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

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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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

American Cockroach

University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

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


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pest control Columbia sc

German Cockroach

University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

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


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pest control Columbia sc

Oriental Cockroach

University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

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


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pest control Columbia sc

Brown Banded Cockroach

University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

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


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

millipede

Gary Alpert, Havard Univ., insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

Pillbug

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

Clemson Univ./USDA CES, insectimages.org

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


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Biters and Stingers

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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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

Flea

Joseph Berger, insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

Brown Dog Tick

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ., insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Susan Ellis, insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

Bald Faced Hornet

Johnny N. Dell, insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

Bumble Bee

Kristina Simss, insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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ants

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Fire Ant Mound

UGA-Archive, insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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Wood Destroying Insects

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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.


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

Subterranearn Termite Shelter Tube

USDA Forest Service-Archive, insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

Powder Post Beetle Symptoms

Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, insectimages.org

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


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pest control Columbia sc

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.


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pest control Columbia sc

Carpenter ants Wings

Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, insectimages.org

Normally swarm from May until August.


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pest control Columbia sc

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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