Protect Your Des Moines Home From Harmful Pests

Summer pests can be annoying. From Asian beetles to boxelder bugs, it can be frustrating to see these insects invade your home during warmer summer months in Iowa. Aside from their unwelcome invitation, these types of pests are relatively harmless. There are many other dangerous types of bugs and insects in Iowa that are important to look out for. At Miller Pest Solutions, we can help protect you and your family by preventing and eradicating pests like black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, bed bugs, and wasps. It is important to know what these harmful pests look like and where they might be hiding in your Des Moines area home.

Black Widow Spiders

Black widow spiders are commonly identified by the reddish colored, hourglass shaped mark on their abdomen. They are relatively small in size, about comparable to a paper clip. They are majorily black in color, aside from the hourglass markings on their back. The black widow spiders are nonaggressive and will usually only bite in self-defense. Their bites are known to be extremely painful, but fortunately they’re not usually lethal with proper medical treatment. They can be particularly lethal to children and elderly people, however. The best way to prevent a bite from a black widow spider is to remove them from your property. Miller Pest & Termite can help locate inhabitants of black widow spiders.

Brown Recluse Spider

The brown recluse spider is identified by it’s distinctive violin shaped marking on its head, which gives it the nickname “Fiddleback Spider.” The brown recluse usually grows to be about an inch in length. They enjoy dark, sheltered places, and generally dwell in the basement of your home. These spiders are shy and will rarely bite unless provoked. Symptoms from this bite might not show up for a few hours, but it is important to seek medical attention if symptoms become serious.

Bed Bugs

The side effects of a bed bug bite are relatively minor. They can cause itchy, swollen bumps and rashes much like that of a mosquito bite. The danger in these bugs comes from how easily they can spread throughout your home. They can easily transfer from your home to work by attaching to the fibers on your clothing. Miller Pest & Termite specializes in bed bug prevention and removal. We use heating and drying treatments to kill the bugs and stop them from spreading throughout your Des Moines home, so you can rest easy again.


Wasps are pests that become more prevalent in our warm Des Moines summer months. They build their nests close to buildings, where they can search for sugary foods. Their stings are irritating and painful but not harmful to the average person. However, if you have a wasp allergy, it’s sting can be very harmful. It’s important to protect you and your neighbors from potentially harmful bites. Miller Pest & Termite will analyze the layout of your property, and develop a custom plan to eliminate wasps and other harmful flying pests from your Des Moines property.

Cat Fleas

The cat flea gets its name because it’s primary host is a cat. Cat fleas reside on an animal’s fur and they transmit parasites and infections to cats, dogs and even to humans. Cat fleas are almost impossible to see, ranging from 1-2 mm in size. They are reddish-brown in color with a flat body that allows them to maneuver into your pets hair. If you have pets it is important to get them checked for fleas frequently, before the fleas start to infest your home. If you notice you have a flea problem or suspect you may, call Miller Pest & Termite for fast, efficient, and affordable pest control services for your Central Iowa home.

Free Pest Inspections in Des Moines

Miller Pest & Termite will take care of all your summer pest extermination needs. Call us for bed bug, cat flea, wasp, and spider extermination for your Des Moines and Central Iowa multi-family housing, condos, apartments and single family homes. Our experienced exterminators take pride in our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call Miller Pest & Termite today to schedule your free pest inspection or to learn about our other services including mole removal, mosquito control, rodent control, and ant control.