Identify What's Bugging You!

Use our pictures and descriptions below to identify the pest that’s bugging you, and then call Cayce Exterminating at 803-796-BUGS! By identifying the bug before we send out our pest control crew, we can give you a better price estimate and prepare our pest control experts.

Household Pests

  • Silverfish
  • Earwig
  • American Cockroach
  • German Cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroach
  • Brown Banded Cockroach
  • Smokey Brown Cockroach
  • millipede
  • American House Spider
  • Pillbug
  • Sawtoothed Grain Beetle
  • Silverfish

    Clemson Univ./USDA CES, insectimages.org

    Silvery to gun metal, 1/2 to 3/4 inch, normally hide during the day and can infest any area or structure.

  • Earwig

    University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology, Jim Kalisch

    Pale brown, reddish brown to black, 1/4 to 1 inch, active at night, hide in moist, shady areas.

  • American Cockroach

    University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

    Reddish to dark brown, 1 3/8 to 2 1/8 inch, commonly known as "waterbugs".

  • German Cockroach

    University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

    Brown to tan, 1/2 to 5/8 inch, common in kitchens and baths.

  • Oriental Cockroach

    University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

    Shiny black to dark reddish brown, 1 to 1 1/4 inch, commonly called "sewar roach".

  • Brown Banded Cockroach

    University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

    Light brown to brown, about half an inch long, prefer warmer areas of a structure.

  • Smokey Brown Cockroach

    University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

    Shiny brownish black to dark mahogany, 1 to 1 1/4 inch, common outdoors in protected, moist, dark and warm areas. Good fliers and attracted to light.

  • millipede

    Gary Alpert, Havard Univ., insectimages.org

    Blackish, brownish or red/orange, active at night and seek areas of high moisture.

  • American House Spider

    Joseph Berger, insectimages.org

    Shades of brown with streaks, 1/4 to 1/2 inch, cobwebs built in corners and ceilings.

  • Pillbug

    Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

    Slate grey, 1/4 to 5/8 inch, commonly called "rolly-pollies".

  • Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

    Clemson Univ./USDA CES, insectimages.org

    Brown, 1/8 inch, found in cereals, bread, nuts, dried fruits and many other products.

Biters and Stingers

  • Bed Bug
  • Common Striped Scorpion
  • Flea
  • Brown Dog Tick
  • Asian Tiger Mosquito
  • Brown Recluse Spider
  • Black Widow Spider
  • Paper Wasp
  • Eastern Yellow Jacket
  • Honey Bee
  • Bald Faced Hornet
  • Bald Faced Hornet Nest
  • Bumble Bee
  • Velvet Ant
  • Bed Bug

    Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

    Red to reddish brown, 3/16 inch, harbor in cracks and crevices and feed at night, found in mattresses, box springs, furniture, etc.

  • Common Striped Scorpion

    Clemson Univ./USDA CES, insectimages.org

    Yellowish brown to tan, 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches, sting comparable to a wasp or bee sting.

  • Flea

    Joseph Berger, insectimages.org

    Brownish black to black, 1/8 inch, jumping insects, blood feeders that may transmit disese.

  • Brown Dog Tick

    Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

    Reddish brown, grey-blue or olive when engorged, can transmit disease.

  • Asian Tiger Mosquito

    Susan Ellis, insectimages.org

    Dark brown to black, carriers of many diseases and heartworms.

  • Brown Recluse Spider

    DPI-Archive, Florida DACS, insectimages.org

    Tan to dark brown with a darker fiddle-shaped marking on dorsum (top behind eyes). Inside, normally found in undisturbed areas such as boxes, shoes or below tables. Bites to humans can be dangerous.

  • Black Widow Spider

    Clemson Univ./USDA CES, insectimages.org

    Typically black with reddish hourglass marking on abdomen. Inside, normally found in seldom-used areas of the garage, basements, and crawlspaces. Bites to humans can be dangerous, especially small children.

  • Paper Wasp

    Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

    Brownish with yellow or reddish markings, 5/8 to 3/4 inches long, normally builds a comb nest in any protected location.

  • Eastern Yellow Jacket

    Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

    Yellow and black, 3/8 to 5/8 inch, mostly ground nesting but may build an aerial nest in shrubs or on buildings.

  • Honey Bee

    Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, insectimages.org

    Orangish-brown to black with body covered with pale hairs, 1/2 to 5/8 inch, are not aggressive and will attack only when threatened. Live removal is preferred but not always an option.

