• Yellow Jackets (Pest Library)

    • What are yellow jackets?

      Yellow jackets are a type of predatory wasp species that is well-known for its yellow and black striped pattern. They have segmented bodies, a strong pair of wings, and a stinger located on the bottom of their bodies. Yellow jackets are recognized for their aggressive nature and their tendency to swarm what they perceive as threats to their nest.

      If you need help with yellow jacket identification, don’t hesitate to contact California Exterminators Alliance. Our technicians will help identify the species of wasp on your property and provide you with expert removal solutions. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are yellow jackets dangerous?
      Yellow jackets are a dangerous stinging insect to encounter due to the pain their stings bring, in addition to the risk of allergic reactions. Because yellow jackets are known for swarming and many stings may be received from this pest at once, individuals without preexisting allergic issues may suffer from severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of a yellow jacket sting that require immediate medical treatment include difficulty breathing and trouble swallowing, or extreme pain and swelling. Professional yellow jacket control helps you avoid these dangers.
    • Why do I have a yellow jacket problem?
      Yellow jackets are meat-eaters that are attracted to properties that provide them with easy food access, such as access to pest prey, meats (hamburgers, sandwich meat, steak) and drinks, in addition to lots of moisture and safe nesting areas. If you want to deter yellow jacket problems, remove the factors that might be attracting this pest to your Sonoma County property.
    • Where will I find yellow jackets?
      Yellow jackets may be found in a variety of places, and yellow jacket nests are often seen high up in trees, in holes in the ground, under the eaves of porches and decks, or in attics. If you are having trouble getting rid of yellow jackets in the ground, in your property’s trees, or even a yellow jacket nest in the attic, contact California Exterminators Alliance right away.
    • How do I get rid of yellow jackets?

      Get rid of yellow jackets the safe way by contacting California Exterminators Alliance the moment you see an influx of this pest around your property. Our technicians will help you remove yellow jacket nests and provide home pest control and commercial pest control treatment solutions that keep your property safe from this pest, so you don’t need to worry about dangerous stings.

      Contact us today to reclaim your Sonoma Country property from yellow jackets and stay safe from this insect’s stings.

    • How can I prevent yellow jackets in the future?

      Stop yellow jacket problems from occurring in the future by following the stinging insect prevention tips below:

      • Cut back overgrown foliage and tree branches around outdoor areas, as these encourage yellow jacket nesting in secluded or overgrown areas.
      • Clear piles of debris and woodpiles from outdoor spaces in addition to filling holes in the ground to help prevent yellow jacket nests.
      • Make sure all food and drink spills outdoors are cleaned promptly, and cover trash cans and compost piles to stop the aroma from attracting yellow jackets.
      • Seal cracks around your property’s windows, doors, and foundation to ensure yellow jackets stay outside.

      Contact California Exterminators Alliance today for more information about yellow jacket prevention or assistance in defeating an infestation of this pest.

  • Spiders (Pest Library)

    • What are spiders?

      Spiders are a type of arachnid with two body segments, eight long legs, and many eyes. We also identify them by their lack of wings and antennae and specialized mouthparts called chelicerae. Spiders use their chelicerae to inject their insect prey with venom to incapacitate them and are essential predators helping to control nuisance and dangerous insect populations. Spiders are considered beneficial in an outdoor setting.

      If you spot spiders on your property, it may be one of the following types of spiders that live throughout Sonoma County.

      • Black widow spiders: Shiny black spiders with a reddish-orange "hourglass" marking on their abdomen.
      • Orb spiders: These spiders produce the round, wheel-like webs for which spiders are well-known. 
      • Wolf spiders: The wolf spider has a stocky body and eight long spiny legs covered in hairs. They don't build webs to capture prey but run after and chase them down instead. 

      To help accurately identify the spiders you find in or around your home, contact a pest control professional in Sonoma County.

    • Are spiders dangerous?

      Only a couple of species of spiders in the United States pose an actual danger to people. The black widow spider is one of them. They have venom that is potent enough to paralyze their insect prey and cause harm to people.

      The venom from black widow spiders affects the nervous system and, in people, causes symptoms like nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, fevers, and tremors. If bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention so the symptoms can be treated appropriately.

      The good news about spiders is that they are shy, reclusive creatures. They don't seek out contact with people; in fact, they try their best to stay away from us. Bites typically only occur when spiders try to guard themselves against harm.

    • Why do I have a spider problem?

      Spiders are outdoor pests; like other predators, they live in areas that offer easy access to their prey. Since spiders primarily feed on insects and other spiders, our yards provide them plenty of prey to keep their stomach full. In our yards, things like gardens, grass, trees, flowerbeds, yard debris, and trash cans are common hunting grounds for spiders.

      Though spiders like to live outside, they are regularly found inside homes and other structures. They usually move inside following their insect prey; if food and suitable shelter are available, spiders will make themselves at home.

    • Where will I find spiders?

      Spiders are usually only a problem for people when they move from their outside environments into our homes. Some of their most common entry points are openings under doors, openings around wires or pipes, and cracks in a home's exterior. Torn screens, vents, and chimneys are other places that provide a point of entry for spiders and their insect prey.

