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Bed bugs get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation. Click here for more information...

Cimex lectularius

Bed Bugs

The American cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting roaches and a major pest in the United States. It’s also commonly known as the water bug, the Bombay canary or the palmetto bug. Click here for more information...

Periplaneta americana

American Cockroach

These cockroaches are sometimes referred to as “waterbugs” because they hang out in damp areas, as well as “black beetle cockroaches” because of their smooth, dark bodies. Oriental cockroaches gain entry into households by going under doors and through gaps beneath siding, as well as following pipes, sewers and drains into a structure. Click here for more information...

Blatta orientalis

Oriental Cockroach

The odorous house ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny brown ants range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long. Click here for more information...

Tapinoma sessile

Odorous House Ant

Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building, where they will excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels inside of the wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they only tunnel and chew through wood to create nests. Click here for more information...

Camponotus species

Carpenter Ants

Pharaoh ants get their name from the mistaken belief that they were one of the plagues of Egypt during the time of Pharaohs. This species is thought to be native to Africa, but is currently found throughout the Unites States. Click here for more information...

Monomorium pharaonis (Linnaeus)

Pharaoh Ant

Acrobat ants get their common name from their ability to acrobatically raise their abdomen over their thorax and head, especially when disturbed. In comparison to other ant species, acrobat ants are nothing more than a slight nuisance. However, if their colony is disturbed, acrobat ants may sometimes bite. There are various species of this light brown to black ant found throughout the United States. Click here for more information...

Crematogaster spp.

Acrobat Ant

Pavement ants get their name because they make nests in or under cracks in pavement. These dark brown to black ants can also infest structures. Click here for more information...

Tetramorium caespitum

Pavement Ant

House mice are not only a nuisance, but they can pose significant health and property threats.  

House mice breed rapidly and can adapt quickly to changing conditions. In fact, a female house mouse can give birth to a half dozen babies every three weeks and can produce up to 35 young per year. Click here for more information...

Mus domesticus

House Mice

Subterranean termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as "mud tubes," to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like other termite species, subterranean termites also feed on products containing cellulose. Click here for more information...

Family Rhinotermitidae

Subterranean Termite

Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests. Paper wasps often build nests in residential yards, so one of the main signs of an infestation is the physical sighting of the nest itself and nearby wasps moving around the nest. Click here for more information...

Polistes spp.

Paper Wasp

There are several species of yellow jackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. Because these pests are known to sting, it’s important to know how to properly get rid of yellow jackets to avoid injury. Click here for more information...

Vespula spp.

Yellow Jacket

The European hornet, also called giant hornet or the brown hornet, gets its common name from its introduction from Europe into the New York area in the 1800s. European hornets are currently found from the eastern seaboard west to the eastern Dakotas and south through Iowa and Illinois to New Orleans. Click here for more information...

Vespa crabro Linnaeus

European Hornet

Stink bugs are characterized as both “large, oval-shaped insects” and “shield-shaped insects.” Adult stink bugs can reach almost 2 cm in length. They are nearly as wide as they are long. Their legs extend from the sides, so this makes the adult bugs appear even larger. The brown marmorated stink bug is a brownish stink bug. It has lighter bands on the antennae and darker bands on the wings. Click here for more information...

Halyomorpha halys

Stink Bug

Ladybugs are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles. Most species of this beetle family are highly beneficial insects, but some have a habit of overwintering in structures, leading them to become nuisance pests. Click here for more information...

Various

Ladybugs

Silverfish get their name from the insect’s silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. Silverfish are typically seen in moist, humid areas in the home, such as bathrooms, basements and attics. They tend to hide their presence from humans, which means any damage they have caused could go unnoticed as well. Click here for more information...

Lespisma sacchrina (Linnaeus)

Silverfish