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Common Pest Identification In Baton Rouge, LA

A pest infestation leaves you with many questions, but not many answers. Let our pest library help! Here you’ll find helpful information about the pests that most commonly get into Baton Rouge homes and businesses.

a carpenter ant on the gravel in baton rouge


Most everyone knows what ants are and have run across them enough times to know what they look like. To help you understand a little bit more about these insects, we want to provide you with some interesting facts about these common home invaders.

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a cockroach resting on a piece of wood in baton rouge


Hearing the word “cockroach” is enough to send shivers down the backs of most home or business owners. Cockroaches are common household pests that invade in large numbers and once inside your home or business are very difficult to eliminate.

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an earwig on a green leaf


Earwigs have a long, slender body that is a reddish-brown color, and most species have wings. The pincer-like appendage (cerci) that extends off their abdomen is typically their most identifying feature.

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a flea jumping on human skin in baton rouge


Fleas feed on blood as their sole source of food. Cats, dogs, mice, rats, squirrels, foxes, skunks, raccoons, and many other wild animals are their favorite hosts. Fleas prefer to feed on animals, but in the case of a large infestation or if we are all that is available, they will also feed on the blood of people.

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a mosquito on a green leaf in baton rouge


Mosquitoes have a narrow, oval-shaped body. Their body is brown or black, and some species have white markings or iridescent scales. They are most well-known for their long thin legs and elongated proboscis (nose) that they use to feed.

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a rat resting on wood in baton rouge


All rodents have a set of strong front incisors that never stop growing and that they use for gnawing off chunks of food; they use their back molars to grind up the food. They also use their sharp front incisors to gather items to create their nests, enter through barriers, and defend themselves.

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a silverfish on drywall in baton rouge


Silverfish are part of the order Zygentoma, along with other creatures like fishmoths and firebrats. They are enthusiastic feeders and eat starches, cellulose, glue, dead insects, and dry goods like flour, cereals, and more.

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a brown spider crawling on gravel in baton rouge


There are many thousands of spiders living in the United States. Most live outside and away from people, preying on and keeping populations of garden pests and other insects in check. Some species hunt using their webs to trap their prey, while others run after and hunt down their prey.

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a wasp on wood in baton rouge

Stinging Insects

Stinging insects are eco-important pests as they help to pollinate plants and control the population of nuisance insects. If possible, stinging insects should be protected.

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termite on their mound in baton rouge


Termites are social insects that live and work together in extensive colonies and cause significant destruction as they tunnel through structural wood and other wooden objects, gathering food for their colony.

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