      Inside our houses, spiders hang out in areas where their insect prey live and forage for food. Homeowners regularly notice spider activity in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and attics. Spiders like to hang out around windows and doors, light fixtures, the corners of rooms, and under furniture.

    • How do I get rid of spiders?
      Year-round pest control is the best way to get rid of spiders that have taken over your property and control them in the future. Here at California Exterminators Alliance, we protect the environment while helping people keep their structures free of unwanted pests like spiders. Through education and the use of the latest products, we offer the best choice for pest control in Sonoma County. Call us today for more information about California spiders and our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions.
    • How can I prevent spiders in the future?

      Use the following four tips to prevent spiders from taking over your property. 

      1. Use caulk or foam to seal openings that develop in your home's exterior.
      2. Turn off exterior lights when they are not needed – outside light attracts insects and, in turn, spiders to your home.
      3. Cut back overgrown landscaping and tree branches away from your home's exterior. 
      4. Spiders find cedar mulch unpleasant – use it in the gardens surrounding your home's perimeter. 

      Partner with us today; we can work together to keep these eight-legged intruders away from your home.

  • Slugs & Snails (Pest Library)

    • What are slugs and snails?

      Slugs and snails are common garden pests and belong to the scientific category of mollusks. They are classified as gastropods, known for their sliding movements, the slimy mucus trail they leave behind, and their love of eating plants throughout outdoor areas.

      The main difference between snails and slugs is the external shells that snails have. Some slugs have soft internal shells, but most have no type of shell at all. Both slugs and snails have two upper tentacles on their foreheads that carry eyes on the top; they use these for sight and smell, and they have two lower tentacles that extend down for touching and tasting. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are slugs and snails dangerous?

      Both slugs and snails are small and often thought of as nothing more than a nuisance, but these garden pests can be dangerous. Slugs and snails won’t bite humans, and they aren’t poisonous, but they do carry serious diseases and parasites. As slugs and snails make their way throughout your property, you risk interacting with them and picking up illnesses such as angiostrongyliasis, clonorchiasis, fascioliasis, and rat lungworm, among many others. Rat lungworm is especially dangerous for both humans and animals and requires immediate medical attention.

      A more common concern is the damage snails and slugs can inflict on your garden and plants.

    • Why do I have a slug and snail problem?

      You may be encountering slugs and types of snails in Sonoma County due to your property attracting these pests. Slugs and snails are drawn to areas that provide ample amounts of food and moisture. Unfortunately, slugs and snails are not picky eaters, and just about any type of vegetable or flowering plant can provide food for these pests. Snails and slugs may also end up on your property unintentionally; you may have brought in slugs and snails from a recent plant purchase.

      Keep in mind that defeating a slug and snail problem involves reducing things that might be attracting this pest to your property.

    • Where will I find slugs and snails?
      Slugs and snails in California are typically found outdoors, where they have the most food. They hide in damp, dark places during the day, such as under piles of debris and leaves, near fallen logs, around overgrown foliage, and in areas of moist soil. Slugs and snails leave their hiding places at night to feed on the vegetation around them.
    • How do I get rid of slugs and snails?

      If you want to get rid of slugs and snails in Sonoma County and protect your outdoor areas from these pests, look no further than California Exterminators Alliance. Our team of expert technicians will help you eradicate all traces of these plant-damaging, potentially hazardous pests from your property, returning your outdoor areas to safety.

      Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions or to get started removing these pests from your outdoor spaces.

    • How can I prevent slugs and snails in the future?

      The following prevention tips for slugs and snails can protect your property from developing infestations of these garden pests in the future:

      • Clear outdoor areas of piles of debris, woodpiles, leaf piles, and other overgrown areas that provide damp and dark hiding spots.
      • Install weatherstripping and door sweeps in addition to window and door screens around your property to keep slugs and snails outside.
      • Address moisture issues around your property that contribute to excess water puddles and the humid conditions slugs and snails love both inside and out.
      • Thoroughly inspect all new plant purchases for slugs and snails prior to bringing them to your property.

      Get in touch with California Exterminators Alliance for more slug and snail prevention advice or assistance removing these pests from your property.

  • Scorpions (Pest Library)

    • What are scorpions?

      Scorpions are a type of arachnid known for their predatory behaviors and preference for living in warm, arid areas. Scorpions are recognized for their eight legs, strong pair of grasping pincers at their front, and a long segmented stinger-tipped tail that is typically carried forward somewhat over their back. Scorpions come in a range of colors, though most species will be light brown or tan. However, some different types of scorpions can be dark brown or almost black.

      Reach out to California Exterminators Alliance for scorpion control and identification assistance. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are scorpions dangerous?

      Though most scorpions prefer to stay as far away from humans as possible, these pests are dangerous. All scorpions have the ability to sting, and some scorpions carry venom that presents a serious health risk. Symptoms of a scorpion sting that require immediate medical treatment include pain, tingling, numbness, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and muscle twitching.

      Additionally, scorpions may trigger allergic reactions with their stings that result in anaphylaxis. Avoiding any scorpion or group of scorpions you come across and defeating infestations on your property is essential to prevent these dangers.

    • Why do I have a scorpion problem?

      Your property most likely has a scorpion problem because these arachnids are attracted to dark, secluded hiding places on your property, plenty of easily accessible moisture, or a plethora of pest prey. While scorpions are typically solitary creatures, if your property provides lots of these attractants, you may find that a major infestation problem is developing.

