Helping Raleigh Residents Identify Pesky Pests
Pest identification is crucial when it comes to fighting common Raleigh insects. You do not want your home overrun by annoying, destructive or dangerous bugs. Pest & Termite Consultants, Inc. can help you with infestation identification and then proper mitigation to rid your home, garage and outdoors of a variety of problematic insects and rodents
There’s nothing worse than walking into your kitchen and seeing ants on your countertops. Argentine ants are red and love your sugary sweets, as do odorous house ants, which are brown or black. Fire ants are red and swarm when they’re disturbed. Pavement ants are black and nest under your concrete.
You don’t want the bedbugs to bite while you sleep tight, but you won’t realize you have them until they do and you get a rash. Bedbugs are small, only about 1/4 of an inch long. They are brown and flat, and their oval bodies are as wide as they are long.
Black House Spider
Don’t panic if you see a dark spider in your home. Unless it has the red hourglass, it’s not a black widow. Black house spiders have dark gray abdomens, brown legs and light marks on their backs. They are about 3/4 of an inch long, or 1.5 inches if you count their legs.
Black Widow Spider
More aggressive than the brown recluse spider but not quite as poisonous, the black widow spider instills fear in humans and her male counterparts. You can identify these arachnids by their black body and legs as well as their characteristic red hourglass marking. The females can get as big as 13 mm.
Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders hide and rarely bite, but if they do, it can prove fatal. These arachnids are yellow to dark brown and they average 6 mm to 11 mm in length. A telltale sign a spider is a brown recluse is if it has a mark on its back shaped like a violin.
Carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do, but they build nests in it, and over time this can cause severe damage as the colony branches out to satellite nests. The U.S. is home to 24 different species of carpenter ants, which are colored black, brown, orange, red or yellow.
A love of tobacco is how the cigarette beetle got its name. These insects like to infest stored tobacco, and they measure about 2 mm to 3 mm long. They are light brown and you can barely see their heads, which are overshadowed by their round, plump bodies.
The size of a pinhead and brilliant red in color, clover mites actually leave a stain when you squish them. These mites have long front legs and round bodies. They almost look like a miniature crab. They are harmless, but they are also a nuisance, so you don’t want them around.
Nobody wants La Cucaracha in their house, particularly since there are over 3,500 species of the resilient critters. Cockroaches are brown or black and can grow as big as 3 inches. Their bodies are oval and somewhat flat, and they have wings but don’t fly. They like to hide in dark spaces.
Earwigs are light to dark brown. They have long, flexible bodies and pincers on their backsides. They prefer to live outdoors in damp soil. They also like dead plants, leaves and soft weeds. The quickest infestation identification method is to lift up the vegetation and see how many are underneath.
Cute as they may be, the light brown house mouse is extremely destructive. Although only 20 cm in length, these little guys will chew through everything in your home. Signs you have them include chew sites and their droppings, which are black and look like grains of rice.
Indian Meal Moth
Brown with patterned, red and brown wings, the Indian meal moth likes cereal, pet food and powdered food products. These moths are about 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch in length. If you open up a bag of dog food and see creamy-white caterpillars, those are actually Indian meal moth larvae.
Brown, 2.5 cm to 4 cm long and up to 200 pairs of legs, millipedes are frightening. Like the earwig, these creepy crawlers prefer to be outdoors in damp environments. You’ll find them in your flowerbeds and under vegetation. This being said, they can come indoors and hide in dark spaces.
Paper wasps are called such because their nests look as if they’ve been made from paper. These stingers are aggressive, and they grow as big as 3.2 cm. Their bodies are longer and narrower than bees, and they have yellow markings on their dark brown abdomen and black wings.
Silverfish look like a silver fish and they eat through clothing, paper and wallpaper. These bugs are light blue to silver, and when they crawl, they look as if they’re swimming. They grow as long as 19 mm in length, and they live in moist areas, such as under your sinks.
Termites look like ants, but are lighter and have shorter bodies. Their waist and antennae are straight, and the flying varieties have long wings. Look for wings on your windowsills, and keep an eye on your woodwork. If you cut into a piece and it’s honeycombed, you may have termites.
Because they look like tarantulas and move quickly, wolf spiders instill a deep fear in humans. They’re relatively harmless, however. They’re big – about 35 mm in length – and hairy, which is why people think they’re that other scary arachnid. They are also patterned in a pretty black, brown and gray.
We’ll Get Rid of Whatever You Identify
There you have it! A handy list of common pests in Raleigh. If even after reading this you’re still stuck on what crawlers are invading your house, don’t worry – we specialize in pest control. Pest & Termite Consultants, Inc. is happy to come out, conduct a full inspection and remove any unwelcome creepy critters. Call us today at 919-870-8003.