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Finding pests in your space is never fun and figuring out how to get rid of them can be challenging without professional help.  Should you decide to call American Pest Control or manage your infestation with DIY home remedies, either way, you need to know what kind of pest you are dealing with. We have put together a photo identification post for you to quickly find and name the common pests that we typically encounter in the Las Vegas Valley as a professional pest control company.  Have a look through and find your match!  Give us a call at 702-382-6366 to help you get rid of them quickly.

Fire Ants

Fire ants 01 Fire ants have a copper brown head and thorax with a darker abdomen. Worker ants are blackish reddish and they are about 2 – 6 mm.

Harvester Ants

Florida harvester ant teamwork! (Pogonomyrmex badius) (6502194585) Harvester ants are orange to red or brownish-black. They are 4.7 – 11.5 mm.

Argentine Ants

Argentine Ant (Linepithema Humile)

Argentine ants are smaller and can easily squeeze through small cracks. They are 1.6 – 2.8 mm.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ant (18051578232) Odorous house ants are brown to black in color and 1.5 – 3.2 mm in size. When crushed, they leave an odor.


LepismaSaccharina Silverfish are nocturnal insects 13 – 25 mm in size and have a tapering abdomen. It has two long cerci and one terminal filament at its end.

Crane Fly

Crane fly - Flickr - jeans Photos The crane fly looks like a mosquito with a slender body and long legs. The wingspan is 1 to 6.5 cm.

Bed Bugs

Pluskwa domowa, Bed bug, Cimex lectularius Adult bed bugs are reddish brown, wingless and resemble an apple seed. Younger bugs will be smaller and translucent whitish-yellow.

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spider white bg Wolf spiders range in body size (minus legs) from 10 – 35 mm. They have eight eyes arranged in three rows. Wolf spiders rely on camouflage and their color usually blends with their environment.

House Spiders

House spider (Tegenaria domestica??), Sandy, Bedfordshire (17409866365) House spiders are small, less than 0.6 cm. They are brown and some have brown or white spotting on the abdomen.

Black Widow Spiders

Black widow spider 9854 lores Female black widow spiders are usually dark brown or shiny black with a red or orange hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. Some may have red spots or no marking. Males have red or red and white markings on the upper side of the abdomen. Their bodies (minus legs) are 3 – 10 mm.

Arizona Bark Scorpions

Centruroides sculpturatus 186847118 The arizona bark scorpion is small and light brown and 7 – 8 cm.

Boxelder Bugs

Eastern Boxelder Bug (Boisea trivittata) - Kitchener, Ontario The boxelder bug is about 13 mm long and dark brown or black. They have red wing veins and markings.


Dermaptera (Earwig) 7718 Earwigs have forcep-like pincers on their abdomen end. They are mainly nocturnal.

House Crickets

Acheta domesticus House crickets are gray or brownish and 16 – 21 mm.

Yellow Jacket Hornets

Yellow Jacket (Vespula germanica) Yellow jacket hornets are 12 mm long with alternating bands on the abdomen.

Paper Wasps

Masai Mara National Reserve 01 - African paper wasp (Belonogaster juncea) Paper wasps are most distinguishable by their umbrella shaped nests. They are brownish with yellow markings or reddish markings. They are 16 – 20 mm.

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnat (7019143979) Fungus gnats are small, dark and about 2 – 8 mm.

Bottle Flies

Green bottle fly Bottle flies are 10 – 14 mm and slightly larger than a house fly. They have metallic blue-green or golden color with black markings.

Eastern Subterranean Termites

Eastern Subterranean Termite - Reticulitermes flavipes, Meadowood SRMA, Mason Neck, Virginia - Flickr - Judy Gallagher Eastern subterranean termites are about 3/8″ long with a dark brown body. Their wings are brownish grey with two dark solid veins along the front of the wings.

Oriental Cockroaches

Blatta orientalis male from Botevgrad, Bulgaria 01 Oriental cockroaches are shiny brown-black and about 1 inch long.

German Cockroaches

Blattella germanica 1236168 German cockroaches are about a half inch long and can be tan to almost black. They have two dark, almost parallel, streaks on the back.

American Cockroaches

Periplaneta americana Linnaeus, 1758) American Cockroach (24516346287) American cockroaches are about 1.5 inches long and 0.28 inches tall. They are reddish brown and are yellowish behind the head.


Rock Pigeon Columba livia Pigeons are grey birds often having a metallic green neck and head.

Norway Rat (Brown Rat)

Rattus norvegicus-Rochefort The Norway Rat is brown and has a body of up to 11 inches with a tail almost just as long.

Roof Rat (Black Rat)

Roofrat hagenbeck 01 The roof rat is black to light brown with a lighter underside. It is 5 – 7.2 inches long with a tail 5.9 to 8.7 inches long.

House Mouse

Maus außer Haus The house mouse has a body length of 3 – 4 inches and a tail 2 – 4 inches long. They can be grey and light brown to black.