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Western Conifer Seed Bug
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is often mistaken for a stink bug. However, it has a longer body. The hind legs of a Western conifer seed bug are also widened and look like a tiny leaf is attached, whereas the stink bug’s legs are straight and cylindrical. Sometimes called the “leaf-footed bug.” They are about 3/4 inch in size, and are brown with reddish brown and dark brown markings and a checkered pattern of brown and white along its edges. It feeds on conifer seeds as well as other seeds. They make a loud buzzing noise when flying and can be a nuisance when they make it inside your home.
Clover mites are small mites with long front legs that look like red specks that crawl on brick, decks, doors, windows, siding, furniture, etc. They are no bigger than the head of a pin. They leave a red stain when squished. This is their coloring, not blood. They feed on grasses, clovers and plants.
The lady bug, or asian lady beetle, is a small beetle usually red, yellow or orange in color with black dots on their wing covers. They have short legs and antennae. Lady bugs tend to feed on plant-eating insects, making them a delight to have in the garden. However, some lady bugs feed on plants, becoming a garden pest. They can also get in your house and cause an infestation.
Millipedes are closely related to centipedes and sowbugs. They are dark brown and have many legs. They have a cylindrical body and can be 1 to 1.5 inches long. They can also curl into a spiral coil shape. They are often found in the yard in damp areas. Although their name suggests they have 1,000 legs, they have more around 700.
Box Elder Bug
Box elder bugs are found mostly on boxelder, maple and ash trees, but sometimes other plants. They are black or dark brown in coloring with red on their wings and abdomen. They are about .5 inches long. They are mostly active in the fall months, entering structures to find shelter for the winter months.
Mosquitoes are types of flies with a tube-like mouth. Most are about 1/8 to 3/4 inches in size. They feed on the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Only females are able to suck blood. The saliva of a mosquito is what causes the itchy rash or red bump that most humans get when bit. Mosquitoes can transmit such illnesses as malaria, west nile virus, yellow fever and filariasis.
The brown marmorated stink bug is a brownish bug with a shield shape. They are named for the smelly scent they give off when squished. They are just over a half an inch in size and can have copper, black or gray markings. They can be quite damaging to fruit and vegetable crops. These are often confused with the western conifer seed bug. The back legs are the main difference. The stink bug has straighter, more cylindrical hind legs, whereas the western conifer seed bug has widened legs with a leaf-shaped area.
Chipmunks are small rodents. They are approximately 7-9.8 inches in length. They tend to look smaller than squirrels, having less mass, and a smaller tail. They are usually brownish-reddish in color and have stripes down their backs and face.
The common squirrels of this area are the gray squirrel (shown here), the red squirrel, the fox squirrel and the flying squirrel. Squirrels are rodents and are usually about 7-9.8 inches in length. Squirrels are identified by their bushy tail and are often larger than chipmunks. Squirrels can be a challenging pest and can get in your chimney or attic space, make holes in your lawn and eat your garden.
Hibernating during the winter months, Big brown bats often roost in different locations in the summer months. Winter roosts tend to be natural subterranean locations such as caves and underground mines where temperatures remain stable.
Feral pigeons are responsible for untold millions of dollars of damage each year. The uric acid in their feces is highly corrosive. Also, debris from roosting flocks can build up, backing up gutters and drains thus causing damage to roofs and other structures. Extensive damage to air conditioning units and other roof top machinery is commonplace.There are also other economic costs that can be associated from pigeon’s taking up residence such as slip and fall liability and projection of an unclean, dirty company image. Besides physical damage, the bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings sometimes represent a health risk.
