Size: 1” to 2”
Color: Usually brown, to orangish brown
How to recognize: Less worm-like in appearance than the millipede, their bodies have many segments, with only one pair of legs per segment. House centipedes have extremely long legs.
Habitat: Usually found anywhere in the house where dampness occurs.
Behavior: Nocturnal, and when disturbed move very swiftly towards a darkened hiding place.
Grasshoppers / Cicadas
Size: 1” to 3”
Color: Yellowish to green, with colorful hind wings with blue, red, orange, or yellow bands on them
How to recognize: Can be seen in meadows, fields, or along roadsides in the warmer months. Recognizable by their “song”, produced when their legs are rubbed together, or the snapping noise of their wings produced in flight.
Habitat: Outdoors, in meadows and fields.
Behavior: They are principally a plant pest, rarely enter structures, but can be extremely destructive to crops when found in large numbers.
Color: tan or brown
How to recognize: Often heard before they are seen. Common song is a triple chirp. Courtship song is a continuous trill.
Habitat: Can be found in warm, damp, dark places such as shrubs, grass, basements or crawl spaces. Usually enter a building from harborage right outside.
Behavior: Active mostly at night, they will eat almost anything they can chew.
Size: 3/8” to 1”
Color: Brown to black
How to recognize: Most easily recognized by its forceps-like tail appendage.
Habitat: Feed mostly on green plants and other vegetation. They do little damage indoors.
Behavior: It is one of the few insects that take care of its young. The pinch of their forceps is neither painful nor poisonous.
Size: 1/32” to 1/16”
Color: Small, black, hard-bodied and wingless, fleas have a flattened body and legs adapted for jumping onto a host.
How to recognize: Their tiny size and ability to jump make them recognizable, as do the itchy red spots left behind by their bite.
Habitat: Anywhere there are available hosts to sustain them.
Behavior: They can be a direct health hazard, transmitting disease and tapeworm.
Size: 1” to 1 ½”
How to recognize: Worm-like in appearance, they have multiple segments, with two pairs of legs per segment.
Habitat: They usually live outside, in moist vegetation, leaf litter and mulch and feed on decaying wood and plants.
Behavior: Will only find their way indoors when conditions are right. When disturbed, they curl up like a watch spring.
Size: ¼” to 3/8”
How to recognize: Roll into a ball, or “pill”, when disturbed.
Habitat: Lawn turf, under leaves, and moist areas of decaying vegetation.
Behavior: Weather extremes may drive them indoors, but they do no damage.
Size: 1” to 7”
Color: Yellowish tan to dark brown
How to recognize: Recognizable by the large claws in front and the long, narrow tail tipped by a stinger.
Habitat: Under debris, or woodpiles on the soil, within clutter in storage areas. Damper areas may also be an attraction to many of them.
Behavior: Nocturnal predators that feed on other animals, using their stinger to subdue their prey. To humans, their sting can be painful, but their venom poses few health concerns.
Size: 3/8” to ½”
Color: silver or gray
How to recognize: Slender, wingless insects with three long, tail-like appendages, and two thread-like antennae.
Habitat: Moist, hot areas from the attic to the crawl space. They breed in bookcases, storage boxes and linen closets.
Behavior: Cause damage by eating foods, cloth, paper, bookbindings, wallpaper, starch in clothing and linens.
Size: 1/16” to ½”
How to recognize: Are usually discovered once they have attached themselves to a host, by their engorged bodies.
Habitat: Must have a host, often dogs or wildlife, but will attach themselves to humans as well.
Behavior: Survive on blood meals from a host. Transmit serious diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Typhus, and Lyme Disease.
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