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Bug Identifier

Bug Identifier

Some interesting facts about the most common pests in our environment.

Ants

Ants
  • Among the most prevalent indoor pests.
  • Over 12,000 species worldwide.
  • Effective management approaches vary depending on species.

Bees

Bees
  • Over 20,000 species of bees worldwide.
  • Do not attempt to remove nests on your own.
  • Winged, flower feeding insect.

Beetles

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.

Crickets

Crickets
  • Feed on decaying organic materials and plant matter.
  • Over 900 known species worldwide.
  • Crickets can damage emerging seedlings.

Earwigs

Earwigs
  • Feeds on other insects, plants, fruits and garbage.
  • Over 1,800 known species worldwide.
  • Generally found in homes where moisture is present.

Fleas

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

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.

Grubs

Grubs
  • Range in length from 3/8-1 inch in length.
  • Feed on plants in Spring and Summer months.
  • C-Shaped larvae of beetles.

Lice

Lice
  • Over 3,000 species of Lice worldwide.
  • Three are classified as agents of human disease.
  • Louse also known as Nit.

Mice

Mice
  • Enter homes in search of food and shelter.
  • Spread disease through parasites and feces.
  • Belongs to the order of rodents.

Millipedes

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.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes
  • Known vectors of infectious diseases, killing millions each year.
  • Over 3,500 known species worldwide.
  • To control eliminate standing water in areas around your home.

Moths

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.

Rats

Rats
  • Contaminate food and spread diseases.
  • Cause damage to structures and property.
  • Do not attempt to touch or remove. Call a professional.

Roaches

Roaches
  • Prolific, roaches reproduce quickly out of sight behind walls.
  • Cause Allergic Reaction and aggravate Asthma symptoms in sensitive individuals.
  • Common household pest.

Scorpions

Scorpions
  • Scorpions don't bite, they “sting”
  • Over 1,500 species of scorpions worldwide.
  • 60 species are unique to Arizona.

Silverfish

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.

Spiders

Spiders
  • Presence is a sign of a more serious pest infestation.
  • Predators, spiders feed on other pests.
  • Over 40,000 spider species worldwide.

Termites

Termites
  • Feed on dead plant material in the form of wood or leaf litter.
  • 4,000 known species worldwide.
  • Drywood and Subterranean most common types in Arizona.

Ticks

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.

Wasps

Wasps
  • Predatory, flying, stinging insect.
  • Over 75,000 known species of wasps.
  • Nests can be found above or below ground.

Weevils

Weevils
  • Small beetle usually less than ¼ inch.
  • Over 60,000 species of weevils found worldwide.
  • Feed on dry foods, cereal and grain products. Can cause E. coli if ingested.

Worms

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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