How do you identify a brown recluse spider? Brown recluse spiders are usually between 1/4- and 3/4-inches long, but may grow larger. While typically light to medium brown, they range in color from whitish to dark brown or blackish gray. These spiders usually have markings on their dorsal side, with a black line coming from it that looks like a violin with the neck of the violin pointing to the rear of the spider, resulting in the nicknames fiddleback spider, brown fiddler, or violin spider.
Are springtails harmful? They are nuisances and do not damage food, clothes, furniture or property. Springtails do not bite or sting and are harmless to people. Springtails are one of the most common pests in the environment, although they are inconspicuous and are often overlooked. When suitable habitat occurs, they can develop tremendously large numbers and are one of the most world’s abundant insects. You may find millions of springtails naturally in about 2.5 acres of land. Read More
Are fungus gnats harmful? Adult fungus gnats don’t damage plants or bite people; their presence is primarily considered a nuisance. Larvae, however, when present in large numbers, can damage roots and stunt plant growth, particularly in seedlings and young plants.
Are centipedes dangerous? Centipedes are generally considered nuisance pests because they do not pose significant health or property threats. However, all house centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey.
Do mud daubers sting? Wasps usually evoke a great deal of anxiety or fear. However, solitary wasps such as the mud daubers do not defend their nest the way social wasps such as hornets and yellowjackets do. Mud daubers are very unlikely to sting, even when thoroughly aroused. They may sting if mishandled.
Are earwigs harmful to humans? Earwigs are a fairly well-known insect, from folk lore if not from actual experience. The earwig is the insect reputed in superstition to purposefully crawl into the ears of sleeping persons for the purpose of burrowing into the brain to lay eggs. Of course, there is no truth to these tales, though earwigs, like moths, beetles, cockroaches, ants, and flies may wander into our ear canals by accident.
Are there fire ants in Tennessee? Yes! And generally throughout the south.
Adult red imported fire ants are reddish to dark brown. Read More
CLOVER MITES often become pests indoors after heavy rain, excessive heat or a change in the season, which stimulate massive numbers to enter buildings. To the naked eye, the mites appear as tiny moving dark spots crawling around walls, windows and doors. Crushing them to kill them leaves a reddish spot. Fortunately, the mites do not reproduce indoors and will die within a few days from dehydration.
ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS – As their name suggests, odorous house ants, when crushed, emit a smell of rotting coconuts. They tend to build nests both inside and outside. Common places to find odorous house ant nests are in wall crevices, near heaters, under carpets, and beneath floors.
PAPER WASPS gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Some types are also called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.