      To learn all about scorpions and what may attract them, contact California Exterminators Alliance and speak with one of our expert technicians.

    • Where will I find scorpions?

      Scorpions are commonly found hiding in dark, secluded areas during the day so they can avoid the heat. You will most likely see scorpions hiding around your property in piles of debris or overgrown foliage, near woodpiles, and in any cracks or crevices. They may also hide under rocks and fallen trees.

      If they do manage to get inside, scorpions will be found in storage spaces, dark crawl spaces or basements, or hiding around the backs of closets.

    • How do I get rid of scorpions?

      If you want to get rid of scorpions for good and avoid the dangers these arachnids bring to your property, look no further than California Exterminators Alliance. Our expert technicians will help you identify your major scorpion problem areas and provide you with tailored solutions that effectively remove this pest from your Sonoma County property. Trusting us allows you to avoid the dangers that come with trying to remove scorpion infestations alone.

      Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions or to get started on services.

    • How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

      Prevent scorpions in the future by following our expert advice to make your property inhospitable to this pest:

      • Remove piles of debris and brush from outdoor areas in addition to cutting back overgrown foliage and storing woodpiles high up so scorpions can’t hide in them.
      • Address moisture issues and pest prey problems around your property that might be attracting opportunistic scorpions.
      • Seal up cracks and crevices around your property to stop scorpions from infiltrating interior spaces or hiding around your structure’s foundation.
      • Invest in weatherstripping and door sweeps to keep scorpions and their pest prey firmly outside.

      Contact California Exterminators Alliance for more information or assistance in defeating scorpion invaders in Sonoma County.

  • Rats (Pest Library)

    • What are rats?

      Rats are a common type of rodent associated with people and our structures. These mammals thrive wherever their basic needs (food, water, and shelter) are met. Rats are prolific breeders and can take over our indoor and outdoor spaces in very short periods of time.

      All rodents are set apart from other species of mammals by their front incisor teeth. A rodent's front incisors grow throughout its entire life. To stop their teeth from overgrowing and causing them pain and the inability to eat, rats and other rodents continuously gnaw on objects they can fit their teeth around.

      Rats range in size from 15 to 17 inches (from their nose to the tip of their tail). Their oblong bodies are usually covered in black or brown fur. A long scaly tail, powerful jaw, and hairless, rounded ears also help to identify these rodents. The two most common species of rats in Sonoma County that have adapted to living near people are the Norway rat and the roof rat. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are rats dangerous?

      In history, rats have been connected to the cause of several plagues. While the spread of bubonic plague by rats in the United States is no longer a significant threat, rats are still dangerous. Rats carry and spread many different types of bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites.

      Rats living with people is a recipe for disaster; not only do rodents pose serious health risks, but they are quite destructive. Using their sharp, chisel-like front incisors, rats damage trees, wooden structures, wires, pipes, drywall, furniture, and more. They also contaminate food, stain surfaces, and produce foul odors. Rats are also attracted to and eat vehicle wires, upholstery, and insulation, leaving you with costly repairs.

    • Why do I have a rat problem?

      While rats have long been considered a pest problem in urban communities, their populations have spread and can also become a problem in rural or suburban homes.

      Rats are scavengers and live where they can easily find food to feed themselves and their young. Unfortunately for people, our homes and commercial properties offer rats a buffet of dinner options. Rats forage for food in trash cans, dumpsters, outdoor eating areas, animal feed, gardens, and fruit trees. Rats also enjoy pet food and processed pet excrement/feces. Remove these rat food sources from your property.

      The more rat activity outside your home, the greater the chance these rodents will find their way inside. Our houses offer rodents shelter away from weather extremes and predators. Our kitchens and pantries supply them with food. Getting inside is often easy for rats as they are able to fit through minimal gaps and holes that are easy to overlook. Adult rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, while juvenile rats can fit through a much smaller hole.

    • Where will I find rats?

      Depending on their species, rats live in a variety of habitats. Roof rats are agile and exceptional climbers who like to nest off the ground. We find roof rats in trees, tall shrubbery, vines, and the roofs of homes and other buildings. Inside our homes, roof rats nest behind wall voids, vents, the tops of cabinets, and attic spaces.

      Norway rats are stout, heavy-bodied, and prefer to stay at ground level. These rats burrow under building foundations, rocks, woodpiles, fallen trees, and brush piles. They move into our homes at ground level and nest in crawl spaces, wall voids, and basement clutter.

    • How do I get rid of rats?

      Get rid of rats with the help of the professionals at California Exterminators Alliance. We have an advanced understanding of the rats that call our region home. Our professionals will come to your property, identify the species present, and eliminate your rat problem. We will then provide the exclusion services necessary to keep them out in the future.

      Our home pest control and commercial pest control experts have the experience and knowledge to help Sonoma County residents keep their properties free of these destructive and dangerous pests. If you are tired of sharing your property with rats, call today to schedule a rodent exclusion inspection!

    • How can I prevent rats in the future?

      Rats can be frustrating to prevent because they are curious, cautious creatures. Use the following rat prevention tips to help prevent them from taking over your property. 

