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Hello and welcome to the Intelligent Pest Solutions Bug Library!

We have created this library for your benefit. If you want more information on a certain bug or if you want to identify that bug crawling in your basement, this library will help!

We have broken up the Bug Library into five categories. Please Click one below to find a pest.


Commonly Used Pest Terms

Many terms are used in the pest library and we have provided you with a list of terms to better help you understand the pest descriptions.¹

Abdomen - The posterior or hindmost region.¹

Adult - The fully grown, sexually active mature arthropod.¹

Antennae - The paired, segmented feerlike sensory organs located on the head above the mouth.¹

Exoskeleton - A skeleton, or supporting structure, on outside of body.²

Functional Worker - In termites, workers who are either male or female and not sterile.¹

Hair - A slender flexible filament of equal diameter throughout, commonly used for seta/setae; (by definition, only found on mammals.)¹

Insect Growth Regulator (IRG) - A substance which affects the insect’s developmental cycle and disrupts its life cycle.¹

Larva (larve) - An immature stage of those insects with complete metamorphosis; the developmental stage between egg and pupa.¹

Life Cycle - The developmental of an insect from egg stage to egg stage.¹

Life History - A detailed record of a life cycle (egg to egg).¹

Litter - A number of young born at approximately the same time.¹

Major Worker - In termites and ants, a member of the worker sub caste of largest size.¹

Maggot - A legless larva without a well-developed head. ²

Mandible - A jaw.¹

Metamorphosis - The series of changes an insect goes through in its growth from egg to adult stage.¹

Minor Worker - In termites and ants, a member of the worker sub caste of the smallest size.¹

Nocturnal - Active at night.¹

Parasitic - Living as a parasite, and organism that lives on or in another (the host) from which it obtains food, shelter etc.¹

Parent Colony - The main colony containing the queen(s), other castes, and immatures including eggs.¹

Pathogen - Any micro-organism or its product which causes disease.¹

Posterior - Hind or rear, hindmost.¹

Predator - An organism that obtains its food by the periodic killing of prey organisms.¹

Profile - The insect or object when viewed from the side.¹

Prothrax - The first or front segment of the thorax, bearing the first pair of legs and without wings.¹

Pupa - The stage between larva and adult in insects with complete metamorphosis.²

Queen - Female member of a reproductive caste of a social species; in termites, a deflated, inseminated female adult or primary reproductive.¹

Satellite Colony - A secondary colony which does not contain either a queen(s) or eggs, and is connected to the parent colony.¹

Scavenger - A organism that feeds on dead or decaying plant or animal materials, or on animal wastes; larvae which feed on grain only after the seed coat has been broken, either mechanically or by some other insect (stored product pests).¹

Secondary Colony - In termites, a colony of subterranean termites existing above ground which it is made possible by a stable above-ground moisture source.¹

Species - Fundamentally similar individuals who interbreed and produce offspring, but who do not ordinarily interbreed with other groups.¹

Swarmer - A winged reproductive; in ants and termites, a member of the mass exodus of winged reproductive from the nest for the mating flight; in honey bees, a member of the mass of workers and queen which suddenly leave the colony to start a new colony.¹

Thorax - The middle of the body region which bears legs, and wings, if present.¹

Vector - The intermediate host; an organism that transmits a pathogenic virus, bacterium, etc.¹

Vein - A thickend line in a wing, often darkened; a thin, tubular structure supporting the wing membrane.¹

Wing Scale - In termites, the small basal portion of the wing remaining attached to the adult after the main portion of the wing is shed along the fracture line.¹

Wood Moisture Content (WMC) - The moisture content content of the plant’s cell walls.¹

¹These definitions were obtained in the glossary of “NPCA Field Guide to Structural Pests” by Eric H. Smith and Richard C. Whitman.
² These definitions were obtained from Peterson Field Guide”Insects” by Donald J. Borror and RIchard E. White.

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