Pest I.D.

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Ants - Spiders - Roaches - Bed Bugs - Fleas - Termites - Earwigs - Crickets - Box Elder Bugs - Beetles


Ants are sometimes mistaken for winged termites that are commonly called swarmers. Ants differ from termites by having a narrow, constricted waist, elbowed (bent) antennae, and hind wings shorter than front wings.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants have an ash-brown trusty-orange head and thorax, and their abdomen is black.

Size: Range from 3/16 inch to 1/2 inch in length

Behavior: Carpenter ants forage alone or along trails 300 or more feet from the nest. They enter buildings around door and window frames, through eaves, along plumbing and utility lines, and over branches touching the building. Peak foraging occurs at night. Carpenter ants can inflict a nasty pinch when disturbed.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are light brown to black in color, and have pale legs and antennae.

Size: 1/8 inch in length

Behavior: Pavement ants are opportunistic feeders that will "swarm" on foods within their foraging range. Outdoors, this ant feeds on insects, honeydew, seeds, and plant sap. Once inside your home, they feed on meats, nuts, cheese, honey, bread crumbs, and grease.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants have a pale yellow to reddish body, and black shading on the top and rear portion of their abdomen. They also have a stinger.

Size: Range from 1/16 inch to 1/12 inch in length

Behavior: Pharaoh ants feed on sweets and dead insects. They forage in strong, tightly linked trails. They have multiple queens and multiple nesting locations.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous House ants are dark brown & black in color.

Size: 1/8 inch in length.

Behavior: Odorous House ants regularly forage for food along well-traveled trails. They feed on dead insects, sweets, and meats; though they prefer honeydew.



Brown Recluse

The brown recluse spider lives inside houses as well as in its surroundings. Inside homes, they like dark places, such as cracks, corners, seldom used clothes, curtains, and inside furniture. Yet, it is very common for a spider to get trapped in showers and bathtubs because of their smooth surface.

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are large, hairy spiders which are usually patterned with a mixture of black, gray, and brown. Wolf spider is a common name for the spider family Lycosidae. Wolf spiders look particularly malicious, however, they are generally considered to be innocuous to humans because they will not bite unless absolutely provoked.

Size: Range from 1/2 to 2 inches in length.

Behavior: Wolf spiders are active hunters during the day and night (depending on the species). They are a common spider and usually enter structures underneath doors or through cracks in the exterior walls. In many species, female wolf spiders lay dozens of eggs at one time and wrap them in a large ball of web. The female will then carry the egg sac with them until the spiderlings hatch. Upon hatching, the spiderlings will live on the mother's back for a few weeks until they are large enough to hunt on their own.

Female Black Widow

The female black widow is easily recognized by her shiny black body and red hourglass marking underneath her round abdomen. Although black widows can be found in nearly every state they are most common in the southern areas of the United States. The black widow makes her home in wood piles, under eaves, and other undisturbed places. The bite of a black widow can be serious and require medical attention. Symptoms include pain radiating from the site of the bite, nausea, overall aching of the body, profuse sweating, and labored breathing.

Long-Bodied Cellar Spider

Long-bodied Cellar Spiders are common spiders that build loose webs in the corners of the ceiling or other quiet corners. These are also called vibrating spiders. When disturbed, they violently spin in a fast circular motion.



American Roach

American roaches are reddish-brown in color with light markings behind the head.

Size: 1-1/2 inches in length. This is the largest of the periodomestic cockroaches.

Behavior: Although these are outdoor roaches, they will migrate inside by crawling or flying into structures. They can also enter through the plumbing. Trees or shrubs located alongside buildings, or trees with branches overhanging roofs facilitate the entry of this roach into the home. The life cycle of the American roach averages about 600 days, and each adult female can produce approximately 150 offspring in her lifetime. Both males and females can fly. The American roach is omnivorous, and will eat almost anything. It prefers sweets and has been observed eating paper, boots, hair, bread, fruit, and other dead insects.

Brownbanded Roach

Brownbanded roaches are light brown to glossy dark brown in color. There are two pale, transverse stripes on the abdomen of the cockroach.

Size: Approximately 5/8 inch in length.

Behavior: Brownbanded cockroach females deposit egg capsules in clusters on furniture, draperies, wall decorations, shelving, and ceilings. The egg capsule contains 14 to 16 eggs, and a female produces 10 to 20 capsules in her lifetime. They feed on starchy materials, and will even eat non-food items such as nylon stockings. They are nocturnal, and while both cockroaches can jump, only males can fly.

