Pest Library

Beetles, Cockroaches, and other bugs

Here is a list of common pests in the area so you can identify the different roaches, beetles, and other insects that may be bugging you. If you need a pest control professional, call 800-525-4825 or for Cape Cod 800-499-5866 for your FREE estimate today! For an extermination location in the MA & NH areas near you, click here.

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  • Spider Spiders - 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 […]
  • silver 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 […]
  • Pillbugs & Sowbugs 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 […]
  • mealmoth 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 […]
  • Earwig Earwigs - 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 […]
  • Centipede Centipedes - 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 […]
  • Sawtooth Beetle 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 […]
  • Powder Post Beetle 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. […]
  • Carpet Beetle Carpet Beetle - 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 […]
  • orien_ck Oriental Cockroach - 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.
  • german German Cockroach - 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. […]
  • American Cockroach American Cockroach - 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 […]

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