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The Four Most Common House Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

There is nothing worse than coming home to an invasion of house pests. These pesky critters can be found in rooms that are cluttered, full of moisture, or littered with rubbish and food. Generally speaking, dirty rooms can attract undesired animals and insects like bed bugs, flies, rats, cockroaches, and even snakes. Some of these insects, like termites or Carpenter ants, can cause permanent damage to the property by eating away at the wooden beams or foundations of a home. 

The best way to avoid attracting any of these insects in the first place is by keeping your house immaculately clean. Make sure to not leave crumbs lying around the house and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Other pest prevention tips include keeping your garbage in sealed containers and disposing of it on a regular basis, as well as, sealing cracks, holes, and any potential entry points on the outside of your home. If you have a vivacious garden, make sure to keep any branches or shrubs neatly trimmed and far from the house. 

However, if you find yourself with an invasion of larger animals like raccoons, possums, or snakes, we suggest you get in touch with nextgen pest solutions a wildlife removal company to help you get rid of these animals. Don’t panic if you do see some insects in the house. Pests are much more common than you would think and if you catch them in time, some are relatively easy to get rid of. Here are the most common house pests and how to get rid of them. 

Flies 

House flies or fruit flies are some of the most annoying insects to have trapped in your home. Flies are extremely tough to get out of the house without using a swatter, and they can travel across rooms with ease. The issue with these insects is that they can carry bacteria and spread diseases like cholera and salmonella.  

The best way to prevent a swarm of flies is by keeping your windows closed and surfaces clean. Flies are attracted to food and other garbage, so make sure your trash is sealed away. 

Ants 

Ants are one of the most common infestations to experience whilst living in the United States. In North America, there are over 1,000 different species of this insect. Carpenter ants are especially worrying because they can eat away at your home in order to create a hollow nest. 

Ants are also attracted to food so make sure to clean up any residues in the house. Another important step is to seal off potential entryways in the home. You can also try to exterminate ant colonies yourself by using chemical baits like Borax.  

Cockroaches 

This unpleasant insect can often be found roaming around kitchens and wall cavities. They can stain surfaces, transmit bacteria, and contaminate food. They tend to come out in the dark which often makes them hard to spot. 

Although bug sprays can temporarily help control a cockroach infestation, it is unlikely that this will solve the issue permanently. Make sure to remove any potential sources of water and food that these bugs could be using and scope out their hiding places (check under sinks or behind refrigerators). If the issue is severe, contact an exterminator. 

Termites 

Termites are an extremely dangerous infestation to have if they are not caught in time. These insects live in dry wood, meaning they can live in the foundations or frames of a house for quite some time before being detected. However, you can look out for tell-tale signs. Look for any wood damage behind your floors and mud tunnels near the base of your house. 

Given that this household pest is extremely destructive, it’s best that you get in touch with a professional right away before any more damage is done. If you do want to prevent any termites from entering, we suggest replacing damaged wood and reducing moisture in any crawl spaces. 

When you find pests in your home, you should deal with the matter straight away. The longer you leave the issue, the greater the problem will become. If you manage to diffuse the situation quickly, you may be able to get rid of the pests all by yourself. However, as we have seen, some bugs or wildlife are much harder to extinguish than others. When in doubt, make sure to contact a professional exterminator to help you live in a ‘pest-free’ home.

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Written by George K.

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