The German cockroach is typically found in residential and commercial kitchen and bathroom areas. They are in search for a food and a water source. They will forage for food in the night time hours. Only about 1/3 of the population will forage on an average night. German Cockroaches will spend most of their time in hiding. They hide is small cracks and crevices like trim boards, under counter tops, sinks, voids in cabinets, behind picture frames, and in walls. In severe infestations German cockroaches will be seen thought out the home or business at all hours of the day.
Description: 1/2 to 5/8 inch in length. Tan to brown with 2 stripes that run lengthwise down their back. Has wings but does not fly.
The Oriental cockroach prefers moist dark areas and is found in cooler locations such as basements and crawl spaces. They cluster inside and outside of buildings and usually are on the lower floor.
Description: 1 to 1 1/4 inch in length. Shiny black or very dark brown. Has wings but does not fly.
Brownbanded cockroach can be found scattered throughout the home behind picture frames, appliances, TVs / Computers, on ceilings, and in closets and furniture. Prefers warm areas (80 degrees)
Description: 1/2 to 5/8 inch in length. Pale brown bands that cross the wings. Male cockroach will fly and are drawn to light.
The American cockroach also prefers warm areas 80 degrees or warmer. They like dark, damp areas, cracks and crevices. Most commonly found in food handling facilities or large buildings. They feed on decaying organic matter, clothing, book bindings, and other sweets.
Description: 1 to 1 1/2 inch in length. Brown to reddish brown. Male cockroach will fly and are territorial.
Bed Bugs are human parasites that are only on their host to feed, they then hide to lay eggs and rest. Bed bugs can hide in many places such as behind head boards, box springs, mattresses, furniture, carpet, base boards, behind picture frames, many other cracks and crevices. Bites maybe itchy, red and swollen, however some people may not experience any reaction.
Description: Adult 1/5 in long, they have a flat body, reddish brown but can be almost black after a blood meal, Nymphs (baby bed bugs) will be smaller in size.
Carpenter ants nest in wood that has high moisture content or decay fungi, they do not eat the wood. The common sites for a colony is in tree holes, tree stumps, fire wood stacks outdoors, rotting fence posts, or structural wood that has water damage. The nests are Perennial but they may move if needed to. Carpenter ants do create satellite colonies. These are smaller but still have many ants. The queen ant is always located at the primary colony. They eat lots of different types of food such as sweets, eggs, meats, cheese, food grease, dead insects, plant and fruit juices, and honeydew.
Description: 1/4 to 1/2 in long, Black (most common in Nebraska), Swarming ants have wings.
Acrobat ants can be found under land scape timber, stones, stumps, wood and sometimes nest in a structure. Acrobats eat a verity of foods such as sweets and proteins. They enter though small holes such as crakes around pipes.
Description: 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, brown, black and red.
Ants live in colonies of hundreds or even thousands, here are some common ones found.
Pavement ants enter through cracks in concrete and will have a mound of dirt where they enter. They feed on almost anything like pet food, honey, meats and cheeses. Typically found in sidewalk cracks.
Description: 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, reddish brown to black in color.
Odorous house ants nest in wall voids and around water pipes around sink areas. Odorous house ants require moisture. They usually prefers sweets but will feed on high protein foods as well.
Description: 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, brown to black in color.
Fleas live and feed on an animal host. Fleas and their larvae are commonly found on the animal, animal bedding, furniture, carpet, dog houses, and under porches. They cannot fly but can jump up to 6 inches high. A female flea can produce 200-400 eggs in her life time. A large infestation can cause poor health for the animal. The constant itching can affect the animals sleeping and eating habits. Also may cause a bacterial infection, which may be inflamed, hot and painful. Anemia or death may occur puppies and kittens. Fleas also will bite people adults are bitten usually around the ankles, Children who spend a lot of time on the floor can be bitten almost anywhere.
Description: Adults 1/16 to 1/8 In long, brown to black, wingless and flat from side to side
Silverfish are found in homes, warehouses, and libraries. They eat paper, glues, book bindings and proteins. Silverfish can live a year of more without food. They are commonly found in bathroom areas because of the high humidity.
Description: 1/2 In long, gray silver or brown in color, body shaped like a flattened carrot, head is the broadest part, and 3 long tails on the end of the body.
Boxelder bugs feed on the juices of the boxelder trees, other ash trees, and many fruit trees. The boxelder bugs will hibernate in attics and wall voids during the winter. They are typically found on the south and west sides of the structure because they like the sun warmed areas.
Description: Black with red markings
Spiders can be found inside and outside the home. They are not an insect. Normally a nuisance pest, they can be found in and around the home because of the presents of insects in which they prey on. Some spiders create webs and others do not.
Description: two body parts, eight legs, no wings, many different sizes and colors.
Mice typically are found in and around the structure during the winter months. They can enter through a small opening 1/4 of an inch or larger. They eat the same food a people and livestock. Mice gnaw on almost anything such as wires, wood, and other materials. They climb, jump and swim and have excellent balance.
Description: 5 to 71/2 inches from nose to tail, brown, gray or white in color.
Paper Wasps make nests under eaves or in voids. They kill other insects for food. The construction of the nest is a paper like material and is in the shape of an upside down umbrella. They will sting if provoked.
Description: 5/8 to 3/4 in long, brown in color with yellow, sometime back or orange.
Yellow Jackets are very aggressive. They are a social insect that builds nests underground, in voids or in trees. Yellow jackets prey on other insects but also feed on sugars in late summer.
Description: 3/8 to 5/8 inches long, black and yellow.
Cicada Killers are large wasps that burrow in to the ground. The female stings her prey (a Cicada) the sting paralyzes the cicada. The female takes the cicada to the burrow where eggs are laid on it. They are non-aggressive and rarely sting unless provoked.
Description: 1/2 to 2 inches long, red and black with yellow strips, the wings are brownish in color.
Crickets are attracted to light and enter structures in garage and basement areas. They make chirping noise when their legs are rubbed together. Two common crickets found in this area are the field cricket and the house cricket. They may chew holes in cloth and paper items.
Description: House crickets are tan in color. Field crickets are black in color.