Common Insects

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Insects that are frequently asked about

Southern Fire Ant

Southern Fire Ant

Southern fire ants usually swarm in late spring or summer. Its sting is less painful than that of the Red Imported Fire Ant 

 Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse Spider

This spider has not been found in Kings County but is often mistaken for the House Spider below.  Click here to see what the Brown Recluse bite looks like Brown Recluse Bite 

Brown House Spider

Brown House Spider

Their average body size is a quarter-inch long.  These spiders are not aggressive. They are not known to bite people frequently, nor is their venom known to be dangerous to human beings. 

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider 

This a common spider that is relatively harmless. They feed on insects and are sometimes found in houses. 

 Termite

Termites

Most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States. Click here to see a Comparison of the subterranean and dry wood termites. Click here for picture of the frass. 

 

Ant

 Ant

  Side by side comparison of an ant and a termite

 Side by side comparison of an ant and a termite

Subterranean Termite

 Subterranean Termite

 

 Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket

 These are often called potato bugs and feed primarily on dead organic material but can eat other insects.

Wind Scorpion

Wind Scorpion

 These are related to both spiders and scorpions but are not venomous. They feed on small creatures like their relatives as well as cockroaches. Similar to the Jerusalem Cricket.