Pharaoh Ant

Pharaoh Ants

Its name resulted from the mistaken belief of Linnaeus that this ant was one of the plagues of Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. Pharaoh ants are thought to be native to the African region. This ant is found throughout the United States. Pharaoh ants have been strongly implicated in the spread of various […]

Paper Wasp in Westchester

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps get their common name from the paper like material of which they construct their nests; true also of the other vespids. It has been suggested that they be called umbrella wasps based on the shape of their nests. In the urban situation, these usually unaggressive wasps are a nuisance pest Adults are about […]

Silverfish

Silverfish/Bristletails

INTRODUCTION: All members of the order Thysanura have a teardrop/carrot/fish-shaped body and get their common name of bristletail because of their 3 long, bristle like or tail like appendages on the posterior/rear end of their body. Silverfish is a common name for species of this group whose bodies are covered with silvery scales. Silverfish are found throughout the […]

Northern Fowl Mite

Northern Fowl Mite

INTRODUCTION: These Mites get their common name of the northern because they occur in temperate or northern regions and of fowl because they are parasites of domestic fowl. They become a structural pest when they migrate from bird nests on buildings and attack humans. They are found throughout temperate regions of the world including the […]

Webbing-Clothes-Moth

Webbing Clothes Moth

INTRODUCTION: This species is the most commonly encountered clothes moth in the United States. Its common name comes from the larval produced silk webbing which characteristically covers over the area upon which the larva is feeding. This pest is found throughout the United States and the world. RECOGNITION: Adults measure about 1/2” (12 mm) from […]

The Black Carpenter Ant

The Black Carpenter Ant

The Black Carpenter Ant is a native species and common species in the east. These ants get their common name from their habit of hollowing out galleries in pieces of wood for nesting purposes. The nesting habit can result in structural damage. Carpenter ants are found throughout the United States. Workers are large, usually 1/8th […]

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees get their common name from their habit of boring into wood to make galleries for rearing of young. Adults body length is about 1/2 to 1 inch. Very robust in form resembling Bumble Bees, but with top surface of the abdomen largely bare and shining. The carpenter Bee is the most common Eastern […]

Pavement Ants

Pavement Ants

This Ant gets its name from commonly locating its nest in or under cracks in the pavement. Pavement Ants were introduced from Europe by early colonists. They are mostly found in the Easterner United States and in California and Washington. They have a long brown to black body with paler legs and antennae. Colonies are […]

Robi-Comb

Human Lice and the Robi Comb

These human-infesting lice receive their common names from the area of the human body that they usually infest. It must be realized that infestation of any of these is a medical problem, not a pest control problem. Adults are small between 1/16th and 1/8th inches. They are flat and dirty white to grayish black in […]

beetle

Stored Product Pests

In homes, stored product pests are commonly referred to as pantry pests and once found by the homeowner a complaint is usually made to the retailer and subsequently the manufacturer of the infested foods. In the United States the annual loss due to stored product pests was estimated to be at $1 billion dollars. The […]