More than 10,000 species may exist worldwide. Approximately 570 species occur in the United States and of these, fewer than 30 species may regularly infest homes and other buildings - with only ten species considered major pests. Ants have succeeded in replacing other types of structural pests as the number one pest in homes in many parts of the United States. In Texas, the imported fire ant ha...

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There are more than 120,000 species of flies worldwide with about 18,000 found in North America. A female housefly can lay up to 600 eggs in her short lifetime. Most flies live an average of 21 days and take on various shapes throughout their short lives.

Baby flies are called larvae, but they are also known as maggots. Medical doctors use a special species of maggots to help patients w...

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Wherever man can survive, so can cockroaches. Cockroaches are born scavengers.

The worldwide estimate of the number of cockroaches is given as 3,500 species, but that number is likely far greater.

What do they eat?

Indoors, cockroaches are fond of starchy materials, such as cereals, sweetened or sugary substances and meat products. A few of the substances u...

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Scorpions are arachnids. They are close relatives of ticks, mites and spiders. There are approximately 1,300 species of scorpions worldwide. They are characterized by an elongated body and a segmented tail that is tipped with a venomous stinger. Scorpions are very common in the Southern and Southwestern United States. Most scorpions in the United States are not poisonous, except for two spec...

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Spiders generally hide in the dark, secluded areas of homes. They can commonly be found in closets, basements, attics, corners of doorways and underneath furniture. There are many different species of spiders that invade homes; two such species are listed below:

Common House Spider


As their name suggests, house spiders are the most common species...

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