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Ants

APPEARANCE AND SIZE FACTS Ants range from the tiny,somewhat harmless Ghost Ant to the fierce Fire Ant that delivers a fiery sting, in which, some people are deathly allergic to. Ants have a three-part segmented body, three pairs of legs They live in a colony with many other individuals of the same species Members of…

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are reddish brown in color and are wingless. Roughly oval in shape and become swollen after feeding on blood. Bed bugs are (thin), and this means that they can hide in narrow cracks and crevices They are fast runners. Size: Approximately 3/16 inch long

Bees

Size: 1/2 inch to 1 inch long Bee colonies are the most evident sign of infestation. Bees will die after they sting, leaving their stinger and venom sacs attached.                                                     …

Beetles

Beetles are the largest orders of insects (Order Coleoptera), with 300,000 and 450,000 described beetles on the planet. Consist of roughly 40% of all insects and approximately 30% of all animals on the planet. Pantry Pests or Stored-Product Pests are the most common beetles and infest these areas and feed on the foods we usually…

Bugs

Many bugs that normally live outdoors will occasionally come indoors for shelter, especially as fall and winter approach. They are even driven in by our frequent rains. Often referred to as occasional invaders They do not want to live in our homes, but once they wander inside they will become a nuisance

Caterpillars

Caterpillars come in many different sizes and colors. They feed on our plants, like the Bougainvillea Caterpillars, and our lawns like Sod Webworm and Armyworm. Many caterpillars only feed at night, resting during the day, unseen. Some caterpillars can even sting,like the Saddle Back Caterpillar, causing excruciating pain and health problems.

Crickets

Crickets are an occasional home invader and common in the landscape. These small, jumping insects are members of several different species, but the most commonly encountered are field crickets (Gryllus species) and house crickets (Acheta domesticus). House crickets have been living side by side with humans for generations. Mole Crickets often damage our lawns by…

Earwigs

With over 2,000 different species, it can be hard to tell one species from another. You can recognize earwigs by their forceps pincers which are connected to the earwig’s abdomen. Earwig’s pincers look very intimidating, although they don’t cause physical harm to us. Earwigs use their pincers to catch and eat other bugs, making them…

Fleas

Redish – Brown in color. They are parasites that feed off of blood, both human and animal, by piercing the skin from the outside and sucking blood. Fleas are wingless, dark colored bugs that range in size from 1/16 to 1/8 inch. Because they do not have wings, fleas travel from hosts by hopping. They…

Flies

Flies are a significant problem because they can live in diverse conditions and carry diseases into homes. Insect order Diptera, which means to “two wings” Roughly 17,000 species of flies in North America alone. Easily distinguished from other insects because they have only 1 pair of normal wings True flies, such as the house fly,…

Grubs

Grubs can severely damage a lawn by devouring its grass roots; They are the “C” shaped larvae of beetles; Size: Range from 3/4 inch to almost 2 inches in length They feed on the root system of turf during spring and fall months; Grubs are the small pale white larvae of beetles that develop in…

Mice

The house mouse has fur coloration that can range from light brown to black, and usually has a tan or white belly Their tails are long, rough, and have little to no fur present Wild mice can become a problem when they invade homes in order to seek out food and shelter. Mice are usually…

Millipedes

Brownish-black with shades of orange, red, or brown. Normally live outdoors Feed on damp decaying vegetation Commonly invade homes Often found nesting in mulch Cylindrical in shape Most have two pairs of legs per body segment, except for the first three segments which have only one pair of legs Their short legs ripple in waves…

Mosquitos

Mosquitoes are common pests that are found in many areas of the world. There are over 3,000 different species throughout the world with 176 of these species found in the United States. Mosquitoes range in size but do not usually grow to be longer than .6 in. They have thin bodies made up of three…

Moths

Moths commonly find their way into our homes via our shopping habits. Moths are insects that can cause damage to our foods, grains, stored products, clothing and other fabrics. They often invade our pantries looking for a food source. Storing your food in tight plastic containers can help control these annoying pests.

Rats

Rats are some of the most damaging rodents in the United States. They are considered pests for many different reasons. They damage homes, chew on wiring and cause electrical fires, chew through air conditioning duct work,urinate on human and animal food, and carry diseases. Rats often will live in our palm trees, using the branches…

Roaches

There are nearly 70 different cockroach species found in the United States. Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests. Roaches vary in color from a brown to black. Tropical species can be green, orange, and other colors. These insects can grow up to 1.5 inches in length and prefer warm, moist, and dark…

Scorpions

Lives outdoors under loose wood or crumbing stone foundations Attracted by moisture – primarily nocturnal Will follow insects into the home Young carried on back of female Scorpions are nocturnal and remain hidden in cracks and crevices over 90% of the time. The presence of scorpions is usually a sign of an infestation of other…

Silverfish

Silverfish are wingless teardrop-shaped insects that are generally soft bodied. They are flattened from top to bottom, elongated and oval in shape, have three long tail-like projections at the end of the abdomen, and two long antennae. Silverfish measure 1/2 to 3/4 inches in length. They are white to brown-grey or bluish-silver in color with…

Spiders

Spiders are perhaps the most feared pest There are large and hairy spiders, such as the wolf spider Other spider species are smaller and shiny, such as the black widow spider. Spiders have eight legs, and most have eight eyes Spiders do not have ears; instead they feel the sound vibrations with tiny hairs on…

Termites

Termites usually are cryptic, meaning that they don’t come out into the open making them difficult to detect. They are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. Even when they are visible within the home as flying insects,…

Ticks

Ticks have four pairs of legs as adults and no antennae Vary in color by species Size: Adult ticks range in size from 1/8 inch to 5/8 inch in length. Ticks are parasitic insects that survive by taking blood from mammals, birds and reptiles. Ticks are pests that many pet owners are familiar with because…

Wasps

Wasps are generally 1 to 2 inches long, slender, narrow-waisted with long legs Usually reddish-orange to brown or black in color Smooth-skinned and shiny Wasps can sting repeatedly and will often do so if they feel threatened or if they are defending their nest, unlike bees Only attack humans when provoked Only females have the…

Weevils

Weevils are another “stored product” pest. They invade our pantries and wreak havoc on our grains and rice products. Storing these products in tightly sealed containers can help eliminate these pests. Discard any foods that are found to be infested.

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