(Length: 1/3″ – 1/2″) These slender, wingless insects are common in homes. The are shiny and silver or pearl-gray in color with three long tail-like appendages and two long antennae. They may cause damage by eating foods, cloth or other items high in protein, sugar or starch.
(Length: 1/32″ – 1/16″) Fleas are small, hard-bodied, wingless insects with a flattened body and legs adapted for jumping onto a host. The cat flea, most commonly encountered in Florida, seeks mammals for the blood meal needed to sustain them.
(Length: 1/16″ – 1/2″) The tick is an eight-legged relative of the spider. It must feed three times before hiding and producing up to 3000 eggs in a crack or crevice.
This summer annual is usually found in thin, weak areas of a lawn. Its leaves have a distinct reddish spot, are arranged opposite of one another on the stem and are not symmetrical.
This low-growing, loosely branched annual is covered with soft hairs. Broad, oval leaves taper to a point and are opposite each other along the main stems.
This fungus causes irregularly shaped brown spots on leaves, varying in size from pinpoints to half an inch across. They often merge to cover whole leaves and may cause early leaf drop. The centers of large spots become grayish on the upper surface of leaves as a result of spore production by the fungus.
Asiatic Hawksbeard is an annual with a short taproot that frequently survives winters. The plant has dandelion-like leaves that are long and narrow at the base and the edges are slightly lobed.
(Length: 1/2″ – 3/4″) Larvae are greenish with many black spots. Adults are dingy brown moths with a wingspan of about 3/4″. The larvae feed on grass blades and noticeable injury appears within two weeks.
(Length: 1/16″- 3/8″) Scale insects are common pests to many trees and shrubs, are less than 1/8″ long and generally blend in with the host plant. Heavily infested plants are often covered with small disk-like or waxy coverings which look like tiny bumps on the plant leaves or stems. The scale is underneath each covering feeding on the juices of the plant.
(Length: 3/16″ long or less) The typical adult lace bug is small and rectangular with an overall flattened appearance. In most species, the adults are cream colored with patches of brown or black. Both adults and nymphs injure the host plant by piercing the leaves and sucking the plant juices causing foliage discoloration, reduced plant vigor and premature leaf drop.
(Length: 1/16″- 1/8″) Aphids, or “plant lice”, are soft-bodied pear shaped insects generally less than 1/8 inch long. Their color varies by species, but the common ones are usually green, yellow or black. They have the ability to reproduce rapidly, and their populations are most abundant in the spring.
(Length: 7″ – 8″ head to tail) Black or brown in color, the roof rat is slender with a tail that is usually longer than the combined length of its head and body. They are nocturnal and prefer to forage for food above ground in elevated areas indoors and outdoors.