Everything you ever wanted to know about pests!
Lake Ridge Pest Control can help you with not only the extermination of pests-but also help prevent unwanted pest presence later.  From A to Z we’ve got it covered. Once you’ve identified your pest – learn more.

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Argentine Ant:
Latin Name: Iridomyrmex humilis
Appearance: From light to dark brown. About 1/10-inch long. Antenna has 12 segments.
Habit: Readily adaptable and can nest in a great variety of places. Colonies are massive and may contain hundreds of queens. Nests are usually located in moist soil, neCarpenter Ant:
Latin Name: Camponotus 
Appearance: Among the largest ants, from 1/4- to 3/8-inch long. The most common species is black, but some have reddish or yellowish coloration. Workers have large mandibles.
Habit: Resides both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut "Fire Ant:
Latin Name: Solenopsis
Appearance: Reddish, about 1/4-inch long.
Habit: Nest in mounds of 1 to 2 feet in diameter and about 1/2-foot high. Large colonies can have up to 250,000 workers. Very active and aggressive, they will sting any intruding animal repeatedly.
Diet: Omnivorous. Known to Odorous Ant:
Latin Name: Tapinoma sessile
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown to black and 1/10-inch long. Antennae have 12 segments.
Habit: Nests found in a great variety of situations. Inside buildings, they are often found nesting in the walls or beneath the floor. They are most likely to invade buildPavement Ant:
Latin Name: Tetramorium caespitum
Appearance: Light brown to black with appendages lighter than rest of the body. About 1/10-inch long. Parallel lines on head and thorax with a 12-segment antennae.
Habit: Invades buildings while foraging for food throughout the year. Nests are outdoorsPharaoh Ant:
Latin Name: Monomorium pharaonis
Appearance: Very small—about 1/16-inch long. Light yellow to red with black markings on the abdomen.
Habit: Relies on artificial heating in buildings to survive. Infestations commonly occur in food service areas. Will nest in any well-protected and hiddeThief Ant:
Latin Name: Solenopsis molesta
Appearance: One of the smallest ants, about 1/32- to 1/16-inch long. Antennae have 10 segments. They range in color from yellowish to brown.
Habit: Nests occur in a great variety of locations outside, especially under rocks. May nest indoors in cracks and cu
House Mouse
Latin Name: Mus musculus
Appearance: Small and slender, three to four inches long, with large ears, small eyes and pointed nose. Light brown or light gray. Droppings are rod-shaped.
Habit: Nests within structures and burrows. Establish a "territory" near food sources that are generally 1Norway Rat
Latin Name: Rattus norvegicus
Appearance: Brown, heavy-bodied, six to eight inches long, with small eyes and ears and blunt nose. Tail is shorter than head and body. Its fur is shaggy. Droppings are capsule-shaped.
Habit: Nests in underground burrows, from which they enter buildings in seRoof Rat
Latin Name: Rattus rattus
Appearance: Black or brown, seven to 10 inches long, with a long tail, large ears and eyes, and a pointed nose. Body is smaller and sleeker than Norway rat. Fur is smooth.
Habit: Nests inside and under buildings, or in piles of rubbish or wood. Excellent climber thDeer Mouse
Latin Name: Peromyscus maniculatus
Appearance: Round and slender, ranging from 2 3/4 to 4 inches long in body length with a pointed nose and large, black, beady eyes. Ears are large with little fur covering them. Body is bicolored with a light brownish-reddish top and white underbelly and
Fleas
Latin Name: Order Siphonaptera
Appearance: Small, wingless, about 1/12- to 1/6-inch long. Covered in spines with piercing mouthparts.
Habit: A parasite that attaches to a host.
Diet: Larvae feed on organic debris, particularly the feces of adult fleas, which contain undigested blood.
ReproductBed Bugs
Latin Name: Cimex lectularius
Appearance: Flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about 3/16-inch long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal.
