Mother Natures | Pest Control Tulsa


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Pests

Refer to the chart below for some of the common pests. More information is provided for those that have a link.

 




Ants: Ants are one of the biggest “nuisance pests” because they can easily enter through small cracks and can nest anywhere in and around your home. There are many different species found in Oklahoma. Please reference our “ant identification guide” to find the ant that is a nuisance to you.




Asian Beetles: These beetles closely resemble the “Lady Bug Beetle”, but are not. Asian Lady Beetles are about 1/3 inch long; they come in a wide range of colors and spot numbers. The greatest damage caused by the Asian lady beetle is the discomfort they give to homeowners. It is not uncommon for tens of thousands of beetles to congregate in attics, ceilings and wall voids. In addition to biting, they exude a foul-smelling, yellow defensive chemical.



Bed Bugs: Bed bugs are primarily nocturnal insects and feed exclusively on blood. Adult females can lay 1-5 eggs a day. Eggs hatch after approximately 7-10 days. Development from egg hatch to adult takes approximately 1 ½ -2 months with a continual food supply. Bed bugs are very resilient and can survive for several months without a blood meal. Do not let the name fool you; bed bugs are not limited to the bed. They can be found on adjacent furniture, in walls and disperse to other rooms throughout a dwelling to find a food supply. Bed Bugs are found in homes, multi- family dwellings, correctional facilities, office buildings, waiting room areas, theaters, hospitals, rehab centers, laundry mats and public transportation.




Bees: There are several different species of bees. Bees are four-winged, flower-feeding insects. The honey bee is the most popular. There are Africanized honey bees, also known as killer bees. Mother Nature’s Pest Control does not treat for bees, but can put you in contact with a bee keeper should you have a known hive on your property.




Beetles: Of the great number of insects in the world nearly half are beetles. Unlike other insects, beetles have a pair of leathery protective wings called elytra that cover their membranous flight wings. During flight, the elytra are spread apart and the two flight wings are unfolded and extended. Beetles come in a variety of shapes and colors. Beetles range in size from less than a millimeter to over a few inches long.




Box Elder bug: Box Elder Bugs are familiar insects to most people. Most commonly seen in summer months, they try to move into homes during fall as they search for over-wintering areas. Box Elder Bugs are about ½” long with orange or red marking and three stripes behind the top of the head. They are not harmful and can be easily swept up or vacuumed.




Carpenter Ants:Species of carpenter ants nest in wood and are often associated with moisture problems. Structures that are found to have water leakage or soaked around the wood, under windows, in soffits, etc. may have carpenter ants. They DO NOT EAT WOOD as many people believe they do. Carpenter ants use their strong mouthparts to make wood tunnels. If you believe you may have carpenter ants, please contact Mother Nature’s; they are considered a wood destroying insect.




Carpenter Bees: Carpenter bees are very similar to bumble bees in appearance. The most noticeable difference is that bumble bees have black abdomens covered with yellow hairs and carpenter bees do not. Carpenter bees make their home in weathered or soft woods by boring a perfect hole. These holes rarely result in structural damage but the bees can become a nuisance.




Centipedes: Centipedes usually live outside, but the House Centipede can be found inside as well. Centipedes are usually brownish, flattened, and elongated which have many body segments. The centipede is beneficial, eating other insects. Centipedes do not damage food supplies or household furnishings.




Cicada Wasps: Cicada killers are most commonly confused with European hornets. Cicada Killer Wasps use their sting to paralyze the Cicada insect which they feed to their young. The male cicada killer is the most visible and does not sting. The female can but seldom does.




Cockroaches:Cockroaches can enter through small cracks and crevices, vents, pipe, grocery bags or firewood. They are an unsanitary nuisance pest and can contaminate food. It is important that once you start pest treatment for cockroaches, you must rid of their food and water source to assist in elimination from your property.




Crickets: Crickets will accidentally invade homes, but only rarely will they reproduce there. The usual point of entry is through open or poorly fitted doors and cracks in doors, windows, foundations, or siding. Crickets prefer to live in the dark; protected behind or under objects and in cracks or crevices. They generally prefer cool, damp and dark habitats. They are easily treated for indoors and out.




Fire Ants:A typical fire ant colony will produce in large open areas like a field. They feed on plants and sometimes crickets. Their sting can kill small animals. For humans, this is a painful sting. It hurts; a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire. The name fire ants came from the stinging sensation of these stings, Their sting can be deadly to sensitive people. Contact Mother Nature’s Pest Control if you believe you have a fire ant mound. Use caution around these mounds. Leave the area if possible.




Fleas:Fleas are blood-sucking insects that feed on humans, dogs, cats, and other animals. Fleas do not have wings. Adult fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, but can cause medical problems. For effective treatment, pets, their bedding, your homes carpet, upholstery, and yard should all be treated. Vacuuming daily can help too. Repeated services may be needed depending on the infestation.




Flies:The common house fly is a pest all over the world. There are many other species of flies and many may be an occasional invader. Flies do carry disease since they land so many places throughout a home. They can be quite a nuisance.




Grasshoppers: Most grasshoppers lead relatively blameless lives, causing little harm to crops or gardens. However, some species of grasshoppers can lead a destructive existence and can change into a very damaging form in which they congregate in huge swarms that can do severe damage to crops. These swarming grasshoppers are called locusts.




Grubs: White grubs found in the surface soil are easily identified by their characteristic “C” shape and reddish-brown head. Grub worms destroy crops by eating away at the roots. An active infestation can cause a lawn to turn yellow and eventually brown as the roots are severed from beneath.




Hornets: A hornet’s sting is painful to humans, but the sting toxicity varies greatly by hornet species. It generally selects sheltered places like dark hollow tree trunks to build their comb like nests made of chewed bark. Yellow jackets are often confused as hornets, they are generally smaller and are bright yellow and black. Eyes of the hornet are indented and C-shaped. Wings are reddish-orange and the abdomen is orange with a single brown stripe crossing its middle.




Japanese Beetles: The Japanese beetle is a highly destructive plant pest of foreign origin. It begins as the white surface soil grub and evolves into the greenish, iridescent beetle. The adult beetles feed on the foliage and fruits of several hundred species of fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and vegetable crops.




June Beetles: The June Beetle, common name for any of several beetles in the scarab family, also called June bug. The adults are most common in June. The adults, which may swarm in great numbers in early summer and are attracted to lights, feed by night on the foliage of deciduous trees and hide during the day. The eggs are laid in the soil, where the larvae, called white grubs, remain for two or three years, eating the roots and surrounding areas of grass and trees.




Katydid: Katydids are relatives of grasshoppers and crickets. They grow over 2″ long and are green-leaf in color. Katydids dwell in forests and fields; feeding in tops of trees and shrubs where most of the foliage is found. Katydids are heard and usually not seen. They eat the foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs. They are especially fond of the oak.




Locusts: Locusts are related to grasshoppers and the two insects look similar. However, locust behavior can be something else entirely. Their swarms devastate crops and cause major agricultural damage.




Millipedes: Millipedes are prominent during wet seasons indoors and out. Millipedes are oval, 1-1/2 inches long, segmented with many legs and coil up when resting or dead. Millipedes usually die within a few days of entering a structure unless there is a source of high moisture and a food supply.




Mites: Most species of mites are pests of agricultural crops. However, certain types of mites are parasitic on humans, animals and rodents. Chiggers are mites. Some others are human scabies, dog and cat mites, rat mites and rabbit mites. Lice is not a mite. It is an insect.




Mosquitoes: Male mosquitoes do not feed on blood. The female mosquito requires a blood meal for her egg development. They thrive in moisture rich areas and standing water. They are a pest to people and animals. They can carry disease and produce an annoying bite irritation.




