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6 Insect Identification Steps from Our Pest Control Experts

04/26/2022 /By Vinh

The National Pest Management Association supports the practice of integrated pest management (IPM), a common-sense process for treating and controlling pests. IPM incorporates three basic techniques, the second of which is identification. Insect identification is a matter of knowing what to look for, knowing where to find it, and being able to see it. There are about 90,000 arthropod pest species in the United States, many of which have similar characteristics, making it all the more important to have a resource for assisting in bug and pest identification. Our pest identifier is a list of bugs,insects, rodents, and other pests that does just that. Below is a list of six steps to effectively identify pests using our rodent, arachnid and insect identification guides.

 

1 Make note of certain characteristics of the pest, including shape, size, color, number of legs, and whether or not it has wings and/or antennae. For rodents, consider size, color, length of nose, etc.
2 ​​​​​​​Click on the category that best resembles the pest characteristics you noted in step 1.
3 Compare the pest characteristics to the thumbnail images of the various species. Then, click on the species that most closely resembles the pest.
4 Read about the pest characteristics, habits, habitats, threats, signs of an infestation, and prevention and control measures. The additional pest photos in the pest identification guides can serve as another method of pest, rodent, or insect identification.
5 If you think you properly identified what kind of bug it is from our insect list, consider contacting a licensed pest control professional to discuss eradication methods before trying to do it yourself. Some pest problems are better left to professional treatment.
6 ​​​​​​​If you are still unsure of the pest in question, consider visiting some other bug identification guides in the same pest category. A pest control professional can also assist in identification. A pest control company will send out a technician who is equipped with the tools and resources to properly identify the pest.