Ants are closely related to wasps, bees and sawflies. They undergo a complete metamorphosis, starting as an egg, then larva, pupa, and adult.
Bed bugs feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Adult bed bugs can survive for about 6 to 7 months without a blood meal. They are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat produced by their host. Activity starts around 7 p.m. and continues until midnight or later, but they can adapt to daysleepers.
The common name "chinch bug" comes from the Spanish word chinche, which means bug or pest. Chinch bugs are especially attracted to St. Augustine grass, and cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year.
Domestic (indoor) cockroaches live their entire lives inside structures. Species include the German cockroach and Brown-banded cockroach. These indoor roaches are unable to survive away from humans or human activity.
Fleas are wingless parasites that feed off the blood of mammals or birds.
House Flies are a pest that can carry serious diseases. They are capable of carrying more than 100 pathogens, including those causing typhoid, cholera, salmonellosis, bacillary dysentery and tuberculosis.
Rodents are mammals with sharp, continuously growing incisors they use to gnaw. Most rodents eat seeds or plants, though some have more varied diets. Some species have historically been pests, eating seeds stored by people and spreading disease.
Spiders are air-breathing arthropods with eight legs and fangs that inject venom. They rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms.
While termites are sometimes called "white ants," especially in some regions like Australia, they are only distantly related to the ants. In our service area, there are two main types of termite that damage structures: Drywood and subterranean.
Ticks are parasites that satisfy all of their nutritional requirements on a diet of blood. They are carriers of a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.