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7 Most Common Household Pests

All over the US homes are being plagued by pests. Both in new construction and older homes sometimes it’s tough to keep unwanted creatures out. Whether you’re bugged by garden insects, annoyed by household infestations, or hitting your breaking point with rodents you may be comforted to know your problem isn’t uncommon. If you’ve experienced a pest problem or are simply being vigilant about preventing one keep an eye out for these seven most common household pests.


Ants are social creatures which means where there’s one, there are hundreds. Members of the hymenoptera species, they’re found all over the us, particularly in dry areas. Fire ants and carpenter ants are the most common and both are easily treated. Keep food products away from floors and windows and address known ant problems immediately to prevent a full-scale infestation.


There are dozens of varieties of beetles known to inhabit homes across the country. From cigarette beetles to drugstore beetles, the varieties are generally harmless but can be quite a nuisance. Beetles don’t travel in huge swarms and regular treatments can keep them at bay.


The Southern US reports the most flea infestations of any region each year and there’s no doubt these tiny pests can be frustrating. Typically carried by family pets, fleas are long lasting and hard to get rid of – they can also carry dangerous diseases so take them seriously.


Mice have long been one of the most feared household pests and for good reason. They can harbor disease and multiply at a rapid rate. Most common in heavily wooded areas, mice can actually be found anywhere and you can bet if you see one there are more lurking. At the first sign of a rodent infestation it’s a good idea to consult a professional.


Mites are more common than you may think and there are literally hundreds of species. Dust mites are found in nearly every home but other species like clover mites can be harmful. Many mites are related to ticks and spiders and will bite.


There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches but only four are commonly found in homes across the US. Cockroaches live in huge hoards and are notorious for spreading disease. You may notice the bugs more frequently on the ground level of your home or if you have a basement or crawlspace.


They move slow and seem harmless but the common garden slug is an age-old nuisance. Eating plants and vegetables and drawing in birds, slugs are easily eradicated with simple treatment.

If you’ve noticed any of the seven most common household pests in your area it’s time to call a dedicated pest control professional. Regular treatments and inspections can greatly reduce your risk of infestation and take care of any lingering bug problems you can’t seem to shake.

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