Ticks in Colorado


Approximately 30 species of ticks are found throughout Colorado.  Most common at higher elevations, ticks are blood-feeding parasites.  Hard-shelled ticks are the most predominant and include some of the most common species of ticks in the state such as the RockyMountain wood tick, American dog tick and the brown dog tick.  Hard-shelled ticks have a [...]

Ticks in Colorado2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00



Roughly 80 species of fleas can be found living in Colorado, which is among the largest number found in any state; however, flea infestations around the home and on pets are not nearly as common as in other areas of the United   States.  Colorado’s typically dry climate is not favorable for the immature stages [...]




As their name indicates, springtails have the ability to jump several inches in the air due to an appendage tucked under their abdomen that functions as a spring-like mechanism thrusting them into the air.  This mechanism is typically utilized to escape danger or when they are disturbed.  Springtails jumping action often causes them to be [...]


Silverfish and Firebrats


Look-alike household pests, silverfish and firebrats can at times be difficult to tell apart.  There are subtle differences in appearance as well as the habitats in which they tend towards. Silverfish are a shiny, silver or pearl gray in color and ½ to ¾ of an inch in length.  They tend towards warm humid areas [...]

Silverfish and Firebrats2015-12-14T17:41:42+00:00

Duff Millipedes – No, they are not tiny caterpillars or larvae


We receive countless calls every year about tiny caterpillar or worm like insects crawling along walls and window sills inside of homes.  Due to their minuscule size of only about 1 mm as an adult, duff millipedes can be difficult to identify.  Often mistaken for the much larger larval stage of dermestid beetles (carpet beetles), [...]

Duff Millipedes – No, they are not tiny caterpillars or larvae2015-12-14T17:41:24+00:00

Harvestmen – a.k.a Daddy-Longlegs


Although they belong to the same class as spiders, harvestmen or daddy-longlegs as they are more commonly called are not spiders at all.  These arachnids lack both fangs and venom.  Yes, that alone dismisses the urban myth that they are the most poisonous spiders in the world but have fangs that are too small to [...]

Harvestmen – a.k.a Daddy-Longlegs2015-12-14T17:40:59+00:00

Colorado’s Scorpions


Scorpions are found throughout the nation, particularly in warmer climates. As Colorado falls in that category, it is not uncommon to see scorpions in those creepy cracks and crevices like piles of rocks or leaves and in wood piles or sheds. When you do see them, they are generally not welcome house guests, and it's [...]

Colorado’s Scorpions2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Solpugids – a.k.a Sunspiders or Windscorpions


Relatives of arachnids like true spiders and scorpions, solpugids (or sunspiders as they are more commonly called) have 4 pairs of legs, large jaws and long, leg-like pedipalps (mouth parts used for manipulating food and climbing smooth surfaces).  Their oversized jaws and quick movements tend to frighten those that encounter them.  Sunspiders powerful jaws are [...]

Solpugids – a.k.a Sunspiders or Windscorpions2015-12-14T17:39:37+00:00

Common Native Colorado Spider Species


There are many ways to address the unwelcome presence of spiders. Taking preventative measures to keep spiders out and understanding some of the facts about the spider species are a good place to start. When you get to the point where you feel the need for support, contact Mug-A-Bug for pest control options. Brown Recluse [...]

Common Native Colorado Spider Species2018-08-03T17:53:51+00:00

Spiders around the House – What you Should know and How to Decrease Activity


Although spiders can provide excellent insect control in and around the home, not many residents are willing to share their home with the little arachnids.  This often comes from fears brought on by stories and myths about spiders or simple by their unique appearance.  With eight legs and six to eight eyes depending on their [...]

Spiders around the House – What you Should know and How to Decrease Activity2015-12-14T17:40:21+00:00