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Pest Identification – an overview and identification of common pests.

Pests are trying to get into your home 24/7. They never take time off and they want in for several reasons – food, water, and to find a more comfortable climate. Keeping them out of your home is a process that continues all year long - that's why we call them pests!

 

Below is a brief overview of some common household insects that may enter your home from time to time. There are hundreds of thousands of species and sub species that live with us on the planet.

 

We hope this bug reference guide helps you to identify what's bugging you!

Ants

 

• Among the most prevalent indoor pests.

• Over 12,000 species of ants worldwide.

• Effective management approaches vary depending on species.

Earwigs

 

• Feeds on other insects, plants, fruits and garbage.

• Over 1,800 known species worldwide.

• Generally found in homes where moisture is present.

Bees

 

• Over 20,000 species of bees worldwide.

• Do not attempt to remove nests on your own.

• Winged, flower feeding insect.

Fleas

 

• Small (1/16 to 1/8 inch) blood sucking insects.

• Excellent jumpers they generally leap onto their prey.

• Prey on dogs, cats and humans.

Flies

 

• Common nuisance flies include house fly, face fly, stable fly and garbage fly.

• Feed on animal waste and decaying organic materials.

• Transmit bacteria and viruses to humans.

Beetles

 

• Feed on plants or decaying animal and plant matter.

• Insect with the largest number of known species between 5-8 million.

• Found in almost all habitats.

Grubs

 

• Range in length from 3/8-1 inch in length.

• Feed on plants in Spring and Summer months.

• C-Shaped larvae of beetles.

Crickets

 

• Feed on plants or decaying animal and plant matter.

• Insect with the largest number of known species between 5-8 million.

• Found in almost all habitats.

Mice

 

• Enter homes in search of food and shelter.

• Spread disease through parasites and feces.

• Belongs to the order of rodents.

Mosquitoes

 

• Known vectors of infectious diseases.

• Over 3,500 known species worldwide.

• To control eliminate standing water in areas around your home.

Louse

 

• Over 3,000 species of Lice worldwide.

• Three are classified as agents of human disease.

• Louse also known as Nit.

Millipedes

 

• Feed on decaying leaves and other dead pant matter.

• Signs of damage include the stripping of the outer layers of the young plant.

• Common garden pest.

Moths

 

• Over 150,000 to 250,000 different species.

• Generally known as a pest given the damage caused to clothing.

• Feed on dead or decaying plant material, stored food products and fabrics.

Silverfish

 

• Small wingless insect ½ inch-1 inch in length.

• Feeds on carbohydrates such as sugar and starches.

• Commonly found in homes where moisture is present including: sinks, showers or baths.

Rats

 

• Contaminate food and spread diseases.

• Cause damage to structures and property.

• Do not attempt to touch or remove. Call a professional.

Spiders

 

• Presence is a sign of a more serious pest infestation.

• Predators, spiders feed on other pests.

• Over 40,000 spider species worldwide.

Roaches

 

• Prolific, roaches reproduce quickly out of sight behind walls.

• Cause Allergic Reaction and aggravate Asthma symptoms in sensitive individuals.

• Common household pest.

Termites

 

• Feed on dead plant material in the form of wood or leaf litter.

• 4,000 known species worldwide.

• Western and Subterranean are common types in Oregon.

Scorpions

 

• Scorpions don’t bite they “sting”

• Over 1,500 species of scorpions worldwide.

• Several species are common in Oregon

Ticks

 

• Transmit diseases such as Lyme and HGE (Human Granulocytic Erlichiosus.

• Feed on the blood of mammals, birds and occasionally reptiles.

• Commonly found in tall grass and overgrown vegetation.

Weevils

 

• Small beetle usually less then ¼ inch.

• Over 60,000 species of weevils found worldwide.

• Feed on dry foods, cereal and grain products. Can cause E. coli if ingested.

Wasps

 

• Predatory, flying, stinging insect.

• Over 75,000 known species of wasps.

• Nests can be found above or below ground.

Worms

 

• Over 4,400 known species of worms worldwide.

• Feed on organic matter and live within the soil.

• Plow through soil allowing for oxygenation and deposit nitrogen.

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