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Family Rhinotermitidae
Subterranean Termite

Characteristics  
Size:  Worker: 1/8- to 3/8-inch in length. Soldier: Body is similar to that of the worker, but large, deck head with powerful mandibles. Supplementary Reproductive: About one inch in length. Primary Reproductive: About one inch in length.

Color:  Worker: Pale, cream colored. Soldier: Light colored with brown head. Supplementary Reproductive: Light colored. Primary Reproductive: Dark brown/black.

Soldiers have an elongated head with pincer-like mandibles. Supplementary Reproductives have either no wings or very short non-functional wings, while Primary Reproductives have four wings of equal size until they are shed. Primary Reproductives are the termites most often seen in the open. They are commonly referred to as "swarmers."

Ssolenopsis invicta
Fire Ant

Characteristics  
Size:  There are many sizes of workers in the colony, ranging from 1/8-inch to almost 3/8-inch in length.

Color:  Reddish brown.

It is easily distinguished from other ants if one is unlucky enough to be stung.

Family Lycosidae
Wolf Spider

Characteristics  
Size:  Wolf spiders come in many sizes with a body size ranging from 1/4-inch to more than one and a half inches in length. The largest species may have a leg measuring up to three inches or more leading many homeowners to mistake them for tarantulas.

Color:  Most wolf spiders are brown although some may appear black.

These spiders are usually quite hairy.

Latrodectus mactans
Black Widow Spider

Characteristics  
Size:  Body may be up to 3/4-inch in length with the abdomen reaching 3/8-inch in diameter.

Color:  Typically glossy black but may also be dark brown to light brown. Related widow spiders may be brown.

The characteristic red markings on the underside of the abdomen often connect to form an hourglass shape, but this does not always occur. The black widow spider is widely feared because its bite results in severe pain that may take several days to subside. Such bites are rarely fatal but small children and elderly persons are at risk.

 

 

Vespula spp.
Yellow Jacket

Characteristics  
Size:  About 3/4-to 1-inch in length.

Color:  Generally small wasps with black and yellow stripes.
Behavior   Yellow jackets are social insects that live in colonies containing thousands of individuals. Colonies are usually started by a single queen in the early spring, and are very small for the first couple of months. By midsummer, a colony located on or near a house is usually large enough to become a nuisance. These wasps will aggressively attack when their nest is disturbed, and can inflict painful stings. Unlike the honeybee, which stings only one time and then dies, a single yellow jacket can sting many times. Yellow jackets are scavengers and can be beneficial when located in a wooded area or a field. Colonies located in or near a home, however, can pose a threat to the persons living in the house. When this situation is discovered, the colony or colonies should be eliminated. Because of the danger involved in treating these nests, only a professional such as Patrick's Pest Control should attempt to treat them. Should a colony be discovered, contact Patrick's for professional for assistance.