The Norway, or brown, rat lives both as a commensal in close association with man and in the feral state. As a commensal this rat lives principally in basements, on the ground floor, or in burrows under sidewalks or outbuildings. Although more at home on the ground, these rats are adept at climbing and have been observed traveling along telephone wires from one building to another. In places they become exceedingly numerous and destructive.They constitute a menace to public health. They are known to be reservoirs of bubonic plague (transmitted to man by the bite of a flea or other insect), endemic typhus fever, ratbite fever, and a few other dreaded diseases. Because of this it is commonly said that Norway and roof rats are more dangerous than lions or tigers! Every effort should be made to exterminate them when they are found on your premises, and it is advisable…
Belongs to one of numerous species of rodents. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). The American white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) also sometimes live in houses. Mice are very harmful pests, damaging and eating crops and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In western North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse feces has been linked to the deadly hantavirus. The original motivation for the domestication of cats is thought to have been for their predation of mice and their relatives, the rats.
Most common during the summer, especially when homes are reoccupied after vacation. Most common hosts are cats, dogs, man and a wide variety of animals. These fleas are extremely small and are wingless.
Brown Dog Tick
Adults are flat, about 1/8″ long and uniformly red-brown with tiny pits scattered over the back. Unlike the male, the female enlarges after feeding to about 1/2″ long and 1/4″ wide. The enlarged portion of the body becomes gray-blue to olive in color. Found most often in the ears, between the toes and on the backs of dogs. After feeding they retire to baseboards, molding, around window cord pulleys and protected openings.The most common roach in United States homes. Breeds throughout the year. Favors humid atmosphere and an average temperature 70°.
The deer tick is found in grassy areas, open fields, and especially the margin where fields meet wooded areas. The deer tick transmits a bacteria which causes Lyme disease, a serious human disease that exhibits symptoms common to many other diseases. It is initially flu-like but if not treated can develop into rheumatoid arthritis-type conditions. Lyme disease is not usually fatal but can be debilitating and difficult to treat if not detected early.Adult deer ticks are tiny–approximately the size of a sesame seed. Males are black; females have a brick-red abdomen and a black shield near the head. Females swell to 1/4 mm when fully engorged after feeding. Adults are found primarily from September through November, and again in March and April. Adults feed mainly on deer, but will also attack cattle, horses, dogs, etc. Humans are accidental hosts.
An adult bed bug is about 1/5″ long and 1/8″ wide. Its reddish-brown body is greatly flattened and oval-shaped. A bed bug has piercing-sucking mouthparts which enable it to pierce the skin and suck blood from its host. Its Latin name is Cimex lectularius. Bed bugs are generally active only at night because of their dislike for sunlight, with a peak feeding period about an hour before sunrise. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. With one tube it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, while with the other it withdraws the blood of its host. After feeding for about five minutes, the bug returns to its hiding place. The bites cannot usually be felt until some minutes or hours later, as a dermatological reaction to the injected agents, and the first indication of…
Eight legs with no wings or antennae. Their bodies have only two sections-a fused head and thorax, and an abdomen. All spiders have a pair of jaw-like structures with a hollow, claw-like fang at the end. Depending on the species spiders can be found in both damp and warm dry parts of buildings. Most species hide in cracks, darkened areas or in shelter they make from silk.
Silverfish & Firebrats
Bodies are long, slender and flattened; broad at the front and tapering to the rear. Antennae are long and slender. Three long slender appendages protrude from the rear. They’re wingless and the body is about 1/2″ long. Among the most common insects in the home. They eat paper, fabrics and get into cereals.Firebrats prefer temperatures over 90°F and are usually not found together with silverfish.
Sowbugs & Pillbugs
Oval bodies, convex above and flat or hollow underneath. Never over 3/4″ long. Both have seven pairs of legs. The sowbug has two tail-like appendages that prevent it from rolling up in a ball. The pillbug, however, lacks these appendages and rolls itself into a tight ball.They prefer moist locations and can be found under vegetable debris or any object on damp ground. Frequently invade damp basements, crawl spaces and may infest potted plants.
Indian Meal Moth
The outer two thirds of the forewings are bronze or copper in color while the upper third are yellowish-gray, with a dark band at the interface between the two. The wingspan is 16-20 mm.Up to 300 eggs are laid directly onto the food surface. These are smaller than 0.5 mm and not sticky. The larvae (Waxworms) are off-white, with a brown head and approximately 12 mm long when mature.They are commonly called “flour moths” or “pantry moths.”
