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California Insect Identification

Centipede

Centipede

Found throughout the country. House centipedes live in damp areas such as cellars, closets and bathrooms. Outdoors, they can be found in damp locations, under leaves and stones.
German Cockroach

German Cockroach

The most common roach in United States homes. Breeds throughout the year. Favors a humid atmosphere and an average temperature of 70 degrees.
Brown-banded Cockroach

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Most prominent in the south. Since they need less moisture, they can be found anywhere in the house, especially high on walls, behind pictures, in furniture and closets.
American Cockroach

American Cockroach

Found in dark, moist areas such as around bathtubs, clothes hampers, sewers and basement corners. Also, wherever food is prepared and stored.
Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites

The most widespread group of termites. They cause most of the damage to structural timbers in the United States. Nests are usually in the soil.
Brown Dog Tick

Brown Dog Tick

Found most often in the ears, between the toes and on the backs of dogs. After feeding, they retire to baseboards, molding, around window-cord pulleys and protected openings.
Silverfish and Firebrats

Silverfish and Firebrats

Among the most common insects in the home. They eat paper and fabrics and get into cereals. Firebrats prefer temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit and are usually found together with the silverfish.
Sowbug and Pillbug

Sowbug and Pillbug

They prefer moist locations and can be found under vegetable debris or any object on damp ground. Frequently invade damp basements, crawl spaces and may infest potted plants.
Spiders

Spiders

Depending on the species, spiders can be found in both damp and warm, dry parts of buildings. Most species hide in cracks, darkened areas or in shelters they make from silk.
Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites

Found in the extreme south in a narrow strip from east to west coast. These termites nest in undecayed wood with very low moisture content.
House Fly

House Fly

Eggs are laid in almost any moist and warm material such as manure, decaying vegetable material and garbage. They rest on floors, walls, ceilings, on electrical cords, etc.
Millipede

Millipede

Normally found outdoors in damp places such as under leaves and in mulch. At times they swarm into building basements and first-floor rooms.
House Ant

House Ant

A  wide variety of species are found throughout North America. Most feed on organic matter and are especially attracted by sweet foods. Colonies hibernate in the soil or in garden trash.
Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant

Found throughout the United States in a variety of species. The tunnels they excavate in wood are clean, almost sandpapered in appearance, unlike termite tunnels.
Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

Most common in northern states. This beetle infests carpets and feeds on the fabric. It also feeds on animal products that are left undisturbed such as wool, leather, furs, etc.
Powderpost Beetle

Powderpost Beetle

Second to termites in destroying wood. They leave small, round holes in wooden articles along with a residue of find, powder-like dust.