Across the USA, common household pests are invading homes. The top ten common pests are flies, ants, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders, wasps, mice, and rats. Household pests can pose a risk to your health and to your household. Each type of pest brings hazards that can damage your health and your property. For example, household flies and fruit flies carry germs and contaminate food with bacteria. Bed bugs are found within cracks and crevices as well as beds. They quickly spread and feed on human blood. Ants are everywhere and difficult to eradicate from a home. They can be found in warm dry soil. They seek food. Ant mounds or nests can be found in your lawn as well as under pavement and cement. They like food, sugar, oil, and fats. Red ants bite and they can leave your skin itching for days.
Cockroaches are found in walls, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and warm places. They come out when it’s dark but can be seen during the day. They carry disease and seek any type of food. Seal cracks and crevices and add a door sweep to each entrance door. Use baited bug traps to attract and kill them. Termites are destructive and cause thousands of dollars in damage. They invade a structure and eat away at the wood. Insurance companies do not like to pay for termite damage. Pesky mosquitoes carry disease and viruses. Within the USA, there are over 150 species. They are prevalent during the warm weather.
Wasps and hornets can be found indoors and outside of a dwelling. They can survive underground and build large nests that can contain more than 25,000 wasps. Nests can be found in windows, walls, door frames, eaves, attics, bushes, trees, and underground.
Spiders are not considered to be an insect. They are called an Arachnid. Across the USA are more than 3,700 species of spiders. Within some regions of the country, spiders can be poisonous and cause serious physical harm. They like warm dark places such as cracks, crevices, corners, air vents, and eaves.
Mice and black rats can survive in any season of the year. They can enter into small openings through walls, doors, windows, and be found anywhere inside or outside of a home. They leave droppings, spread disease, seek food, and chew on wiring, material, and paper. They can be a fire hazard. They like warm quiet places to build nests. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists dozens of diseases spread by rats and mice. They damage insulation and chew through walls and joists. Rats and their burrowing activity can damage hillsides, retaining walls, and other structures causing severe damage to a home or business.
To rid their homes of pests, some people choose to use organic or natural pest control methods. However, most people choose to use chemicals and baited traps to eradicate harmful pests. Most people call licensed exterminators or pest control service companies to kill the insects or pests plaguing their home.