• Oct 6, 2014
Roaches, Termites and Fleas- Oh My!

Did you know that fleas have been living on our planet for over 100 million years? Or that termite fathers play an important role in raising their young? And are you aware that cockroaches are so fast they can cover 80 centimeters per second? You may not be interested in the freaky little facts about these creepy little bugs, but you should understand some of their behaviors so you know how to recognize when you have a problem.


Cockroaches love dark, moist places. They also love to be encompassed in tight fitting areas. So if you see a cockroach out during the day, running around your house, you may have an infestation. Cockroach droppings may also be visible, resembling coffee grounds for smaller roaches and the size of Tic-Tacs with larger roaches. The quantity and visibility of the feces is a good indicator to the extent of your problem.


Check your home for signs of termite infestation. One of these signs is cracked or raised paint on wood surfaces in your home. This could be a sign that termites are underneath, having a feast. Wood areas that are being affected by termites will also sound hollow when you knock on them. If you notice groups of winged insects or dead wings left behind on wood surfaces, this may also be a sign of termite infestation.


One of the first signs of a flea problem is when you or your pet has flea bites on them. This will be a small, red and puffy bump. Also look in your carpet or furniture for flea droppings. If you rub a wet cloth over your carpet or furniture and you notice red streaks, these are flea droppings and you most likely have a problem. A common test is to wear white socks and walk around your house. Fleas love to hitch a ride, and chances are, if you have a problem, you’ll be able to see small black or brown fleas hitchhiking on your socks.

If you notice any of these signs, you may have a roach, termite or flea problem in your home. At Clint Miller Exterminating, “Your Calls Don’t Bug Us,” so call today and we’ll help you assess your problem and find the best solution for it.

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