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Pest has 0 or more than 8 legs, and …

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option 1Pest is a grub, caterpillar or maggot-like

option 2Pest has more than 8 legs

IMMATURES

maggot
fly maggot
(1/8-3/8", 3–9 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Flies Inside
and Flies Outside

 

carpet beetle, larva
carpet beetle, larva, (1/4", 4-5 mm), photo by Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

 

clothes moth larva
clothes moth larva
(3/8-1/2", 10-12 mm)

 

black carpet beetle, larva
black carpet beetle larva (1/4", 7-8 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Occasional Infesters

 

white grub
White grub, (1 1/4", 32 mm), Photo by David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
For more information, see What's Bugging You: White Grubs

MILLIPEDES, CENTIPEDES, PILLBUGS

sowbug
sowbug (pillbug)
(1/4-5/8", 7-15 mm)

 

house centipede
house centipede
(1/8-6", 4-152 mm)

 

stone centipede
stone centipede, (up to 2", 50 mm), photo by Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

 

millipede
millipede
(1/16-4 1/2", 2-115 mm)
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Occasional Infesters
and Occasional Invaders

 

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