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Bug Library

Let’s narrow down our list of suspects.


Click on any of the bugs to learn more about how to properly treat your issue.



AntsAnts are a very common pest problem and have replaced cockroaches as the number 1 pest in the U.S. There are many types of ants and treatment will vary depending on the ant species.


To learn which ant you might have and what treatment is needed click here.



Bedbugs are a very elusive, transient, and nocturnal pest. They are small (3/16″) reddish-brown insects that can be seen with the human eye. This flat insect hides in sleeping areas and feeds primarily on humans.


Learn more about bed bugs and treatment options here.

Box Elder Bug

Box-Elder-BugThis pest which gets its name from the trees it infests, is more a problem for homeowners based on its over wintering habits. Box elder bugs like several other pests will try to come inside during colder months to stay warm and hibernate through the winter.


Learn more here.



Centipedes are typically found in areas with moisture. These areas can include damp basements, crawlspaces, or bathrooms. Outside areas can include under the trashcan or in potted plants.

These are common household pests in Missouri and while they do have some benefits for humans, they shouldn’t be welcome inside your home. Learn more about the pros and cons of centipedes here.

Clover Mites

Clover-MitesClover mites (Length: 1/64”). These pests, which are plant feeders, show preferences for bluegrass and fescue lawns. It has also been shown that they prefer lawns which are well fertilized and watered. Clover mites thrive in the spring and fall, are not too fond of the summer heat and usually hibernate from June until September.


For more information and prevention and treatment tips for clover mites click here.


Dos cucarachas en fondo blanco,insecto desagradable.

There are two main types of cockroaches in Missouri to be aware of: German Cockroaches and Oriental Cockroaches. Both are a nuisance and prefer dark, secluded spaces, but each is unique in appearance and pest behavior.


For more information and tips on cockroaches click here.


FleaFleas bite both people and pets which in some cases create severe allergic reactions. Fleas account for over half of all dermatological conditions requiring a veterinarian. Often times the customer complains about being bit, generally around the ankles. Finding and identifying fleas on the pet or in the home is very important.


Get at home tips for flea prevention and removal here.

House Crickets

CricketCrickets can be up to 1 inch long. Males rub wings to make distinctive chirping sound.


Crickets are found in moist environments such as mulch, woodpiles, or stones. They are attracted to light, feed on vegetable crops and do not survive long indoors. A common summer and fall pest.


For more information how to get rid of crickets click here.

Pill Bugs

PillbugPill Bugs are found in lawn turf, under leaves or other moist areas of decaying vegetable matter, but they aren’t actually insects. They are crustaceans. Pill Bugs roll into a ball or “pill” when they are disturbed, hence their nickname “Roly-Polies.”

Learn more about this unique crustacean pest here.


SilverfishSilverfish are about 1/2 inch long and are teardrop shaped with a silver sheen.

Silverfish prefer room temperature and high humidity. They feed on pastes, paper, protein and may harbor in mulch, cedar shake roofs, attics, crawlspace and wall voids.
Fore more information on silverfish and how to get rid of them click here.


Spider Spiders are a year-round issue in both residential and commercial buildings. The two most common spiders are the Missouri Wolf Spider and the Brown Recluse. The later has a poisonous bite, but both are common throughout the state and can easily enter your home.


For more information click here.


SpringtailSpringtails are tiny wingless insects with distinctive heads and hump-backed appearance. Their name comes from a forked structure to the underside of the abdomen which acts as a spring to flip them into the air. This behavior gives them the appearance of tiny fleas.


Learn more about Springtails here.

Stinging Insects


Stinging insects pose a safety and health concern for people and their pets. Though they are predominately active in the summer months, they can be a problem all year long. Mick’s Exterminating can eliminate your stinging insect problem by identifying, locating and removing any hives or nests in a safe and careful manner.


Learn more about stinging insects in Missouri including bees, hornets and wasps.

Stored Product Pest

PestIn homes, Stored Product pests attack grains such as nuts, flour, cereal, birdseed, and dry dog food.
For more information click here.

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