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    Household pest insects

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    • Home-stored product entomology

    • Home stored product entomology is the study of insects which infest foodstuffs stored in the home. It deals with the prevention, detection and eradication of the pests. The five major categories of insects considered in this article are flour beetles, the drugstore beetle, the sawtoothed grain beetle, the Indian meal m ... Read »


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    • Almond moth

    • Almond moth

      Numerous, see text The almond moth or tropical warehouse moth (Cadra cautella) is a small stored-product pest. It belongs to the snout moths (family Pyralidae), more specifically to the tribe Phycitini of the huge snout moth subfamily Phycitinae. This species is often confused with the related Indian mealmoth (Plodia ... Read »


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    • American cockroach

    • American cockroach

      The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), also colloquially known as the waterbug, but not a true waterbug since it is not aquatic, or misidentified as the palmetto bug (see Florida woods cockroach for the differences), is the largest species of common cockroach, and often considered a pest. It is also known as t ... Read »


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    • Mezium americanum

    • Mezium americanum

      Mezium americanum, the American spider beetle or black spider beetle, is a species of beetle in the subfamily Ptinidae, the spider beetles. These are sometimes mistaken for spiders or mites because of their rounded abdomens and long legs. It has a cosmopolitan distribution, but it is an exotic species in Australia. ... Read »


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    • Anthrenus flavipes

    • Anthrenus flavipes

      Anthrenus flavipes is a species of beetle in the family Dermestidae known by the common name furniture carpet beetle. It has a cosmopolitan distribution, occurring throughout the world, being most active in warmer climates. It is a pest that damages household materials such as textiles. This beetle is 2 to 3.5 mil ... Read »


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    • Argentine ant

    • Argentine ant

      The Argentine ant, Linepithema humile (formerly Iridomyrmex humilis), is an ant native to northern Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and southern Brazil. It is an invasive species that has been established in many Mediterranean climate areas, inadvertently introduced by humans to many places, including South Africa ... Read »


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    • Banded sugar ant

    • Banded sugar ant

      The banded sugar ant (Camponotus consobrinus), also known as the sugar ant, is a species of ant endemic to Australia. A member of the genus Camponotus in the subfamily Formicinae, it was described by German entomologist Wilhelm Ferdinand Erichson in 1842. Its common name refers to the ant's liking for sugar and sweet f ... Read »


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    • Bed bug

    • Bed bug

      Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood. Other Cimex species specialize in other animals, e.g., bat bugs, such as Cimex pipistrelli (Europe), Cimex pilosellus (western US), and Cime ... Read »


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    • Black carpenter ant

    • Black carpenter ant

      The black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus) is a species of carpenter ant. C. pennsylvanicus can be distinguished from other carpenter ant species by the dull black color of the head and body, and by whitish or yellowish hairs on the abdomen. All castes of this species (including the major and minor worker ... Read »


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    • Black-headed sugar ant

    • Black-headed sugar ant

      The black-headed sugar ant (Camponotus nigriceps), also known as the brown sugar ant, is a species of Formicinae ant endemic to Australia. Found throughout most states, the species is a member of the genus Camponotus, a cosmopolitan genus of ants commonly known as carpenter ants. It was formally described and named by ... Read »


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    • Boxelder bug

    • Boxelder bug

      Leptocoris trivittatus The boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata) is a North American species of true bug. It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees. The adults are about 12.5 millimetres (0.49 in) long with a dark brown or black colouration, relieved by red wing veins and markings on the ab ... Read »


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    • Camponotus nearcticus

    • Camponotus nearcticus

      Camponotus nearcticus, commonly named smaller carpenter ant is a relatively small carpenter ant. Its appearance is similar of that to Lasius niger, commonly named the black garden ant. The ant is a household pest. Workers can range from 3.5 to 7.5 mm (0.14 to 0.30 in) in length. The queen ant's size can rang ... Read »


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    • Cimex antennatus

    • Cimex antennatus is a species of cimicidae (bed bugs) endemic to North America. Its primary hosts are bats. ... Read »


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    • Cockroach

    • Cockroach

      BlaberidaeBlattellidaeBlattidaePolyphagidaeNocticolidaeTryonicidaeLamproblattidae Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea, which also includes termites. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats. About four species are well known as pests. The cockroaches are an ancient group, ... Read »


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    • Confused flour beetle

    • Confused flour beetle

      The confused flour beetle (Tribolium confusum), a type of darkling beetle known as a flour beetle, is a common pest insect known for attacking and infesting stored flour and grain. They are one of the most common and most destructive insect pests for grain and other food products stored in silos, warehouses, grocery st ... Read »


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    • Deathwatch beetle

    • Deathwatch beetle

      The deathwatch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum, is a woodboring beetle. The adult beetle is 7 millimetres (0.28 in) long, while the xylophagous larvae are up to 11 mm (0.43 in) long. To attract mates, these woodborers create a tapping or ticking sound that can be heard in the rafters of old buildings on quiet ... Read »


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    • Destructive flour beetle

