Pest Library



Pest Library

Adult ants species come in various shapes and sizes, but each will be one of three different colony castes; queens, workers, or males. Queens are fertile females that lay all the eggs in a colony (almost 300 a day!). Workers are wingless females that gather food, feed larvae, maintain the nest, defend the colony, and do not reproduce. Male ants are winged, and their only job is to mate with the queens during the swarming process.

Bed bugs tend to be reddish-brown in color, oval in shape, and are about 1/4 inch in length. An easy way to spot them is right after they have a blood meal. They will appear swollen and darker red due to the blood. Otherwise, they can be challenging to find. Bed Bugs multiply quickly, making early detection crucial to ensure you do not end up with a large infestation making the steps to treat this much more aggressive.

These pests can all present problems for you or your home and controlling them begins with accurate identification. Some of these species live above ground, while others live below ground. Each species also has different ways of organizing its colonies. Some bees may be aggressive, while others are generally docile as long as they are left alone. A bee sting can be painful and will cause swelling plus irritation that could last for days.
There are more than 900 species of click beetles alone are found in North America, meaning the way they look can differ. They are typically black or brown and have an elongated body shape. Beetles have well-developed antennae and chewing mouthparts. Different materials attract specific types of beetles into homes and yards. Many species seek out stored grains and packaged foods, while others feed on garden plants, wood, or fabric, making it easy for them to find a way into your home.
Centipedes are known for their abundance of legs which can range anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs. Their bodies are flat and contain one pair of legs per segment. As for color, centipedes are typically brown or reddish-orange, though they are known to occur in other colors and patterns. The House Centipede can grow to a length of 1 1/2 inches. Unfortunately, once you see house centipedes running along floors, up walls, or on ceilings, you may have long-term visitors since they can live up to six years. They don’t need to go outdoors at all but can complete their entire life cycle indoors.
House crickets measure 16 to 22 mm in length. Field crickets can grow to measure more than 2.5 cm in length. Ground crickets are much smaller than other common crickets. House crickets are light yellowish-brown in color and exhibit three dark bands atop their heads. Field crickets are brown or black in color. Ground crickets are brown. While these bugs don’t directly threaten humans, they can become a problem by damaging young plants, stripping the soil of vital nutrients, or creating an irritating chorus of chirping.
Fleas are tiny insects that survive by attaching themselves to bird and mammal hosts, most often in wooded areas. There are over 2,500 different species of fleas found around the world. Fleas are small, wingless and about 2.5 mm long. Their bodies are shiny and reddish-brown in color, covered with microscopic hair, and are compressed to allow for easy movement through animal fur. Fleas are known as one of the world’s best jumpers, able to leap a distance of more than 150 times their body length. As parasites, fleas survive on the blood of their host.
Flies are six-legged insects inhabiting all corners of the globe. There are more than 16,000 species of flies in North America alone. Capable of flight, the fly’s purpose in the world is as a vital food source for larger animals, an assistant in the decomposition process, and a plant pollinator. While these are important, flies can also cause negative issues around your home or business as flies land often and can deposit thousands of bacteria each time they land. This could require the need for fly control.
As the most common flying insect within your home, fruit flies are attracted to fruit that is fresh, overripe or fermenting. Though they seem like a less serious pest and more of a nuisance, gnats reproduce very quickly, which leads to an overpopulation of gnats in swarms, creating problems for homeowners and residents. The first sign of a gnat infestation is usually spotting the population of tiny flying pests.
The type of mice infestation that you are dealing with usually depends on where you live or work. If your property is in an area with more open space near a barn or shed, it is more likely that field mice have made their way into your home or office. Mice can reproduce rapidly, making it particularly important that you address the infestation and get rid of mice as soon as possible. Mice tend to be smaller than rats with shorter, thinner tails and larger ears. Mice are small and gray in color.

Mosquitoes belong to the same group as the true flies, Diptera. As such, they have a single pair of wings. They typically have long, thin legs and a head featuring a prominent proboscis. Mosquito bodies and wings most often are covered in tiny scales. Adult sizes may range from 3 to 9 mm. Mosquitoes are one of those unfortunate insects that are not only annoying but can also be dangerous disease-carrying pests. Mosquitoes are quite small, but you will know when they are around because of their irritating, itchy bites.

Moths can cause extensive damage to both the interior and exterior of your property. Most indoor infesting moths are smaller than 2 cm wingspan and often are shades of grey or brown to reddish-brown. These moths can eat the leaves off trees, or munch through clothing and dry goods, causing expensive and thorough destruction that can be difficult to repair. Moth behavior, diet, and habits are as varied as their appearance. They range from beautiful pollinators to sneaking blood feeders. Some moths are major agricultural pests, while the majority complete their life cycle with no significant direct impact on man. They often are the food source for many animals, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, and even some plants. Indoors, homeowners encounter moths that are either feeding on stored pantry items or on fabrics.
Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm (2 in) length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates. Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae, and some have wings. Interestingly enough, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. Cockroaches can be a significant concern in homes and businesses. Besides being unsightly and creating an unclean feeling, cockroaches carry several diseases and can cause real sanitation problems, especially when it comes to food safety and air quality.

Rats are a common type of rodent. These pests can grow to be a few inches in length up to 10 inches. Rats often live near places with food scraps such as dumpsters and garbage cans. Although these pests can be found in the wild, they usually congregate in more populated areas like cities and towns. In addition to being tough to control, rodents may carry diseases and taint food with waste, fur, and saliva creating a dangerous environment for your home.

Spiders can be dangerous to you, your family, your pets, and your customers. While most spiders pose little or no danger to people, some species can deliver venomous bites that can cause medical issues. In the U.S., the two most common venomous spiders are the brown recluse, distinguished by the violin-shaped marking on the top of its cephalothorax, the body part consisting of the spider’s fused together head and thorax. The other important venomous spider is the black widow, notable for the red hourglass shape on the underside of its jet-black abdomen.

Ticks are commonly found near heavily vegetated areas, with or without moisture, such as in backyards, under leaves, around crevices and cracks of foundation, crawl spaces, or anywhere rodents, or other small mammals are active. Ticks can enter homes by attaching themselves to clothing, pets, or people. Ticks feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles, and they do not care who the host is if as long as they are feeding. Ticks do not burrow themselves into the skin. Instead, only the mouth enters during the blood-feeding. Only ticks that have been infected with bacteria, viruses, or parasites present harm. Only ticks in the nymph or adult phase are hazardous.

Typically, the first signs of a wasp infestation are nests somewhere near your home or business property. The nests look like honeycombs, but they are small and rounded. You’ll usually find them outside, but they can make their way into your home or building, which is a much more serious type of infestation. When wasps are building their nests, they’re looking for a place that’ll shelter their young, so structures such as sheds, window frames, and decks are usually where wasps will build their nests. Wasps near the home can ruin outdoor activities and make yardwork difficult. While they rarely go out of their way to sting, wasps may become hostile if threatened or disturbed. Their stings are painful but typically non-threatening to those without allergies to the wasp’s venom.

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