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The pocket gopher is a rodent that is well adapted for its life underground. It has very small eyes and ears and large claws on its powerful front legs and is tan to grey-brown in color. The most common problem associated with gophers is the numerous mounds they deposit. They feed on roots or tubers of garden, ornamental or crop plants.
Trapping is an effective way to control gophers, however poisons can sometimes be necessary.
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Windscorpions, sometimes called sun spiders or solpugids. The body is as much as an inch and a half long, with a pair of heavy pinchers. Windscorpions get the name from their speed and general resemblance to scorpions. They subdue their prey with ther pinchers, which lack poison glands.
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Varied Carpet beetle
Adult carpet beetles are about an eighth of an inch long, and round in appearance. The backs of the insects have much the same color scheme as the larvae. The larvae have small, hairy, soft bodies about a quarter inch long, depending on the instar. The larvae feed on a wide variety of foods, including carpets, furs, woolens, skins, stuffed animals, leather, feathers, silk and many plant products. The adults feed on nothing except pollen and nectar from flowers outside.
In spring and early summer, the adult will lay up to a hundred eggs, usually cemented to the product, or on furs,...
Syrphid Fly or Flower Fly
Springtails are minute insects without wings in the Order Collembola.
They occur in large numbers in moist soil and are found in homes with high humidity, organic debris, or mold. Homeowners sometimes discover these insects in large numbers in swimming pools, potted plants, or in moist soil and mulch.
They feed on decaying, damp vegetation causing organic material
and other nutrients to return to the soil which are later used by plants. Occasionally, springtails attack young seedling and may damage
the roots and stems. 650 species in North America. Worldwide,...
Pillbug, Sow Bug, Isopod
Sowbugs and pillbugs are the only two crustaceans that have adapted themselves entirely to land. They actually have gills instead of a trachea (insects lungs) with which they breath.
They are also related to snails and slugs.
Sowbugs are virtually the same as pillbugs but have a wider body and cannot roll themselves into a ball. Sowbugs have two appendages that protrude from the rear of the body. They have oval bodies which have 7 overlapping plates, as well as 7 pairs of legs. Head...
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