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German Cockroach

  • German Cockroaches are the most troublesome domestic cockroach  Pest Control Inc. service is a must here in Tennessee.
  • German Cockroaches are about 1/2" – 5/8" long
  • German Cockroaches in Tennessee will feed on practically anything
  • German Cockroaches like to hide in dark cracks and crevices inside your home
  • German Cockroaches Can cause infection and disease
  • One female can produce 35,000 offspring in a single year.

American Cockroach

  • American Cockroaches are the largest of the common cockroaches in Tennessee
  • American Cockroaches grow up to 1 – 1 1/2” long in Tennessee
  • American Cockroaches in Tennessee are attracted to sweets, grains, hair, soap residue, etc.
  • American Cockroaches can be found in dark, moist places
  • American Cockroaches can cause infection and disease in Tennessee
  • These roaches are found around foundations, under wood piles, and near pools in Tennessee.


  • More than 3,000 species of spiders in North America keep Pest Control Inc. busy all year long
  • Two spider species in Tennessee are considered more dangerous by Pest Control Inc. than others, they are the black widow and brown recluse spiders
  • Since the black widow and brown recluse spiders feed mainly on insects and other small arthropods, spiders indicate the presence of other household pests
  • Females spiders can lay up to several hundred eggs in a silken sac
  • Brown Recluse Spiders can survive without food for up to three months making Pest Control Inc.’s job more difficult
  • Spider bites may occur when people clean out neglected areas or put on seldom-worn clothing


  • Silverfish are 1/2” – 3/4” long
  • Silverfish can be identified by its 3 bristlelike tails
  • Females can lay 1-3 eggs per day
  • Silverfish Breed in wall voids, under flooring and in attics
  • Silverfish feed primarily on starch in paper (especially wallpaper & wallpaper paste)
  • Silverfish also cause damage to clothing by feeding on cotton and linen

Silverfish can be found almost anywhere in a home, including living rooms, bedrooms, dresser drawers, bathrooms, attics and garages.


  • Tennessee Crickets are 3/4” – 7/8” long
  • Crickets are generally nocturnal, hiding in dark, warm places during the day
  • Crickets are surface feeders, mainly on clothing and carpet in your home
  • Crickets eat papers, cotton, linen and proteins and damage
  • Crickets can eat large holes in fabric without Pest Control Inc.’s service

Carpenter Ant

  • Many species of Carpenter Ants in Tennessee are black, but some varieties are reddish with a black abdomen
  • The name Carpenter Ant comes from the damage they cause to wood by tunneling and nesting
  • Carpenter Ants in Tennessee can forage up to 300 feet from their colony
  • Mature Carpenter Ant colonies in Tennessee may contain 2,000 – 4,000 ants
  • Carpenter Ant Workers vary in size from 1/4” – 3/4” long

Carpenter Ants feed on other insects and nearly anything people eat, particularly sweets and meats found in kitchen and storage areas.

Ghost Ant

  • Ghost Ants features a dark brown head and light colored abdomen in Tennessee
  • Ghost Ants colonies contain numerous reproductive females and can occupy several different nesting sites
  • Improper Ghost Ant treatment can actually increase and spread the infestation in Tennessee
  • Ghost Ant workers are extremely small, they are usually no more than 1/16” long

Ghost ants in Tennessee are attracted to sugar, cake, syrup, etc. They enter the home from a large number of colonies located outside.

Pharaoh Ant

  • Pharaoh Ants feature a pale yellowish to reddish body
  • Pharaoh Ants colonies may contain several hundred thousand workers and multiple queens in Tennessee
  • Pharaoh Ants can spread a variety of bacteria
  • Pharaoh Ant Workers are usually about 1/16” long

Pharaoh Ants nest in inaccessible areas, such as wall voids, behind baseboards, in furniture, under floors and between linens.

Fire Ant

  • Fire Ants name comes from their ability to inflict especially painful stings
  • In Tennessee, Fire Ants feature a yellowish-brown thorax with darker abdomen
  • Single queen Fire Ant mounds can number 80-100 per acre in Tennessee, each with up to 250,000 ants
  • Fire Ant workers in Tennessee are usually 1/16” – 1/4”

Fire Ant nests in Tennessee are usually situated outside at in the soil at the base of a tree, shrub, exterior wall or in clumps of grass, However, Fire Ants can also nest inside your home. People in Tennessee call Fire Ants the Fire Ant for good reason! If you step in a nest of Fire Ants they will FIRE YOU UP! Pest Control Inc. exterminates Fire Ants where the live and breed.

Thief Ant

  • Thief Ants are named for their habit of nesting near other ant nests, which they rob of food
  • Thief Ants in Tennessee can be pale yellow to light or dark brown color
  • Sometimes Thief Ants feed on dead animals and carry disease to contaminate human food
  • Thief Ant workers are usually about 1/16” long

In Tennessee these ants usually nest in small crevices, especially in the woodwork and masonry of your home.