The common name of “earwig” comes from an old European superstition that these insects enter the ears of sleeping people and bore into the brain. This belief is without foundation. The forcepslike cerci are apparently used as both offensive and defensive weapons, and are sometimes used to capture prey. Earwigs are worldwide in distribution, with […]


American Cockroach

The American cockroach is also called a “waterbug”, the “Bombay canary”, and the “Palmettobug”. Despite its name, the American cockroach is not native to North America but was most probably introduced via ships from Africa. It is worldwide in distribution. Adults about 7 3/8-2 1/8″ (34-53 mm) long. Color reddish brown except for a submarginal […]

Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies

The common name of small fruit fly comes from their small size and fondness for fruits as egg laying and developmental sites. The name of vinegar fly comes from the fact they develop in the briny or vinegar-like liquids at the top of imperfectly sealed canned fruits and vegetables.┬áThese are nuisance pests but may act […]

Kissing Bug

Kissing Bugs

There are several species of kissing bugs. Two of the most common are the bloodsucking conenose bug, Triatoma sanguisuga (LeConte), and the western bloodsucking conenose bug, Triatoma protracta (Uhler). These bugs can be 14 to 24 mm long. They are dark colored, usually brown or black. Some species have red, yellow or tan markings on […]

Bed Bug Infestation

Bed Bugs

COMMON NAME: Bed Bug SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cimex lectularius Linnaeus CLASS/ORDER/FAMILY: Insecta/Heteroptera/Cimicidae INTRODUCTION. This bug probably received its common name of bed bug from its close association with human sleeping beds where it often seeks refuge during daylight, only to come out to feed on the bed’s occupant(s) at night. The bed bug is an ecto-parasite […]

Stink Bug

Stink Bugs

STINK BUGS (Pentatomidae) of about 5,000 species characteristically give off a strong odor when disturbed. Sometimes the odor can be smelled, or tasted, on fruits or vegetables on which the bugs have been crawling or feeding. Members of this family, which is worldwide in distribution, are easily recognized by their shield-like shape and by the […]



INTRODUCTION: Pillbugs are sometimes called “roly-polies” and get this common name because they roll up into a tight ball when disturbed. These land-dwelling crustaceara are arthropods but not insects. RECOGNITION: Adults about 1/4-5/8″ (7-15 mm) long, convex above but flat or hollow beneath. Color slate gray. BIOLOGY: The eggs are deposited and hatch within the […]

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bees

INTRODUCTION: The common name of bumble bee possibly comes from their rather large, clumsy appearance and/or the buzzing sound they make as they fly. In the urban setting, bumble bees do not usually nest in structures but are of concern because of their abundance around the many flowering plants typical of yards, and because they […]

house fly

House Fly

INTRODUCTION: These flies receive the common name of house from being the most common fly found in and around homes, especially in the pre-automobile era and in rural areas. It is not only a nuisance pest but of greater concern is its potential as a carrier of disease organisms, having been found to harbor over […]

Cicada Killer

Cicada Killers

INTRODUCTION: This wasp gets its common name from the fact that it hunts and provisions each of its nest cells with a cicada (Homoptera: Cicadidae) as food for its young. These wasps can become an urban nuisance pest when they select a bare area around a structure as a nesting site. People become alarmed because […]