Common Pest Identification In Boise & Meridian, ID
While some pests are well known, others might leave you with some questions when you see them in your Idaho home or business. We've designed our Pest Library to answer those questions about the pests most common in our service area.
Ants are insects and have become one of the most common pests that find a way into our homes and businesses. Like all insects, ants have three body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen. A hard waterproof exoskeleton covers and protects their body.
Earwigs have a unique appearance and are easy for most people to identify. A slender oval-shaped body and a pair of pincers extending off the abdomen set them apart from other insects.
Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are both ectoparasites and feed on their host’s blood from outside their body. Fleas are insects, ticks are arachnids, and both are wingless. The blood of warm-blooded animals is the sole source of nutrition for fleas and ticks.
A common nuisance pest, house flies regularly find their way into Idaho homes and businesses. An adult house fly has a gray oval-shaped body and four black stripes on the thorax, and on the face, they have one velvety gold and one silver stripe.
As omnivores, mice have a varied diet and feed on seeds, grains, fruits, and other foods they discover. Mice eat many of the same foods we do, which is one reason why they are such fans of living near people.
The mosquito is a flying, biting insect. They are a type of true fly, which means they only have one pair of wings. So while mosquitoes can fly, they are not strong flyers, and a strong breeze will throw them off course.
Spider mites are a type of garden and landscape pest. Tiny in size, spider mites look like moving dots- adults grow to only about a twentieth of an inch in length. Spider mites live together in colonies with hundreds of individuals.
Stinging insects like wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and mud daubers often make themselves at home on Idaho properties. The stinger located at the abdomen’s end can be dangerous to people and makes these insects unwanted pests in our yards and homes.
Voles are small pests that live in and cause damage to our yards. We identify voles by their tiny ears, short tails, and rounded snouts. Covering their chunky, round bodies is dense black or brown fur. At first glance, voles look very similar to mice.
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