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Household and Structural Insect Pest Identification

This page provides several choices for identifying your insect.  In most cases, you can identify your insect by it's appearance, staring with choosing whether it's an immature or adult insect below.  

However, you can also attempt to identify the insect by identifying it by it's damage or sting, by looking up our selection of fact sheets, or you can attempt to identify the insect by it's general characteristics if it is too tiny to see well.

Identify Insect by Appearance

To begin identifying your insect by it's appearance, please select whether it is an Adult (crunch) or Immature (squishy) insect:

Adult Insects
    Adult Insect
Adult insects can be dark or brightly colored, with most having wings.
Immature Insects
    Immature Insect
Immature and Larvae insects may be caterpillar, beetle grubs (often hairy), or a maggot.  All are pale and lack a hard covering.

Insect Identification and Diagnosis Request

For the identification of insects and mites, contact a local Virginia Cooperative Extension office, or find information about offices in your state.


Identify Your Insect: