Pest Control Library of Insects




Cockroaches belong to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta, and Order Blattaria. Some species invade human dwellings and are considered pests. Others are beneficial to the environment as important recyclers of decaying organic material. The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present. Restaurants may also experience cockroach infestations.

American Roach

German Roach

Australian Roach

Oriental Cockroach

American Roach | Periplaneta Americana
German Roach | Blattella Germanica
Australian Roach | Periplaneta australasiae
Oriental Cockroach | Blatta orientalis

Smokey Brown Cockroach

Smokey Brown Roach

Brown Banded Cockroach

Brown Banded Roach | Supella longipalpa (Serville)

Florida Wood Cockroach

Florida woods cockroach (Eurycotis floridana)



Surinam cockroach or greenhouse cockroach




Ants are close relatives of bees and wasps and are can be identified by their three distinct body regions: head, thorax, and abdomen, as well as antennae. Ants are social insects, which means they typically live in large groups or colonies. Depending on the species, ant colonies can consist of millions of ants. Their structured nest communities may be located underground, in ground-level mounds, or in trees. There are three kinds of ants in a colony: The queen (or queens), the female workers, and males. Ant communities are headed by a queen whose function in life is to lay thousands of eggs that will ensure the survival of the colony. Depending on the species, a colony may have one queen or many queens. Workers (the ants are typically seen by humans) are wingless females that never reproduce, but instead, forage for food, care for the queen's offspring, work on the nest, protect the community, and perform many other duties. Male ants often have only one role—mating with the queen soon after which they may die.

Florida Carpenter Ant

Big Headed Ants

Pharaoh Ants

Ghost Ants

Florida Carpenter Ant
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pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis)
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Imported Fire Ant

Acrobat Ant

Argentine Ants

White Footed Ants

Fire Ant in Florida
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Spiders and their relatives are called arachnids. Arachnids have the head and thorax combined (cephalothorax) with simple eyes, jaws adapted for tearing or piercing prey, a pair of pedipalps, and eight walking legs.

Arachnids include spiders, scorpions, pseudoscorpions, amblypygids( tailless-whip scorpions), schizomids (micro-whip scorpions), palpigrades, harvestmen, ticks, and mites.

Spiders are the only arachnids that have special glands in their abdomen which produce silk

Wolf Spider

Black Widow

Brown Recluse

Golden Silk Spiders

Wolf Spider in Florida
Female Black Widow in Florida
Brown Recluse
Banana Spider




Occasional invaders are insects that you don’t create as much of a buzz as the other more common Florida Insects. They usually wander into your home in search of shelter, warmth, water, or food. Some may or may not be aggressive and may or may not spread diseases. Typically occasional invaders are more of a nuisance pest than anything. Occasional bugs don’t produce indoor colonies the size of other well-known bugs, like Florida’s more commonly known pests which have a reputation for causing structural damage, sanitation, or health concerns. However, they can infest and grow in numbers that may cause aggravation or discomfort in your own home. Regardless of how harmless these occasional invaders may or not be in comparison to other insects, not many of us are willing to share our own home with any little creature that is not of the family, a pet, or paying rent! When it comes to occasional invaders, here are some you could be dealing with:


Guiana Scorpions

Guiana Scorpions in Florida

Bees & Wasps

Bumblebees, wasps and honey bees



Adult Flea Closeup
Adult Tick


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