Moths: Moths and butterflies are closely related, but not all moths are colorful and pleasant in appearance. There are many different species of moths and some will invade your home, pantries and closets. With few exceptions, adult butterflies and moths eat only various liquids to maintain their water balance and energy source. Most adults sip flower nectar. The larva of moths eat wool and other clothing material; not the adult moth.




Pill Bugs: Also known as the Rollie-Pollie; the pill bug is the only crustacean that can spend its entire life on land. Their shells look like armor and they are known for their ability to roll into a ball. Most pill bugs live for up to two years. They are most active at night. Pill bugs mostly eat rotting vegetation like vegetables and they do not carry disease.




Roaches: There are several species of roaches and not all carry disease. The most common cockroaches found in homes are American and German cockroaches. The Oriental roach is also known as the water bug and is not a disease carrier. There are also wood roaches that live in trees.




Scorpions: Scorpions are not classified as insects but as arachnids making them close relatives of ticks, mites, and spiders. Scorpions are nocturnal and there are a few species known to dwell in Oklahoma. It is common for them to climb and many reports in homes are associated with attics, exterior rocky areas and overhanging trees and wood siding. Their sting is painful and rarely produces swelling. Use caution. The sting can be harmful in sensitive people.




Silverfish: Silverfish are a very common household pests found across the world. They are called “silverfish” because they are silver in appearance, but in many cases they are brown, red, or even close to black. Silverfish eat a variety of common household items containing starch or polysaccharides which are commonly found in adhesives. Silverfish will eat such things as glue, paper, pictures, hair, sugar, breakfast cereals, old clothes, dandruff, and wallpaper.




Spiders: Spiders are arachnids. All spiders have eight legs and there are many spiders native to Oklahoma. Please reference our spider guide within Mother Nature’s website.




Subterranean Termites: Subterranean termites are very common in Oklahoma and the southern United States. They are harmful to structures. Never disregard the findings of termites even in the yard. Mother Nature’s has dedicated an entire section to subterranean termites within the website.




Ticks:  Ticks feed only on the blood of vertebrates meaning animals, humans, reptiles, mammals and birds. This makes them a nuisance pest and can be harmful and cause illnesses. There are ticks with hard and soft bodies and they differ in size. They are common in yards, trees and tall grasses.




Voles: Voles and Moles are similar, but the Mole usually gets the recognition. Unlike Moles; Voles do not leave mounds at the end of their runways. They burrow into the root systems of vegetation sites and chew on tree trunks and bases of shrubbery. They can be a real pest to flower bulbs and potato gardens.




Wasps: Yellowjackets, baldfaced hornets, and paper wasps make nests from a papery pulp comprised of chewed-up wood fibers mixed with saliva. Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender legs, and appear smoothed-skinned and shiny. Wasps can sting more than once because they are able to pull out their stinger without injury to themselves. A sting by a wasp will not leave the stinger in your skin.




Waterbug: The water bug is actually an Oriental roach. It is dark brown to black in color and has a glossy body. They prefer dark, moist places. They can often be found around decaying organic matter and in sewers, drains, damp basements, porches, and other damp locations. They can be found outside in bushes, under leafy groundcover, under mulch, and around other damp places outdoors. Indoors they can be seen in basements and bathrooms.




Weevils: Weevils are beetles that come from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They are typically small and do not grow more than ¼ inch or 6 millimeters. Weevils feed on herbs, flour, grains, breakfast cereal and pastas. They can be a real nuisance pest inside the home and reside in the pantry.




Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets are among the smallest of this group of stinging insects.These pests are social. Building nests that can be quite large in size. Nests are made from paper when the females combine their saliva excretions with wood fibers to form the familiar looking paper nest. The yellowjacket nest is usually not visible. This nest is usually underground, but there are many cases where these insects have built nests above ground in the wall voids of homes.


Disclaimer


Mother Nature’s Pest Control insect photograph disclaimer. These photos are named and described in generalization. We understand there are many different species and not all appear the same. The insect descriptions and photographs on Mother Nature’s website are meant to help you identify and are not considered 100% accurate.