Pest Wiki

This educational section of the website provides detailed information about the unwanted intruders you might find in your home. Pest Wiki has valuable information on insects and rodents and the damage they can cause if left to their own devices.

Wood Destroying Organisms

You don’t hear them, but at this very moment dry-rotting fungi, or thousands of termites, carpenter ants, and/or wood beetles could be eating away at your home, unseen and unknown, until it's too late. And the cost to repair damaged understructures is expensive work. These are the four wood destroyers that destroy our homes.


Some common household pests include ants, spiders, wasps, earwigs, and many more. In addition to being a nuisance, pests may cause painful bites and stings, allergies and asthma, food poisoning, dise ases, a reduced quality of life, and a reduced property value. Learn more about these everyday insects and how they might be damaging your home or affecting your life.


Rodents such as Mice and Rats enter our homes in search for food, warmth and shelter, often entering through small cracks and crevices. Besides eating human and pet food, they can cause serious property damage running through the insulation and chewing on wood, ducting, numerous other building materials, and household wiring. In fact, rodents cause up to 25 percent of house fires in the U.S. every year. Rodents will also chew, contaminate, and damage, stored items like furniture, seasonal items, collectibles and precious memoirs. However, the real concern is that rodents trigger allergic reactions in humans and spread diseases and viruses including Hantavirus, Bubonic Plague, Salmonellosis, and Rate Bite Fever.