Prevalent Household Pests And How To Spot Them

The world’s ecosystems need rodents and insects to thrive. But when they get into places where they don’t belong, like your home, it not only causes an annoyance, but they may also spread disease and can even do severe damage to your home. The list below details the most common household pests and how to get rid of them. If your home is riddled with any of the following household pests, or you would like to implement preventative measures, you can contact a Pest Control service to assist you.


They are half-inch-to-2-inch-long, brown-colored bugs. Roaches are known to contaminate food, ruin fabric and paper, discolor surfaces, depending on the species, spread bacteria and diseases. These diseases and bacterias include salmonella, coliform staphylococcus, streptococcus, and hepatitis viruses.

Bug sprays are not particularly successful for long-term cockroach removal, although they can be exterminated with vigilance and general home cleanliness. Locate and eliminate sources of water and food for the bugs and any hiding spots for them. You can also lay traps or consult a pest control service.


Rats and mice make even the bravest of humans squeamish. Suppose you have visible proof of them, such as discovering them in your pool, having your cat drag one in, or witnessing them race across the yard or electrical lines. In this case, it is critical to initiate control procedures. However, there are additional clues that you may have rats, such as burrows in the garden, rustling in the attic, or finding rat or mice droppings. Rats enjoy gnawing on wood, wires, and insulation, which can lead to costly repairs. Salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, and typhus are just a handful of the harmful diseases they can transmit.

Ants And Termites

When it comes to ants, when one is spotted, another is always nearby. Getting rid of them soon will prevent a significant infestation, whether they are darting over countertops or parading from outside to a lone crumb on the floor. You get many different kinds of ants. The most common are black and brown. 

Then there are termites. These tiny white, tan, or black beetles are known for attacking the lumber used to build houses, but they can also be a hazard to books, furniture, and things deeper within a home’s structure. The queen termite can produce millions of eggs in a single day, causing massive damage to your home. If you notice swarms of tiny, winged insects in the spring or fall, or if you see tunneling, darkening, or blistering in wood, you may have a problem. Professional pest control will be needed in these cases.

Bees And Wasps

Unused appliances and lawn equipment in yards can attract honey bees and wasps because they give enough cover for a colony to thrive. Also, if you have a history of honey bee problems, make sure the honeycomb is removed. Bees are endangered, so calling a professional beekeeper is your best option. Some of them do it free of charge. 

Hopefully, this list helps you to identify the most common pests in most households. When you identify them, try to find the nests and how they have been getting into your home. That way, you can either try to get rid of them yourself or call a professional pest control company and give them all the information you have collected.