German Roach

German roaches are brown to dark brown in color. They have two distinct parallel bands running the length of their pronotum. The sexes can be distinguished by the more slender body of the male.

Size: Adults are approximately 1/2 inch in length.

Behavior: German roaches are the most widespread of all cockroaches in the United States. They complete their lifecycle in approximately 100 days, and they breed continuously (with many overlapping generations present at any one time). Under ideal conditions, it has been estimated that one female German roach can be the cause of a population explosion of over 1 million more German roaches.

Oriental Roach

Oriental roaches are dark brown to black in color. Males have wings covering 3/4 of their body, and the female has very short wings. However, both are unable to fly.

Size: Approximately 1 inch in length.

Behavior: Oriental roaches are often found feeding on garbage, sewage, or decaying organic matter. They will eat almost anything, but they prefer a high starch diet. Oriental cockroaches tend to live near the ground in warm, damp areas. They are more slow-moving than other species, and they also give off an unpleasant odor.


Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Bedbugs are reddish brown, oval and flat, about the size of an apple seed. During the day, they hide in the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboards, and bed frames. It's a daunting task to eliminate bedbugs from your home. Professional help is recommended.

Size: Approximately 3/16 inch in length.

Behavior: Bed bugs feed on blood and have mouth parts that are especially adapted for piercing skin. Like most blood sucking arthropods, they inject saliva during feeding, which has anticoagulant properties. Bed bugs respond to the warmth and carbon dioxide of a host and quickly locate a suitable feeding site. Most feeding occurs at night, and they generally seek shelter during the day. However, bed bugs are opportunistic and will bite in the day, especially if starved for some time. They can survive for long periods without feeding. While their preferred host is human, they will feed on a wide variety of other warm-blooded animals including rodents, rabbits, bats, and even birds.




Adult fleas spend most of their time on the animal, not in the carpet. Adult fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day on your pet. The cocoon is resistant to insecticides, and this is why some adult fleas are seen for an extended period, even after the home and pet are treated.




Workers are cream colored and wingless. Soldiers have elongated brown heads with mandibles. Supplementary reproductives are light-colored, while primary reproductives are dark brown or black.

Size: Range from 1/8 inch to 1 inch in length.

Behavior: Subterranean termites usually swarm in spring, but swarms can occur at any time of the year. The primary reproductives swarm and start new colonies. Supplementary reproductives can only reproduce in their own colony. They assist with population growth of the colony. Subterranean termites have a worker caste, while drywood termites do not.




Earwigs are dark, reddish-brown insects that are easily identified by the pincer-like projections on the tip of the abdomen, called forceps. Both males and females have forceps. Earwigs are often transported great distances in potted plants, nursery stock, or other plant material.



Camelback Cricket

Camelback crickets are brown with a mottled appearance. They are wingless and produce chirping sound like other crickets. Camelback crickets are found in areas of high moisture such as basements or crawlspaces, and are known to eat fabrics.

Size: Range from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length.

Field Cricket

Field crickets are black and shiny with wings that cover their body. Field crickets are common crop damaging pests but are nuisance pests in structures because of their constant chirping. They generally do not live long after entering a structure.

Size: Range from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch in length.


Box Elder Bug

Box Elder Bug

The Box Elder bug is black with red lines on its wings. They Feed on the leaves and seeds of box elder and maple trees. They become a pest in fall and spring.

Size: About 1/2 inch in length.



Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles are multi-colored and include black, white, and orange, and they are round in shape. The carpet beetle larvae feed on natural fibers including animal hides and the adult carpet beetle feed on plants. The carpet beetle adults are highly attracted to light. Finding dead carpet beetles in window frames is common

Size: Range from 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch in length.

Asian Lady Beetle

The Asian lady beetle are reddish orange with various numbers of black spots. These are an introduced species not native to North America. They are used to control aphids growing on plants. The Asian lady beetle are a major pest in the fall and spring.

Size: Range from 1/32 inch to 3/8 inch in length.

Ground Beetle

Most ground beetles are black, but some species have green elytra (wing covers) and several shades of black. They live and develop in soil and emerge at night to hunt for food. Ground beetles are highly attracted to light.

Size: Range from 1/16 inch to 3/8 inch in length.


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