Cotton aphid is most commonly associated with outbreaks on cotton in the Southeast. It has many generations per year and is often resistant to various classes of insecticides. It is also subject to heavy mortality via predation and parasitism (ladybugs and braconid wasps). Ants are commonly found associated with melon aphid but they are there to collect honeydew.
Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus). The brown dog tick is small, red-brown arachnid (called the red dog tick outside the U.S.) with specialized mouthparts for sucking blood. It is found on dogs, in kennels and houses, and occasionally on other animal wildlife
Confused adult flour beetle (Tribolium confusum). Confused flour beetles are some of the most abundant and injurious insect pests to grain products found in the United States. Flour beetles attack broken grains and flour dust, but probably cause the most damage by contaminating grain. The presence of dead beetle bodies and fecal pellets produce strong odors.
A dog-chewing louse (Heterodoxus spiniger). Female lice attach their eggs (nits) to the hairs of the host dog. The eggs hatch and larval lice, called nymphs, bite and feed on blood. Lice can also feed on dead skin and hair. This feeding activity affects the dog by causing hair loss, reduced skin integrity and itching. Further, the dog's appetite and its own efficiency in feeding are affected
Five deadly parasites that have crossed the globe - Global events such as climate change and an international trade have caused a number of dangerous parasites to emerge in countries where they haven’t been found before.
A Deathwatch beetle (Ptilinus basalis). These aggressive beetles feed on wood, and are found primarily in the Southeast and Northwest USA. In some regions they are second only to termites in terms of damage to wood structures. These beetles derive their name from an unusual mating call, the tapping sound of their jaws hitting the wood walls of their tunnels. The presence of yeast cells in their digestive tracts enables them to digest wood cellulose.