Household Pests

Silicon Valley is home to many beneficial creatures as well as pests who are unwelcome in our homes and businesses. At Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, we make your Silicon Valley home or business healthy through low-impact, rigorous pest control and pest extermination. No gimmicks, no nonsense, and when we’re done, no pests. And we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us today for pest inspection.

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Ants

There are eight ant species that most likely to be a nuisance in California. Ants invade homes, warehouses, and businesses to forage for food or to seek shelter or both. We begin by identifying the species of ant and nest location. Ants are controlled with a combination of good sanitation, caulking entry points, and eliminating active ant nests with materials and baits targeted to the specific ant species.

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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants in California. While there are three common types of Carpenter ants, there is really only one thing a property owner needs to know: it takes a pest control professional to get rid of these hardy ants. Carpenter ants are often confused with termites because of the amount of wood damage they cause. Carpenter ants DO NOT eat wood. They remove wood as they create galleries and tunnels to live in and are very destructive.

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Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of and require specialized training and equipment. According to the Mayo Clinic: Bedbugs are reddish brown, oval and flat, about the size of an apple seed. During the day, they hide in the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboards and bed frames. It’s a daunting task to eliminate bedbugs from your home. Professional help is recommended.” Thrasher has specialized the training and expertise in bed bug control to protect you.

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Bees

Honey bees are important pollinators and we are dedicated to protecting them. Unless a bee hive poses an imminent threat to human health, please contact the Santa Clara Valley Bee Keepers Guild for hive removal. In an emergency situation, we can provide treatment which kills the hive.  

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Beetles

Carpet beetle larvae damage cloth and natural materials, spider beetles invade pantries and food, deathwatch beetles bore holes in wood. Correct beetle identification is essential to controlling this insect. Your Thrasher pest control technician will identify the beetle, assess the size of the infestation, and work with you to determine a treatment plan to meet your objectives and budget.

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Cockroaches

Cockroaches commonly infest interiors —kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. Cockroaches are carriers of many diseases and are a known asthma irritant. It is important to take a cockroach infestation seriously. It is a matter of health. Controlling cockroaches is a multi-step process that involves killing adult cockroaches and then juvenile, or nymph cockroaches as they emerge and before they reproduce. Call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control as soon as you suspect a cockroach infestation. We’ll get to work immediately to make your home roach free.

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Crickets

Crickets can live indoors, completing their life cycle with eggs laid in cracks, crevices and other dark areas such as behind baseboards. Adult crickets are very attracted to lights, and become active at night, crawling, jumping or flying. Their continued, monotonous “chirp” is loud and distracting, resulting in lost sleep. Crickets will feed on silk, woolens, nylon, rayon and wood. They can bite when handled carelessly. Let us handle crickets for you!

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Earwigs

Earwigs can enter the home through doors and windows, and by crawling up the foundation and entering through a crack. Earwig populations build up around foundations, where they produce large populations rather quickly and are often a major problem in new subdivisions. If you have an unusual number of earwigs, call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control for assistance with earwig control.

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Fleas

Flea control involves treating inside your house, the outside perimeter of your house, and your lawn and garden area AND we must perform two treatments 10 to 14 days apart to kill adult fleas and fleas that hatch after the first treatment. Getting rid of fleas takes preparation before our technician arrives. Our excellent Customer Service Representatives will help you prepare for flea control.

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Mice

Mice are small, curious, adaptable, reproduce quickly and spread many human diseases. Trapping and sealing entry points with rodent-resistant material are two of the best methods of getting a mouse infestation under control. Because of the potential for disease, proper sanitation is important. In addition to doing our part, we’ll coach you how make your home less available to mice.

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Rats

Rats eat and contaminate food, damage buildings and other property by their gnawing and burrowing, and spread diseases that affect people and pets. The presence of rats can be detected by droppings or evidence of fresh gnawing. Thrasher has many options for rat control, including trapping and sealing entry points. Rat control always starts with a no-charge inspection to identify the rat species (Norway rats, or roof rats) and device a control plan.

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Spiders

Spiders are a challenging pest to control for two main reasons: they walk on their toes and do not groom themselves like other insects, rendering most pest control products ineffective. However, Thrasher’s experience with spider control makes all the difference. Since spiders are predators, we control the insects that attract them, knock down webs to deter them, and assist clients in altering the environment to make it less spider friendly.

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Silverfish

Silverfish are chewing insects and general feeders but prefer carbohydrates and protein, including flour, dried meat, rolled oats, and paper. Silverfish survive long periods, sometimes over a year, without food but are sensitive to moisture and require humidity to survive. Silverfish are fast running and mostly active at night. Thrasher technicians have very effective treatments for this hardy nuisance pest.

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Pantry Pests

Insects that feed on human food are called pantry pests. These pests include several species of beetles and beetles larvae, moths and moth larvae, mites, ants, and cockroaches. When preventive measures fail, contact Thrasher for support.

  • Seal all food items in bug-proof containers
  • Wipe down kitchen counters and sweep floor daily
  • Empty garbage into an outside bin
  • Remove compostable refuse daily
  • Clean under ranges and under and behind refrigerators
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Sowbugs

Sowbugs, pillbugs, and wood lice are common in the landscape, but become a nuisance pest in the house. They don’t bite or sting and pose no threat to human health. These soil-dwelling crustaceans feed primarily on decaying plant material and occur mostly hidden under organic litter or other debris on the ground and beneath low-growing plants. Thrasher technicians assist you in controlling sowbugs through habitat modification, exclusion, and use of targeted materials.

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Drywood Termites

Drywood termites live deep inside wood timbers and are rarely visible. Roughly once a year, mature drywood termite colonies produce winged sexually mature termites that swarm, mate, and establish additional colonies. Because of the difficulty in detecting drywood termites and the fact that multiple unrelated colonies are typically dispersed throughout a home, do-it-yourself treatments are not recommended. Thrasher offers local treatment, fumigation, and wood damage repairs for drywood termites.

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Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are the main insect responsible for damage to structures. Subterranean termite colonies live live underground in a network of chambers and tunnels used for storing food and raising their young. Since these colonies are underground, they are often impossible to locate. However, mud shelter tubes are a telltale sign that subterranean termites are using your home as their buffet. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is expert in subterranean termite identification, treatment, and damage repairs.

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Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites only infest extremely damp or wet timber. Plumbing leaks, faulty gutters, broken drains, or excessive moisture such as that found around homes in the Santa Cruz mountains are ideal for dampwood termite colonies. Dampwood termites can be eliminated by identifying and correcting damp conditions such as a leak or faulty drainage that results in wet timber. Call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control if you need assistance identifying or controlling dampwood termites.

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