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.
A mole is a ground-dwelling animals and a species of insectivore that lives underneath your yard and property. Like you, they love fruit and vegetable gardens, lush landscapes. But these unwanted invisible guests can be a little nightmare for you causing significant damages to residential or commercial lawns and landscaping.
Mice are a uninvited pest who make there homes in yours, partake in most every meal and contaminate spaces with feces and urine. House mice are the most common of rodents to invade homes and businesses and range in size from 2 1/2” long (does not include the tail), and are gray or a light cream-colored underside. Mice have large ears, tiny black beaded eyes with tails that are long, thin and covered with fine hair.
Yellow jackets are an aggressive species of stinging insect, that despite their dangers, are considered to be a beneficial species because they are responsible for pollination and help to keep nuisance insect populations down. Adult workers grow to be between 3/8th and 5/8th of an inch in length. They have a hairless body that has a yellow and black banded pattern on it; their face and head is usually black or yellow in color. Their waist is extremely thin and defined; their wings are elongated and fold laterally on their body when at rest.
Mud daubers are a flying, stinging insect who create nests out of mud and other natural materials. They grow to a large size between 1 1/2” to 2” long with a narrow waist, a thread-like segment between their thorax and abdomen causing a stretched look. Colors range from yellow and green marketing to metallic blue markings.