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option 1Pest with three distinct body parts

  • last part (abdomen) separate by "thin waist"

option 2Pest with three body parts that appear as two

  • no "thin waist"

option 3Pest is very small to minute

  • smaller than a grain of rice
  • associated with paper, bird seed, and mold

ANTS, BEES & WASPS

Ants

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

 

pavement ant
pavement ant (1/16-1/8", 2.5-4 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Ants

TERMITES

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

 

termite, winged reproductive
termite, winged reproductive
(3/8", 10 mm)

 

termite soldier
termite soldier
(1/4", 7 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Termites

 

BOOKLICE

book louse
book louse
(1/32-1/4", 1-6 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Occaisional Infesters

Bees

honeybee
honeybee
(1/2-5/8", 11-15 mm)

 

bumblebee
bumblebee
(1/4-1", 6-25 mm)

 

sweat bee
sweat bee
(1/4", 8 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Stinging Pests

Wasps

cicada killer
cicada killer
(1-1 5/8", 25-40 mm)

 

yellow jacket
yellow jacket
(3/8-5/8", 10-16 mm)

 

blue mud dauber
blue mud dauber
(1/2-1", 12.5-25 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Stinging Pests

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