Fleas

Fleas are the insects forming the order Siphonaptera. They are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Characteristics – The tough body is able to withstand great pressure, likely an adaptation to survive attempts to eliminate them by…

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps. Most of these are black and yellow. Characteristics – They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging. Despite having drawn…

Raccoons

The raccoon, sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. Characteristics – The most characteristic physical feature of the raccoon is the area of black fur around the eyes, which contrasts sharply with the surrounding white face…

Termites

Termites are a group of eusocial insects that, until recently, were classified at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera, but are now accepted as the infraorder Isoptera, of the cockroach order Blattodea. While termites are commonly known, especially in Australia, as “white ants”, they are for practical purposes unrelated to the ants (although they are…

Brown Widow

The Brown Widow is slightly smaller and generally lighter in color than the black widow species; the color can range. Like the black widow species in the United States, the Brown Widow has a prominent hourglass-shaped marking on the underside of the abdomen. Characteristics – The Brown Widow is slightly smaller and generally lighter in…

Rats

Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat and the brown rat. Characteristics – Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size; rats are generally large muroid rodents, while mice are generally small…

Mosquito

Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans. The females of many species of mosquitoes are blood-eating pests and can transmit extremely harmful human and livestock diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever and filariasis. Characteristics – Some species of…

Housefly

The housefly (also house fly, house-fly or common housefly), is the most common of all domestic flies, accounting for about 91% of all flies in human habitations, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects, found all over the world. It is considered a pest that can carry serious diseases. Characteristics – The adults…

Smoky Brown Cockroach

Although closely related to the American cockroach, the smokybrown cockroach is readily distinguishable from it by its uniformly dark brown–mahogany coloration. The smokybrown cockroach’s thorax is dark and shiny. Characteristics – The smokybrown cockroach is a detritivore and can feed off a wide array of organic (including decaying) matter. Like most cockroaches, it is a…