      • Use steel wool, metal flashing, or another strong material to seal holes in your home's exterior. 
      • Clean up yard debris that can offer rats harborage spots.
      • Remove bird and other wild animal feeders from your property. 
      • Cut overgrown vegetation away from your home. 
      • Keep all trash in containers with lids on trash cans, pick up uneaten pet food and pet poop (a possible delicacy for rats), and regularly harvest fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

      Reach out today to learn more about rodent control in Sonoma County.

  • Mice (Pest Library)

    • What are mice?

      Mice are a type of small rodent. These small mammals are distributed worldwide and, as prey animals, provide a source of nutrition for many other animals.

      As its name suggests, the house mouse is the most common species to find its way to our homes and other structures. They have adapted to living with people and thrive living behind the walls of our homes.

      House mice are identified by their small oval body covered with grayish or light brown fur. Lighter cream-colored fur covers their underbelly. Mouse noses are pointed, and they have large ears that stand up off their heads. Velvety fur covers their ears and long tail. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are mice dangerous?

      There are many reasons why mice are dangerous, and we should never share our homes with them. 

      • Mice carry many parasites in their fur, including fleas and ticks.
      • Mice spread bacteria and human pathogens through direct contact or contact with their saliva, urine, or feces. 
      • They destroy food packaging and contaminate our food.
      • Mice chew on and damage buildings' wires, pipes, insulation, and other structural elements.
      • Mice are also attracted to and eat vehicle wires, upholstery, and insulation, causing expensive damage.
      • Mice damage personal property like boxes, books, clothing, upholstered furniture, and bedding. 
      • Mouse droppings, urine, and shed fur emit allergens that trigger breathing difficulties, skin rashes, and other allergies.

      If mice have found their way into your home, you must immediately eliminate them to guard your home and family against these dangers. 

    • Why do I have a mouse problem?

      House mice are a type of commensal rodent, meaning they have developed a close relationship with people and have become reliant on people for their basic needs. Our indoor and outdoor spaces provide mice with reliable food, water, and shelter sources.

      Mice are also problematic because they are adaptable, multiply quickly, and are nocturnal. They hide during the day and come out at night to forage. Their ability to stay out of our sight allow them to take hold of our properties before they, their droppings, or their damages are finally noticed. Things like a musty, foul odor, hearing noises behind walls, or finding gnaw marking throughout your home, should alert you to a problem with these pests.

      It's important to contact a local rodent exclusion expert at the first signs of a mouse infestation in your home.

    • Where will I find mice?

      Though house mice can survive outside, they have adapted to living inside structures like houses, garages, sheds, and commercial facilities.

      Like all prey animals, mice like to live in areas that shield them from predators. Outside, mice live in tall grass, fallen trees, gardens, and ground holes. They also seek shelter under rocks, woodpiles, and yard debris.

      Mice move into our homes and other structures seeking safe nesting spots and food. Inside our homes, mice nest in dark, quiet hard-to-reach areas. Wall voids, vents, attics, and space behind cabinets, appliances, and large pieces of furniture are places mice commonly build their nests.

    • How do I get rid of mice?

      Mice are one of the most common types of rodents to invade our Sonoma County homes. If they have found their way into your house, immediately contact a local professional for assistance.

      You can count on the experts at California Exterminators Alliance to help you solve your home's mouse problems. We will remove these small rodents from your home and help you make changes to prevent them from returning.

      Our experts are committed to helping our customers maintain homes free of rodents and other pests. Trust us to perform the best home pest control and commercial pest control in Sonoma County.

    • How can I prevent mice in the future?

      Prevent problems with mice by removing as many points of entry into your home as possible. Pay close attention to small gaps and holes; adult mice will fit through a hole the size of a dime and juvenile mice can fit through even smaller openings. Implement the following exclusion tips.

      • Never leave basement or garage doors open for long periods.
      • Keep caps on chimneys.
      • Fill in spaces around pipes and other utilities entering your home.
      • Keep mesh covers on vents.
      • Make sure all exterior doors have door sweeps.
      • Repair damage to the roofline and foundation of your home.

      If you are dealing with a problem with mice in your Sonoma County home, contact California Exterminators Alliance immediately. We provide mouse control services you can trust.

  • Earwigs (Pest Library)

    • What are earwigs?

      Earwigs are small nuisance insects that have a large reputation when it comes to myths. Earwigs are often rumored to crawl into human ears at night, lay their eggs in ears, or even eat human brains, all of which are untrue. Earwigs are problematic pests and somewhat frightening to encounter, but they aren’t dangerous insect invaders.

      Earwigs are easily recognized by their dark brown color, long bodies that grow around an inch in length, and the large pair of pincers at their rear. Earwigs have long, slim antennae and six legs that are a lighter color than their body. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are earwigs dangerous?

      Despite the many rumors and myths surrounding this pest, earwigs are not particularly dangerous to humans but they are to plants. Earwigs eat plants and can damage your garden. Earwigs will also eat dead insects and decaying material. Earwigs are unlikely to bite humans, and even if an earwig bite or pinch is received, it is rarely strong enough to break the skin. Earwigs also do not transmit diseases or pathogens to human properties like many other pest invaders, and they don’t typically cause breathing issues or allergic reactions.

