ID Your Pest Problem

If you’ve ever suffered from a pest problem at your home or business, you know how important it is to understand what you’re dealing with so you can learn how to get rid of it — and how to prevent it in the future.

Take a look at our pest library to determine which type of pest is infesting your space, as well as next steps to take. Ready to call the professionals at Rid A Pest? Find an office near you, then contact us to schedule an appointment for residential or commercial pest control in Wilson, Greenville, Morehead City, Raleigh and all surrounding areas in Eastern and Coastal North Carolina!

Pest Library

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American Cockroach

Also known as the waterbug (although not actually aquatic), the American cockroach is one of the larger cockroach species at approximately 1 ½”. They are reddish-brown in color, with a yellowish tint to the region behind their heads.

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German Cockroach

German cockroaches are one of the smaller species of cockroaches at ½ to ⅝”. This type of cockroach can easily be identified by its light brown color, the dark parallel lines running down its back, and the unpleasant odor it emits when startled or frightened.

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Black Widow

Black widows are most commonly identified by their black bodies and the red or orange hourglass-shaped spot near the bottom or underside of their abdomens (females only). Males and certain species of black widows are smaller in size and brown in color.

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Brown Recluse

Brown recluse spiders are typically ¼ to ¾” in size and light brown to blackish-grey in color, with a marking that almost looks like a violin. These spiders are most easily identified by their three sets of eyes — six eyes total.

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Paper Wasp

Paper wasps can look like any number of common stinging insects, with colors ranging from dark brown to black and yellow, like a yellow jacket. They are most commonly identified by their greyish-colored nests, which appear to be constructed from paper.

Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets are typically black and yellow, but can also be black and white, or red and yellow. They are approximately ¾” in length, with six legs, long wings, and lance-like stingers in their abdomens.

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Argentine Ant

Argentine ants are light to dark brown in color with segmented antennae. All Argentine ants are approximately the same size (⅛”), and are often found in foraging trails from their nest to food sources.

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Carpenter Ant

Like their name suggests, carpenter ants prefer to build their nests in dead or damp wood, creating extensive tunnel systems to access food, etc. They are typically black in color and ¼ to 1” in size.

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Odorous House Ant

Odorous house ants are dark brown or black in color and small in size, measuring only 1/16 to ⅛”. When their bodies are crushed, these ants emit an unpleasant odor reminiscent of rotten coconuts.

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Bald Faced Hornet

Bald faced hornets have mostly white-colored faces, as well as three white stripes near the end of their abdomens. They are larger and more aggressive than related stinging insects, like the yellow jacket, and are easily identified by their oval-shaped hanging paper nests.

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Caddisflies resemble small moths, and have two pairs of hairy wings, as well as long, hair-like antennae and fleshy fills on the underside of their abdomens. They are typically dull in color and are approximately ¼” or less in size.

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Pavement Ant

Like their name suggests, pavement ants typically nest in and around pavements. They are dark brown or blackish in color and 2.5-3 mm in length, with lighter appendages in contrast to their bodies.

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House Spider

There are various species of house spiders, including yellow sac spiders, black house spiders, brown house spiders and Southern house spiders. They range in size, shape and color, but all are non-venomous.


Bed Bug

Adult bed bugs are most often found on and around beds, and are typically light brown or reddish-brown with a flat, wingless, oval-shaped body of 4-5 mm. Bed bug eggs are white and approximately the size of two grains of salt.



Cicadas can range from ¾” to 2 ¼” in length, and have large translucent wings and noticeable, often reddish or orange-colored eyes. They are most commonly identified by the loud buzzing noise they make (males only).



Pillbugs are typically around ¾”, greyish-brown in color, and have seven sets of legs corresponding to their seven backplates. Although they are oval in shape, they will appear round when rolled into a ball.



Ticks are arachnids, which means they have eight legs. There are different types of ticks, but all are divided into two sections — one part containing the head and mouthparts, the other, larger part containing the legs. The size of a tick can change drastically when it is feeding off its host.



Earwigs are elongated, brownish-black bugs with segmented antennae most often identified by the forcep pincers at the bottom of their abdomens. Although they have small wings, they typically do not fly.


Drywood Termite

Like their name suggests, drywood termites create their colonies in wood, with little to no moisture needed. The worker termites in this species are ¼ to ⅜” long, wingless, and whitish in color.


Formosan Termite

The Formosan termite is a subterranean termite that can be identified by above-ground foraging tubes that connect underground soil tubes and the infested building. Formosan termites are yellowish brown and approximately ½” in length.