Five Of The Most Common Pests Found In American Homes

by Guest Author on November 12, 2013

Your home is supposed to be a place where you can have peace. However, there are a number of unwanted pests that can come into your home and disturb the peace. Below are five of the most common pests found in American homes and some pest control solutions to help you keep the peace.


It’s likely that all of us have had a housefly in our home. Not only are houseflies irritating, but they are also a cause for concern because they can actually transmit some diseases. Tuberculosis and salmonella are among the troubling things that can be carried and transmitted by houseflies. One professional who does pest control in Virginia has suggested that the first step to being rid of these flies is to clean your home and empty garbage cans often.


Many people keep mice as pets. However, others see their wild relatives as annoying pests. If you have noticed droppings on your floors or in cupboards, then you likely have a mouse who has taken up residence in your home. Mice are often very difficult to control in offices and apartments buildings because they can reproduce very quickly. They are also very secretive. Consider what traps can work for you, or seek professional help if the problem is more serious.

German Cockroaches

Like many other pests, German cockroaches are hard to get rid of because they can reproduce fast. In fact, the German cockroach reproduces faster than any other breed of cockroach. These cockroaches are scavengers and will eat just about anything that they can find, including toothpaste, glue and soap. They may also eat each other. The average adult-sized German cockroach is 5/8 of an inch long. They are tan or light brown in color. Keeping food well covered, taking out the trash often, and acting as soon as you’ve seen one are among the best steps to avoid an infestation.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites are among the most destructive type of pest. They cause billions of dollars in home damages each year. Termites feed on wood and other housing materials and require moisture and warmth to survive, so homes and businesses make the perfect environment for them. Act fast if you spot damage that looks suspicious by calling a local professional who can deal with the issue.

Bed Bugs

When you were a kid, your parents may have told you, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” That saying used to be more in jest than it is nowadays. Bed bugs are actually a major problem that is becoming more common. Hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, apartments and military camps are noticing an increase in bed bugs. They are very difficult to control and calling a professional in is often necessary. Additionally, bed bugs can very easily migrate from place to place. Many people transport them in their suitcases without ever knowing.

Pests can turn a peaceful home into a mess. If you notice any of these kinds of bugs or vermin, then you should take measures to deal with them or call a professional in as soon as you can.

Article and insights provided by Rianne Hunter.

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