  • Bald Faced Hornet

    Johnny N. Dell, insectimages.org

    Black with white pattern on most of the face, 5/8 to 3/4 inch.

  • Bald Faced Hornet Nest

    Rita Parkins, insectimages.org

    Built of chewed cellulose material, can be constructed in trees, shrubs and on buildings, up to 14 inches in diameter and over 24 inches in length.

  • Bumble Bee

    Kristina Simss, insectimages.org

    Black with yellow markings, 1/4 to 1 inch, beneficial insects due to pollination of many plant species.

  • Velvet Ant

    Jerry A. Payne, USD ARS,Bugwood.org

    Actually a wasp but commonly mistaken for an ant. Females can sting. Normally found in yards and pastures cut occasionally inside of structures.

Ants

  • Fire Ant Mound
  • Fire Ants
  • Argentine Ant
  • Odorous House Ant
  • Field Ant
  • Harvester Ant
  • Pavement Ant
  • Crazy Ant
  • Pharoah Ant
  • Acrobat Ant
  • Fire Ant Mound

    UGA-Archive, insectimages.org

    Normally built under stones, at the base of a tree, shrub or any undisturbed area.

  • Fire Ants

    Johnny N. Dell, insectimages.org

    Head and thorax yellowish red and abdomen black, workers average 1/16 to 1/4 inch, inflict painful bites.

  • Argentine Ant

    Natasha Wright, Florida DACS, insectimages.org

    Light to dark brown, 1/16 inch long, inside usually nest near a moisture source such as sinks, potted plants, etc.

  • Odorous House Ant

    Susan Ellis, insectimages.org

    Dark brown to black, 1/16 to 1/8 inch, prefer wall voids especially around hot water pipes and heaters, in crevices, around sinks, etc.

  • Field Ant

    Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

    These ants are red, black, brown, or a combination of all three colors. Occasionally field ants may also be golden yellow in color. They are between 1/8 and 1/4 inch in length.

  • Harvester Ant

    Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

    Worker harvester ants range from 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch in length. Different harvester ant species exhibit different colors, ranging from reddish-brown or yellow to black.

  • Pavement Ant

    Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

    Pavement ants frequently vary in color from red brown to blackish-brown in appearance and are from 1/8” to. 1/4” in length.

  • Crazy Ant

    Eli Sarnat, IAkey: Invasive Ants of the Pacific Islands, USDA APHIS PPQ

    Dark brown to black, 1/8’-1/4”, rapid and erratic movements. Highly adaptable living in both very and rather moist habitats.

  • Pharoah Ant

    Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org

    Yellow with reddish abdomen, 1/16”. Nests in wood, wall voids, and baseboards. Prefer warm, humid areas near food and water.

  • Acrobat Ant

    Jessica Lougque, Smithers Viscient, Bugwood.org

    Light brown to dark brownish black, 1/8”, heart shaped abdomen. Nest outdoors in soil, leaves or wood; indoors in building voids, insulation and foam board.

Wood Destroying Insects

  • Subterranean Termite Worker
  • Subterranean Termite Swarmer
  • Subterranearn Termite Shelter Tube
  • old House Borer
  • Powder Post Beetle Symptoms
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Carpenter Ants Wings
  • Carpenter Bee
  • Subterranean Termite Worker

    Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

    Off-white to almond color, 1/8 to 1/4 inch, does all of the work and damage for a colony.

  • Subterranean Termite Swarmer

    Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

    Black with 2 pairs of wings, 2 body segments, about 3/8 inch long with straight antenna, normally swarm in spring.

  • Subterranearn Termite Shelter Tube

    USDA Forest Service-Archive, insectimages.org

    Mud tubes that act as highways between the colony and food sources.

  • Old House Borer

    Clemson Univ./USDA CES, insectimages.org

    White, about 1 1/4 inch, can live in wood 12 to 15 years, evidence of activity include oval, ragged emergence holes, frass (fine sawdust) and "clicking" noise.

  • Powder Post Beetle Symptoms

    Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, insectimages.org

    Small emergence holes and streaming frass (fine sawdust) are sings of an active infestation.

  • Carpenter Ants

    Clemson Univ./USDA CES, insectimages.org

    Black, red/black, red or brown. Various sizes. Normally infest decayed wood and expand into sound wood.

  • Carpenter Ants Wings

    Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, insectimages.org

    Normally swarm from May until August.

  • Carpenter Bee

    Johnny N. Dell, insectimages.org

    Resembles bumble bee except abdomen is black and shiny, about 1 inch long, normally bore holes in weathered and unpainted wood to lay eggs.

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