Identifying an insect problem is the first step in solving it. Use our insect guide to learn more about common insects you're likely to encounter in our region like spiders, crickets, beetles, fleas and more. If you aren’t able to identify your pest problem with our Pest Identifier you can submit a photo using the form to the right.

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Ladybugs are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles. Most species of this beetle family are highly beneficial insects, but some have a habit of overwintering in structures, leading them to become nuisance pests. Ladybugs are found worldwide with about 475 species located in the Unites States and Canada.

HABITS: Many ladybug species are considered important beneficial insects because they voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, mealybugs, mites, and scale insects, which harm crops and plants in gardens. However, a few ladybugs are destructive and feed on plants, such as the Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle.

HABITAT: During the spring and summer months, ladybug populations typically grow because the seasons favor tender foliage and aphid infestations. In the autumn, adults seek protected places to overwinter including under leaves, rocks and landscape timbers. Other ladybug species are known to inhabit structures such as buildings and homes.

THREAT:  Most ladybug species do not pose a health threat to humans. However, the multi-colored Asian lady beetle is known to aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in some people, a strong reason for ladybug pest control. In addition, they exude a viscous yellow, foul-smelling defensive fluid that may stain whatever it contacts.

LADY BUG STATS


Fruit flies get their common name from their small size and fondness of some fruits. Small fruit flies are nuisance pests, but may act as disease vectors.

HABITS: Fruit flies feed on decaying matter, especially fruits and vegetables.

HABITAT: Fruit flies are small pests that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for several days.

THREAT:  Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential heath concern, especially when present in health facilities.

FRUIT FLIES STATS


Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.

HABITS: Fleas can live for about 100 days during which time the females produce 400-500 offspring. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts at all times. These pests use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8" vertically, which is 150 times their own height. If humans could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers.

HABITAT: Fleas infest both household pets and wild animals like opossums, raccoons and skunks. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments.

THREAT:  Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitis in pets and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets, which is why active flea management is an important component of pet care. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

FLEA STATS


One of the best-known summer pests, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil. There are about 170 different kinds of mosquito species in North America alone.

HABITS: Mosquitoes hunt for food by detecting body heat and the carbon dioxide humans exhale. However, only female mosquitoes suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars.

HABITAT: Mosquitoes can breed in any form of stagnant water, including ponds, marshes, floodwaters, storm drains, old tires and water in tree holes.

THREAT:  Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis and West Nile virus - a disease that has become a serious concern in the U.S. in recent years. Signs of West Nile virus include common flu-like symptoms. In extreme cases, symptoms include high fever, head and body aches, worsening weakness, confusion and even coma. Practicing mosquito management when outdoors can help reduce the risk of disease from bites.

MOSQUITO STATS


Centipedes are sometimes called "hundred-leggers" because of their many pairs of legs, but they can actually have anywhere from 15-177 pairs of legs, depending on the species. Interestingly, centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs.

HABITS: Most house centipedes are nocturnal, and prey primarily on flies, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue.

HABITAT: Centipedes are found throughout the United States and the world. They are typically found in areas of high moisture, such as in rotting logs, under stones, in trash or piles of leaves/grass. When they invade homes, centipedes are most commonly found in damp basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, or potted plants.

THREAT: Centipedes are generally considered nuisance pests, as they do not pose significant health or property threats. However, all house centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite that can break human skin and causes pain and swelling, similar to a bee sting.

MOSQUITO STATS


The Eastern mole has their highest populations throughout the Eastern United States. Moles are insectivores and feed on a variety of food including earthworms, ants, beetle grubs and other insects found underneath the ground. Moles live almost their entire life underground. The tunnels that they create can cause significant damages to lawns, fields, golf courses, and other pieces of land.

HABITS: Eastern moles generally have one litter of young in the early spring months of March or April. They give birth to 2-5 young at a time.

HABITAT: Moles live in underground tunnels that they either create themselves or in tunnels that have been abandoned by different ground dwelling species. They have two different types of tunnels, some that are just under the surface of the ground that are used to hunt and gather food in, and deeper tunnels that are used to live and burrow in. It is important to remember that moles are active year round both day and night.

THREAT: Eastern Moles live almost their entire life underground and their digging and tunneling can cause significant and costly damages to lawn, fields, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, flower beds and gardens.