Earwigs are most readily recognized by the forceps at the end of the abdomen. Species range from 1/2″ to 1″ in length, and from light reddish-brown to jet black in color. Some species are marked with stripe or band on the body and legs. Earwigs are active at night and hide in cracks or underneath objects during the day. Most species scavenge on dead animal and plant material. Eggs are laid in underground burrows.
A flat, wormlike body. 1″ or more in length with one pair of long legs for almost each body segment. The house centipede is grayish-yellow with three dark stripes running the length of the body. It has 15 pairs of legs with hind legs more than twice its body length. Found throughout the country. House centipedes live in damp areas such as cellars, closets, bathrooms. Outdoors they can be found in damp locations under leaves and stones.
Sawtoothed Grain Beetle
The sawtoothed grain beetle and its look-alike relative, the merchant grain beetle, are slender, flattened, reddish-brown beetles that measure about 1/8 inch in length. They exhibit saw-like teeth along the edge of the prothorax (shoulder area). These beetles feed on a wide variety of foods. While some come in from outdoors, most come in on purchased food, particularly dry pet food. These beetles can enter a home in large and disturbing numbers to feed on food, such as bird seed or pet food, which mice or other rodents have stored in wall voids.
Powder Post Beetles
Second only to termites in destroying wood, Powder Post Beetles leave small, round holes in wooden articles along with a residue of fine, powder-like dust.These beetles range from 1/12″ to 1/3″ in length and from reddish-brown to black in color. The basal segment of the abdomen is as long as the second and third combined. The body is flattened and the head is visible from above.
Most common in northern states. This beetle infest carpets and feeds on the fabric. It also feeds on animal products that are left undisturbed such as wool, leather, furs, etc.These beetles are small and oval in shape. They’re grayish black in color with a varied pattern of white and orange scales on the back. An orange-red band of scales runs down the middle of the back.
The Oriental cockroach or waterbug (Blatta orientalis) is a large species of cockroach, measuring about 1 inch in length at maturity. It is dark brown to black in color and has a glossy body.
Their color varies from light brown to tan, except for 2 dark streaks on the shield-like segment behind the head. They prefer infesting the kitchen and bathroom, but will live anywhere that is heated, has food, water and harborage. They are active at night.The most common roach in United States homes. Breeds throughout the year. Favors humid atmosphere and an average temperature 70°.
The largest of the common species, growing to a length of 1 1/2″ or more. Reddish-brown with a yellow border on the back of the pronotum. The wings of the male extend beyond the tip of the abdomen, while the female’s wings are about the same length as the abdomen. Found in the dark, moist areas such as around bathtubs, clothes hampers, sewers and basement corners.
Yellow Jackets (Hornets)
Hornets and wasp look similar because hornets are a type of wasp. Yellow jackets, sometimes known as hornets, are short wasps that are black and yellow or white. All yellow jackets build paper nests that are completely surrounded by a paper envelope. Most yellow jackets nest underground. They often use burrows made by rodents or other natural openings as nest sites. The yellow jacket likes to nest inside walls of houses. Learn more about the different types of bees, wasps and hornets to see which one you might have!
Adults are about 5/8-3/4 inch long. They are usually brownish with yellow markings, and some have been known to have reddish markings. Paper wasps will hang their comb nests from branches, twigs and shrubs. Most often, if these nests are approached or tampered with they will sting. Learn more about the different types of bees, wasps and hornets to see which one you might have!
The house fly is the most common of all flies fluttering in homes, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects; it is often considered a pest that can carry serious diseases. Its eggs are laid in almost any moist and warm material such as manure, decaying vegetable material and garbage.
Adults are about 1/8 inch in length and the color varies between tan, brownish, or brownish-black. The eyes are normally bright red. Fruit flies are drawn to fresh fruit and vegetables or where there is plenty of moisture and yeast.
