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Yellow Swarming Flies

Yellow Swarming Flies One of the species collectively known as Cluster Fly …

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Worms

Worms Parasitic worms are a veterinary or medical problem but they are …

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Woolly Bears

Woolly Bears The small hairy grubs of the carpet beetles and fur …

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Woodworm

Woodworm A term used for the destructive larvae of the Common Furniture …

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Woodlice

Woodlice Woodlice are one of the few land crustaceans. They have oval, …

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White Shoulder House Moths

White Shoulder House Moths See Brown House Moth

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Wharf Borers

Wharf Borers A brown beetle, about 1cm long, with pronounced antennae and …

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Weevils

Weevils A term frequently misused to describe beetles in general, but actually …

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Wasps

Large, conspicuous buzzing insects with yellow and black striped, wasp-waisted bodies, 10-15mm long. They have a sweet tooth at one end and a painful sting at the other.

The queen wasp is larger (20mm) and she hibernates over winter, making a nest in the spring in which to lay her eggs.

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Voles

Voles Small, blunt-nosed rodents which occasionally enter buildings, but which normally live …

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Ticks

Ticks Closely related to the mites, but much larger and reliant on …

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Thrips

Thrips Also known as “thunder-flies”, very small (1.5mm) insects, black with narrow …

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Termites

Termites Social insects which may live in communities of many millions of …

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Super-Mice

Super-Mice A favourite media term. These rodents are generally described as resistant …

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Starlings

Starlings Although a native to this country, our permanently resident starling population …

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Stable Flies

Stable Flies Closely resembles the Housefly, but this fellow bites. Uncommon indoors …

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Squirrels

Squirrels Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century the …

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Springtails

Springtails Small, wingless insects which usually live in soil but occasionally come …

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Spiders

Spiders Not insects but arachnids, spiders come in many sizes but all …

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Spider Beetles

Spider Beetles A group of beetles with globular abdomens and fairly long …

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Sparrows

Sparrows Rarely a problem in domestic situations, but frequently a problem in …

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Slugs

Slugs A mollusc, occasionally found indoors, in damp areas such as cellars. …

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Silverfish

Silverfish A mollusc, occasionally found indoors, in damp areas such as cellars. …

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Sewage Flies

Sewage Flies See Gnats

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Red Spider Mites

Red Spider Mites Tiny, bright red specks, about 1mm across, sometimes move …

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Rats

Rats The rat has plagued man for thousands of years – literally …

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Rabbits

Rabbits Rabbits have a burrow system known as a warren, and tunnels …

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Powder Post Beetles

Powder Post Beetles See Woodworm

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Plaster Beetles

Plaster Beetles In a new house where plaster is still damp, or …

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Pigeons

Pigeons Feral pigeons foul buildings, creating unwanted “stained glass” windows and “decorated” …

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Pharoah’s Ants

Pharoah’s Ants A small tropical species of ant of increasing importance in …

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Parasites

Parasites An organism that lives on the outside of (ectoparasite) or within …

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Own Midges

Own Midges See Midges

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Oriental Rat Fleas

Oriental Rat Fleas Carrier of bubonic plague and murine typhus from rat …

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Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroaches See Cockroaches

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Nits

Nits The eggs or empty egg shells of lice, that stick to …

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Moths

Moths See Brown House Moths, Clothes Moths and Flour Moths

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes Most “mosquitoes” seen in houses are in fact the harmless and …

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Moles

Moles The mole’s preferred diet is a carnivorous one: insect grubs, adult …

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Mites

Mites Barely visible to the naked eye, mites have eight legs and …

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Midges

Midges Tiny dark grey flies, only about 2mm long with hair-fringed wings, …

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Mice

Mice The House Mouse, and sometimes the Long-Tailed Field Mouse, seek the …

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Mealworm

Mealworm A term applied to the larvae of the three species of …

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Maybugs

Maybugs See Cockchafers

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Maggots

Maggots The layman’s term for the legless, wriggling larval stage of certain …

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Longhorn Beetles

Longhorn Beetles See Woodworm

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Long Tailed Field Mice

Long Tailed Field Mice See Field Mice

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Lice

Lice Small, flat, wingless, grey parasites about 2mm long with strong claw …

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Lesser Houseflies

Lesser Houseflies See Houseflies

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Larder Beetles

Larder Beetles A fairly large (7-10mm) oval beetle, almost black but with …

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Ladybirds (Harlequin)

Ladybirds (Harlequin) The Harlequin ladybird is found naturally in the Far East, …

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Lacewing

Lacewing The pale green Lacewing is a harmless wanderer from the garden …

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Itch Mites

Itch Mites See Mites

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House Moths

House Moths Textile pests and scavengers whose grubs eat natural fabrics. Similar …

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House Mice

House Mice Burns “Wee sleekit, cowring, timorous beastie” is nothing of the …

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House Longhorn Beetles

House Longhorn Beetles See Woodworm

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House Flies

House Flies “If you followed a fly for a day, you wouldn’t …

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House Dust Mite

House Dust Mite Exceedingly common, minute creatures of the genus Dermatophagoides. The …

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Hornets

Hornets Twice the size of the common wasp and brown and yellow …

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Head Lice

Head Lice A medical problem more common since the development of “resistant” …

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Harvestmen

Harvestmen Harmless spider-like creatures with eight exceptionally long, thin legs. They do …

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Harvest Mites

Harvest Mites A very tiny creature living in long grass but which …

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Seagulls

Seagulls Gulls are probably the fastest growing population of pest birds in …

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Ground Beetles

Ground Beetles Various large black or violet beetles that occasionally wander in …

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Green Bottles

Green Bottles Large buzzing flies about 9mm long with a characteristic bottle-green …

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Grain Weevils

Grain Weevils See Weevils

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Gnats

Gnats The insect normally referred to as a gnat is actually a …

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German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches See Cockroaches

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Furniture Mites

Furniture Mites A tiny speck of “living dust”. If the dust gets …

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Furniture Beetles

Furniture Beetles A small brown beetle, 2.5-5mm long, that is the adult …

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Fur Beetles

Fur Beetles An oval black beetle 4-6mm long with a white spot …

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Fungus Beetles

Fungus Beetles A general term for various very small (3mm) beetles that …

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Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies A family of very small (about 3mm) flies, some with …

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Foxes

Foxes The red fox is native to the British Isles, and widespread …

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Flour Moths

Flour Moths Moths whose grubs feed on stored food – especially cereals, …

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Flour Mites

Flour Mites A minute, slow-moving, white or pale-brown creature only a barely …

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Flour Beetles

Flour Beetles Small reddish-brown beetles about 3-4mm long that feed on flour …

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Flies

Flies “God in his wisdom made the fly,And then forgot to tell …

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Flesh Flies

Flesh Flies See Blow Flies

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Fleas

Fleas Small (2mm) wingless insects, flattened side to side, red-brown with backwardly …

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Filter Flies

Filter Flies See Midges

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Field Mice

Field Mice Outdoor cousins of the House Mouse, which tend to move …

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Earwigs

Earwigs A long, narrow, brown insect 10 to 14mm long with characteristic …

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Dust Mite Allergy

Dust Mite Allergy Asthmatic conditions in many people are worsened or induced …

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Drug Store Beetles

Drug Store Beetles See Biscuit Beetles

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Death Watch Beetles

Death Watch Beetles A woodboring beetle whose grubs eat old hardwood structural …

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Crickets

Crickets Closely related to the cockroaches, most species of cricket live outdoors, …

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Crane Flies

Crane Flies The familiar Daddy-Longlegs. A large mosquito-like fly with a long …

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Crab Lice

Crab Lice A human parasite. This nasty little (3mm) parasitic louse feeds …

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Cockroaches

Cockroaches Sometimes confused with black beetles from the garden, cockroaches are distinguished …

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Cockchafers

Cockchafers Large blundering insects also known as May-bugs which are attracted to …

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Cluster Flies

Cluster Flies These are dark greyish flies about 8mm long with yellowish …

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Clothes Moths

Clothes Moths There are several species of clothes moths, all of them …

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Cheese Skipper

Cheese Skipper A small shiny black fly with reddish eyes whose slender …

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Cats

Cats As mouse-killers their efficiency varies enormously. Few of them really come …

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Cat Fleas

Cat Fleas The commonest of the pest species of flea in Britain; …

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Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles The larvae (known as “woolly bears”) of these small, oval …

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Brown Rats

Brown Rats The common or Norway rat, also known as the sewer …

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Brown House Moth

Brown House Moth The commonest of the so-called clothes moths, with characteristic …

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Booklice

Booklice These fast moving, minute, cream-coloured or light brown insects, only 1mm …

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Bodylice

Bodylice See Lice

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Bluebottles

Bluebottles The Bluebottle is a large buzzing fly with shiny, metallic blue …

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Blow Flies

Blow Flies Blow flies are so called because they were believed to …

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Black Rats

Black Rats The old English ship rat or roof rat that brought …

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Biscuit Beetles

Biscuit Beetles These are closely related to Common Furniture Beetles or Woodworm. …

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Birds

Birds The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects all wild birds, their …

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Bird Mites

Bird Mites See Mites

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Bird Lice

Bird Lice See Lice

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Beetles

Beetles The main types of Beetle in the UK are listed below. …

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Bed Bugs

A once common pest of slum dwellings, now reduced by improved standards of hygiene. Still occur with regularity, particularly in multi-occupancy buildings with rapid resident turnover, for example, hostels, holiday camps and blocks of flats.

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Bats

Bats The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 provides protection for all species …

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Ants

The commonest species that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant, which is actually very dark brown.

All ants have the main divisions of the body (head, thorax, abdomen) distinctly separated by very narrow waists and have a sharp elbow joint in their antennae.

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