Habit: Cracks and crevices including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and pictCrickets
Latin Name: Order Orthoptera: Family Gryllidae
Appearance: Adults about 3/4-inch long with three dark bands on the head and thin antennae. Body is yellowish-brown.
Habit: Active at night. Attracted to lights.
Diet: Omnivorous; eat almost anything available.
Reproduction: Closely related to Spiders
Latin Name: Class Arachnida
Appearance: Eight legs, no wings or antennae.
Habit: Some spiders like moisture and are found in basements, crawl spaces and other damp parts of buildings. Others like dry, warm areas such as subfloor air vents, upper corners of rooms and attics. Hide in dark areaMosquitoes
Latin Name: Order Diptera
Appearance: Distinctive from flies because of their long "stinger" and scales on the back and veins of their wings.
Habit: Found from the tropics to the arctic. Reliant on a water source.
Diet: Adult female is the only stage that feeds on blood.
Reproduction: LarTicks
Latin Name: Ixodida (describes most common ticks)
Appearance: Ticks vary in color by species. Adult ticks are smaller than a sunflower seed (1/8- to 5/8-inch long if engorged with blood), while nymphal (or immature) ticks are less than 1/16-inch. Common problem ticks include the American dog t
American Cockroach
Latin Name: Periplaneta americana
Appearance: The largest structure-infesting species—about 1/2-inch long. Reddish-brown wings with light markings on thorax.
Habit: Very aggressive. Prefers warm, damp areas. More likely to be seen in daytime and outdoors than other species. CommonBrown-Banded Cockroach
Latin Name: Supella longipalpis
Appearance: About 5/8-inch long. Wings have two brownish-yellow bands.
Habit: Nocturnal; can fly. They may be found throughout any structure, but prefer dry, warm areas, high locations and inside furniture.
Diet: Scavenger; eats almost anything.German Cockroach
Latin Name: Blattella germanica
Appearance: About 5/8-inch long. Light to medium brown with two dark longitudinal streaks on the thorax.
Habit: Nocturnal; primarily infests areas close to food, moisture and warmth. Most common cockroach found in and around apartments, homes, supermaOriental Cockroach
Latin Name: Blatta orientalis
Appearance: Dark brown and about one inch long.
Habit: Common outdoors; often enters buildings through sewer pipes. Tends to live near the ground and in warm, damp areas.
Diet: Eats anything, but often found feeding on garbage, sewage and decaying orgSmokeybrown Cockroach
Latin Name: Periplaneta fuliginosa
Appearance: Dark brown and up to 1/2-inch long.
Habit: Prefers to live outdoors. Populations are relatively immobile compared with other species.
Diet: Scavenger; eats almost anything, but normally feeds on plant material.
Reproduction: Egg ca
Drain Fly
Latin Name: Family Psychodidae
Appearance: About 1/16-inch long with a light gray or tan body and lighter-colored wings. The body and the wings are covered with long hairs, giving the fly a fuzzy appearance. When at rest, the wings are folded over the body in a characteristic roof-like manFruit Fly
Latin Name: Family Drosphilidae
Appearance: Adults are about 1/8-inch long, have red eyes and a tan thorax. The abdomen is black on top, gray underneath.
Habit: Adults are strong fliers and have been known to travel as far as 6 1/2 miles within a 24-hour period. Populations tend to build dHouse Fly
Latin Name: Family Muscidae
Appearance: Usually gray, less than 1/4-inch long with four black stripes on the thorax.
Habit: They prefer corners and edges or thin objects to rest on. Indoors, they rest on floors, walls and ceilings during the day. Outdoors, they will rest on plants, the groPhorid-Humpbacked Fly
Latin Name: Family Phoridae
Appearance: Most are black or dull brown, but some are yellowish in color. Very small—1/16- to 1/8-inch. The arched thorax of the adult gives them a humpbacked appearance.
Habit: Characteristically short and erratic flight. Adults have a peculiar hab