household pests

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What’s Bugging You?

What’s Bugging You?

By Lee S. Yudin, Ph.D.
Pacific Daily News
September 26, 1998

You can become your own bug detective when trying to identify the pest or pests found in your home. Many times the pest you are trying to identify and control is not physically present, and only the damage or key signs of its presence are noticeable. Many home pests are active when you are asleep or reside in places you hardly get to when you clean your house. One nice thing about most home pests is that they leave specific signs (droppings, shed skins, egg casings) or specific damage to let you know that they are around even if you do not see them. Below is a list of sings or damage that you as homeowner can use to help identify the pest or pests in your home. The information is adapted from "What's Bugging Me?" by J. M. Tenorio and G. M. Nishida.

Identification by Signs or Damage

Open webbing around house spiders
Matted webbing in foodstuff, carpets, furniture


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