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Need to know what insects you just found crawling on your kitchen counter? Worried about what pests may be damaging your property? Curious about the existence of bed bugs? The identification of insects and other pests can be tricky. That's why Nature's Own Exterminating provides a pest and insect identification guide to help you identify what is bugging you.

Even if you are a skilled bug identifier, our Pest Library is not a substitute for professional pest control. If you do find signs of a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional promptly. We will inspect your home, confirm the species, and recommend a course of action to keep your family safe and healthy.

Browse the pest profiles below in our comprehensive Pest and Insect Identification Guide.

BROWSE THE PEST PROFILES BELOW IN OUR COMPREHENSIVE PEST AND INSECT GUIDE

PEST  I.D. GUIDE

Research A Pest  

 

Learn how to identify common pests; understand their biology, diet, and habits; and find out what you can do to control them.

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Pantry MOTH

PLODIA  INTERPUCTELLA

 

 

The Indian meal moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indian meal. From wing to wing, adult moths measure from 5/8 - 3/4" long. Indian Meal moth larvae can infest a wide range of dry foods, explaining why they are considered to be the most common stored-food pest in homes and grocery stores. Read Pest Stats to find our more.

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OPOSSUM

CHORDATA DIDELPHIMORPHIA

Opossum are not aggressive: their open-mouth, defensive hissing is merely a bluff to look vicious. And if that doesn’t work they play dead when really scared!

If there is an opossum in your property, the best way to keep them from visiting is to have tight-fitting lids on garbage cans, not to leave any pet food outside overnight and to remember to pick up any fruit that has fallen from trees. Natures Own will rescue nuisance opossums.

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SQUIRRELS

SCIURIDAE

 

Tree squirrels are commonly seen everywhere from city parks to house tops. Flying squirrels live in nests or tree holes, and although they do not fly, they glide, extending their arms and legs and coasting through the air from one tree to another.  Whether they dwell high in a tree or in an underground burrow, squirrels typically give birth to 2 to 8 offspring. Squirrels are a nuisance due to their damage causing gnawing and nocturnal noise making.

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MICE (House)

MUS MUSCULUS

 

 

Very inquisitive in nature, the house mouse will spend the day exploring anything new. When the temperatures outside begin to drop, house mice, since they don’t hibernate, begin searching for a warmer place to live. Often attracted by the smell of food and the warmth of a structure, the house mouse can use any opening, such as utility lines, pipe openings, and gaps beneath doors, to gain entry into a home.

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FLIES (House)

Musca Domestica

 

 

The house fly is the most common fly found in and around homes. House flies are not only nuisance pests while buzzing around homes, but they are potential disease carriers. House flies have short lifespans, but they can quickly reproduce in large numbers, leading to large house fly populations if not identified and effectively controlled. Read Pest Stats for more information.

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MOSQUITOS

AEDES ALBOPICTUS

 

 

Mosquitoes are best known for the habits of the adult females which often feed on blood to help generate their eggs. The lesser-known side is that mosquito adults, males and females, also feed on nectar from flowers. Their immature stages usually are located in standing, preferably stagnant, water. The larvae feed on variety of materials, depending on species. Read Pest Stats for more info.

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ANTS

FORMICIDAE

 

 

Enthusiastically social insects, ants typically live in structured nest communities that may be located underground, in ground-level mounds, or in trees. Carpenter ants nest in wood and can be destructive to buildings. Ants look much like termites, and the two are often confused by homeowners. However, ants have a narrow "waist" between the abdomen and thorax, which termites do not.

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CENTIPEDES

SCUTIGERA COLEOPTRATA

 

 

Centipedes are sometimes called house centipedes or "hundred-leggers" because of their many pairs of legs. They are widely distributed throughout most of United States and the world. Centipedes are rarely seen by humans due to their nocturnal activity and the speed in which they move. Most centipedes live for more than a year and some up to six years.

