Visual Guide on How to Identify Common Tampa Pests  

01 May 2024 · 4 min read


Welcome to the detailed visual guide on identifying common pests found in Tampa households. Whether you’re a seasoned resident or new to the area, understanding the pests that may invade your home is crucial for effective pest management. Tampa’s warm and humid climate provides the perfect breeding ground for insects, including roaches, ants, silverfish, pantry pests, ticks, and fleas. In this blog, we’ll provide detailed descriptions and a visual guide for household pests to help you recognize and take proactive measures to protect your home and family from infestations. Let’s dive in and learn how to identify these common Tampa pests! 


American Cockroach  

  • The American Cockroach is the largest among common roaches in Tampa.  
  • They measure between 1 to 2 inches long.  
  • American roaches possess a reddish-brown coloration and and oval-shaped bodies with long antennae.
  • They like to hide in dark, damp areas like basements, crawl spaces, and underneath sinks.  
A large reddish brown cockroach crawling on concrete surface.

German Cockroach  

  • The German Cockroach ranges from ½ inch to 5/8 inches long.  
  • Typically they exhibit a light brown to tan coloration and sport two parallel black stripes on their back, making them easily recognizable.
  • German roaches like to hide in kitchens and bathrooms, where they seek out warmth and moisture.  
German cockroach perched on a leaf, featuring a light brown body with four long segmented legs, antennae, and distinctive black stripes on its head.


Ghost Ants  

  • Ghost ants measure about 1/16 of an inch long. 
  • They have a pale or translucent color, making them tiny and difficult to spot.   
  • Ghost ants display rapid movements and frequently inhabit areas near kitchens, actively seeking out sweets and protein-rich foods.
A close-up image of ghost ants gathered in a cluster on a countertop. They have black tops and white-orange bottoms.

Carpenter Ants

  • Carpenter ants typically have a larger size compared to other ant species.
  • They measure from ¼ of an inch to ¾ of an inch long. 
  • Carpenter ants, typically black or dark brown in coloration, have segmented bodies and a tiny waist.  
  • They tend to build their nests near wood, which can cause significant structural damage if left unchecked.  
A close-up picture of carpenter ants on a piece of wood. Their pinchers and antennae as visible.

Sugar Ants  

  • Sugar ants are also known as odorous house ants.  
  • They measure about 1/8 of an inch long.  
  • Sugar ants are typically brown or black and have a strong, sweet odor when crushed.  
  • These tiny ants are found near the kitchen, looking for sugary substances to eat. 
an orange sits on a paper towel in the corner-top, with small ants crawling on its surface.


  • Silverfish are small, reaching about ½ inch in length.
  • Their silver or gray coloration, along with their slender, carrot-shaped bodies adorned with antennae and three tail0like attachments, characterize them.   
  • Silverfish frequently inhabit damp dark areas such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
  • They feed on starchy materials like paper, including books, magazines, newspapers, and glue.  
Close-up image of a silverfish displaying its elongated body with dark spots, prominent antenna, and eight slender legs.

Pantry Pest 


  • Weevils are small beetles, ranging from 1/8 to ¼ of an inch long.  
  • They come in various colors, including brown and black.  
  • Weevils are known for their elongated snouts and curved antennae.  
  • Typically, you can find them contaminating food products in pantries and cabinets, such as stored grains, nuts, and seeds.  
Close-up image of a black weevil with yellow specks. It has a narrow head with two antennae and six legs that are dark red and black.


  • Ticks are difficult to put a size to since it depends on their life stage.  
  • Typically, they are brown to reddish-brown and have oval-shaped bodies with eight legs.  
  • Ticks are known to carry various diseases and transmit them to humans, pets, and animals.  
  • They are commonly found in wooded or grassy areas and latch onto hosts to feed on their blood.  
Dark brown tick with red coloration on a white dog's fur, featuring eight legs, two of which are pointed.


  • Fleas are very small, ranging from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long.  
  • They are dark brown and have flattened bodies. Due to their long hind legs, they can find their host by jumping.  
  • Fleas are notorious for infesting pets and homes, causing discomfort to furry animals and irritation.  
small flea resting on a soft, white surface

How Can Greenhouse Help?

  If you’re dealing with any of these pests, Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control is here to help. Specializing in controlling common Tampa pests, we offer a range of effective solutions tailored to your needs. Our expert team dedicated itself to keeping your home pest-free through a range of active treatments, including targeting specific infestation areas indoors, providing immediate relief for German Roach and Fleas with flush treatments, and applying perimeter lawn sprays to establish a protective barrier around your home.  Don’t let pests take over, contact us today at 866-504-PEST for comprehensive and efficient pest control solutions tailored to your needs.  

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