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household pests

Pest Prevention Tips

• Indoor Tip:
Check the attic for water in the drip pan, unnecessary clutter and to ensure gable vents are screened. Seal up any cardboard boxes to prevent insects from nesting inside.

• Outdoor Tip:
Keep garbage cans clean and lids sealed to prevent ants, roaches and flies from feeding and breeding in the garbage.

Caulk all cracks and crevices (i.e. under window frames or around pipes entering the side of the home) to prevent insect entry.




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Bug & Pest Information

Household Pests & Outside Invaders

Argentine Ant  

Argentine Ant (Length: 1/11" -1/10")
These medium size ants are uniformly brown and trail in large numbers. They prefer the outdoors, but will enter houses looking for food, water and warmth. They particularly like sweet foods.

Black Carpenter Ant   Black Carpenter Ant (Length: 1/4" – 1/2")
Although the same size as Florida carpenter ants, these ants are completely black instead of two-toned. They normally nest in dead portions of trees, stumps or logs and invade homes in search of food. They feed on living or dead insects and nearly all sweets, or meats inside.
Crazy Ant   Crazy Ant (Length: 1/2" – 1/8")
Ranging from red-brown to grayish to black, this small ant gets it name from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement in their search for food.
Florida Carpenter Ant   Florida Carpenter Ant (Length: 1/4"- 1/2")
These large ants usually nest outdoors in stumps and logs in contact with the soil and in dead tree limbs and cavities. The Florida Carpenter Ant has a black abdomen and red head and thorax.
Pharaoh Ant   Pharaoh Ant (Length: 1/12" – 1/16")
These small red to yellowish ants can be found trailing anywhere within a structure. Their colonies have multiple queens and can split into small groups, spreading very rapidly.
Red Imported Fire Ant   Red Imported Fire Ant (Length: 1/8" – 1/4")
Usually a reddish brown color, fire ants live in colonies of up to 200,000 individuals. It’s painful, burning sting results in pustules that take up to 10 days to heal. Some people are extremely allergic to the sting, needing fast medical attention to deal with the toxin.
Odorous House Ant   Odorous House Ant (Length: 1/8”)
This brownish-black ant is the most common nemesis of the homeowner in the Carolinas. Multiple nest sites are not uncommon and colony sizes are large.
German Cockroach   German Cockroach (Length: 1/2" – 5/8")
This roach, with two dark vertical stripes behind the head, is found throughout the world, thriving wherever man lives, eating the same foods, sharing the same habitats. Populations build rapidly from egg capsules being produced about every 20-25 days. Each capsule contains about 35 eggs, the young maturing in about 100 days.
Brown Banded Cockroach   Brown Banded Cockroach (Length: 1/2"- 5/8")
The Brown Banded Cockroach is easily recognized by alternating light and dark bands across its back. The Brown Banded roach doesn't multiply as fast as the German, but is considered harder to control because they tend to be scattered all over the structure.
Smokybrown Cockroach   Smokeybrown Cockroach (Length: 1" – 1 1/4")
The Smokybrown Cockroach is uniform in color, typically brownish black and very shiny. The Smokybrown Cockroach has the reputation of being the most difficult to control because it is so active and has many habitat preferences.
Silverfish   Silverfish (Length: 1/3" – 1/2")
The are shiny and silver or pearl-gray in color with three long tail-like appendages and two long antennae. They may cause damage by eating foods, cloth or other items high in protein, sugar or starch. They thrive in moist hot areas from the attic to the crawl space.
Flea   Flea (Length: 1/32" – 1/16")
Fleas are small, hard-bodied, wingless insects with a flattened body and legs adapted for jumping on to a host. Their bite leaves a red, itchy spot on the skin. Their saliva is irritating to the host, causing dermatitis and hair loss in allergic animals.
need photo   Tick (Length: 1/16" – 1/2")
The tick is an eight-legged relative of the spider. It must feed three times before hiding and producing up to 3000 eggs in a crack or crevice. Many serious diseases can be transmitted through ticks: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Lyme Disease, Relapsing Tick Fever and other disorders.
Bed Bug   Bed Bug (Length: 1/4")
Bed bugs are able to crawl into very small crevices in and around human environments. They do not have nests like ants or bees, but do tend to congregate in habitual hiding places. These hiding places include mattresses, linens, upholstery, furniture crevices, wood trim, electrical boxes and outlets, floors and, behind wallpaper and picture frames. Click here for treatment options.
need photo   Widow Spider (Length: 1 1/2")
The Southern Black Widow is glossy black with a red hourglass marking on the underside of its abdomen. Foundations, vents, shrubs and wood piles at ground level are common habitats.
need photo   Brown Recluse Spider (Length: 1/4" – 1/2")
The brown recluse is a brownish spider with a distinctive violin-shaped mark behind its eyes, which has earned it the name "fiddle-backed" spider.
Earwig   Earwig (Length: 3/4" to 1 1/2")
Earwigs were named by a superstition that the insect would crawl purposely into the ears of sleeping people. Earwigs feed on green plants, and other vegetation, and do little damage indoors.
need photo   House Cricket (Length: 3/4")
The tan house cricket is found in warm, damp, dark places such as shrubs, grass, basements or crawl spaces.
need photo   Millipede (Length: 1" – 1 1/2")
Brownish and worm-like in appearance with many body segments, millipedes have two pairs of legs on each segment. When conditions are right, migrations can occur and large numbers will find there way inside homes trough cracks and crevices.
need photo   Centipede (Length: 1" – 2")
The color of the centipede varies depending on the species, but most are brown to orange brown with many body segments. They usually live outdoors in dark, moist areas and are seldom seen inside homes, except for the house centipede which is recognized by its extremely long legs.
need photo   Clover Mite (Length: 1/30”)
A tiny reddish brown mite with very long front legs, it feeds on grasses and weeds. Migration into homes is common in the early Spring and late Winter.
need photo   Pill Bug and Sow Bug (Length: 1/4” – 3/8”)
These crustaceans are found in lawn turf, under leaves, or other moist areas of decaying vegetable matter. Pill bugs roll into a ball or “pill” when they are disturbed. The sow bug is unable to roll into a ball.
Asian Ladybug   Asian Ladybug (Length: 3/8”)
This beetle is a beneficial insect due to its predatory control of aphids, scale insects and other shrubbery pests. However, they make a nuisance of themselves by invading homes in large numbers to over-winter. On warm sunny days, they come out of these hiding places and gather around windows.
need photo   Boxelder Bug (Length: 1/2”)
The boxelder bug is black with 3 longitudinal red lines on its back. It feeds on boxelder, maple and some fruit trees. In buildings, it is an over-wintering insect and may be found in large numbers.

For a more information about Household Pests and Outside Invaders visit one of the following university or industry web sites: Clemson UniversityUniversity of FloridaNational Pest Management Association, Inc.




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