    • Destructive flour beetle

      The destructive or dark flour beetle (Tribolium destructor), one of the species of darkling beetle known generally as flour beetles, is a common pest insect known for attacking and infesting stored flour and grain. It is a very dark brown beetle (darker than other Tribolium species) 5–6 mm. long. T. destructor ... Read »


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    • Ephestia elutella

    • Ephestia elutella

      Numerous, see text Ephestia elutella, the cacao moth, tobacco moth or warehouse moth, is a small moth of the family Pyralidae. It is probably native to in Europe, but has been transported widely, even to Australia. A subspecies is E. e. pterogrisella. The wingspan is 14–20 mm. This moth flies throughout the w ... Read »


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    • Forelius pruinosus

    • Forelius pruinosus

      Forelius pruinosus is a species of ant in the genus Forelius. Described by Roger in 1863, the species is endemic to North America. Forelius pruinosus ants live in the United States, Cuba and Mexico, where they exist in northern portions of the U.S., and their range could possibly extend further into South America. ... Read »


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    • Forficula auricularia

    • Forficula auricularia

      Forficula auricularia, the common earwig or European earwig, is an omnivorous insect in the family Forficulidae. The European earwig survives in a variety of environments and is a common household insect in North America. The name earwig comes from the appearance of the hindwings, which are unique and distinctive among ... Read »


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    • German cockroach

    • German cockroach

      The German cockroach (Blattella germanica) is a small species of cockroach, typically about 1.1 to 1.6 cm (0.43 to 0.63 in) long. In colour it varies from tan to almost black, and it has two dark, roughly parallel, streaks on the pronotum running anteroposteriorly from behind the head to the base of the wings. Al ... Read »


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    • Golden spider beetle

    • Golden spider beetle

      The golden spider beetle, Niptus hololeucus, is a species of Spider beetle (subfamily Ptinidae) in the family Anobiidae. N. hololeucus is 3-4.5mm in length. Its body is covered in silky golden hairs and fine scales. N. hololeucus may be a pest of a wide variety of cereal based food products. It is a temperate sp ... Read »


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    • Housefly

    • Housefly

      The housefly (also house fly, house-fly or common housefly), Musca domestica, is a fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha. It is believed to have evolved in the Cenozoic era, possibly in the Middle East, and has spread all over the world. It is the most common fly species found in habitations. Adult insects are grey to black ... Read »


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    • Hylotrupes

    • Hylotrupes

      Hylotrupes is a monotypic genus of woodboring beetles in the family Cerambycidae, the longhorn beetles. The sole species, Hylotrupes bajulus, is known by several common names, including house longhorn beetle, old house borer, and European house borer. Originating in Europe, and having been spread in timber and wood pro ... Read »


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    • Incisitermes minor

    • Incisitermes minor

      Kalotermes minor Incisitermes minor is a species of termite in the family Kalotermitidae known commonly as the western drywood termite. It is native to western North America, including the western United States and northern Mexico. It has been found in many other parts of the United States, all the way to the East Coa ... Read »


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    • Indian mealmoth

    • Indian mealmoth

      Many, see text The Indian mealmoth (Plodia interpunctella), alternatively spelled Indianmeal moth, is a pyraloid moth of the family Pyralidae. Alternative common names are weevil moth, and pantry moth; less specifically, it may be referred to as flour moth or grain moth. The almond moth (Cadra cautella) is commonly co ... Read »


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    • Iridomyrmex

    • Iridomyrmex

      Iridomyrmex, or the rainbow ant (referring to its blue-green iridescent sheen) is a genus of ant first described by Austrian entomologist Gustav Mayr in 1862. He placed it in the subfamily Dolichoderinae of the family Formicidae. There are 79 described species and five fossil species. Most of these ants are native to A ... Read »


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    • Jack jumper ant

    • Jack jumper ant

      The jack jumper ant (Myrmecia pilosula), commonly known as the hopper ant, jumper ant or jumping jack, is a species of venomous ant native to Australia. Most commonly found in Tasmania and southeast Australia, it is a member of the genus Myrmecia, subfamily Myrmeciinae, and was formally described and named by British e ... Read »


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    • Meat ant

    • Meat ant

      The meat ant (Iridomyrmex purpureus), also known as the gravel ant or southern meat ant, is a species of ant endemic to Australia. A member of the genus Iridomyrmex in the subfamily Dolichoderinae, it was described by British entomologist Frederick Smith in 1858. The meat ant is associated with many common names due to ... Read »


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    • Mediterranean flour moth

    • Mediterranean flour moth

      The Mediterranean flour moth, Indian flour moth or mill moth (Ephestia kuehniella) is a moth of the family Pyralidae. It is a common pest of dry plant produce – especially cereals – and found around the world. Another common name, less unambiguous, is "flour moth", which (like "pantry moth", occasionally use ... Read »


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    • Moth

    • Moth

      Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths; and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which are yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species. ... Read »


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    • Musca (genus)

    • Musca (genus)

      See text. Musca is a genus of flies. It includes Musca domestica (the common housefly), as well as Musca autumnalis (the face fly or autumn housefly). It is part of the family Muscidae. ... Read »


