See a pest on on your property that you can't identify? Our bug and pest library identifies many of Oklahoma's native creatures that are bugging you.
Oklahoma Ants Library
Pavement ants are... you guessed it, the ones you generally see on your pavement at home or your office. The don’t get much bigger than about ¼-inch long and are light brown to black. The appendages will probably be lighter in color than the body. Typically, they live underground but will also nest under mulch, floors or insulation. we find that these ants are docile, but if you stir them up, they do sting.
Mosquitoes belong to the same family as true flies and gnats. They are most known for “biting” people and causing a raised itchy welt on the skin. It is actually only the female mosquito that does any biting, she needs the protein from the blood in order to create her eggs. Both males and females feed on sugars found in plants, nectar, and honey dew.
A type of nocturnal, parasitic pest that feed on the blood of mammals, and unfortunately for us, humans are a mammal. Adult bed bugs are about 3/16th of an inch in length and are a flat-oval shape, brownish-red color, and turn redder after a blood meal. Their eggs are small, only about 1 mm in size and are whitish in color. Bed bug nymphs are no larger than a pinhead and both nymphs and eggs are very difficult to see with the naked eye.
Chiggers are the larval stage of parasitic mites that bite and borough and feed on the blood of warm blooded animals. Closely related to ticks and spiders, these pests have the same four stages of development; egg, larva, nymph and finally adult.
What do they look like?
Chiggers are are less than 1/150th of inch and barely visible to the naked eye. They are red and have six legs in this larval stage, and migrate in large clusters. They will drop off and eventually become an eight legged adult mite.