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...

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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 pati...

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

Indoors, cockroaches are fond of starchy materials, such as cereals, sweetened or sugary substances and meat products. A few of the substances upon which they feed include cheese, beer, leather, hair, wallpaper, artwork, paper documents, postage stamps, draperies, paper currency, and dead or rotting org...

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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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As their name suggests, house spiders are the most common species of spider to enter and live inside homes. House spiders will build their webs in random areas. If they don’t catch any prey, they will quickly abandon that web and build a new one in a new location.

Wolf spiders do not build webs, instead they will “hunt” and chase after their prey.


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