serious underestimation of the health risks associated with pest birds.

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Deer Mouse

The deer mouse is the most abundant and widely distributed mouse in North America.

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Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants can cause extensive damage to your home, burrowing through wood, window frames and even structural supports.

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Centipede

Centipedes are yellowish to dark brown. They range in size from 1/8" to 6 inches in length

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Pharoah Ant

More than a dozen pathogenic bacteria have been found on pharaoh ants and they can spread these into your food.

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Millipede

Millipedes are brown or black but can also be orange or red. They range in size from 5/8" to 4 inches in length.

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Carpet Beetle

The larvae of carpet beetles may cause serious damage to materials of animal origin such as wool, fur, hair and feathers.

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Carpenter Bee

They are large and resemble bumblebees, but their abdomen is smooth and shiny black.

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Pavement Ant

Ants feed on practically every kind of food but those entering homes are often looking for sweets and/or protein-containing substances.

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Clothes Moth

Clothes moths have world wide distribution and are found throughout Canada and the United States.

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Blow Fly

The name "blow fly" comes from an older English term for meat that had eggs laid on it, which was said to be fly blown.

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Cluster Fly

Adult cluster flies can often be seen sunning themselves on stumps of trees and sides of houses in autumn before they hibernate.

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Fruit Fly

Wild fruit flies have brick red eyes, are yellow-brown in colour, and have transverse black rings across their abdomen.

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Earwig

If present in large numbers, the earwig may damage flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

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Pigeon

Most people are familiar with seeing pigeons around farm yards, parks, city buildings, bridges and other structures.

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Pillbug

They like moist locations and are found under objects on damp ground, as well as under vegetable debris of all kinds.

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Silverfish

They may be brought into homes in cardboard cartons, books or papers, that have come from infested areas.

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Spider

Spiders are found commonly throughout North America. About twelve different species are commonly found in homes. Spiders have two body regions, connected by a restricted waist.

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Stored Product Pests

Stored product pests are found living in dried products such as dried fruits, spices, flour, bran, peas, dried vegetables, dried flowers, grain, cereal products, dog food, nuts, candy, macaroni and other similar products.

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Wasp

The slim, winged body measures 10 to 19 mm (l/2" to 3/4"). All wasp species have chewing mouth parts and the females possess a stinger.

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