Ants are the most common pest reported here in West Virginia. The most commonly encountered ants in WV are carpenter ants, red imported fire ants, pavement ants, and Pharaoh ants.

Baldfaced hornets are a large species that is black and white in color.  This aggressive wasp will sting repeatedly if they feel you are threatening their nest.  Their venom can cause dangerous reactions in allergic individuals.

The two most common bats in West Virginia are the little brown bats and big brown bats.  They can can cause major issues when they nest in our homes and attics.

Bed bugs are once again common in West Virginia, Maryland and throughout the United States. These blood-sucking pests are very difficult to eliminate without professional help.

The two most commonly encountered species of bees in West Virginia are the honey bee and the bumble bee. Their stings do inject a venom which can be harmful to those allergic to it.

Box elder bugs obtain their name from their habit of infesting the box elder tree.  This nuisance pest often invades West Virginia homes in the fall as they look for a warm place to spend the winter.

Carpet beetles are a common pest found in West Virginia and Maryland. They are often found infesting fabric and clothing items, such as wool, silk, and even leather.

Cockroaches are known for spreading germs and diseases to humans, and can be dangerous if left uncontrolled. There are three species of cockroaches that we commonly encounter here in West Virginia: the American cockroach, the German cockroach and the Oriental cockroach.

Earwigs, or pincher bugs, may look intimidating, but they are really quite harmless.  They are considered a nuisance pest that invades WV homes in search of a dark, damp hideout such as your basement.

Most people associate fleas with dogs, cats, and other pets.  The truth is, even homes with no pets can have a flea infestation. Fleas are able to jump six to seven inches vertically, so they may simply hop into your home from outdoors.

The house fly, fruit fly, and gnat are all common species of flies that infest homes in West Virginia and Maryland. Flies feed on decaying matter, and often spread bacteria and viruses into our homes.

Indian meal moths are one of the most common species of pantry pests found in West Virginia.  They are typically brought into our home in items that we purchase from the grocery store which have already been infested.

Ladybugs, or ladybird beetles, are nuisance pests that are common throughout WV and MD. They are not a threat to humans, but are quite a nuisance when they invade our homes in fall as they look for a warm place to spend the winter.

Deer mice and house mice can pose quite a problem for West Virginia homeowners. They are able to fit through an opening the size of a dime, and once established can be very difficult to eradicate without professional help.

Mosquitoes are known for spreading many different diseases to humans, including the deadly West Nile virus and malaria. Mosquitoes require water to breed, so eliminating sources of standing, stagnant water can help control mosquito populations.

Birds can not only be a nuisance by destroying property and causing a mess, they can actually be quite dangerous. They spread diseases, and their droppings can be quite slippery, often causing falls. The most problematic species in WV and MD are pigeons, sparrows, starlings and grackles.

Rats are large rodents that can be quite problematic if they establish an infestation in your home or business. They can spread diseases and cause significant damage with their constant gnawing. The Norway rat that is common in West Virginia can fit through an opening just the size of a quarter.

Silverfish do not pose any threat to humans, but they can be destructive with their feeding habits. Silverfish feed on papers, photographs, wallpaper, and sometimes even clothing.

Spiders can are generally harmless, and can actually be quite helpful in keeping down the populations of other nuisance insects.  However, there are two species of venomous spiders found in West Virginia; the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider.  Bites from either of these species should be immediately seen by a medical professional.

Stink bugs are a nuisance pest that poses no real threat to humans. They can be very annoying when they invade our homes in the fall, often in large numbers, and they can emit a foul odor when they feel threatened.

Termites are the most destructive pest found in the United States.  It is estimated that they cause several billion dollars worth of damage every year in the U.S.  If you suspect a termite problem in your home, it is important that you call a pest control professional immediately.

Most people assume that ticks are insects; however, they are actually small arachnids, and are more closely related to spiders than any insects.  Ticks are most famous for spreading Lyme disease to humans.

Yellow jackets, paper wasps, and mud daubers are the most common species of wasps that we encounter in West Virginia. Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly without losing their stinger, making them potentially deadly to individuals that are allergic to their venom.

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