Pest Primer

We offer one-time treatments for special pest problems as well as an ongoing service that prevents pests from settling in so your home stays safe. The quarterly or bi-monthly programs are designed to address these common pests:

Pavement Ant
Tetramorium caespitum

Dark brown or blackish.
1/8" long.
6 legs.
12-segmented antennae with 3-segmented lub.
2 spines on the back.
2 nodes on petiole.
Lines or groves on head and thorax.
Thorax uneven with 1 pair of spines.
Winged ants are often mistaken for termites.

House Mouse
Mus musculus

House mice are covered in short hair that is light brown or gray to black in color, with lighter bellies. Their ears and tail also bear hair, although much less than their bodies. Adult mice weigh approximately 40 grams and can grow up to eight inches from the nose to the tip of the tail.

They are small and slender, three to four inches long, with large ears, small eyes and pointed nose. Light brown or light gray. Droppings are rod-shaped

Scolopendromorpha: Scolopendridae

Centipedes belong to class of myriapods. The name centipede, which means “100 legs,” can be somewhat misleading: centipedes may have anywhere from 15 to 191 pairs of legs. Centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs. Centipedes are elongated, with flat, segmented bodies that contain a pair of legs for all but one segment. Adult centipedes are brown and measure over one inch in length.


In North America alone, there are over 22 species of paper wasps, in the US the Paper Wasps belong to the genus Polistes. Worldwide, there are over 1,000 species, dispersed throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. These wasps measure approximately one inch in length. Their narrow bodies are most commonly dark brown in color, with black wings and yellow markings. Australian paper wasps are made distinguishable by their black and reddish-brown coloration. They appear similar to yellow jackets.

Class Arachnida

SpidersEight legs, no wings or antennae. Many different sizes and appearances.


Norway Rat
Rattus norvegicus

The Norway rat is a large rodent that may weigh in excess of 500 grams. They can reach lengths of 400 millimeters and their tails alone may measure 187 millimeters in length. The body of the Norway rat is covered in fur that is brown or gray in color. Their ears and tail are covered in scales. Their tail is shorter than head and body. Its fur is shaggy. Droppings are capsule-shaped.

Porcellio laevis / Porcellio scaber

Sowbugs are flat, oval creatures. They are about ⅜” long. Their body has several segments. They have seven pair of legs and two pair of antennae. Another crustacean, the pillbug, resembles the sowbug. . Sowbugs cannot roll up when they are disturbed like pillbugs do. Sowbugs have two appendages that look like tails. Pillbugs do not have the appendages.pill


The bald-faced hornet belongs to the genus Dolichovespula . Bald-faced hornets are more closely related to yellow jackets than they are to hornets. The body of the bald-faced hornet is black in color and their faces are marked with white. Bald-faced hornets are larger than most wasps.

The nest of the bald-faced hornet can be found hanging from trees, bushes and buildings. A colony begins in spring, when a queen lays a single egg inside each cell as she begins to build her nest. She puts insects and nectar into the cell with the egg. These eggs hatch into larvae, eventually becoming workers that help to further expand the nest.

Box Elder Bug
Boisea trivittata

The bodies of box elder bugs are black in color and are marked by red lines along the thorax and sides. Their wings are flat and red. Box elder bugs measure between 1/2 and 1/3-inch wide.

Carpenter Ant:

Among the largest ants, from 1/4- to 3/8-inch long. The most common species is black, but some have reddish or yellowish coloration. Workers have large mandibles.

All kinds of buildings, regardless of age or type of construction, are vulnerable to infestation and damage by carpenter ants. They are very difficult to control. Colonies can contain up to 50,000 workers.

Periplaneta americana

American cockroaches are the largest cockroaches that invade homes. Adults can be slightly more than 2” long.

Adult American cockroaches are reddish-brown or mahogany-colored. The area behind their head is outlined with a yellow band. Immature American roach nymphs are grayish brown. As they mature, their color becomes more reddish brown.

Both male and female American cockroaches can fly. The wings develop when the roaches become adults.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets, genus Vespula, get their name from their yellow and black bodies. They measure between 1/2-inch and one inch in length. Most yellow jackets are black and yellow, although some may exhibit white and black coloration. In contrast to the bee, the yellow jacket’s waist is thin and defined. Their elongated wings are as long as the body and fold laterally when at rest.

Yellow jackets are wasps that can be identified by their alternating black and yellow body segments, small size and distinctive side-to-side flying pattern. They are often mistaken for bees, although their bodies lack the hair and rounded abdomen of the bee. These social wasps live in colonies that may contain a thousand insects at a time.

Forficula auricularia

Most earwigs are flattened (to fit inside tight crevices, such as under bark) with an elongated body generally 7–50 millimetres (0.28–2.0 in) long, though some can grow longer.

Asian Lady Beetles
Harmonia axyridis

Lady beetles are easy to recognize. They are small, round-to-oval insects. Their size ranges from 1/32” to 3/8”. They are usually red or orange, but can be yellow, brown, or black. Some species have spots.


Small, wingless, about 1/12- to 1/6-inch long. Covered in spines with piercing mouthparts.

Flea infestations require multi-faceted treatment plans. Addressing a pet’s infestation or individual flea bites will not prove effective for ridding your home of fleas. Effective flea control should encompass both chemical and natural methods and should be conducted on your pet as well as inside and outside of your home.

Absolute Pest Elimination can also provide commercial pest control for your business!

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1500 1st Ave. NE. Suite 220
Rochester, MN 55906