Most Wanted

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Tempering the risk of mosquito-borne illness

June 7, 2016 By
With Aedes aegypti in the news at nearly every turn, it’s important for pest management professionals (PMPs) to take the longer view about the true risk of a mosquito-borne public health crisis. For yellow fever mosquitoes to cause an outbreak... Read more»

Most Wanted: Drugstore beetle

December 17, 2015 By
DSB is a pharmaceutical feeder of consumables. ⦁ Aliases: DSB, biscuit beetle, bread beetle (paniceum means “made from bread” in Latin). ⦁ Description: Adults are 1/10- to 1/7-in. long and tubular. Generally brown in color, adults have rows of hairs... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Crazy Ant

November 16, 2015 By
Also known as the longhorn crazy ant, this Formicid crowds and contaminates.  ⦁ Description: Workers are monomorphic and 0.08 to 0.12 in. in length. The head, thorax, petiole and gaster are dark brown to black. Antennae are 12-segmented without a... Read more»
The roof rat is making an unwelcome return to Indiana after more than 165 years. Photo copyrighted by photographer177 /

Most Wanted: Roof Rats

September 23, 2015 By
Whether by roof, burrow or sewer, attacks by roof rats (aka black rats and ship rats) cause poor public heath and economic damage to food commodities, landscapes and structures. LIFE CYCLE: Survives nine to 12 months in the wild; averages... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Black-Legged Tick

August 24, 2015 By
Black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis, aka bear tick, deer tick) greedily engorge on the blood of hosts.  DESCRIPTION: These hard-bodied ticks are dark brown or black with long mouthparts. The female is orange or red behind the scutum (shield), which has no... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Bald-Faced Hornet

July 15, 2015 By
Aerially articulate but potentially punitive, bald-faced hornets (Dolichovespula maculate) build abodes that can result in attacks on victims deemed too close for comfort. Description: Workers are 0.5 to 0.625 in.; queens are 0.75 in. The head is much shorter than it... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Phorid Fly

June 22, 2015 By
Phorids (Megasellia scalaris) fly from fermenting filth, frequently fouling food and inflicting infections. Aliases: Coffin fly, Humpbacked fly, Scuttle fly Description: Adult flies are 1/10- to 1/16-in. long, with a wingspan of less than 1/4 in. The thorax is dark brown... Read more»
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Photo: Eli Sarnat, PIAkey, USDA APHIS Identification Technology Program (ITP)

Most Wanted: Big-Headed Ant

June 10, 2015 By
Big-headed ants (Pheidole Spp.) are multiple-queen menaces  that foul food and form formicarcia (colonies), which causes structural strife for innocent inhabitants. Description: Workers (1/16- to 1/8-in.) are distinguished by dimorphism, or two sizes: a heart-shaped/indented head and a small head. They... Read more»
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Most Wanted: House Sparrow

April 30, 2015 By
The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is pursuant to inestimable pestiferous air and ground assaults by millions of insidious sorties. Mass attacks cause stress antagonism, contamination and substantial damage to food commodities and structures. Size: Adult length is 5.5 to 6.25 in. Wingspan... Read more»
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Norway rat

Most Wanted: Norway Rat

April 8, 2015 By
The Norway rat (Rattus Norvegicus) has committed innumerable assaults through millions of insidiously cryptic infestations. Mass attacks cause significantly reduced public heath, as well as substantial damage to food commodities and structures. Description: Generally brown pelage, small eyes, a rounded snout and... Read more»
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