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Pest ID

Not sure what kind of bug, insect, or pest you’re dealing with? Know what it is, but not sure what it does? Curious about what pests are in our area and what to keep and eye out for? Look below to identify your problem pest!


Ants are one of the most common and one of the most difficult pest to control in New England. Ants can be a nuisance pest with just a few scouts in your house looking for food and invading and contaminating food. However; they can harm your property by:

  • nesting in lawns
  • stealing seeds from seed beds
  • feeding on germinating seeds
  • defoliating or gnawing into plants and plant products
  • fostering other injurious insects like plant lice, mealy bugs and plant diseases and fungus
  • gnawing holes in fabrics
  • removing rubber insulation from telephone wires or other equipment
  • Carpenter Ants can evenĀ  seriously damage wooden structures

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The adult bed bug is oval and flat. They grow to only about a quarter of an inch long. Bed bugs lack wings, so you won’t see them flying around your bedroom. Under cover of darkness, they crawl in search of blood, preferably from a human. Bed bugs use a piercing, sucking to penetrate the skin of their host. Adults are brown, but appear reddish-brown when engorged with blood.

Bed bug young look like smaller versions of their parents. First stage nymphs are colorless; with each molt, the nymph darkens. White eggs measure less than 1 mm in length, and may be laid singly or in clusters of up to 50 eggs.

You won’t usually see bed bug activity during daylight hours, but you may see other signs of bed bugs. As nymphs molt, they leave behind their shedded skins, which accumulate as the population rises. Bed bug excrement appears as dark spots, and crushed bed bugs will leave bloody marks on bed linens.

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Carpenter bees are found throughout the United States. The most common and frequently encountered are large carpenter bees, which resemble bumble bees. Carpenter bees have shiny black dorsal abdomen surfaces, while bumble bees have yellow and black hairy abdominal surfaces.

The carpenter bee is unique because it nests by boring holes into any dead wood that is available; be it a house, deck, fence, overhang, or windowsills. Although the holes may only appear to be a couple inches deep, they don’t stop there.

After initially boring into the wood, the carpenter bee will make a 90 degree turn, tunneling an additional 6 inches to 4 feet. These tunnels serve as eggs chambers. After the initial tunnel is bored, they often bore many more branches off the original. A chewing noise may be observed several feet from where the bees excavate their galleries.

After the nest is established, the female carpenter bee will forage for food. It is common to see the female buzzing around azaleas, daffodils, and pansies.

Male bees also hang around flowers, although they are looking for potential mates. If someone walks by, the male bee will become curious and start buzzing around the person. This often has the appearance of an “attack;” however, male bees have no stingers. Female carpenter bees do have stingers, but have no interest in stinging people.

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Roaches form the oldest group of insects and have been around for over 300 million years. Roaches can be found throughout the area both indoors and out. They are some of the most common pests; infesting homes, restaurants, bakeries, hotels, and any place they can find food, water, and shelter.

The most common cockroach is the German cockroach, but the American can also be found under the right conditions in the area. Roaches reproduce by gradual metamorphosis, with the life stages of egg, nymph and adult. The nymphs look very similar to the adults except they are smaller, do not possess wings and are not sexually mature. They feed on the same food items as the adults. Roaches can reproduce quickly, allowing large numbers of roaches to be found in the same area.

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Rodents are mammals that are characterized by having two incisors, which must be kept short by gnawing as they grow continuously. Among the most common rodents are: mice, rats, chipmunks, and squirrels.


Silverfish are nocturnal, elongated and flattened insects typically 25 mm (0.5-1 in) long. Their abdomens taper at the end, giving them a fish-like appearance. The newly hatched are whitish, but develop a greyish hue and metallic shine as they get older. They have three long cerci at the tips of their abdomens, one off the end of their body, one facing left, and one facing right. They also have two small compound eyes, despite other members of Thysanura being completely eyeless, such as the family Nicoletiidae.

Like other species in Apterygota, silverfish completely lack wings. They have long antennae, and move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. This, coupled with their appearance, influences their common name. Silverfish typically live for two to eight years.


There are approximately 40,000 known species of spiders worldwide. Most all spiders are beneficial due to the fact that their major food items are insects, so they help keep insect populations in check.

In the U.S., only a few spiders are important from a human suffering standpoint such as the black widow, brown recluse and the hobo spiders, none of which our found in our area.

Pest management of spiders concentrates on the elimination or reduction of the conditions that cause spiders to be present. By reducing the numbers of insects in a building, you can also reduce the number of spiders inside. Call Today!


Stink bugs are a family of insects belonging to order Hemiptera and include stink bugs and shield bugs.

The scutellum body is typically half of an inch long, green or brown color, usually trapezoidal in shape, giving this family the name “shield bug.” The tarsi are 3-segmented. The forewings of stink bugs are called hemelytra, with the basal half thickened while the apex is membranous (as are the hindwings).

The stink bug, also called stinkbug, derives its name from its tendency to eject a foul smelling glandular substance secreted from pores in the thorax when disturbed; in some species the liquid contains cyanide compounds with a rancid almond scent.


Termites are dangerous structural pests due to the fact that they attack the wood that we use to build structures and furniture with, as a food source. In the United States alone, it is estimated that termites are responsible for over 3 billion dollars worth of damage to structures every year.

Termites are grouped into subterranean and non-subterranean termites. Subterranean termites live in the ground and the others may not. The subterranean termites are found in almost every state, except Alaska, with the Southeast U.S. having the heaviest concentration of any other region of the United States.

Controlling termites requires an understanding of termite biology and behavior as well as an understanding of building construction. Professional pest management companies are equipped to control termites found in structures with a variety of techniques and equipment. A thorough inspection is the first step in determining if you have termites, and should be performed by a professional.


Some wasps/hornets are aggressive species, which sting when threatened, and, unlike bees, wasps are capable of stinging multiple times.

Bees live in social groups called colonies and usually in a void called a hive. Mature colonies of bees may number in the thousands of individuals. Colonies consist of one queen bee, occasionally a few hundred males or drones and thousands of sterile females who are the workers and who provides the food and protection for the entire colony. Africanized honey bees are a strain of honey bees that are highly irritable and quickly agitated into stinging in large numbers. Stings from bees can be highly dangerous if the stings are numerous and/or the person is allergic to insect stings.


The Western Conifer Seed Bug has become a nuisance pest to some local residents. The bug has the habit of entering homes at the onset of cold weather in the late summer or early fall as it seeks a protected site to spend the winter. These bugs do not bite or sting, nor do they cause damage to the home. They will, however, give off a pungent odor if you handle them, which is part of the insect’s defensive strategy. They also may make a buzzing sound when flying.

The Western Conifer Seed Bug belongs to the family Coreidae, commonly called leaf-footed bugs, and like many members of this family, it has a flattened, leaf-like expansion on the hind legs. The adult is about 3/4 inch (16-20 mm) in length and is dull brownish. There is a faint white zigzag stripe across the midpoint of its upper surface. When the insect takes flight, it lifts the wings to reveal bright yellowish orange areas on its back. These bugs use piercing-sucking mouthparts to pierce the scales of conifer seeds and suck out the seed pulp. The list of host plants includes white pine, red pine, Scotch pine, Austrian pine, mugo pine, white spruce, Douglas fir and hemlock.

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