Adult centipedes hide in moist, dark and secluded areas during winter. They hide in damp areas such as bathrooms, closets, basements and other sites typically infested by pests. Most centipedes live for more than a year and some may live as long as up to six years. Some spiders like moisture and are found in basements, crawl spaces and other damp parts of buildings. Others like dry, warm areas.
There are many species of cockroaches. Some types invade human dwellings and are considered pests. The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present.
The life cycle of an ant has four different life stages: egg, larvae, pupae and adult. This is known as complete metamorphosis. It can take several weeks to several months to complete the life cycle, depending upon the ant species and environmental factors.
Fleas commonly prefer to feed on animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice and other domesticated or wild animals. Fleas do not have wings, and they are capable of jumping long distances. Fleas can transmit diseases when taking a blood meal from a host.
Beetles feed on many different plant and animal materials. Some beetles can become destructive pests. Carpet beetle larvae eat natural fibers and feathers. They often damage woolens and other fabrics. Some, like the flour beetles and the grain beetles, attack food products in homes.
Wasps and honey bees can be mistaken for one another because both insects can give painful stings. While honey bees can attack when provoked, wasps are naturally and more aggressive predators. Identifying the difference between honey bees and wasps is important in order to administer proper treatment of wounds and appropriate pest control.
Mice are rodents which typically have a pointed snout, sparsely furred tails and large ears. Most mouse species are terrestrial, although some live in trees and shrubs. Others dig burrows or reside in the nests of other animals.
Rats are responsible for having been carriers of fleas which spread deadly plagues throughout history. They are still known to be carriers of various diseases.