Pest Control Guide with Pictures or Images,Types & Identification


Pest control and extermination requires special techniques gained by years of experience to capture and removal of nuisance wildlife from both residential and commercial properties. We operate a full-service nuisance wildlife  pest control company, specializing in conflicts between people and wild animals. We do far more than just trap and remove animals. We provide a complete and permanent pest control solution for your critter problem. For example, if you’ve got animals living in your house or business building, we don’t simply trap and remove them. We find the root cause of the problem, usually something attractive about the house, such as holes or openings at the roof line leading into the attic, and we seal these openings shut, so that you don’t have the problem ever again. We identify and repair any damage that the animals may have caused, and clean up after their habitation, which may have resulted in bio-hazardous waste left behind. We perform our pest control services with the greatest of attention to detail and the highest quality customer service, and back up our work with a guarantee

Pest Control for Ants In Homes and commercial business buildings

Pest control for carpenter antsCarpenter Ants invade wandering in from outdoors, but since carpenter ants, like all insects, are cold blooded, ants active in the winter must be originating from a warmed source. Even if the air temperature is very cold, heat from the sun or the furnace may warm the house walls and stir dormant ants  activity.

Pavement ant pest control and extermination Pavement ants measure approximately 2.5 to 3 mm in length and have brown to black bodies, pale legs and antennae. Pavement ant pest control is achieved by understanding ant extermination and control. Pavement ants earned their name because they nest in cracks in driveways and under sidewalks, piling the resulting dirt in a mound on top of the pavement. Pavement ants also dwell in the undersides of logs, bricks, stones, patio blocks and boards. Pavement ants may also nest under mulching or open soil close to building foundations. They also can nest indoors, such as under floors, inside insulation and within walls. Pavement ants invade buildings while foraging for food. Nests are outdoors under stones, along curbs or in cracks of pavement. They can nest indoors in walls and under floors. Pavement ants will feed on a wide variety of foods, including meats, grease, live and dead insects, seeds and honeydew from aphids. They prefer to eat greasy foods, and can eat many foods consumed by humans. They forage for food for their colonies and set up trails to food sources from their nests. Pavement ant workers enter houses to forage and can become a nuisance when large groups infest a kitchen or garden patio. They can sting and bite Pavement ants undergo complete metamorphosis, passing through the egg, larval and pupal stages before becoming mature adults. A typical colony of pavement ants includes multiple queens and numerous workers. A queen establishes a new colony of pavement ants by laying eggs. Pavement worker ants then tend the queen’s brood until they develop into adults. During their development, broods are transferred from location to location to protect them from fluctuations in moisture and temperature ODOROUS HOUSE ANT The odorous house ant is probably the most common house-infesting ant species in North Carolina. Their name comes from the odor of rotten coconut that is noticeable when you crush the insects. Workers are about 1/8” long and brown to black in color. There is one node on the pedicel that is hidden by the overlapping abdomen (see the picture above). Colonies may contain several hundred to 100,000 workers and contain multiple queens. New colonies are formed primarily by budding; however, occasional mating swarms may occur in late spring. Odorous house ants can nest in many different places. Outdoor they may build their nests in mulch, in piles of logs, firewood, boards, and other debris. They may also nest beneath stones, sidewalks, patio blocks, and concrete slabs. Indoor nest sites may include wall voids, window frames, in insulation in an attic or between bats of insulation and crawlspace subflooring. Indoors, odorous house the ants are typically attracted to sugary food items. Outdoors, they feed on the honeydew secreted by aphids and other insects on shrubs and trees.Pavement ants also know as sugar ants or little black house ants dwell in the undersides of logs, bricks, stones, patio blocks and boards.Pavement ants may also nest under mulching or open soil close to building foundations. They also can nest indoors, such as under floors, inside insulation and within walls.

