Insects always seem to have a way to get into your house, no matter how well you guard your home against them. From ants, to cockroaches, to the common housefly, the world is full of pests that seem determined to make a nuisance of themselves in your home. Sometimes it probably seems like you’re waging a never-ending battle against household pests – but fortunately, you’re not alone. Below is a list of some of the most common household pests that somehow manage to creep and crawl their way into homes across the U.S.
Possibly the worse thing about ants is the fact that they’re social creatures, meaning that you’ll never just see one by itself. Wherever there’s one ant, there’s plenty more where he came from. Ants lurk all across the United States, especially in areas with dryer climates. The most common ants are fire ants and carpenter ants, both which can be easily treated. To prevent ants from invading your home, keep food products tightly sealed and away from floors and windows. It’s vital that you address any known ant problems to avoid a full-on invasion.
It has been said that only two things could survive a nuclear holocaust: cockroaches and Cher. While Cher’s not likely to be crawling about your house at night, cockroaches are another story. Although there are more than 4,000 types of cockroaches, only four types are known to invade houses across the U.S. Cockroaches carry diseases and are definitely not something you want creeping about your house. Cockroaches tend to be attracted toward garbage and food that’s been left out, so be sure that your floors are clean in order to avoid a cockroach infestation.
Three different creatures are commonly known as “daddy longlegs,” but the only ones that ever come indoors are the arachnids also known as “cellar spiders.” Rumor has it that the daddy longlegs spider has the most poisonous venom of any spider, but no means to break human skin with its bite; this is an urban legend and is completely false. Daddy longlegs are more of an eyesore than anything else; they tend to keep to themselves in corners, and are good for catching any bugs that may have wandered inside your house.
Fleas are the bane of every pet owner’s existence. These tiny bloodsuckers are hard to get rid of and can also carry diseases – reason along to not want them burrowing in your rug! If you’re experiencing a flea infestation in your home, don’t hesitate to call a pest control professional in your area.
Flies are a pain in the neck to deal with. Not only do they have an annoying buzz, they’re disease-ridden and disgusting, being that they feed and lay eggs on garbage and manure – and then land on human food. Flies regurgitate the contents of their stomach onto food in order to liquefy it before ingesting it, making their presence around the dinner table even more repulsive. Fortunately, there is a device known as the flyswatter, and when that doesn’t work, there’s exterminators.
These are just a few common house pests, but are by no means the only pests known to invade houses. If your home has been invaded by insects or other pests, call a pest control professional ASAP.
About the author: Chris is a blogger for McAllen Pest Control.