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Ants

A hymenopterous insect of the Linn[ae]an genus Formica, which is now made a family of several genera. Note: Among ants, there are neuter or working ants, besides the males and females; the former are without wings. Ants live together in swarms, usually raising hillocks of earth, variously chambered within, where they maintain a perfect system of order of storing their provisions, and nurturing their young. There are many species, with diverse habits. The white ants or Termites belong to the Neuroptera.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


Argentine Ant

Linepithema humile

Characteristics – Workers of this species are about 1/8-inch in length.

Color: Varies from dark brown to black, and the body is often shiny in appearance.


Big-Headed Ant

Pheidole megacephala

Characteristics – This type of ant has two distinct sizes of workers. The larger ones, called major workers, typically range in size from 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch in length, depending on the species. The major worker is easily identified by the extremely large size of its head in comparison to its body. The head of the minor worker is in proportion to its body.

Color: Most are reddish brown in color.


Carpenter Ant

Camponotus variegatus

Characteristics – Size can be up to 5/8-inch long.

Color: Varies from black, brown and black, red and black, to light brown depending on the species.The two most common pest species are black in color.


Ghost Ant

Tapinoma melanocephalum

Characteristics – Also known as the "tiny yellow house ant," this ant is usually less than 1/16-inch in length.

Color: Pale, though bicolored and black head with yellow abdomen and thorax.


Little Fire Ant

Wasmannia auropunctata

Characteristics – Size is less than 1mm. It is a tiny, slow-moving ant that lives primarily in small clusters numbering a few dozen to a few hundred crawling on the ground, under rocks and potted plants, in cracks and crevices, under leaf litter or stones, or on ornamental trees and foliage. It is also a nuisance pest indoors. Its sting is believed to be one of the most painful, in comparison to the other six small stinging ants that are already established in Hawaii.

Color: Brownish-orange.


Tropical Fire Ant

Solenopsis geminata

Characteristics – Size ranges from 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch in length. You can tell it apart from other ants if you are unlucky enough to be stung.

Color: Reddish brown.


White-Footed Ant

Technomyrmex albipes

Characteristics - About 1/8-inch in length. These ants nest outdoors under items on the ground, within landscape mulch, beneath loose bark on trees, under ground cover, in potted plants, and within piles of items. Nests may also be readily established inside homes in walls, beneath carpeting, and in other suitable voids or spaces.

Color: Brown to black with white feet (not easily seen).

Cimex lectularius

Characteristics – Bugs of the family cimicidae, genus cimex. They are flattened, oval insects which inhabit houses, wallpaper, furniture, and beds. Bedbugs, of temperate regions, is the common bedbug that attacks man and is frequently a serious pest in houses, hotels, barracks, and other living quarters. It also attacks animals other than man. Experiments have shown that bedbugs can transmit a variety of diseases, but they are not normal vectors under natural conditions. (12 Dec 1998)

Color: Reddish.

Source: On-line Medical Dictionary, © 1997-98 Academic Medical Publishing & CancerWEB

Insects of the order Coleoptera, having biting mouthparts and forewings modified to form horny coverings that protect the underlying pair of membranous hind wings when at rest.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Scolopendra subspinipes

Characteristics

Adults have been reported to reach body lengths of 15 to 19 cm. Juvenile and adult centipedes live alone and are most active at night. During the day they can be found in damp, dark places: under leaf litter, rocks, and logs, and in soil crevices. When the weather is too wet or too dry, or when residential construction disrupts their habitats, these pests seek other locations, including the insides of homes. Once inside a home they seek dark areas (inside shoes and clothing, under bedding, and in cracks and crevices), although they prefer areas with high humidity such as bathrooms, damp closets, and basements. The large centipede is not aggressive toward people and will bite only when disturbed or threatened. When humans are bit, two puncture wounds are evident, and reaction to the injected venom can range from slight swelling of the immediate area to massive swelling of the affected limb. With the latter, medical attention should be sought.

Color: Uniformly dark reddish brown with no markings.

Fleas

Any of various small, wingless, bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera that have legs adapted for jumping and are parasitic on warm-blooded animals.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Cat Flea

Ctenocephalides felis

Characteristics – Tiny insects measuring about 1/6-inch in length and are laterally flattened. The typical reaction to flea bites in humans is the formation of a small, hard, red, slightly raised, itching spot with occasional bleeding. The single puncture point caused by the flea's mouth is generally apparent in the center of each spot. This characteristic distinguished flea bites from the bites and stings of most other arthropods.

Color: Reddish brown.

