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Pest Library

ANTS

PHARAOH ANT

A small ant, usually around 1/16th of an inch. They vary in color (dark yellow to reddish brown). They like warm humid areas, they are commonly found in kitchens & bathrooms.

PAVEMENT ANT

Usually around ⅛ of an inch. They vary in color (light brown to black). They are commonly found outdoors next to buildings. They enter inside occasionally in search of food.

CARPENTER ANT

Usually ⅛ to ½ an inch & black in color. They make tunnels using their jaws in the wood by carving out small pieces. They like to nest in fallen trees, stumps, firewood, lumber, & structural wood.

ARGENTINE ANT

Usually small, ⅛ of an inch long. Their color is dull brown. They feed on sweets, fresh fruit, and buds of some plants, search for sweets and oils in homes. Travel along sidewalks, up sides of buildings, along branches of trees and shrubs, baseboards, & under edges of area rugs/carpets.

ODOROUS HOUSE ANT

Usually small, ⅛ inch long. Their color varies (dark brown to shiny black). They feed on both dead and living insects, preferring aphid and scale honeydew. They travel in wandering patterns & set trails along branches of trees, foundations, sidewalks, baseboards, and edges of carpets. They can be found in homes searching for sweets.

BUGS

SILVERFISH

Usually ¾ to ½ an inch in length, cone shaped & varies in color (silver & white). They are nocturnal (feed at night) and eat paper, glue, starch, wallpaper & bookbinding.

EARWIG

Usually ½ an inch in length, vary in color (brown to black), strange looking with pincers at the end of their bodies. They are nocturnal and feed on plants and other insects.

CARPET BEETLES

Usually small and oval in shape, grayish black in color, various patterns (white- orange & orange-red scales) on their backs. They live in carpets and feeds of the fabric. They also eat animal waste that is left on wood, leather, furs, etc.

BROWN DOG TICK

Usually adult males- flat & about ⅛” long in length, red-brown in color with small grooves on their back. Adult females- about ½” long and ¼” wide, varies in color (gray-blue to olive). They are commonly found in the ears, toes, and on the backs of dogs. They nest on molding, baseboards, on window-cord pulleys an on any covered areas.

FLEA

Usually extremely small, flat & varying in 2 to 4 mm in length, wingless, long legs, great jumpers. Commonly found during the summer on cats, dogs, people and many other animals.

BED BUG

Usually oval-shaped, grow up to 4-5 millimeters long, vary in color (light brown to reddish-brown), wingless, unseen hairs on body. Active at night, but not nocturnal.Usually oval-shaped, grow up to 4-5 millimeters long, vary in color (light brown to reddish-brown), wingless, unseen hairs on body. Active at night, but not nocturnal.

COCKROACHES

AMERICAN COCKROACH

Usually 2 inches in length, varies in color (reddish brown), like warm moist environments. Commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, leaf litter and flowerbeds.

ORIENTAL COCKROACH

Usually 1 inch in length, varies in color (dark brown to black), prefer cool surroundings, like small areas between buildings and raw dirt, near & around water meters, under & in cracks of sidewalks, under mulch & stoops.

GERMAN COCKROACH

Usually ½ to ¾ of an inch in length, varies in color (yellow – brown), dark color stripes on the head, most common house cockroach and found near food, water, kitchens & in bathrooms.

RODENTS

HOUSE MOUSE

Varies in color (dusky gray to light brown), has large ears. They are a threat & promote serious health hazards & damage property by gnawing on everything. They manage to squeeze through small openings ¼ inch in size.

NORWAY RAT

Usually 7 to 10 inches in length, varies in color (grayish to brown), small ears, big bodies, eats anything, like food high in protein & contaminate food. They can squeeze through small spaces, damage structures by gnawing.

ROOF RAT

Usually 7-10 inches in length, long tails, large ears, pointy nose, smooth fur. They like to climb, common breeding in areas: trees, vines, attics, spaces in the ceiling. They feed on seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruits, eat meat and grains.

SPIDERS

BLACK WIDOW

Usually ½ inch in length, color pattern (2 red marks resembling an hourglass), large black stomach, shiny. They have painful bites (should receive medical assistance immediately), does not attack unless disturbed.

BROWN RECLUSE

Usually ½ inch long, color light brown, long legs, known to have a dark violin shaped mark on front body. They bite in defensive situations only that causes open sores if medical assistance is not received.

COMMON SPIDER

Generally they have 8 legs, wingless & without antennas, claw-like fang near at the end of their heads. Commonly found in warm & moist environments, sometimes in dry area of buildings, cracks, & dark areas. They make a silk covering where they live and hide.

FLYING PESTS

HONEY BEES

Usually ½ to ¾ of an inch in length, varies in color (amber to brown), black stripes on back, thrive in all four seasons. Commonly found around a wall, chimneys, or openings of homes/buildings.

YELLOW JACKETS

Usually medium in size, black, varies in color pattern (bright yellow or white bands across the body), small waist. They only attack in defense if disturbed.

WASPS

Usually 1 inch in length (can be longer), large in size, long round bodies, varies in color (black or metallic dark blue), color patterns varies (black, red and yellow), makes loud buzzing sound. Commonly found near conifer trees, fresh timber & newly constructed building. Bites are not harmful.