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Ladybug

Size:

Usually about 1/4-inch in length and round in shape.

Color:

Many colors, but wings are usually red or orange.

Boxelder Bug

Size:

Up to 1/2-inch long.

Color:

Ranges from gray to black with red criss-crossing stripes on the wings. Nymphs have bright red abdomens.

Earwig

Size:

About 1 inch long.

Color:

Dark brown.

Behavior:

Earwigs are omnivores that will catch and eat other insects. Long-term relief from these insects is achieved by finding and treating the harborages outside from which the home will be invaded.

Scorpion

Size:

Varies between species, but most measure about 2 inches fully grown.

Color:

Can vary widely between yellow, blue, reddish brown, and black.

Behavior:

Scorpions are predators that feed primarily on insects. They crawl into buildings through exterior cracks in search of food or suitable shelter

Centipede

Size:

Most centipedes found around buildings rarely measure longer than 2 inches. In Texas and the desert southwest, however, a couple of species can measure 6 inches or longer and may wander into homes and other buildings.

Color:

Varies depending on the species. Most are brownish or orange-brown. The large Texas species has a bluish-black body, orange-red head and yellow legs.

 

Millipede

Size:

Generally small, about two inches or less in length. Some forest species in the southeastern United States may grow to four or more inches.

Color:

Brown or black.

Behavior:

Millipedes live in moist vegetation, leaf litter, and mulch. They feed upon decaying organic matter found in these areas

Amphipod

Size:

¼- to 1-inch long

Color:

Usually dark brown or black but may appear red, pink, yellow, green or blue in color, depending on the species. Upon death, they often turn bright red.

Behavior:

Amphipods are commonly referred to as scuds and inhabit most oceans, lakes, rivers, beaches, caves and other warm moist environments.

Psocid

Size:

Range in size from 1/25- to 1/13-inch

Color:

Cream colored to pale white

Behavior:

Most psocids live outdoors, have wings as adults, and are commonly found on or under the bark of trees. These outdoor species are known as “bark lice.” The psocids found indoors are extremely tiny and difficult to see.

Pillbug

Size:

Up to ½ inch

Color:

Gray

Behavior:

Commonly known as roly-polies, pillbugs are usually nocturnal and feed on decaying vegetable matter.

Cricket

Size:

Varies, though usually no larger than 1-1/2 inches in length.

Color:

Generally black or brown.

Behavior:

Crickets generally live and breed outdoors and invade buildings searching for food, moisture, or shelter.

Jerusalem Cricket

Size:

Large; 1-¼ to 2 inches

Color:

Brown with black bands on the abdomen.

Behavior:

Jerusalem crickets are very large, stout insects with big heads. Also known as stone crickets or potato bugs, they possess strong mandibles that can inflict a painful bite if the cricket is picked up and mishandled.

Mole Cricket

Size:

Up to 1-½ inches

Color:

Brown, tan, reddish brown

Behavior:

Mole crickets are strange looking insects that are recognized by their large, shovel-like front legs that resemble those of moles. They live in lawns where they dig quickly and actively

Silverfish

Size:

Small, elongated, triangular insects, usually between 1/2-inch and one inch in length.

Color:

Typically a shiny gray or silver.

Behavior:

Silverfish feed on fungal molds and organic matter. They can damage natural fabrics, paper and book bindings.

Firebrat

Size:

Up to ½-inch

Color:

May appear slightly silvery but is usually mottled with patches of light and dark scales.

Behavior:

Firebrats are a type of silverfish and have many of the same habits. Their biologies are similar as well. With quick movements, they dart rapidly to a crack when lights are turned on.

House Centipede

Size:

Up to 1½ inches long

Color:

Grayish yellow with dark bands on legs. Body has three dark, longitudinal stripes.

Behavior:

The slender body is adorned on either side by numerous, very long legs, and it moves very quickly. This centipede is harmless, however, and is actually a beneficial creature, feeding on spiders and insects found within the home.

Sowbug

Size:

Up to ½ inch long

Color:

Gray

Behavior:

Sowbugs and pillbugs, often called isopods, are the only crustaceans completely adapted to terrestrial habitats. Sowbugs have oval bodies that are flattened, and have two small appendages extending from the rear.

Slug & Snail

Size:

Most are small, measuring up to 1 inch. Some snails in the southern states may have shells up to 1½ inch or more.

Color:

Varies depending on species. Usually brown, yellow or green. Some species may be black.

Behavior:

Snails and slugs are well-known and are common inhabitants around most homes not located in dry climates. Both slugs and snails can be serious pests of landscape plantings.