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Pest does not jump when disturbed, and …

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option 1Pest has structures projecting from rear end that are pincher-like or straight

option 2Pest is not as described at left; No structures from rear end

Examples:

earwig
earwig
(1/4-1", 5-25 mm), photo by Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org

 

silverfish
silverfish
(1/2-3/4", 12-19 mm), photo by Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org
 

 

Examples:

bed bug adult
bed bug
(3/16", 4-5 mm), photo by Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org

 

carpenter ant
carpenter ant
(1/8-1/2", 3.5-13mm)

 

termite worker
termite worker
(1/8-1/4", 5-7 mm)

 

book louse
book louse
(1/32-1/4", 1-6 mm)

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Unless otherwise noted, all photos and illustrations by NYS IPM Staff