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German Cockroach   ( Blatella germanica)

Adult German cockroaches are ½ to 5/8 inch long and tan to light brown. Although they have
fully developed wings, they do not fly. Nymphs are similar in appearance to adults except that
they are smaller and lack wings. The German cockroach is best identified by its small size
and by two dark parallel lines running from the back of the head to the wings.             
Bed Bug    ( Cimex lectularius )

of an inch long. After a blood meal their bodies will expand to become more round or
swollen, and they will appear more dark red. They have a beaklike mouth sucking parts and
small stubby, non-functional wing pads. The nymphs (juveniles) resemble adults just
smaller and a lighter color. The eggs are white and 1/32 of an inch long.                    
Flea       ( Ctenocephalides sp.)

Adult fleas are about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long, are dark reddish brown, hard bodied, and
flattened vertically, making it very easy to move between hairs, feathers, or fur, depending on
the host. A flea can jump 7 inches vertically, and 13 inches horizontally. They have spines
protruding from their faces, and have piercing sucking mouth parts. Eggs are smooth, oval
and white. Larvae are 1/4-inch long, slender, straw-colored, brown headed, wormlike,
bristly-haired creatures that are legless, have chewing mouthparts, are active, and avoid light.
Pupae are enclosed in silken cocoons covered with particles of debris.                     
Pavement Ants       (Tetramorium Caespitum)

Pavement ants which usually make their homes in pavements are small(1/8-1/16-inch long).
They are black-brown ants, with paler legs and antennae. The abdomen is all black. They are
distinguished by two spines on the back, two nodes on the petiole, and grooves on the head
and thorax.The colonies can be moderately large. Swarmers usually appear in June or July;
however, they have been reported at other times of the year.
Black Carpenter Ant   ( Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Carpenter ants are one of the largest of all ants’ species ranging in color and size. The
average size of a carpenter ant is two to 20 millimeters in length. The colors of carpenter ants
also vary between species which include, jet-black to brown, red, black, yellow, orange,
yellowish tan or light brown. Male, female and, the queen carpenter ants also have different
characteristics. Male and female carpenter ants (the workers and reproductive ants), can
measure up to 18 millimeters in length, where as the queen can reach 20 millimeters to one
inch in length. When a carpenter ant infestation is identified, these characteristics are rarely
used; the infestation is usually identified by the physical damage the carpenter ants have
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House Centipede        (Scutigera coleoptrata)

House Centipedes are grayish-yellow, with three dark lines running down its back, it has 15
sets of long slender legs making it appear larger than it actually is. The House Centipede
without its legs is only about an inch long, but when you include its legs it can look up to three
to four inches long. The larva of the House Centipede only have 4 sets of legs, but once they
go through the larval and adolescent stages they will be full adults.                        
Cluster Fly       (Pollenia rudis)

Adult cluster flies are slightly larger than the common house fly. They are dull-gray with black
markings and have golden-yellow hairs on the thorax, which can give the appearance of a
golden sheen. These medium-sized insects are 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch in length. The hairs are
more numerous on the under side of the thorax between and near the legs.       
European Earwig     (Forficula auricularia)

The adult European Earwig is about 5/8 of an inch long, they have wings but they are rarely
used, its body is a reddish-brown color, and its legs are yellowish-brown. There is one
distinction between males and females being the males forceps in the rear are more pincher
like, where as the females are straighter. The nymph of the European Earwig looks like the
adults but lack wings and are smaller. The eggs are oval and white or cream colored.
Indian Meal Moth     ( Plodia interpunctella)

The Idianmeal Moth is quite a pest to many homeowners. The adult moth at rest is about 3/8
of an inch long, and has a wing span of about 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch. This moth ranges in
color, from light gray, to grayish brown, and has bronze and reddish markings on its wings.
The eggs are a dirty white color and are very small, about .3 to .5 millimeters long.    
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber   (Sceliphron caementarium)

The Organpipe Mud Dauber is 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long, which is skinny, black, and
elongated. The Black and Yellow variant is 1 to 1 and 1/4 inches long with a black to brown
color with yellow markings on the abdomen and thorax.                                                      
Pillbug           (Armadillidium vulgare)

These crustaceans are actually not insects they are arthropods, meaning they have a
segmented body connected by pairs. They are brownish to slate gray in color, measuring as
adults up to 3/4 of an inch.                                                                                                       
Silver Fish       ( Lepisma saccharina)

Silverfish adults commonly confused with Firebrats, have a flat, elongated body, are about ½
inch long, and are silvery gray to pearl gray in color. This insect is covered with scales and has
two long, slender antennae at the head and three long, antennae-like appendages at the
Carpenter Bee     (Xylocopa virginica)

Carpenter Bees are large and robust, measuring about ¾ to 1 inch in length. They are black
with a metallic sheen. The female carpenter bee has an all black head where as the males
have white markings on theirs. The thorax of the Carpenter Bee is covered with bright yellow,
orange, or white hairs, and the upper side of the abdomen is black, glossy, and bare.
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