Kansas State University


Extension Entomology

Household Pests

–by Dr. Jeff Whitworth, Holly Schwarding and J.R. Ewing

Termites and ants continue to swarm on warm days. Please remember, it is imperative to make proper identification to ensure proper treatment is performed as treating for ants is much different (and less expensive) than treating for termites! For more information on termite identification, biology and control please visit: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF722.pdf

Brown recluse spiders are hatching. These hatchlings may go unnoticed due to their small size, light color, and reclusive nature, but will eventually develop into mature adults. Brown recluse spiders require 8 – 15 months to reach maturity and may live 2 to 3 years as adults.


These spiders, plus 61 others of various sizes, were collected 19 May from a shed in north central KS.
For more information on brown recluse spider identification, biology, and control please visit: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF3133.pdf

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