Ticks live off the blood of mammals, birds and sometimes amphibians. They have oval, flattened-shaped bodies, and can range from five millimeters when they have empty stomachs to ⅝ inch when they are engorged with blood. They are typically brown with white to gray markings. They have eight legs and no antennae.
Ticks live in wooded areas and brushy fields.They have the ability to transmit diseases between the animals that they prey on, and these diseases can be harmful to humans. It is important to protect yourself in tick-infested areas. Make sure to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors and inspect clothing and skin when heading indoors. Also wash clothes immediately. Pet areas should be kept clean of debris to prevent ticks from breeding. Pets should also be treated with tick repellent as necessary.
For more information on how to remove a tick, please visit www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html.
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.