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

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.

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

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

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.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Susan Ellis, insectimages.org

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

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

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.