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    • Oriental cockroach

    • Oriental cockroach

      The oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis), also known as the waterbug, is a large species of cockroach, adult males being 18–29 mm (0.71–1.14 in) and adult females being 20–27 mm (0.79–1.06 in). It is dark brown to black in color and has a glossy body. The female has a somewhat differen ... Read »


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    • Powderpost beetle

    • Powderpost beetle

      Powderpost beetles are a group of seventy species of woodboring beetles classified in the insect subfamily Lyctinae. These beetles, along with spider beetles, death watch beetles, common furniture beetles, skin beetles, and others, make up the superfamily Bostrichoidea. While most woodborers have a large prothorax, pow ... Read »


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    • Ptinus tectus

    • Ptinus tectus

      Ptinus tectus, often called the Australian spider beetle, is a species of beetle in the genus Ptinus of the family Ptinidae, or family Anobiidae, subfamily Ptininae. It is a cosmopolitan species (arrived in Europe and the UK from Australia in 1900). It is a pest of stored foods and museum specimens. P. tectus (Boieldi ... Read »


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    • Rasberry crazy ant

    • Rasberry crazy ant

      Prenolepis fulva The Rasberry crazy ant or tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, is an ant originating from South America. Like the longhorn crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis), this species is called "crazy ant" because of its quick, erratic movements. It is also called the "Rasberry crazy ant" in Texas after the exter ... Read »


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    • Red flour beetle

    • Red flour beetle

      The red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) is a species of beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, the darkling beetles. It is a worldwide pest of stored products, particularly food grains, and a model organism for ethological and food safety research. The red flour beetle attacks stored grain and other food products incl ... Read »


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    • Red imported fire ant

    • Red imported fire ant

      The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), also known as the fire ant or RIFA, is a species of ant native to South America. A member of the genus Solenopsis in the subfamily Myrmicinae, it was described by Swiss entomologist Felix Santschi as a variant in 1916. Its current name invicta was given to the ant in 1972 ... Read »


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    • Silverfish

    • Silverfish

      A silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) is a small, wingless insect in the order Thysanura. Its common name derives from the animal's silvery light grey and blue color, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements, while the scientific name (L. saccharina) indicates the silverfish's diet consists of carbohydrates ... Read »


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    • Technomyrmex albipes

    • Technomyrmex albipes

      Technomyrmex albipes (commonly known as ) is a species of ant first described from Indonesia in 1861. Though it neither bites nor causes structural damage, it is considered a nuisance due to its explosive population growth. Although not native to North America, the insects were accidentally imported into Florida where ... Read »


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    • Technomyrmex bicolor

    • Technomyrmex bicolor is a species of dolichoderine ant first described from Sri Lanka in 1893. It is also found in China. ... Read »


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    • Termite

    • Termite

      CratomastotermitidaeMastotermitidaeTermopsidaeArchotermopsidaeHodotermitidaeStolotermitidaeKalotermitidaeArcheorhinotermitidaeStylotermitidaeRhinotermitidaeSerritermitidaeTermitidae Termites are eusocial insects that are classified at the taxonomic rank of infraorder Isoptera, or as epifamily Termitoidae within the co ... Read »


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    • Thylodrias

    • Thylodrias

      Thylodrias is a monotypic genus of beetles in the family Dermestidae containing the single species Thylodrias contractus, known commonly as the odd beetle and tissue paper beetle. It is native to Asia and is a widespread introduced species in North America. It can be a pest at times. T. contractus is an elongate b ... Read »


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    • Tineidae

    • Tineidae

      DryadaulinaeErechthiinaeEuplocaminaeHapsiferinaeHarmacloninaeHieroxestinaeMeessiinaeMyrmecozelinaeNemapogoninaePerissomasticinaeScardiinaeSetomorphinaeSiloscinaeStathmopolitinaeTeichobiinaeTineinae and see text Tineidae is a family of moths in the order Lepidoptera. Collectively, they are known as fungus moths or tine ... Read »


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    • Tineola bisselliella

    • Tineola bisselliella

      Numerous, see text Tineola bisselliella, known as the common clothes moth, webbing clothes moth, or simply clothing moth, is a species of fungus moth (family Tineidae, subfamily Tineinae). It is the type species of its genus Tineola. The specific name is commonly misspelled biselliella – for example by G. A. W. H ... Read »


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    • Trichomyrmex destructor

    • Trichomyrmex destructor

      Atta destructorMonomorium basaleMonomorium ominosaMyrmica atomariaMyrmica basalisMyrmica gracillimaMyrmica ominosaMyrmica vexator Trichomyrmex destructor is a species of ant in the subfamily Myrmicinae. Its common names include destructive trailing ant and Singapore ant. It is a pest species in urban areas, known for ... Read »


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    • Turkestan cockroach

    • Turkestan cockroach

      Shelfordella lateralis (Walker, 1868)Periplaneta lateralis (Walker, 1868)Pariplaneta tartara Saussure, 1874Shelfordella tartara Saussure, 1874Shelfordella lateralis zarudnyi Adelung, 1910Shelfordella ahngeri Adelung 1910Paralobotoptera sillemi Hantisch, 1935 The Turkestan cockroach (Blatta lateralis, or Shelfordella l ... Read »


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