Bug Finder

Bed Bug

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Adult bed bugs are oval, wingless and rusty red colored, and have flat bodies, antennae and small eyes. They are visible to the naked eye, but often hide in cracks and crevices. When bed bugs feed, their bodies swell and become a brighter red. In homes, bed bugs feed primarily on the blood of humans, usually at night when people are sleeping.

American Cockroach

The American cockroach is one of the most common types of cockroach found in the USA. Also known as waterbugs or winged waterbugs. These insects are often found near moisture (drains, basements, pipes, ducts, kitchens or bathrooms) and are primarily nocturnal.

German Cockroach

Like the American cockroach, the German cockroach enjoys moisture and high temperatures so can be found in near kitchens, bathrooms, pipes & basements. They are primarily nocturnal.

Brown-Band Cockroach

Also nocturnal and found in areas with high temperatures, the primary difference here with the Brown Band Cockroach is its distinctive carapace with brown bands.

Black Widow Spider

The Black Widow spider is bite is venomous and affects the nervous sytem. Although people rarely die from bites, they can be particularly dangerous to children & the elderly. This said, the Black Widow is rarely found in homes or well populated areas. The can be found in unused corners of basements or garages. They have a distinctive red hourglass marking on their underbelly.

Brown Recluse Spider

The Brown Recluse spider is primarily brown in color with long thin legs. They are usually found in dark undisturbed places (boxes, sheds, wood piles) and usually bit only when disturbed or handled. These spider bites are also venomous and the reactions vary but usually are indicated by a stinging followed by intense pain.

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs is a very common spider found in households and does not represent a threat aside from webbing and the general invasion of personal space. The have distinctive long thin legs.

Tarantula

The Tarantula is perhaps a very common and scary image but is often kept as a pet. They are not venomous but may bite. They have distinctive furry legs and body.

House Mouse

The house mouse is one of the primary types found in homes. They have relatively small feet & head but predominant eyes & ears. They like to eat cereals & breads. They can grow to full maturity in 2-3 months from birth.

Brown Rat

The brown rat is commonly known as the sewer rat since they are typically found in sewers throughout the U.S. They have smaller nose & ears than the house mouse and also have a thicker body.

Black Rat a.k.a. Roof Rat

The black rat is know to have a more pointed nose than the brown rat or house mouse and has a long slender body. It is very agile and a good climber.

Pavement Ant

The pavement ants usually nest in or around foundations, sidewalks or stones. They are known to eat most anything that we humans eat and are usually found in homes, usually at night, looking for food.

Carpenter Ant

As the name suggests, carpenter ants are known to burrow and excavate wood. They can be found in moist or dry wood, logs, trees. They do not eat wood but are attracted to sweet foods, grease & fat.

Paper Wasp

Paper wasps are know to collect wood & plant fibers with which they construct distinctive open faced honey comb nests. They are not usually aggressive except in protection of their territory or nest which can be dangerous if they nest in homes or near populated areas. Their sting can be quite painful.

Yellow Jacket

These wasps are usually found during summer and also during the day time. They usually feed on other insects but can also be attracted to human food. They have a long stinger and will sting if threatened. They usually live in hollow areas, under porches, sheds or attics.

Bumble Bee

Bumble bees are easily distinguished by their large fuzzy bodies. They do sting and can do repeatedly (stinger lacking barbs) but usually only do so when provoked or protecting their nest.

Honey Bee

As the name suggests this bee usually prefers honey & pollen as a diet. They are most often found in large numbers during the spring & summer. They are usually reluctant to sting unless provoked.

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees can usually be found in softwood like leaves, windows, deck furniture and behind siding. They are not aggressive and usually will not sting unless provoked. They feed on pollen and are known to re-use nests from year to year. They are primarily found in fall time.

Silverfish

Silverfish are generally long and flattened in shape, wider at the head and slimming to the back. It has long antennae in front and long legs / appendages in the rear. They are usually brown or grey in color. Silverfish are often found anywhere in the home and have a variety of food sources including paper & cotton products. They are surprisingly fast and like to move around primarily at night.

Ground Beetle

Beetles are less frequently found in homes than other pests but can be a nuisance by damaging fabrics (clothes & furniture). The ground beetle is usually found outside under leaves, logs or stones. They usually eat other insects and worms.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles have a distinctive mottled appearance. The adult beetle usually searches for pollen as food but the young beetle or larvae eat fabric & fibers and can be destructive to large areas. They are often scattered throughout a home or business environment so can be difficult to manage.

Leather Beetle

Or "Patent Leather" beetle are usually found in soft decaying wood and eat wood chips and pulp. Their activities usually help to decompose wood which may not be so "useful" in a home or business environment.

Field Cricket

Field crickets are usually dark brown or black. they usually live in cool dark places like rocks, plumbing & basements. They can breed indoors and can damage natural & synthetic fabrics, furs and carpets.

House Cricket

The house cricket is closely related to grasshoppers and locusts. They have pronounced legs for jumping. They are normally found in warm areas near ducts or heating equipment. They can potentially multiply in enormous numbers. They have a characteristic chirping noise used for mating calls which can be quite annoying to us humans.

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