Wasps are attracted to moisture and sweet odors. They may hover near you if you’re wearing perfume, sweating, or holding food. They also spend time near flowers and dead insects. Females can use their needle-like egg layer as a defense mechanism to sting.
These bugs live on boxelder and maple trees during the warm seasons. In the fall and winter, they try to make their way indoors to hide out until early spring. Boxelder bugs are black with red/orange markings and about a half inch long. They feed on flowers, leaves, and seeds.
Pavement ants can eat any human food as well as other insects. Colonies can inhabit kitchens and patio areas and grow quickly. Nests are commonly found under driveways and sidewalks and in building foundations.
These ants are very small, dark brown or black, and emit an odor resembling coconut when crushed. They travel in groups to find food and can contaminate food when foraging. They don’t sting or bite.
This cockroach can live for one year, grow to 1.25 inches long, and (if female) have 150 offspring. Males can both fly and run, but females are wingless. Unlike many other cockroaches, however, oriental cockroaches can’t climb smooth surfaces. They prefer cool, indoor places like basements and crawlspaces.
Also called the common rat or brown rat, this pest will eat just about everything. These rats can grow to be 10 inches long with a 10-inch tail to match. They’re more active at night, can swim, and like to burrow through and damage property. Norway rats can bite and spread disease.
Mice can squeeze through openings as small as a quarter inch wide, making them hard to keep out of the garage and house. Mice are commonly found nesting in leaf piles, firewood stacks, and around bricks or stone. They can spread disease, cause allergic reactions, and contaminate food.
You’ve probably come across these moths in your pantry at some point. They can infest grains, fruit, vegetables, dry pet food, nuts, and powdered milk. They lay eggs on these items and live for about six weeks. They typically enter homes on already-infested foods.
Houseflies can carry over 100 pathogens that can cause diseases like cholera, salmonella, typhoid, and tuberculosis. They’re active only during the day, searching for food and defecating (which is how disease can be transmitted). At night, they hide in corners, ceilings, and quiet places.
This is one of the most common and prevalent cockroaches on Earth. They scurry around at night, scavenging for food and water. They can spread disease, cause allergies, and contaminate food. They prefer starchy or sugary foods, grease, and meat.