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BEDBUGS

CIMEX LECTULARIUS

 

 

Bed bugs likely get their name from their habit of taking refuge in beds and feeding on humans while they sleep. Bed bugs feed only on blood and need regular blood meals to survive and develop. Bedbugs  target, many warm-blooded animals, including poultry and other birds. Bed bugs are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores & public transportation. 

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TICKS

ACARIA IXODIDA

 

Ticks are small blood-feeding parasites and some species can transmit diseases to people. Some species of ticks perch on the edge of low-lying vegetation and grab onto animals and people as they brush past. Other ticks are associated with rodents and their nests, and at night they venture out to feed. Once aboard, ticks crawl to find a good spot to feed, then burrow their mouthparts into the skin for a blood meal. 

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CENTIPEDE

SCUTIGERA COLEOPTRATA

 

 

Centipedes are sometimes called house centipedes or "hundred-leggers" because of their many pairs of legs. They are widely distributed throughout most of United States and the world. Centipedes are rarely seen by humans due to their nocturnal activity and the speed in which they move. Most centipedes live for more than a year and some up to six years. Read Pest Stats to find out more.

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BIRDS

AVES CHORDATA

While most wild birds are protected against uncontrolled harvesting there are three bird speciespigeons (Columba livia), European starlings(Sturnus vulgaris), and house sparrows (Passer domesticus)—that are considered nuisance pests in the U.S. They are not protected against control, dispersal, or extermination. These species are non-native and are regarded as invasive birds that can be eliminated.

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BATS

CHIROPTERA

 

Bats consume insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides. However, fruit bats are frequently considered pests by fruit growers. Due to their physiology, bats are one type of animal that acts as a natural reservoir of many pathogens, such as rabies; and since they are highly mobile, social, and long-lived, they can readily spread disease among themselves. If humans interact with bats, these traits become potentially dangerous to humans. 

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RATS (Norway)

RATTUS NORVEGICUS

 

 

Rats carry disease and can damage Hand destroy your home and

property. They’re among the most common pests in the Atlanta Metro area and also one of the most difficult to eradicate. To protect your home and family, you need to stay one step ahead of rodent infestations with the help of our rat exterminators and rat removal services. Thankfully, Nature's Own Ext. can solve your problem.

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BEES (Honey)

Apis Nekkufera Linnaeus

 

 

Honey bees are social insects found all over the world. They are beneficial insects because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.SThe most well-documented encounters with bees are bee swarms of honey bees. Typically, honey bee swarms are not a major threat, unless when dealing with Africanized honey bees. Read Pest Stats for more information.

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SPIDERS

ARANEAE CHELICERATA

 

 

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs, chelicerae with fangs generally able to inject venom, and spinnerets that extrude silk. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all orders of organisms. Only a handful are dangerous to humans. Those include the black widow and the brown recluse, both found in the United States.

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COCKROACHES

BLATTODEA ARTHROPODA 

 

 

Quick facts

  • Cockroaches hide during the day and become active at night.

  • Cockroaches carry diseases that can cause food poisoning or diarrhea.

  • Their saliva, feces and cast skins can irritate allergies and asthma in people, especially children.

  • Cleanliness is very important to reduce cockroach infestations.

  • It is best to hire an exterminator  to treat them.

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CRICKETS

ACHETA DOMESTICUS

 

 

House crickets get their common name from the fact that they often enter houses where they can survive indefinitely. This cricket species was introduced from Europe and is now found throughout the United States but primarily east of the Rocky Mountains.

Interestingly, they are known for their loud chirping which is caused when males rub their front wings together to attract females.

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SCORPIONS

SCORPIONES

 

 

While sometimes referred to as a “scorpion bite, scorpions actually sting as a defense mechanism or as a way to kill prey. Humans will usually experience mild symptoms that are similar to that of a bee sting, such as temporary pain, a burning sensation or localized swelling. However, there are a handful of species around the world that possess more dangerous venom, which can be potentially fatal to humans.

