House flies get their name because they are the most common fly in and around homes; however, they occur everywhere.
Also known as a “waterbug,” or a “Palmetto bug,” the American cockroach is not native to America. Experts believe it was introduced via ships from Africa in the early 1600s.
Carpenter ants get their name because they usually hollow out wood to make a nest cavity.
Measuring only 1/8th of an inch, the sawtoothed grain beetle can squeeze through small cracks and crevices and contaminate food products.
Roof rats are smaller than Norway rats, but have a longer tail and bigger ears.
Notorious for biting and buzzing at outdoor events, mosquitoes are found worldwide.
The German cockroach is the most common pest species of cockroaches and is of the greatest importance for public health and food safety.
This ant earned its name because of their pungent “rotten coconut-like” odor when crushed.
Small fruit flies get their name because of their fondness for fruits as breeding and development sites. They’re also called vinegar flies, sour flies, pomace flies, mop flies, etc.
Pavement ants get their name because their nests are often located under pavement, concrete slabs or large stones. They were introduced from Europe by the early colonists.