Flies

Two-winged, flying insects of the order Diptera, especially any of the family Muscidae, which includes the housefly.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

House Fly

Musca domestica

Characteristics – The house fly, Musca domestica, causes complaints in residential and commercial areas near sanitary landfills, poultry farms, dairies or other sources of rotting organic matter of plant or animal origin that attract oviposition. It breeds primarily in garbage and fresh, accumulated, wet poultry and dairy manure and occasionally in carrion. Breeding in household garbage containers can be a source of house fly infestation if garbage pickup is less than twice weekly. This fly enters homes freely and is highly attracted to fresh food.

Color: Dark gray; four stripes shown on top of the thorax in front of the wings.

Fruit Fly

Drosophila spp.

Characteristics – Drosophila and members of the family Phoridae are small flies from two different fly families that are often mistaken for each other. They are about 1/8 inch long. Fruit flies, Drosophila spp., are attracted to nearly any material that is fermented by yeast. Fruits, vegetables, beer, fermenting water from refrigerators, humidifiers, sink drains, sour mops and rags, and fermenting pet food are examples of oviposition sites. Infestations are common in orchards, breweries, restaurants, supermarkets, canneries, hospitals and homes.

Color: Tan brown with red eyes. The wings fold flat over body.

Mites

Any of numerous small to very minute arachnids of the order Acarina that have a body without a constriction between the cephalothorax and abdomen, mandibles generally chelate or adapted for piercing, usually four pairs of short legs in the adult and but three in the young larvae, and often breathing organs in the form of tracheae. Mites are regarded as parasites of insects and vertebrates some of which are important disease vectors, parasites of plants in which they frequently cause gall formation, pests of various stored products. Mites are completely innocuous free-living aquatic and terrestrial forms.

Source: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Bird Mites

Rattus rattus

Characteristics – Bird Mite problems usually occur after nesting birds in ceiling, eaves, or trees leave their nests. Mites left behind without a host to feed on migrate from the nests in large numbers and tend to bite any warm-blooded animal they encounter. Bird mites are usually not wind-blown. They are large enough to be seen crawling on walls.

Dust Mites

Rattus norvegicus

Characteristics – Dust mites are in the arachnid family which includes spiders, scorpions and ticks. Dust mites feed on dead skin that sloughs from our bodies (and probably potato chips & cookie crumbs). They live their whole lives in dark corner dust bunnies: hatching, growing, eating, defecating, mating, laying eggs. Many people develop severe allergies to dust mite droppings. Lie on a rug where they live and you might get itchy red bumps on your skin. Breath in dust and you may have more serious symptoms like difficulty breathing or even a severe asthma attack.

Source: www.cellsalive.com/mite.htm

Rattus and related genera that differ from the murid mice by their usually considerably larger size and by features of the teeth. Living in and about human habitations and in ships, rats became naturalized by commerce in most parts of the world. Rats are destructive pests consuming or destroying vast quantities of food and other goods and acting as vectors of various diseases (as bubonic plague).

Source: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


Roof Rats

Rattus rattus

Characteristics – Larger rodents that may grow to a body length of 10 to 12 inches. Nose sharply pointed, large eyes, large, thin ears. Roof rats are expert climber and wire scaler; frequents cane fields, macadamia nut, coffee, papaya, and banana groves; nests in attics of buildings, trees, banana bunches, and abandoned burrows of Norway rats. Moderately susceptible to plague infection.

Color: Varies from grey to jet black; underside grey, grey-white, or white.

Norway Rats

Rattus norvegicus

Characteristics – Largest of the rats in Hawaii, weighs 10 to 18 ounces, measurers 8 to 10 inches long. Tail stout, shorter than head and body combined. Head wide, nose blunt, ears small, eyes small, cuncky in appearance; in female, six pairs of nipples. A burrowing species in ground, rubbish piles, garbage dumps and under walks and docks; frequents sewers, pis styes, and chicken coops. May cause great damage to cane fields. Vicious. High degree of resistance to plague infection.

Color: Reddish brown to grey to black; underside whitish color.

Roaches

An orthopterous insect of the genus Blatta, and allied genera. The species are numerous, especially in hot countries.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


American Cockroach

Periplaneta americana

Characteristics – Size is up to 2 inches long. It is found more often in food establishments, although houses and apartments near such establishments frequently become infested.

Color: Reddish brown.


Brown Banded Cochroach

Supella longipalpa

Characteristics – Similar in size to the German cockroach, adults are 1/2 inch in length. It may infest the entire home, rather than confining itself to the kitchen or where there is food. Infestations usually start from luggage, furniture or other materials shipped from one place to another.