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BOX ELDER

BOISEA TRIVITTATA (SAY)

 

Boxelder bugs get their common name because they are often found on and around boxelder trees. This species is native to the western states, but can be found from eastern Canada throughout the eastern United States, and, wherever boxelder trees are found. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest as they enter structures, including homes, sheds and garages to overwinter.

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SILVERFISH

LEPISMA SACCHARINA

 

 

Silverfish get their name from the insect’s silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. Silverfish are also known as “bristletails” because of their three long, bristle-like appendages on the rear end of their body. Typically seen in moist areas such as bathrooms, basements and attics, silverfish hide their presence from humans, thus

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Clothes MOTH

TINEA PELLIONELLA

It is during the larvae stage when the Casemaking clothes moths are small cream-colored caterpillars with brown head capsules. It is then they do the most damage to fabrics. If you have an infestation of casemaking clothes moth in your home or place of business, you must act quickly before they do a large amount of damage. Read Pest Stats to find out more.

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RACCOONS

PROCYON LOTOR

 

Bandit-masked raccoons are a familiar sight just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. These ubiquitous mammals are found in forests, marshes, prairies, and even in cities. They are adaptable and use their dexterous front paws and long fingers to find and feast on a wide variety of food. Raccoons eat fruits and plants including those grown in human gardens. They will even open garbage cans to dine on the contents.

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LADYBUG (Asian)

HARMONIA AXYRIDIS

 

 

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 United States and Canada. Read Pest Stats to find out more.

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WASPS

HYMENOPTERA

 

 

Wasps make up a diverse array of insects, with some 30,000 identified species. We are most familiar with those that are wrapped in bright warning colors buzzing angrily about in groups threatening us with painful stings. Most wasps are non-stinging varieties. All help humans, controlling insect populations. A social wasp in distress emits a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy. Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly.

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CATERPILLAR

LEPIDOPTERA

 

 

Caterpillars are known for their voracious appetites. They generally eat leaves of various types of plants, though some species eat insects or other small animals. Leaf-eating species can cause extensive damage to fruit trees, crops, ornamental plants, hardwood trees, and shrubs 

the fecal matter they produce, known as frass, can stain leaves and render the plants unsaleable.

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EARWIGS

DIMAPTERA

 

 

Earwigs are slender insects that get their name from the old European myth that they crawl into people’s ears and tunnel into their brains while they are sleeping. While this superstition has no scientific backing, the pincers located on the back of an earwig’s abdomen are quite frightening to many people. There are more than 20 different earwig species occurring in the United States. 

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BEETLES

COLEOPTERA

 

Unlike other insects, beetles have a pair of leathery protective wings called elytra that cover their membranous flight wings. During flight, the elytra are spread apart and the two flight wings are unfolded and extended. Beetles come in a variety of shapes and colors, from red "ladybugs" and metallic green fig beetles to lightning beetles that glow in the dark and huge horned beetles resembling a miniature rhinoceros.

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FLEAS

SIPHONAPTERA

 

 

Fleas are small, flightless parasites that feed on the blood of various warm-blooded animals, depending on the species, and can transmit diseases to their host. Although most people think of fleas as a problem only the family pet has to deal with, they can also bite humans and are the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague.The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.

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WEEVILS

COLEOPTERA CURCOLLONOIDEA

 

 

Some weevils are pests of stored grain and seeds. They develop inside whole grain kernels as small, white, wrinkled, grub-like larvae. There is generally no external evidence that the larvae have been eating and growing inside the seed until after about one month when the adult weevil chews through the seed coat and emerges. They are able to infest otherwise undamaged grain and attack other hard cereal foods

e.g. macaroni and spaghetti.

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TREATMENT COST

Nature's Own Exterminting uses environment-friendly techniques to help you effectively eliminate and prevent pest problems in your facility. Our programs are designed in collaboration with you and are customized to meet the specific needs of your industry.

Nature's Own Exterminting uses environment-friendly techniques to help you effectively eliminate and prevent pest problems in your facility. Our programs are designed in collaboration with you and are customized to meet the specific needs of your industry. Costs will be determined by the specific pest problem.