Creepy crawlies can show up in your home completely unexpected. If you're trying to identify what exactly that thing is, read through our description of common Windsor-area bugs. Just want them gone? We're here to help.
Bald-faced hornets are in fact wasps, not hornets. They can be found in forests and urban areas that have vegetation. Bald-faced hornets are traditionally found in trees, bushes, eaves and rock overhangs. Their nest can be as large as a basketball.
They reproduce in the spring, when the queen uses scraps to build a nest, depositing eggs into the small chambers within. Once the larvae hatch, the queen feeds them until they enter a resting stage and emerge as adult workers, capable of foraging for and feeding the remaining young larvae.
These hornets have smooth stingers, so they can sting over and over again. Their stingers carry venom that can make skin hurt, itch or swell for 24 hours. Humans are at the same risk of allergic reactions from bald-faced hornet stings as with any other insect stings.
Carpenter Ants live indoors and outdoors, and can usually be found in moist, decaying wood. However, they do not eat wood – they eat sweets and proteins. They will create nests inside of homes or buildings that contain wooden parts. They gravitate to moist areas of buildings and can cause significant structural damage.
German cockroaches are easy to spot; they are light brown or tan and have oval shaped bodies with two dark, parallel stripes on their backs. They also have 6 legs and antennae. German cockroaches like to live in warm places with easy access to food and moisture. They're often spotted in kitchens and washrooms. Their diets consist of everything from soap, crackers and cardboard to books, paper and crumbs.
They easily transmit germs on their spines and legs, since they crawl through decaying matter and sewage, then onto food/ food surfaces. Studies have revealed that their allergens can cause allergic reactions and exacerbate asthma attacks, particularly in children.