Although ants are frustrating when they invade your home or yard, ants do help the environment by acting as nature's decomposers, feeding on organic waste, insects, or dead animals.
Cockroaches have been around for millions of years, evolving into some of the most adaptable pests on Earth. There are approximately 4,000 living species of cockroaches in the world and about 70 of these species are found in the United States.
There are about 3,000 species of spiders roaming around North America, but only two in the southern and western United States can cause serious harm when disturbed - the black widow and the brown recluse.
There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world. Most bees live in colonies which contain the queen bee, the worker bees, and the drone.
There are 4,000 species of wasps in the United States. Wasps are typically most active during the day and usually return to their nests at dusk
Most of the beetles and moths that pest control companies deal with are considered "stored product pests." Each year it is estimated that ¼-⅓ of the world's grain crop is lost to these types of pests.
All moths progress through egg, larva, pupa and adult stages. Most of the eating and damage is done by the larvae. They are capable of feeding on a wide variety of items and aren't usually discovered until after the damage has been done.
Other Common Pests
Millipedes, Asian Lady Beetles, box elder bugs, stink bugs, and kudzu bugs are all considered to be "occasional invaders" since they are more of a nuisance than anything and pose no known health risk.
Gray squirrels can cause considerable damage to your attic and soffit/fascia area. They will enter your home through the construction gap, left by careless roof work.
Gliding on average 30 feet, flying squirrels can be a huge problem if your trees are encroaching on your home. They can cause damage similar to that of the gray squirrel.
Bats are rarely aggressive, even if they're being chased, but they may bite in self-defense if handled. As with any wild animal, bats should never be touched with bare hands.