8 Most Common Critters That Threaten Your Home

Nasty, creepy pests that invade homes and disrupt normal lifestyles are a nightmare for anyone who experiences them. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to discourage, prevent, and treat a pest infestation, one of which may include calling professional pest control.

Here’s a list of some of the most common critters that can invade your home.

1. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have six legs on an oval body and may be either brown or sometimes reddish brown in color and about as big as an apple seed. Some experts claim that the latest outbreaks of bed bugs were due to a rise in international travel. Bed bugs can easily hide in bedding, clothing, bags, and luggage and like to nibble on blood. They can also live a year until their next ‘meal’.

2. Ants

Ants generally like to nest in soil under or next to buildings, near plants or trees, and along sidewalks. They also like damp, warm areas such as close to heating system elements, under floors, or in-between walls.

3. Mice and Rats

Rats and mice both typically have black, brown, or grey fur. Rats are known for transmitting pandemic diseases (think bubonic plague). Rodents can easily contaminate food and surfaces throughout your home through diseases they often carry as well as their feces.

4. Termites

Termites are sometimes mistaken for ants since they look a lot alike. Drywood termites generally live in regions where the ground soil doesn’t freeze over the winter. However, subterranean termites can live basically anywhere. If you find termites in or near your home, consider enlisting Rovepestcontrol.com and similar companies to assess and resolve your problem.

5. Fleas

Fleas can live comfortably on the fur of animals and humans and snack on the blood of either one. Besides just being annoying, fleas are sometimes also dangerous since they can transmit serious diseases, such as tapeworms and typhus.

6. Spiders

Spiders can be found virtually anywhere, which makes it difficult to generalize. In the home, spiders like to hang out in closets, cupboards, chests, under furniture, and woodpiles in addition to nooks and crannies.

7. Mosquitoes

Almost every person has experienced a typical mosquito bite at some point in their lives. The itchiness and swelling occurs because of how the body reacts to the saliva in mosquitoes. They’re notorious carriers and transmitters of diseases, including West Nile Virus, encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, and heartworm in dogs.

8. Cockroaches

Cockroaches are drawn to humid, warm spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements as well as drains and heating pipes. Although they love to snack on virtually everything they come across, they especially like to eat things like food scraps, boxes, cardboard, and paper.

A house doesn’t feel like home when it’s invaded by creepy crawlies. The sooner you take action, the better. Remember, bugs and rodents love to multiply.