Earwigs got their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping
people's ears and tunnel into their brains. The long cerci, or
clippers, on their backsides easily identify an earwig.
The house centipede is a common pest in many parts of the United
States. Unlike most other centipedes, this species generally lives
its entire life inside a building.
The indian meal moth was given its name after an insect scientist
found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indian meal. From wing
tip to wing tip, adult moths measure from five-eighths of an inch
to three-fourths of an inch long.
This pest is the only crustacean that has become completely adapted
to spending its life on land. Pillbugs have oval bodies and seven
pairs of legs. They are easily recognized by their back, which is
made up of seven hard individual plates. Pillbugs are sometimes
referred to as rollie-pollies.
Powderpost beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood and the larvae
tunnel into the surface, filling it with a very fine powder-like
dust. Powderpost beetles have long, narrow, flat bodies that allow
them to easily attack wood surfaces. These beetles are
reddish-brown in color.
Silverfish are wingless, flattened, fish-shaped insects, usually
not more than ½ inch long. They have long antennae and three
threadlike appendages at the end of the abdomen. They have chewing
mouthparts and develop without metamorphosis.
Varied carpet beetles get their name from the rainbow of color on
their back surfaces.