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


Clemson Univ./USDA CES,

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





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

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

German Cockroach

University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

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




oriental cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

University of Nebraska, Dept. of Entomology

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




brown banded cockroach

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

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.





Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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




Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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




sawtoothed grain beetle

Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

Clemson Univ./USDA CES,

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

Biters and Stingers

Bed Bug

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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

Common Striped Scorpion

Clemson Univ./USDA CES,

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






Joseph Berger,

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



brown dog tick
Brown Dog Tick

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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




asian tiger mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Susan Ellis,

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




brown recluse spider

Brown Recluse Spider

DPI-Archive, Florida DACS,

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

Black Widow Spider

Clemson Univ./USDA CES,

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

Paper Wasp

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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

Eastern Yellow Jacket

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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
Honey Bee

Whitney Cranshaw, CSU,

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

Bald Faced Hornet

Johnny N. Dell,

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




bald faced hornet nest

Bald Faced Hornet Nest

Rita Parkins,

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

Bumble Bee

Kristina Simss,

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



velvet ant

Velvet Ant

Jerry A. Payne, USD ARS,

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


fire ant mound
Fire Ant Mound


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



fire ants
Fire Ants

Johnny N. Dell,

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



argentine ant

Argentine Ant

Natasha Wright, Florida DACS,

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



field ant formica
Odorous House Ant

Susan Ellis,

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

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Susan Ellis,

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



harvester ant
Harvester Ant

Joseph Berger,

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

Pavement Ant

Joseph Berger,

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

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

Pharaoh Ant

Pest and Diseases Image Library,

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



acrobat ant

Acrobat Ant

Jessica Lougque, Smithers Viscient,

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 Worker

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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



subterranean termite swarmer
Subterranean Termite Swarmer

Gary Alpert, Harvard Univ.,

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



termite shelter tube

Subterranean Termite Shelter Tube

USDA Forest Service-Archive,

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



old house borer
Old House Borer

Clemson Univ./USDA CES,

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

Powder Post Beetle Symptoms

Whitney Cranshaw, CSU,

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



carpenter ants
Carpenter Ants

Clemson Univ./USDA CES,

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



carpenter ants wings
Carpenter Ants Wings

Whitney Cranshaw, CSU,

Normally swarm from May until August.




carpenter bee

Carpenter Bee

Johnny N. Dell,

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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