The gnats you see in and around your home or business could be one of many different small flies. Some of the most common are fungus gnats, fruit flies and drain flies. Fungus gnats typically breed in soggy soil within potted plants. Fruit flies are drawn by ripening fruit and recycling bins. Drain flies begin in sewers and emerge through the drains into the home or business.
Pillbugs and Sowbugs
Pillbugs and sowbugs are similar looking land crustaceans that range in size from 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch long with seven pairs of legs and two pairs of antennae. They are dark to slate gray in color and have body segments resembling armored plates like that of an armadillo. Pillbugs have been given the nickname "rollie-pollies" due to their ability to roll up into a tight ball when disturbed since they lack tail-like appendages. Sowbugs possess two tail-like appendages making them incapable of rolling into a tight ball.
Ticks possess four pairs of legs and vary in size and color depending on the species. They feed on the blood of animals and humans alike and are transmitters of various diseases including the most widely associated, Lyme disease. Ticks can be found in forests, grassy areas, empty bird and rodent nesting sites and inside homes when they hitchhike on pets and people.