Odorous house ants are opportunists, nesting both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, odorous ants can nest in wall crevices, near heaters, water pipes, under carpets, beneath floors or sometimes behind paneling. Outdoors, odorous house ants place their shallow nests beneath soil as well as in logs, mulch, debris and under rocks. Like all ants, odorous house ants live in colonies. Each colony may contain two or more queens and over 100,000 workers. The queens of an odorous ant colony can produce thousands of workers and hundreds of reproductives. Odorous house ants forage for food night and day. Outdoors they prefer honeydew from aphids and mealybugs. When the honeydew supply is reduced in autumn, they may move indoors for food. Indoors, they eat meats, sugary foods, dairy products, pastries, cooked or raw vegetables and fruit juices. When alarmed by a predator, worker odorous ants will move in quick, erratic motions, raising their abdomens into the air. Odorous house ants also know as little black sugar house ants are highly adaptable and capable of establishing nests in diverse environments from sandy beaches to open fields, woodlands, bogs and homes. Outside, it commonly nests in soil beneath most any object, including stones, logs, concrete blocks, and fallen limbs. It also nests under the bark of logs and stumps and in plant cavities, refuse piles, under mulch in flower beds, and nests of birds and animals. These ants are highly mobile and move frequently from nests that are not well structured.

Pest Control To Get Rid of Cockroaches and Kill Roaches

Cockroaches control extermination involves getting to the source of the matter, and get rid of all roaches . Roaches are common in multi-unit building like Apartment. After pest control treats for cockroaches,Maintain sanitation and exclusion techniques to avoid encouraging a new infestation. If severe re-infestations continue to recur, Ampm Pest exterminators are trained to use various pesticides and mechanical methods that will bring positive result. Seattle exterminators expertise in  Cockroach control infestation includes Exclusion and Removal of Hiding Places is a beginning to get rid of cockroaches.The German, American, Brown-Banded, and Oriental cockroaches are the Earth’s Most Wanted urban pests.

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects. They prefer to live and feed in the dark, so a cockroach seen during the day is a possible sign of infestation. Cockroaches tend to prefer dark, moist places to hide and breed and can be found behind refrigerators, sinks and stoves, as well as under floor drains and inside of motors and major appliances. Because they can flatten their bodies to fit into narrow areas, cockroaches may also be found hiding beneath rubber mats, behind wallpaper and within wall cracks. Cockroach feces will be visible during an infestation. Small roaches produce feces that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper, while larger roaches expel cylindrical droppings. The quantity of visible feces is oftentimes a good indicator of the level or duration of infestation. Some species emit unpleasant smells. In the event of serious infestation, a strong oily or musty odor may be present. The bodies of dead cockroaches can also be found throughout the house. Oval-shaped egg cases, known as oothecae, are sometimes visible behind furniture and in other hidden locations, such as the spaces between books The length of time it takes to rid your home of a cockroach infestation depends largely upon species and size of infestation. Many over-the-counter products homeowners utilize often prove ineffective against a cockroach infestation. These pests are extremely adaptable and may even be resistant to some home extermination methods. The most rapid and effective pest control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. There are several techniques and tools that can be employed or recommended by these professionals to get rid of cockroaches. One strategy is for the pest control professional to partner with the homeowner to reduce the cockroach attractants. Sources like pet food dishes, drains, dishwashers, trash cans, etc. should be maintained, cleaned and/or stored properly. Another step is to determine the source or entry point for the cockroaches. Some cockroaches, like the German cockroach, are primarily carried into the home. Homeowners should be careful to inspect items such as used furniture or appliances for cockroaches before bringing them home. Outdoor cockroaches may invade under doors and through open windows. Homeowners and the pest control professionals should collaborate to seal up the home as much as possible. Pest control professional also can employ traps such as glue boards in areas where cockroaches may travel or hide. Yet another tool can be proper applications of products such as baits and residuals to cracks/crevices, harborage areas and the exterior of the home Eliminating cockroaches in an apartment requires a combined effort on the part of management, tenants and pest control professionals. Because roaches often are able to avoid apartment tenant treatments, effective control necessitates a professional. Measures can be taken to prevent a cockroach population from infesting your home. Dishes should be washed and put away. Food should never be left on counters or tables. Defective plumbing and potential leaks should be corrected, and garbage should be taken out daily. All holes and cracks in ceilings and walls should be repaired. Any signs of a cockroach infestation should be reported to the superintendent or housing authority immediately. In the event of an infestation, it will most likely be necessary to utilize the services of a professional pest control company. Some professional pest control companies will offer extermination plans

