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 Pest Identification 
German Cockroach

  • Adults are 1/2-inch long.
  • Tan with two dark strips running lengthwise on the area behind the head.
  • The most common species encountered in structures.
  • Often occur in large numbers.
American Roach
  • Largest of the common cockroaches; about 1-1/2 inches long.
  • Reddish brown with the margins of the thorax lighter.
  • May live out of doors in warmer areas.
  • Prefer moist, dark areas.
  • Have fully developed wings and can glide long distances.
Smokey Brown Cockroach
  • Adults are 1-1/4 inches long.
  • Uniformly dark brown in color.
  • May live outdoors in warmer months and move indoors when cool.
  • May be found throughout the structure.
  • Fully developed wings; strong flyer.
  • Large egg case.
  • Attracted to light.
Brown Banded Cockroach

  • Adults are 1/2-inch long.
  • Brown with two lighter bands across the base of the wings and abdomen.
  • May be found throughout the structure.
  • Glues egg case to objects such as furniture.
Oriental Cockroach
  • Adults are 1 inch long.
  • Very dark brown to black in color.
  • Adult female has only wing pads.
  • Adult male has wings that cover 3/4 of the abdomen.
  • Found in damp places such as basements and sewer lines.

  • Ants are social insects (they live in a colony).
  • May sting.
  • Most ants will feed on a wide variety of foods.
  • Ants have three types or castes in a colony: workers, males and females.
  • Workers in the colony may be different sizes.
  • Ants have a complete
Carpenter Ants
  • Carpenter ants do not eat wood but chew it out to nest in it.
  • Are the largest ants found in Georgia.
  • Prefer to nest in wood that is slightly decayed.
  • Leave small wood shavings outside the nest area.
  • Adults are 1/8 to 1/6-inch long.
  • Adults a dark brown, flattened side to side and have no wings.
  • Adults feed on warm blooded animals.
  • Larvae feed on organic debris.
  • Eggs are laid on the host after feeding.
  • Can carry diseases such as plague and tapeworm.
  • Ticks are flattened from top to bottom.
  • Adult ticks have eight legs.
  • Larvae have six legs.
  • They are not insects.
  • All stages feed on blood.
  • Can carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Stored Product Pests
  • Include insects such as rice weevil, saw-toothed grain beetle, confused and red flour beetle, the drugstore beetle, cigarette beetle and the Indian meal moth.
  • May feed on whole, damaged, or milled products.
  • Generally have low moisture requirements.
  • Can spread throughout the kitchen.
  • May spread throughout the house on dried flower arrangements and potpourri.
  • Usually very small in size.
Fabric Pests
  • Include insects such as clothes moths and carpet beetles.
  • Damage is caused by the larvae.
  • Feed only on animal fibers: wool, silk, fur and feathers.
  • Do not feed on cotton.
  • Includes all varieties.
  • Carry many diseases including West Nile Virus.
  • Have complete metamorphosis.
  • Lay eggs in standing water - anywhere.
  • Prefer shade during day.
  • Includes the housefly, cluster fly, drain fly, blowfly and mosquitoes.
  • Carry many diseases.
  • Have complete metamorphosis.
  • The larvae are called maggots.
  • Adults have only two wings.
  • Grey to brown in color.
  • Adults are 1/2-inch in length.
  • Have three long projections at the end of the body.
  • Feed on almost anything containing proteins or sugars.
  • Spiders are not insects.
  • Spiders have 8 legs.
  • Only the black widow and the brown recluse are dangerous.
  • Most are beneficial because they feed on insects.
Norway Rat
  • Large, robust in appearance weighing up to 18 ounces.
  • Has small eyes, small ears and a blunt snout.
  • Usually nests in the ground.
  • Will eat anything but prefers meats.
  • Has 4 to 7 litters per year with 8 to 12 young per litter.
  • Shy around new objects.
Roof Rat
  • Sleek appearance weighing up to 9 ounces.
  • Has large eyes, large ears and a pointed snout.
  • Usually nests in vines, walls and attics.
  • Will eat anything but prefers fruits and vegetables.
  • Has 4 to 6 litters per year with 4 to 8 young per litter.
  • Shy around new objects.
House Mouse
  • Slender appearance weighing 1 ounce.
  • Has small eyes, large ears and a pointed snout.
  • Usually nests within structures.
  • Will eat anything but prefers grains.
  • Has 8 litters per year with 4 to 7 young per litter.
  • Inquisitive about new objects.
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