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.
Clover mites feed on the juices of clover, grass, and other plants, they very small, about (.75mm), the size of a pin head. A clover mite’s body is oval shaped, with 8 sticky legs. The front two legs are much longer than the other 6 legs, and are sometimes confused with being antennae. Clover mites are related to ticks and spiders and are a type of nuisance pest that cause itchy bites much like chiggers.
The most common species of cricket found in Oklahoma are the House Cricket. These noisy pests can grow in size from 3/4” and 7/8” in length, are yellowish brown with three bands going across the top of their head.
Bark scorpions are a nocturnal, venomous species of scorpion that are found in the Southwestern U.S. They range in length from 7cm-3 inches, are light brown to brownish-yellow in color, and have dark lengthwise bands on their body. Bark scorpions have a slender tail with distinctive elongated, thin pincher.
Voles are normally found digging underground burrows, living in field and meadows. But like you, they do like large expansive landscapes with ample watering and vegetation. Short and stocky, adult voles have a stout body that can be 5” to 8” long. Their fur is dark brown to black, they have short powerful legs, a short, fur-covered tail, small beady eyes and short ears. They are cautious, and you may rarely see one of these sly little pests stick their noses out of their dirt mound to sniff you out.
There are a couple of species of rats that you may want to know about. These are the Norway Rat and the Roof Rat. Both rats have similar characteristics but regardless of their type, having a rat infestation in your home or business is very disturbing, dangerous and proposes a great threat in damage to your properties. By understanding these two species can support efforts to get rid of them quickly and provide you with the proper precautions against reinfestation in the future.