The Most Common South Carolina Insects

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Whether they fascinate or disgust you, insects are a common sight all around the world. While most keep to themselves, some can be particularly harmful to you and your home. Identifying an unwanted pest is an important step in getting rid of it safely and properly. Here are some unwelcomed but common South Carolina visitors you’ll want to keep an eye out for!


These creepy creatures are very common to our area with the American cockroach being the largest variety to infest homes. This insect is actually not American, despite its name. It was likely brought over on ships from Africa in the seventeenth century.

German cockroaches are the most common home invader, and they are a breeding machine. The can produce up to six generations per year! The German cockroach is small and can fit through the tiniest of openings in your home’s exterior.

Cockroaches pose a real threat to you and your family. Their droppings and saliva along with their decaying bodies are known to trigger allergic reactions and can actually make asthma worse in children!


There are three major kinds of termites in the United States. They are dampwood, drywood and subterranean. Termites can be identified when swarming in spring, though they’re often confused with flying ants. If you see soft or wet wood, mud tubes on the exterior of your home, or a swarm, you may have an infestation.

Because termites work and eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the damage to your home can add up fast. The good news is that termites can be controlled with the help of a trained pest control professional

Common Ant

Ants are one of the world’s most widespread varieties of bugs; many biologists estimate that the combined biomass of all ants in the world is greater than that of humans! One of the most problematic ants in South Carolina homes is the carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). Most that you find in your home will be entirely black in color, but they also come in reddish or yellowish varieties. Carpenter ant workers can grow to be ½ inch long and queens can be as large as one inch.

You don’t have to be concerned about carpenter ants eating your food or making mounds in your backyard; instead, they prefer to make their home in decaying wood. Because of this, they can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation, especially if you live in an older residence.

American House Spider

American house spiders (Parasteatoda tepidariorum) create stereotypical Halloween cobwebs, making tangled messes in corners of windows or walls. Despite their reputation, most spiders can actually be helpful to homeowners. The American house spider captures small bugs out of the air, saving them for later to be eaten. They rarely bother humans and their venom is not strong enough to cause any damage to a person.

Cousin of the common house spider, black widows are rarer and much more dangerous. They only bite when they feel threatened, but the venom can cause symptoms such as nausea and difficulty breathing. Easily identified by their jet black body and red markings, you’ll need a professional to remove them from your home.

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