Pest Facts: Stinging/Biting

Need to know more about stinging/biting pests? Find out more about pest biology, behavior, and prevention methods through the Pest Facts.

Bedbugs

Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius)

Color:Mahogany to rusty brown; red after a blood meal
Legs:Six
Shape:Flat; broad oval
Size:1/4
Antennae:Yes
Flight:No
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Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa species)

Color:Blue-black, green or purple metallic sheen on abdomen
Legs:Six
Shape:Oval; bee shape
Size:1
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes
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Africanized (

Africanized ("Killer") Bees (Apis mellifera scutellata)

Color:Golden-yellow with darker bands of brown
Legs:Six
Shape:Oval; bee shape
Size:1/2
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes
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Bumble Bees

Bumble Bees (Subfamily bombinae; bombus species)

Color:Black with yellow stripes
Legs:Six
Shape:Oval; bee shape
Size:1"
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes
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Honeybees

Honeybees (Apis nekkufera Linnaeus)

Color:Predominantly golden-yellow with brown bands
Legs:Six
Shape:Oval; bee shape
Size:1/2
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes
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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes (Culex species and others)

Color:Varies; Pale brown with whitish stripes across abdomen
Legs:Six
Shape:Narrow Oval
Size:1/4-3/8"
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes
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Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks

Blacklegged (Deer) Ticks (Ixodes scapularis)

Color:Dark brown to black body
Legs:Eight
Shape:Flat; broad oval
Size:1/8"
Antennae:No
Flight:No
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