      The main problem with an earwig infestation is seeing this nuisance pest everywhere around your property and the damage they do to your plants.

    • Why do I have an earwig problem?
      Earwigs are attracted to properties with a plethora of moisture and dark spaces; they will seek out these spaces. If you notice an increasing earwig problem on your property, take time to evaluate factors that could be attracting this pest. The best earwig repellent is making your property inhospitable to infestation.
    • Where will I find earwigs?

      Earwigs are most commonly found in dark places that have plenty of moisture. This means that earwigs will be outdoors under piles of debris, damp leaf piles, and overgrown foliage or around water features. Once they slip indoors, earwigs will be seen around basements, kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and other areas that provide damp, cool spaces.

      California Exterminators Alliance will help you locate earwigs hiding around your property and control infestations.

    • How do I get rid of earwigs?

      If you want to get rid of earwigs the easy way, skip DIY treatments and contact California Exterminators Alliance at the first signs of this pest on your property. Our knowledgeable technicians will work with you to help you eliminate earwigs from inside and outside of your Sonoma County property. With our expert help and tailored pest removal solutions, you can easily reclaim your property from this nuisance pest.

      Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions or to get started safeguarding your property against this pest.

    • How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

      Prevent earwigs from invading your Sonoma County property in the future by following our expert tips to keep this pest at bay:

      • Eliminate piles of debris, leaf piles, and overgrown foliage around outdoor areas that might be contributing to humid and damp conditions earwigs love to hide inside.
      • Address moisture issues and leaks both indoors and outdoors to ensure no excess pools of water are found around your property.
      • Use dehumidifiers indoors to ensure all spaces are well-ventilated and undesirable to earwigs.
      • Seal cracks and gaps around your property’s foundation, windows, and doors to ensure that earwigs can’t easily slip into indoor spaces.

      Contact California Exterminators Alliance today for more information on defeating or preventing earwig infestations.

  • Cockroaches (Pest Library)

    • What are cockroaches?

      Cockroaches are insects with flat oval bodies ranging from one-half an inch to more than two inches in length. A few species of cockroaches can fly or glide, but most either can't or don't fly.

      They are scavenging and highly adaptable insects that multiply quickly and pose serious health risks. Most cockroaches live well away from people in warm, tropical climates; however, a handful has become closely associated with people and our structures.

      The two most common types of cockroaches to find their way to our Sonoma County properties are the German cockroach and the Turkestan cockroach.

      German cockroaches are small, fast-moving cockroaches. They are the most common roach to take over homes and businesses. We identify them by their light brown or tan bodies and two dark parallel stripes found behind their heads.

      We identify Turkestan cockroaches by their dark brown or black bodies with cream markings along the edges of the body and behind the wings. Males have long yellowish wings that allow them to fly short distances. One can also identify a turkestan cockroach because they are often found upside down within a few feet of an entrance in the process of dying. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are cockroaches dangerous?

      Cockroaches are a serious nuisance and pose a severe health risk for people. These scavenging pests are in regular contact with bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites as they feed on decaying organic matter. In addition to the food they consume being unsanitary, their living conditions are just as bad. Sewers, drains, and garbage are places cockroaches call home.

      Sharing your home with cockroaches is less than ideal for many reasons, including:

      • They spread diseases that can make you and your family ill.
      • The build-up of their shed skins and excrement puts allergens into the air, triggering allergies and asthma attacks in susceptible people.
      • They will stain surfaces and chew holes in things like upholstery, paper, and food containers.
      • Cockroaches contaminate a home's stored foods and surfaces.

      The best way to eliminate cockroach problems and keep them away throughout the year is to partner with a pest control professional and learn about cockroach control options.

    • Why do I have a cockroach problem?

      Some cockroaches, like the German cockroach, have adapted to living indoors with people. They have become structural pests living where we live and spend significant amounts of time. German cockroaches typically move from structure to structure by hitchhiking. After crawling into a piece of furniture, box, or appliance, they move wherever they are taken.

      Turkestan cockroaches typically live outdoors, but when living near our homes, it is common for them to find their way inside. These cockroaches often get inside our homes accidentally after being attracted to the lights on or in our houses. They also purposely move indoors through openings they discover in their exterior when their populations outside become too large, and there is a lot of competition for food and shelter.

    • Where will I find cockroaches?

      Though cockroach habitats will vary by species, most cockroaches prefer to live in places that provide them with warm, dark, damp sheltered areas. Outside Turkistan, cockroaches live in electrical boxes, the cracks of concrete, and potted plants. They also gather in the damp soil found under compost, woodpiles, and leaf piles.

      German cockroaches live successfully in any structure that prepares or stores food – houses, apartment buildings, schools, restaurants, and grocery stores. They squeeze their flat bodies into tight cracks and crevices throughout your home and emerge to forage for food at night.

      Some of the German cockroach's most popular hiding spots include spaces behind loose backsplashes, wooden trim, and wallpaper. They also hang out in cracks in walls, the backs of drawers or cabinets, behind large appliances, and within pieces of electrical equipment.

    • How do I get rid of cockroaches?

      Spotting a single cockroach scurrying across a surface of your home should cause you to reach out to a professional immediately. Cockroaches multiply quickly and are a danger to have in our structures.

