The number one nuisance pest in North America, ants make up the majority of local pest problems. Varying by species, the average colony is made up of anywhere between 300,000 to 500,000 ants. With the capability of surviving more than seven years, it’s no surprise that they are likely to take up residence in your home.… Read More

Types of Ants

Biting Insects

Biting insects can be more than just a nuisance, as many of these bugs can also carry dangerous diseases. Common biting insects in Missouri that easily come to mind such as mosquitoes, bed bugs and ticks can be just as dangerous as the less conspicuous critters, such as dust mites and chiggers. Biting insects are… Read More

Types of Biting Insects


Of the 900 known species of crickets, 100 live in the United States. These insects derive their name from the chirping noise they make, which sounds like “crik” – “et” to many. While crickets are viewed as nuisance pests by many, there are also cultural associations with these insects. In China and Zambia, crickets are… Read More


Flies are among the most common and annoying pests. Of the more than 120,000 fly species throughout the world, an estimated 18,000 can be found in North America. The fly family encompasses a broad range of insects, including mosquitoes, gnats, blow flies, and those that derive their names from the location or food they prefer… Read More

Types of Flies


Grasshoppers are found all over the world with more than 11,000 different species known to man. In some Asian cultures, the grasshopper symbolizes wealth, good luck, longevity, and good health. In other countries, they may be considered an edible delicacy. However, in America, we typically think of them as invasive pests. What do grasshoppers look… Read More


Moles are furry lawn critters with strong hands that allow them to move through dirt and soil. What do moles look like? Moles can be identified by their stocky and low-to-the-ground bodies, short bare tails, large front feet, and strong claws. Their fur is commonly brown or black in color. Their face is their most… Read More

Nuisance Wildlife

Wildlife problems begin to surface in Missouri when the weather cools, as wild creatures prepare to find shelter and food sources for the winter. Unfortunately, many wildlife seek refuge in residential homes, outbuildings, and businesses. Common wildlife creatures found in Missouri are squirrels, chipmunks, moles, skunks, raccoons, and bats. These animals are usually drawn to… Read More

Types of Nuisance Wildlife

Occasional Invaders

Occasional invaders include any insects that enter homes or buildings seasonally. These insects are motivated to invade and search for food, water, or shelter from extreme heat or cold. In Missouri, occasional invaders include well-known insects such as centipedes, silverfish and ladybugs, as well as lesser-known insects like the box elder bug, cluster flies, and… Read More

Types of Occasional Invaders

Protected Birds

A protected bird is any bird federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means these birds cannot be transported and disturbed (including their nests). Common protected birds found in Missouri include the chimney swift, woodpecker, gull, and Canada goose. Because these species are protected, the safest way to legally control them when they… Read More

Types of Protected Birds


Scientists believe roaches have been in existence for more than 200 million years. They live on all continents except Antarctica, with about 70 of the known 4,000 species present in the United States. What do roaches look like? The body of a cockroach is oval in shape and consists of a head, thorax, and abdomen… Read More

Types of Roaches


Rodents make up about 40% of all mammal species, which equates to 1,500 different types of animals. This class of creatures includes rats, mice, beavers, porcupines, squirrels, guinea pigs, gophers, and hamsters. Rodents are believed to have been on earth for more than 50 million years. They live on all continents except Antarctica and are… Read More

Types of Rodents


Snakes play an important part in the ecosystem by feeding on and reducing the populations of nuisance pests. While some species are venomous, most are non-venomous and should not be feared. Despite generally not being super dangerous, they are a pest species that most people do want living in or near their home. Recognition A… Read More


Spiders are believed to have been in existence for more than 2 million years. Of the 40,000 known spider species, 3,400 can be found in North America. Typically mistaken for insects, spiders are actually a member of the arachnid family, making them distant relatives of ticks and scorpions. Although all spiders bite, most do so… Read More

Types of Spiders

Stinging Insects

Bees, hornets, and wasps are stinging insects that can be both harmful and helpful to people. Worldwide there more about 20,000 species of bees and 75,000 species of wasps, with a combined 4,000 species in the United States. Only about 20 true hornet species exist, with just one of these prevalent in North America. The… Read More

Types of Stinging Insects

Stink Bugs

Several kinds of stink bugs exist naturally in the U.S. but a new species arrived recently, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). It has become a problem for farmers and homeowners alike. The BMSB came from Asia in the 1990s and, since then, has hitched rides to many states. The adults emerge in spring and… Read More

Stored Product Pests

Any area containing grains and dried goods is at risk for an infestation of stored product insects. These pesky critters and their larvae can quickly move through stored foods and destroy the products. There are a numerous stored product pests found in Missouri, but some notable mentions include the spider beetle, indian meal moth, and… Read More

Types of Stored Product Pests


Just say the word termite and homeowners cringe. These tiny wood-eating pests are capable of great destruction, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage annually. Of the more than 2,500 known species of termites, 50 of them are found in North America, predominantly located in warmer climates. Termites have been in existence for over 100… Read More

Types of Termites


Ticks have existed for 90 million years, with more than 800 known species throughout the world. Of these, 200 can be found in the United States. Often thought to be insects, these pests are actually part of the spider family. Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They are common… Read More

Types of Ticks

Unprotected Birds

An unprotected bird is any species of bird that is exempt from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, meaning they can be controlled without a federal permit. The three species of unprotected birds found in Missouri are pigeons, starlings, and sparrows. Preventing unprotected birds from becoming pests to your home is important, and taking measures like… Read More

Types of Unprotected Birds


A common misconception is that voles look like moles when, in fact, they do not! What Do Voles Look Like? Surprisingly, voles look nothing like moles! Closely related to the hampster, voles share many of the same features, with brown and grey fur and short leg. They typically average 3-7 inches long, including the tail, and weigh in… Read More

Wood-Destroying Insects

Termites are the insects most commonly thought of as “wood destroyers,” but there are other insects to watch out for in this category, too. Termites are the insects most commonly thought of as “wood destroyers,” but there are other insects to watch out for in this category, too. Carpenter ants, longhorned beetles, powderpost beetles, and… Read More

Types of Wood-Destroying Insects