House Flies Types Control Exterminations

pest control service seattleAdult flesh flies are one of the common flies in washington. There a few different types of  flies,our exterminators are trained to identify these types of flies, The adult flesh fly drinks animal fluids and may also visit piles of dung.Their larvae also known as maggots eat the rotting,decaying flesh of animals as well as dead insects.Knowledge of the life cycle of certain flesh flies can be helpful in determining how long an animal or rodent has been dead.Flies carry more than 100 pathogens that can cause dangerous diseases in humans and animals, such as typhoid, polio and tuberculosis and how to control these pests.

Rodent Control types that invade home and commercial buildings

Rodents multiply so quickly, just a few can lead to an out-of-control rat infestation before you know it.Most home or property business owners don’t often see rats or mice, but signs of their presence.The most troublesome rats are two introduced species, the roof rat and the Norway rat. It’s important to know which species of rat is present in order to choose effective Rodent control removal service strategies.Once rats have invaded your yard and this can be caused by a number of reason: unkept backyard,pets going to the bathroom in your yard.It is only a matter of time before you find evidence of them indoors. Experience has shown it is less time consuming to control rodents before their numbers get too high, and fewer traps and less bait will be required if control is started early.Rats, like house mice, are active mostly at night.

Seattle mice extermination: How to get rid of mice rats in your house or commercial building by pest exterminators.Our  successful rodent,rat,mice,Squirrel control service strategy typically includes three elements: sanitation measures; building construction and rodent proofing; and, population control.

Mouse infestations are troublesome and dangerous to humans. Mice feed on human food sources and destroy cartons, paper, boxes and plastic in order to construct their nests. The urine, saliva and feces of some mice may contain viruses and bacteria, such as salmonella and hantavirus. It is therefore necessary to exterminate any mouse infestation. It is advisable to take action at the first sign of a mouse infestation. Populations grow rapidly and are extremely difficult to eradicate. It is best to target infestations when colonies are small. The most efficient mouse extermination methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Contact your local expert to arrange for an inspection and consultation. How Mice Enter Homes Mouse Repellent Spray Electronic Mice Repellent How Mouse Traps Work How to Get Mice Out of House Walls How to Kill Mice Trapping Mice How to Clean Up After Mice Infestation

Spiders control and Extermination Services

Venomous spiders in Washington include the black widow spider and yellow sac spider. The hobo spiders are unlikely to cause dangerous bites. Brown recluse spiders don’t live in Washington state.Black widow, yellow sac, and hobo spiders live outdoors, however they occasionally find their way inside homes.Not only are their webs a nuisance around the house, but spiders can inflict painful, sometimes dangerous bites.Spider pest control service will maintain and keep them out of your house or building.

Mosquitoes pest control Identification, Management, Removal and Extermination

mosquitoes can pose a serious health threat to people. Disease can be spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Over 40 different mosquito species can be found in Washington, and many are vectors for diseases, such as West Nile virus, western equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.The threat of mosquito-borne diseases could affect your family and pets. Ampm exterminators is qualified in getting of mosquitoes and maintaining your property.

Silverfish pest control Service Identification and Management

Silverfish  live in areas with mild temperatures and high humidity, such as damp storage rooms, bathrooms and basements. Silver fish are silver in color, grow to about 1/2 inch in length and lay their eggs in cracks and crevices. These light-shy, nimble and wingless insects live for up to four years. Silver fish generally cause trouble in large quantities. Silverfish are pests of paper and prefer food containing starch such as the glue found in book bindings and photographs.You need the knowledge and experience of our pest exterminators to get rid of the silverfish

Ticks pest control Identification and Management

Ticks carry many serious diseases, including Lyme disease, encephalitis and typhus. They can live for over 500 days without a meal.When working, camping, or walking in a tick habitat – wooded, bushy, or grassy places – a few simple precautions can reduce your chance of being bitten. or Have an experience exterminator from Ampm exterminators come get rid of them.