      Here at California Exterminators Alliance, we offer our community members high-quality and environmentally friendly pest control services to control pests. Trust our knowledgeable, educated, and dedicated team to take care of your property's cockroach control needs. To learn more about home pest control and commercial pest control in Sonoma County, reach out today!

    • How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

      Use the following practical cockroach prevention tips to learn how to deter cockroaches. 

      • Rinse out cans and jars before placing them in recycling bins.
      • Always place full trash bags in outdoor trash cans with tight-fitting lids.
      • Regularly clean your kitchen and wash dirty dishes.
      • Reduce the clutter in your home, especially in crawl spaces and storage areas.
      • Lower humidity levels by using dehumidifiers and air-conditioners and ensuring crawl spaces are well-ventilated.

      When it comes to cockroaches, fast action is essential. Don't hesitate to reach out now for assistance with a cockroach infestation!

  • Carpenter Ants (Pest Library)

    • What are carpenter ants?

      Carpenter ants are a large species known for their habit of tunneling through wooden materials. Carpenter ants are recognized by their larger size, as adults often grow up to three-quarters of an inch long, and they have a distinctive dark reddish to black color. Carpenter ants live in colonies with distinct social structures, including worker, soldier, and reproductive ants.

      Carpenter ants with wings on your Sonoma County property are the reproductive class of this pest and cause serious issues when left untreated. Speak with our technicians at California Exterminators Alliance for help identifying this pest. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are carpenter ants dangerous?

      While carpenter ants are unlikely to bite humans unless you directly threaten them and their nests, they are still dangerous invaders on your property. Once carpenter ants invade interior areas, they find their way to wooden structures and start to chew. They will tunnel through wooden areas to craft their colonies, leaving wood hollow and weak. Over time, this destroys your property and results in a risk of structural collapse, in addition to the necessity for costly repairs.

      Avoid carpenter ant damage to your home or business by contacting California Exterminators Alliance the moment you suspect you have an infestation problem on your property.

    • Why do I have a carpenter ant problem?

      Like most pests, carpenter ants are attracted to properties that provide them with food, water, and shelter. In the case of this pest, moist or water-damaged wood is a prime living space, and they will be drawn to properties with plenty of damp wood and spaces where they can easily start tunneling into wooden structures.

      You can deter a carpenter ant infestation by reducing factors that might be attracting this pest to your property.

    • Where will I find carpenter ants?
      Carpenter ant nests may be found outdoors around piles of brush and debris, near woodpiles, or around fallen trees and tree stumps. Once they invade interior areas, carpenter ants may be harder to detect as they will often infiltrate the space between walls to chew away at wooden supporting structures throughout your property.
    • How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

      Get rid of carpenter ants for good by reaching out to our technicians at California Exterminators Alliance. With our home pest control and commercial pest control, carpenter ant infestations will be managed in no time, and your property will be protected from the damages they bring.

      Contact us today to learn more or get started defeating carpenter ant infestations.

    • How can I prevent carpenter ants in the future?

      The best way to prevent carpenter ants is to follow our tips below to make your property less desirable to this pest:

      • Remove all piles of debris and brush from outdoor spaces and cut back overgrown foliage that provides carpenter ant hiding spots.
      • Store woodpiles in elevated areas and clear tree stumps or logs from outdoors to stop carpenter ants from nesting nearby.
      • Seal cracks around your property’s foundation, windows, and doors to stop carpenter ants from slipping inside.
      • Fix moisture-damaged wood on your property promptly.
      • Address moisture issues or leaks that lead to humid conditions and the damp wood that carpenter ants love.

      Reach out to California Exterminators Alliance today for more carpenter ant removal advice.

  • Ants (Pest Library)

    • What are ants?

      Ants are small insects that provide a food source for many animals. They also help the ecosystem by dispersing seeds, eliminating decaying organic debris, and aerating the soil. While ants are vital to the ecosystem, we primarily identify them as pests.

      When ants live near our homes and find their way onto our properties, they are unwanted guests that are a nuisance, and some have the potential to be destructive and a health risk.

      We identify ants by their three distinct body segments, six bent legs, elbowed antenna, and defined waist. Ants vary in size, color, behaviors, and feeding habits. Some common ants to find their way to our Sonoma County yards are Argentine ants, velvety tree ants, and odorous house ants. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

    • Are ants dangerous?

      Ants are annoying, invade in large numbers, contaminate food, and are difficult to control, but most species aren’t a significant threat to people or property.

      A handful of species of ants are considered harmful or dangerous. Behaviors that cause ants to acquire the label of dangerous include:

      • Infesting wood within our homes and causing structural damage.
      • Damaging foundations or cement by creating large nests underneath them.
      • Invading electrical equipment and causing electrical shorts.
      • Spreading disease-causing pathogens.
      • Biting or stinging people.

      Eliminating ants, no matter the species, as quickly as possible from your property is always ideal. You should not have to share your home with these pests.

    • Why do I have an ant problem?

      Worker ants leave their nest daily to forage for resources like food, water, and shelter. They will keep returning if they find what they are searching for in your yard or home. Ants have an excellent sense of smell, and food odors from trash cans, kitchens, and pet food will grab their attention and keep them returning.

