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.
Pocket gophers are medium-sized rodents, growing to between 6 and 13 inches long. Their fur can be black, brown, or nearly white in color. They have a short hairless tail, and their front incisors are always visible. Pocket gophers have a short neck, small flattened head, and powerful front legs equipped with large claws. The pocket gopher got its name from the fur-lined pouches that are located outside of its mouth that they use to carry food in.
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.
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.
Bald-face hornets are black, except for an off-white color pattern found on the face, at the end of the abdomen and the thorax. They have a thin, long wasp-like body, and the worker hornets grow between 1/2” to 5/8” long. The Queens are much larger and grow to be about 3/4” long. These stinging insects create paper-like nests, normally found 3’ or higher up off of the ground.
Carpenter bees are a large solitary species of bee. Which means they won’t found in large swarms bees buzzing around your property. They are often mistaken for bumble bees but instead of being “fuzzy” all over they have abdomens that are black and shiny. They are yellow and black in color and often lack stripes. Adults range in size from ¼ to 1 inch in length.