Cockroaches

These creepy, flying insects are harbingers of numerous diseases. There are almost 4000 species of roaches across the world, and these pests have been around for almost 280 million years!

Termites

Every house with a wooden structure may have had a problem with termites. Knowing basics about termites will help to protect your home from the damage these pests pose.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are oval-shaped tiny pests with a flattened body. A grown bed bug is almost 5 mm in size and has off-white color but gradually develops dark reddish brown color as it keeps on feeding blood.

Ants

More than 10,000 types of ants species exist in the world, each having their unique behavior, nesting habits, and appearance. It’s not difficult to identify ants because of their distinct body regions.

Mice

Mice are known to transmit diseases to humans as they carry viruses that can infect us. A common mouse is brown to gray in color with a long tail. Adults have an average weight of ½ ounce.

Rats

Rats resemble mice with few exceptions in the color, size, shape and some other physical differences. Rats are larger in size than mice and have large ears with bugle eyes.

Bees

Bees are the tiny flying insects which share their classification with wasps. There are different types of bees and a proper identification can only happen if you have knowledge of them.

Beetles

Beetles are characterized by their antennae which are well-developed and their mouths are built in such a way to facilitate the process of chewing.  Their front wings are shaped like shells.

Earwigs

‘Earwig’ is a word of Old English and it means ‘ear insect’. You might have heard the tale that earwigs crawl inside the ears of human beings and lay eggs in the ear canal, but this is just a myth.

Fleas

Fleas are the tiny organisms which belong to the category of insects. They are wingless and their structure which is flattened from the sideways, help them in moving easily through the fur and wings of the host.

Flies

These are the most common species found on Earth and are gray in color. The minimum length of a house fly is about 4 mm and the maximum is 8 mm. They can also easily fly as high as 8 km.

Hornets

Hornets are slightly larger than wasps and are more orange in color. They can be dangerous if one is allergic to their bites. If there is a hornet nest near your residence, it is best for everyone if it is removed.

Millipedes

Millipedes look like they have a million legs attached to their body. They are black in color and when threatened they may turn into a tight circle to protect themselves. They prefer living outdoors and in moisture and damp areas.

Mites

Mites cause serious harm in some cases. Species like Chigger mites are infectious and cause acute skin irritations. The preferred host of bird mites is poultry and spider mites lay waste to crops.

Scorpions

Their stings are venomous but they rarely possess a threat to humans. They have a pair of grasping pedipalps, eight legs, the narrow structure, and the protruding curvy tail over the back. They vary in size from 9 to 23 cm.

Mosquitoes

They have long legs and have a lean slender body. They don’t have teeth, but their sharp mouth is prickly enough to pry open the skin.  Male mosquitoes never bite nor suck blood; they only feed upon plant nectar to survive.

Silverfish

Silverfishes are tiny, wingless insects with a grayish silver body color, and commonly found in urban areas. They are nocturnal insects, meaning they are active during the nights and almost unseen during the daytime.

Spiders

Spiders come in a variety of species, patterns, and colors. They have the awesome ability to spin webs, and their luring of a prey is slightly scary. Contrary to the popular belief, very few species of spiders are pests.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs let out an unpleasant smell when crushed as a method of self-defense. Their smell clings to whatever is in its vicinity. This is one pest you don’t want around your house!

Ticks

Ticks are parasites who feed on mammals and birds. Ticks feed on their hosts for blood which helps them survive and develop in different stages of their life cycle. They look for their hosts through their body warmth, odor, and breath.

Wasps

Wasps have six legs located on the thorax along with two pairs of wings that facilitate flight. Their head also resembles other insects and constitutes a mouth, compound eyes, segmented antennae, and sensory organs.

Weevils

They are also known as ‘snout beetles’ because they have a snout with the mouth at its end. It is used to penetrate into grains and fruits, and also to burrow holes in which to lay eggs.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets belong in the clan of wasps. They are characterized with yellow and black markings with sharp stingers which carry small barbs used to sting repeatedly.