They are about 5/8 to 3/4+ inch in length, the queens are generally a little larger. They are mostly black with a white pattern on most of the face, and a few white markings on their body. The inseminated queen uses chewed up wood fibers to build a paper nest. Eggs are laid in the cells, as the eggs hatch, the larvae are fed by the queen. As the colony grows, the workers take over enlarging the nest and feeding the larvae, leaving the queen to produce eggs. Learn more about the different types of bees, wasps and hornets to see which one you might have!
Drain flies are a common, Major health hazard. These small insects closely resemble fruit flies and breed in the decaying organic matter typically found in “J” traps or floor and sink drains. Drain flies cannot be eliminated unless you remove their food source and egg laying environment.
In the late-spring and early summer, homeowners often notice large, black bees hovering around the outside of their homes. These are probably carpenter bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests. Male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests. Although carpenter bees are less aggressive than wasps, female bees provisioning their nests will sting.Carpenter bees drill a perfectly round 1/2 inch diameter hole into the wood. They frequently drill into bare unfinished wood including eaves, window trim, fascia boards and decks. After drilling a hole against the grain, the bee turns at a right angle and tunnels along the grain of the wood. Over time, these bees will cause considerable damage.For prompt control of these damaging pests call our experts at 1-800-525-4825. Learn more about the different types of bees, wasps and hornets to see which one you…
Size: 5/16” long color: non-metallic, light & dark grey abdomen In the late fall, cluster flies will fly to the sunny sides of homes and other structures in search of protected sites to over-winter. They will migrate inside through cracks and crevices and as the temperature drops they will remain in a semi-dormant state until warmed by heat from the sun. They can often be found in great numbers in wall-voids, attics and other inaccessible areas. After emerging in the spring, they are frequently found sluggishly buzzing around windows.To control these annoying pests, call our experts at 1-800-525-4825.
Winged forms are only 1/2″ long. Workers and soldiers are about 1/4″ long. The soldier has an elongated, quadrangular, light yellow head with straight mandibles, curved at the tip. The thorax of the worker is the narrower than the head and abdomen. The most widespread group of termites. They cause most of the termite damage to structural timbers in the United States.
These ants vary in color from yellowish to reddish, with the abdomen normally darker to black. Pharaoh ants are found throughout the United States. There colonies can become very large, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They prefer to nest in warm, humid areas near a source of food and water. Read about other types of ants to see which one you might have!
The workers are about 1/16 – 1/8 inch in length and the queen is about 3/8 inch. Their body ranges from light brown to black and their legs and antennae are paler. Their bodies are covered with stiff hairs.Indoors, the preferred nesting area is ground level, near a heat source, such as heaters, pipes, and machinery. Outdoors, it is most common for them to nest in cracks in the pavement, next to buildings, or under stones. These ants are aggressive and can bite or sting. Read about other types of ants to see which one you might have!
Odorous House Ant
Their body is brown to black, and are approximately 1/16 – 1/8 inch in length. Their antennae have 12 segments and are without a club. They received their name because when crushed they give off a pungent odor. Read about other types of ants to see which one you might have!
These are among the largest of ants and are vicious biters. Workers vary greatly in size from 1/4″ to 3/8″ in length. Usually they are black, but may have some brown coloration. They’re long-legged and move swiftly. Found throughout the United States in a variety of species. The tunnels they excavate in wood are clean, almost sandpapered in appearance unlike termite tunnels. Read about other types of ants to see which one you might have!
Straight, beaded antennae, broad waistline, two pairs of wings – equal in size. A “swarm” is a dispersal flight of winged termites to start new colonies. Termites have straight antennae, a thick waist and both pairs of wings same size. Ants and termites can look very similar. However, termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. Learn the dangerous difference between ants and termites!
Winged reproductives produce the offspring in the colony and swarm at certain times of the year. Colonies can have both primary reproductives (one king and one queen), and hundreds of secondary reproductives to assist in egg laying and colony growth. To tell the difference between a winged reproductive termite and a swarming ant, look at the swarmer’s body shape, antennae and length of wings. ANT: Elbowed antennae, narrow waist, front wings longer than back wings Read about other types of ants to see which one you might have!