Ticks

Ticks What are ticks? Ticks are an external parasite that feed on the blood of mammals; there are up to 15 species of ticks that live in Georgia. However, there are three species that most people commonly come in contact with: the blacklegged tick (aka deer tick), the lone star tick and the American dog…

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Termites

Termites What are termites? Eastern subterranean termites are a destructive wood-destroying insect that is commonly found in Sugar Hill, throughout Middle Georgia and most of the U.S. They are social insects that live underground in large colonies with three distinct divisions of labor: workers, soldiers and reproductives. The workers are creamy white in color and…

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Stink Bugs

Stink Bugs What are stink bugs? Brown marmorated stink bugs are part of the group of pests known as fall invaders. Stink bugs are easy to recognize because of the triangular shaped plate on their backs, hence the nickname “shield bugs.” These pests first arrived in PA in 1996 and got their name from their…

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Springtails

Springtails What are springtails? Springtails are a type of arthropod; they are very tiny, only reaching about the size of a pinhead. They are wingless, gray to purple in color and their elongated body is covered in tiny protective scales. Springtails crawl very slowly but have a unique way to jump short distances: they have…

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Silverfish

Silverfish What are silverfish? Silverfish usually measure between ½ to ¾ of an inch in length and their body is teardrop in shape. Silverfish have been appropriately named as their entire body is covered in silver scales. These insects require humidity to survive, but they can live up to a year without food. When they…

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Rats in Georgia

Rats

Rats What are rats? The two most common species of rats in Georgia are the Norway rat and the roof rat. Norway rats are the larger of the two, including their tall which is shorter than their body; they are 10-12 inches in length; they are a brown/gray color. Norway rats are mainly found urban…

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Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps What are paper wasps? Paper wasps get their name from the umbrella shaped nests that they create from paper-like material. They are considered to be only semi-social insects and live together in small colonies. They have six long legs, antennae, and adults range in length from 5/8th-3/4 of an inch in. They are…

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Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroaches What are oriental cockroaches? The oriental cockroach is a large cockroach species that is commonly found in Georgia and many parts of the country. Like American cockroaches, Oriental roaches are an occasional invader and will enter homes and businesses from the outside. You will find them in damp basements, under sinks and in…

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Orb Spider

Orb Spiders What are orb spiders? Orb spiders are named after their distinctive round, wheel-shaped webs that they create to catch prey in. They are also called garden spiders because that is where they are commonly found. Their webs are very strong and can reach 60 cm in diameter. Orb spiders have hairy or spiny…

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Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants What are odorous house ants? Odorous house ants are a common ant species that invade Georgia homes. These small black colored ants are about 1/8 inch long in length. As their name suggests, when these ants are crushed they give off a foul “rotten-coconut” smell. Are odorous house ants dangerous? The odorous…

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes What are mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are members of the same insect order as flies and gnats. They are ¼-3/8 of an inch in length with a round head and slim body; they are pale brown with white stripes across their abdomen. Both female and male mosquitoes feed on the sugars from plants, nectar and honey…

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Moles

Moles What are moles? Moles are a small mammal found throughout Georgia that burrow tunnels under the ground. They are 6-8 inches in length and are gray in color; they have powerful paddle-like forefeet with large toenails that they use for digging. They have strong necks and elongated heads. Moles spend most of their life…

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