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.