Bees, yellow jackets and wasp  pest control Service Identification, Removal and Extermination

yellow-jackets-nestsWasps can be distinguished from bees by their smooth, rather than hairy, bodies. Very protective of their nests, the will defend against invaders with painful stings. The common bee sting, while harmless to most people, can be very painful.Let Ampm exterminators service handle the removal of the nests to protect your family.


Termite Control, Protection & Inspection Services

dampwood-termiteTermite Proactivity program with Ampm pest control can be the factor that saves a homeowner from a costly termite infestation. It involves identifying the difference between flying ants and termites, a common source of confusion for homeowners and Commercial business building contractors. It also means taking action quickly. Homeowners and Business building owners are well educated about termites. Generally much more proactive about termite pest control. All it takes is one negative termite experience to underscore the importance of termite control Service.

Bed bugs pest control Identification, Removal and Extermination Service

pest control servicePrevention ,how , where you get in contact with bed bugs:Bed bugs infestation in your home would appear because someone in your house or building have been in contact with infested clothing or furniture in a motel, hotel or hostel. Bed bugs are easily passed around from used clothing and materials. It is a misconception that cleanliness will prevent the spreading of an infestation. Still, the cleaner your living environment is, the harder it will be for the bed bugs to hide.A bedbug can individually and collectively cause a number of health effects including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Bedbug bites may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters. Diagnosis involves both finding bedbugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms.If you suspect a bed bug infestation from bed bug bites or signs of bed bugs ,Our bed bug extermination and removal service has  done a lot of these treatments and its important that our clients follow our bed bug protocol to a “T” being that they are a transient pest. Call for details for bed bug pest control service


Fleas are small, dark colored wingless insects only about one-sixteenth of an inch long. Adult flea bodies are narrow from front to back to facilitate moving through the host animal's fur. This particular adaptation also allows fleas to hide easily in folds of furniture, between floor boards, behind baseboards or even in sub-flooring. This can make control difficult. Fleas are also covered with spines bent backward that make it difficult to be scratched off the host animal. Fleas are built for jumping with strong hind legs. Anyone who has tried to capture a flea has been amazed at how far a flea can jump and escape capture. Fleas have piercing sucking mouth parts to penetrate host skin and feed on blood. Fleas are an important vector of disease pathogens as documented by the Black Plague of Europe that killed 20 million people. Fleas undergo 4 life stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Eggs are often laid on the host animal but fall off in the house, becoming embedded in carpet or furniture. In the case of cats, fleas could be found in very unusual areas considering cat's proclivity to climb on furniture in the home. Flea larvae will feed on organic debris such as hair or feces of adult fleas. Larvae can become attached to carpet fibers and resist the pull of a vacuum cleaner. Pupal cases are often covered with dirt or debris from their surroundings creating perfect camouflage. Fleas can remain in the pupal stage for months and emerge when they detect the presence of a suitable host. Hosts body temperature usually is the trigger. Adult fleas can remain dormant until a host enters a room. These two phenomenons explain the characteristic pest control Identification, Management, Removal and Extermination Services.Fleas feed on human blood through small bites in the skin. They can jump from your carpet up to your ankles and calves, and a female flea can produce up to 800 eggs during her lifetime.