Color: Most are reddish brown in color.


German Cockroach

Camponotus variegatus

Characteristics – The German roach is a very common species and the one usually found in kitchens. The adults are comparatively small (about 1/2 inch long), tan in color and often occur in large numbers.

Color: Varies from black, brown and black, red and black, to light brown depending on the species.The two most common pest species are black in color.

Mice

Any of numerous small rodents with pointed snout, rather small ears, elongated body, and slender hairless or sparsely haired tail, including all the smaller members of the genus Mus and many members of other rodent genera and families having little more in common than their relatively small size.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


House Mouse

Mus musculus

Characteristics – Smallest of the four rodent species, weighs about 1/2 ounce, measures 6 to 7 inches long from nose to tip of tail. Nests in any type of shelter, inside buildings, rock walls, rock piles, under boards, in burrows, under cane plants, and in truck-crop fields. Damage may be extensive to truck crops, flowers, etc. Degree of resistance to plague in Hawaii has not been determined.

Color: Body color varies from yellowish dirty tan to dusky grey, darker over back, lighter underneath.

Lepisma saccharina

Characteristics – Silverfish have large antennae and three fairly large bristles on their rear end of their teardrop-shaped bodies. They prefer dark, damp areas, but are often found in paper and dry goods because they feed on carbohydrates.

Color: Both males and females are are gray-brown or silver-blue in color.

Spiders

Arachnids of the order Araneae, having a body divided into a cephalothorax bearing eight legs, two poison fangs, and two feelers and an unsegmented abdomen bearing several spinnerets that produce the silk used to make nests, cocoons, or webs for trapping insects.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Garden Spider

Argiope aurantia

Characteristics – Garden spiders are quite large, spinning complicated webs in sunny garden areas. Female garden spiders are up to three times larger than their male counterparts.

Color: Females are black with a symmetrical pattern of yellow on their backs and black legs that are brown near the body. Males are much smaller, with less yellow on the abdomen and brown legs.

Cane Spider

Heteropoda venatoria

Characteristics – Cane spiders are often very large with long hairy legs. They rarely bite, but do often find themselves inside of homes. These spiders hunt for other Hawaiian insects instead of building a web.

Color: Cane spiders are light brown in color.

Termites

Any of numerous pale-colored, usually soft-bodied social insects of the order Isoptera that live mostly in warm regions and many species of which feed on wood, often destroying trees and wooden structures. Also called white ant.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


West Indian DryWood Termite

Cryptotermes brevis

Characteristics – Soldiers (shown left) measure 3/8-inch in length; male and female reproductives grow to 1/2-inch long. During the winged stage there are four equal size wings that extend longer than the body by 1/8- to 1/4-inch.

Color: Pale brown.

Formosan Subterranean Termite

Coptotermes formosanus

Characteristics – Worker is 1/8- to 3/8-inch in length. Soldier (shown left) is similar to that of the worker, but large, deck head with powerful mandibles. Supplementary Reproductives have either no wings or very short non-functional wings, while Primary Reproductives have four wings of equal size until they are shed.

Color: Worker is pale, cream colored. Soldier is sight colored with brown head.

Ticks

Bloodsucking arachnids that constitute the acarine superfamily Ixodoidea, are much larger than the closely related mites, attach themselves to warm-blooded vertebrates to feed, include important vectors of various infectious diseases of humans and lower animals. Although the immature larva has but six legs, ticks may be readily distinguished from an insect by the complete lack of external segmentation.

Source: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


Brown Dog Tick

Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Characteristics – Tick may reach nearly 1/4-inch in length. After taking a blood meal, however, the female may measure about 1/2-inch or larger. A severe nuisance can be created if the infested dog is allowed to enter the home . These ticks will often emerge in great numbers from furniture, baseboards, moldings, electrical outlet boxes, curtains, etc. One will often become aware of an in-house infestation when they climb walls in search of a hiding place.

Color: Uniformly dark reddish brown with no markings.

Western Yellow Jacket

Vespula pensylvanica

Characteristics – Western yellow jackets are very common in the western United States, with long wings and smaller waists than bees. They often build their colonies in areas in or near the ground, or in other cracks and crevices that can protect them.

Color: Males and females are black and yellow patterned. Females have yellow rings around each eye.

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Our team recognizes that some pest problems, like termites, can be especially urgent. That is why we provide a 24-hour termite inspection policy while many other pest control companies may take 3 to 4 days. We help to quickly and effectively handle your pest problem so that you can rest assured that it’s under control.

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