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Occasional Invaders

Silverfish

Silverfish get their name from the the way they move, like a fast-fish. They are a nuisance pest, and adult silverfish have a teardrop shaped body, brown in color and covered with silver gray scales. Silverfish grow to about 3/4” in length, wingless, and have a extra long pair of antennae and 3 long appendages that protrude from the back of their body.

House Centipede

House centipedes are very easy to recognize by their many legs. Commonly found throughout the United States house centipedes have a yellowish to dark brown segmented body with darker stripes. long and flat and sizes range from 1/8” to 6” long. They have between 15 to 175 legs, all working in unison to get to their destination. Favorite meals for the house centipede are silverfish, cockroaches, bed bugs, spiders, carpet beetles, firebrats, and other small insects. From the family Chilopoda, house centipedes and are not of the insect family but a relative of the arthropod.

Earwigs

Earwigs are insects that belong to the order Dermaptera. They are minuscule and yet horrid looking bug. An adult earwig varies from 5-25mm in size. They consist of two pairs of wings and pincers on the back of their abdomens that make them look scary. You can also call the pincers forceps and earwigs use them to catch their prey and protect themselves from other creatures.

Clover Mite

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.

Crickets

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 Scorpion

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.