The roly-poly has many names, depending on where you live. Also known as a pill bug or sow bug, it is typically ⅜ inch in size and can be found throughout the U.S. It is most recognizable through the seven hard, individual plates that make up its back, which it uses to roll into a ball to defend itself against predators. It has an oval-shaped body, seven pairs of legs, and ranges from gray, dark brown, and black.
The roly-poly is medically harmless. It can seek refuge indoors during warm and cold temperatures, becoming a nuisance to homeowners. Prevent roly-polies from invading your home by sealing potential exterior points of entry. If they enter your home, use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of them and quickly dispose of the bag.
For more information, please visit www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/occasional-invaders/pillbugs.
The reddish brown, wingless insects are about the size of an apple seed.
Easy to identify by their wormlike bodies, slender antennae and pairs of legs on most of their body segments.
Cockroaches are typically dark brown in color and as long as 1½-inches in length.
Oh that unmistakable sound... a cricket is hiding somewhere!
Fleas are small, reddish-brown, wingless insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals.
Grasshoppers are known for their long hind legs which they use to make a chirping sound.
June bugs get their name from the time of year they emerge from the ground. They are blackish or reddish brown in color.
The ladybug is also known as 'ladybird' or 'lady beetle' and is typically 7 millimeters in size.
Moths are known for their distinctive pair of wings, which are drab in color and typically resemble earth tones like brown, white, gray or black.