      Ants are difficult to keep out of our houses because their small size allows them to easily move into homes through tiny cracks and crevices. Common entry points include:

      • Gaps under exterior doors
      • Vents
      • Openings around pipes, wires, or cables
      • Cracks in the foundation
      • Torn screens
      • Holes along the roofline and roof intersections

      If you are tired of seeing ants trailing in and around your home, take action and seek ant pest control near you.

      Worker ants leave their nest daily to forage for resources like food, water, and shelter. They will keep returning if they find what they are searching for in your yard or home. Ants have an excellent sense of smell, and food odors from trash cans, kitchens, and pet food will grab their attention and keep them returning.

      Ants are difficult to keep out of our houses because their small size allows them to easily move into homes through tiny cracks and crevices. Common entry points include:

      • Gaps under exterior doors
      • Vents
      • Openings around pipes, wires, or cables
      • Cracks in the foundation
      • Torn screens
      • Holes along the roofline and roof intersections

      If you are tired of seeing ants trailing in and around your home, take action and seek ant pest control near you.

    • Where will I find ants?

      Most ants live together in large colonies and build their nests in the ground under leaf litter, landscaping ties, fallen trees, cement, mulch, and similar areas. Moist soil is a huge attractant for most ants. Other popular nesting sites include inside trees, rotting wood, and rock piles.

      Ants can maintain multiple nesting sites; their primary nesting site is usually built outside. If ants nest near your home and discover that it offers them food and temperature-controlled shelter, they may create a nest and expand their colony within its walls.

      Wall voids, crawl spaces, window frames, structural wood, and insulation are places ants regularly build their nests inside Sonoma County homes.

    • How do I get rid of ants?

      The most effective way to handle any size ant infestation, big or small, is with the help of a trained pest control professional. Professionals can easily identify the ant species on your property, find all their nesting sites and points of entry, and perform effective ant treatments.

      Here at California Exterminators Alliance, we take pride in providing our community members with the services necessary to keep them safe from unwanted pests. Our team can take care of all your property’s ant control needs. For more information about home pest control and commercial pest control in Sonoma County, reach out today!

    • How can I prevent ants in the future?

      Two of the best ways to avoid issues with ants are to eliminate common entry points and reduce their access to food. Take advantage of the following ant prevention tips. 

      • Use a silicone caulk to seal cracks in the foundation of your home.
      • Make sure weatherstripping is installed around windows and doors.
      • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
      • Repair torn screens.
      • Seal gaps around wires and pipes entering your home.
      • Keep tight-fitting lids on all trash cans
      • Pick up uneaten pet food.
      • Ensure indoor and outdoor eating and cooking areas are free of food debris and spills. 

      Don’t let Argentine ants, odorous house ants, velvety tree ants, or any other ant species take over your property; reach out today to learn more about our ant control solutions!

  • Weed Control

    • What types of weeds can you treat with your weed control services?

      California Exterminators Alliance can treat for a number of invasive and frustrating weeds, including:

      • Goatheads
      • Puncturevine
      • Star thistle
      • Horsehead
      • Turkey mullein
      • Doveweed
      • Hairy fleabane
      • Morning glory
      • Burr clover

      We can also treat specialty weeds like:

      • Poison oak
      • Blackberries
      • Yerba santa
      • Cudweed
      • Tree of heaven

      Give us a call today to learn more.

    • Can weed prevention aid in fire prevention?
      Yes! Due to the hot and arid climate of California, rampant weed growth could lead to a fire hazard during times of drought or peak fire season. Removing non-native plants and other brushy growth can protect both your home and your environment from a disastrous wildfire that destroys the surrounding area. Feel free to get in touch with California Exterminators Alliance to discuss weed control and prevention methods that make the most sense for your property.
    • Can I just get rid of star thistle and no other weeds?
      Absolutely. California Exterminators Alliance offers an exclusive star thistle program that actively targets continual weed growth in backyards, fields, and pastures. Our unique process eliminates unwanted star thistles using products that allow grazing animals to still access the area without worrying about residue. Talk to us if you have star thistle in your horse pasture.
  • Stinging Insect Control

    • What types of stinging insects do you treat?
      We provide comprehensive treatment for various stinging pests. Our services cover wasps, including subsets like yellow jackets, which are known for their aggressive behavior. Additionally, we address carpenter bees without stinging capability that can cause damage to wooden structures. However, honey bees, being important pollinators, are treated differently and may require specialized assistance. We also offer Basic one-time, ongoing and comprehensive treatment plans to address stinging pests like scorpions, ensuring thorough control.
    • What are your treatment options?
      We offer a range of effective treatment options to control stinging insects. Our methods include baiting, spraying, dusting, and, if necessary, fogging. Baiting programs are particularly useful in attracting and eliminating carnivorous bees and yellow jackets. Our skilled technicians strategically place baits that are irresistible to these pests, ensuring their elimination. In addition to treating stinging pests, we also prioritize the removal of nests and hives from structures to prevent future infestations and minimize the risk of stings.
    • Does this service require follow-ups?
      Yes, our stinging insect control services may require follow-up visits to ensure lasting results. Our baiting program, in particular, necessitates follow-ups every two weeks (or more frequently) during the season. This ensures the effectiveness of the treatment and allows us to address any new activity. For other services, follow-up schedules may vary based on the nature of the infestation and the treatment plan employed. Additionally, we offer one-time treatments for immediate relief from stinging insects, such as wasps, yellow jackets, and carpenter bees.
  • Spider Control

