5 Pests That Change their Appearance

Pests are generally a nuisance. They come into your home or yard without being invited and help themselves to your food and water. Worst of all, many pests can carry diseases, some of which can be deadly. In short, you don’t want them and, if you see any, you should contact your local pest control company straight away.

It is important to be aware of what the most common pests in your area look like. Alongside this, you should note that some pests can change their look in order to blend into their environment better and avoid detection. In short, you need to know which pests these are and to be vigilant.

Scarlet King Snakes

In fact, the Scarlet King snake doesn’t change its look. But, it does closely resemble the appearance of a coral snake. This is important for the Scarlet King as the coral snake is highly venomous, meaning that most animals and even humans will steer well clear of it. By mimicking its colors the Scarlet King snake can stay safe from predators.


The cicada is an insect that changes its appearance as it ages. As an egg, it is simply a clear grain of rice inside a tiny egg. It then hatches and becomes a nymph. At this stage, it looks like an ant or a termite. Fortunately, it doesn’t eat the wood in your home, preferring to stay in the dirt outside.

That’s why, when you think you may have termites you should inspect them carefully, it’s easy to get termites, ants, and even cicadas confused.


Butterflies start life as a caterpillar and, after they have eaten enough greenery, they will create a pupa and transform from a caterpillar into a butterfly or moth.

Of course, a butterfly presents no issues for you and they are beautiful. In contrast, moths are generally smaller and less colorful. But, they are more likely to be an issue, such as when they eat clothing.

Bees & Wasps

Bees and wasps don’t change their looks but they do look very similar to each other. In other words, they all have black and yellow stripes.

However, bumble bees tend to have a larger girth while wasps are longer and hornets much bigger.

Wasps and hornets are also much more aggressive than bees. It should be noted that the honey bee, which is very important to the planet, is smaller and has darker colourings.

The Chameleon

This is perhaps the most famous creature that can change its appearance. They are not generally considered a pest as they won’t hang around human habitats and they eat insects. But, they are worth noting in that they have an impressive ability to change colour and blend in with their surroundings.

This makes the chameleon an excellent stealth hunter and a delight to see in action.

If you are concerned about any type of pest in your home, whether they change color or not, you should contact the experts and get the issue assessed.

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