Fleas are notorious for infesting dogs and cats, “biting” them and causing them to itch and scratch. Fleas actually suck blood and can transmit diseases in the process. They usually prefer to feed on dogs or cats. And the flea population in a home can be staggering, but so long as there are enough dogs and/or cats for the fleas to feed on people may remain unaware. However, when the flea population increases to where they need to compete for “food sources,” or when a dog or cat dies or moves away, they are then more than happy to feed on humans! Since their numbers increase in the summer, some of the worse cases take place when the family goes on vacation and the pets have been kept at the kennel. With no pets to feed on, and the fleas increasing in numbers, they are poised for any motion-and are ravenous when everyone comes home.


House crickets can damage silk, woolens, paper, fruits and vegetables. They can eat almost anything available.


Female moths can lay up to 200 eggs, and moth larvae feed on wool fabric and fur, doing damage to valuable clothing items.

Mites Affecting Humans

“Mite” is a term commonly used to refer to a group of insect-like organisms, some of which bite or cause irritation to humans. While some mites parasites to animals, including man, others are scavengers, some feed on plants, and many prey on insects and other arthropods. In fact, there are nearly as many different types of mites as there are insects. Like their relatives, the ticks, mites pass through four stages of development: egg to larva to nymph to adult. All stages have eight legs except the six-legged larva.Most mites never come in contact with humans, but some that do can affect a person’s health. Yet, in many situations where mites or other “invisible” arthropods are believed to be biting or “attacking” people, no causative organism is present. The irritation may be real or imagined: real, due to mechanical, chemical or other inanimate irritants, or imagined due to a psychological disorder.While mites rarely transmit disease to humans in Seattle, they definitely impact health in ways that range from simply being a nuisance when they enter homes in large numbers, to inflicting severe skin irritation that can cause intense itching. The most commonly encountered mites, including those that can adversely affect human health.


 Birds & Bats- pest control Identification and Management Services

Birds only become a serious problem when they nest in homes and Commercial business buildings. Unfortunately, sometimes the number of birds and the amount of bird droppings can create a health hazard in the attic,side walks or other area in which they are nesting. In such cases there can be a risk of histoplasmosis or ectoparisites. Woodpeckers cause their own unique brand of problem when they drill holes in the siding of homes or Commercial buildings. Ampm  Bird Extermination Service are relied upon for control and a decontamination when the nesting has been extensive

Fabric Pests-pest control Identification and Management

Fabric Pests are those insects that destroy cloth and other items made of wool, hair, leather, and/or silk. These insects have a unique ability to digest wool and cause havoc to clothing, wool carpeting and tapestries, furs, animal trophies, and some leather goods. Our Fabric pest control and exterminators provide a extermination service able to get rid of the fabric pests.

Attic Crawlspace Pest Control Service

We also remediate attic and crawlspace problems such as decontamination and insulation removal & repair after rodents have damaged those areas.

Ampm exterminators Pest Identification Guide

Varied carpet beetle                                         detrimental mite


Insects and Other Arthropods
Wood Destroying Insects
Carpenter Ants Termites (Dampwood T.Subterranean T.) Wood Boring Beetles ( Powder Post Beetles, Anobiid, etc)
Carpenter Ants (see above)Moisture Ants Odorous House AntsPharaoh Ants Pavement AntsThatching Ants
Wasps & Bees
Yellow JacketsBald-faced Hornets PolestesMason Bees Bumble BeesHoney Bees
Other Insects
Cockroaches Flies ( Blow, Cluster, Fruit flies)  springtail
Parasitic Insects
Fleas Bed Bugs Lice
Fabric Pests
Carpet Beetles Clothes Moths  Kitchen Fruit flies
Food Pests
Drug Store Beetles Indian Meal Moths
Occasional Pests
Earwigs Centipedes Millipedes
Sow Bugs (aka Pill or Potato bugs) Silverfish Psocids
Lady Beetles Fungus Gnats Spiders
Mammals and Birds
Rats and Mice
Survey/Assessment, Baiting, Trapping, Exclusion, Decontamination
Exclusion & Decontamination
Bats, Racoons, Opossums, and Other Mammals
Exclusion & Decontamination
Birds (various species)
Exclusion & Decontamination

Greater Seattle, the Eastside, King and Snohomish counties pest control service