    • What products do you use for spider control in Sonoma County?
      The pros at California Exterminators Alliance rely on multiple types of spider control, including bait, fog, liquid, and dust depending on your needs. We also provide de-webbing services to keep unwanted spiders at bay (and simultaneously maintain your curb appeal). Call us today for additional details.
    • How often do I need to get spider control in Lake County?
      California Exterminators Alliance offers one-time and ongoing spider control services. That said, we always recommend ongoing services for optimal spider control. You can always sign up for our monthly or quarterly programs to achieve sustainable protection, or book your services on a custom schedule for ongoing peace of mind.
    • Can you tell me the price of spider control in Mendocino County?
      Every service in California requires a custom quote. That’s why California Exterminators Alliance offers personalized estimates based on the work required. Not only can you ensure the biggest bang for your buck, but you can rest easy knowing our team truly cares about honest service.
  • Rodent Exclusion

    • What other types of rodent control services do you provide apart from exclusion?
      Apart from our rodent exclusion service, California Exterminators Alliance offers four separate types of rodent control services: comprehensive, multi-visit, ongoing, and restaurant sanitation. During our multi-visit program, you can expect us to visit the property at least four times to eliminate and remove rodents. In our ongoing services, we return to your property to replace and replenish bait stations on a regularly recurring basis. You’re welcome to learn more about how we get rid of rodents by calling our office today.
    • When should I get rodent exclusion work for my property in Sonoma County, Lake County, or Mendocino County?

      You should consider rodent exclusion services for your property as soon as you’re able to make the investment. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to rodent activity.

      Trained technicians from California Exterminators Alliance provide rodent exclusion both before and after an infestation. We can strategize an effective and long-lasting solution with materials that last the test of time. Call us today to discuss various methods of controlling California rodents.

    • Do I need an inspection before getting rodent exclusion for my home?
      Yes. A fee-based inspection is required before exclusion work so our technicians can better understand your residential or commercial environment. This is important for the protection of your property as well as the safety of your family. Our experts need to know exactly what your home looks like, which means they need to survey the home both inside and out. Doing so results in equitable outcomes and sustainable rodent exclusion in any environment.
  • Cockroach Control

    • Why are cockroaches so tough to eliminate?
      Cockroaches are tough to eliminate on your own for three reasons: they breed quickly, they are highly resistant to most over-the-counter cockroach control methods, and most store-bought methods have inferior effectiveness. Combine all this, and you wind up with an infestation that is almost impossible to eliminate without help from pest experts.
    • Are cockroaches dangerous?
      Cockroaches are extremely dangerous for one reason – they spread disease. Cockroaches are some of the dirtiest animals on the planet, insect or otherwise. They contaminate literally every surface they touch both with their feces and their filthy feet. This means they are a pretty significant threat to your health, especially if you get a serious infestation going.
    • What should I do if I wind up with cockroaches?
      If you start seeing signs of a cockroach infestation, don't bother trying to handle it on your own. As we've seen above, most amateur cockroach control methods and products are so ineffective that they may not even reduce the number of cockroaches in your home. For total infestation elimination, contact the pros here at California Exterminators Alliance.
  • Ant Control

    • Why are ants attracted to my home?
      There are lots of attractants that can draw ants to your home. Some, like an open cookie jar, are obvious. Others, like plumbing issues or pavement cracks, are more subtle. That's why you should depend on expert help for the most effective ant control. Our experts can help you figure out the conducive conditions that are not as obvious.
    • Are ants dangerous?
      Most of the time, ants are just a nuisance. However, a few species can be dangerous. Some are dangerous to your property because they destroy wood. Some are dangerous to your health because they sting or spread perilous strains of bacteria like salmonella and staphylococcus. That's why you should never let ant control in Sonoma County fall by the wayside.
    • What is the best way to get rid of ants?
      If you already have an ant infestation, the best way to eliminate it is to contact professionals. Most ant control products you can buy at a store won't eliminate the entire colony. In fact, they may make things worse by stressing the colony and encouraging it to spread out and reproduce faster. That's why trusting the experts is the best way to get rid of ants.
  • Service Types

    • Do I need to be present while you service my home?
      No. We can coordinate access to your home, allowing our technician to service your house while you're gone. While servicing vacation homes, commercial properties, and residences, our technicians are commonly the only ones on site.
    • Are you insured?
      Our company is licensed, bonded, and insured, including workers' compensation coverage. We complete federal and Department of Justice background checks on all of our pest technicians, and they're tested and licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board of the State of California. Additionally, our technicians work under the Department of Pesticide Regulations under the Department of Consumer Affairs.
    • When can I schedule an appointment?
      Our technicians are in most nearby areas providing pest services regularly, but we offer monthly or quarterly service for most programs. Active infestations may need more frequent service, which we do accommodate. Sometimes we service customers in far distant communities and may offer monthly or quarterly in those locations as well. Regardless of your location, we'll try to arrive at your property as soon as possible, with some customers being able to receive assistance on the same day as their initial call. We love responding to keep your family, home and business safe.