Some insects can be annoy­ing around the home or objec­tion­able, sim­ply by their exis­tence. They may invade the house itself if not con­trolled outdoors. In this arti­cle, we’ve got a look at five of the most com­mon pests we encounter almost every­where, with some tips for safe­ly con­trol­ling them.

1- Ants

Ants are per­sis­tent pests. Con­t­a­m­i­na­tion can be hard to con­trol because of the nature of the insect. How­ev­er, there are spe­cif­ic steps you can take to get an ant issue under con­trol. Start­ing with pick­ing the right ant killer and some sim­ple pre­ven­ta­tive tech­niques, you can stamp out ants and keep them out of our homes all year round.

2- Mosquitoes

Common Household Pests Mos­qui­toes are among the most severe insect pests attack­ing humans and impact the lives of great num­bers of peo­ple worldwide.  One would think that a being car­ry­ing and spread­ing dis­eases like the West Nile virus, Zika virus, and malar­ia should have been elim­i­nat­ed from the earth. As grat­i­fy­ing as that would be to some of us, mos­qui­toes do have their own lit­tle posi­tion in the whole ecosys­tem, being the pri­ma­ry food source for some larg­er species.  When you see evi­dence of mos­qui­toes in your home, your first ten­den­cy may be to reach for the most vig­or­ous Mos­qui­to spray you can find. But before you do, please take a deep breath and think again! Pes­ti­cides will like­ly kill what­ev­er unwant­ed investors are invad­ing your home, but they can also be harm­ful to you and your family. Kids are espe­cial­ly sus­cep­ti­ble to harm from pes­ti­cides because their bod­ies and immune sys­tems are still devel­op­ing. Also, they are more like­ly to be exposed to pes­ti­cides by crawl­ing on the floor and putting objects and their hands in their mouths.  We always rec­om­mend going nat­ur­al first with some DIY repel­lents with some mea­sures around the house like elim­i­nat­ing stand­ing water, cut­ting back tall grassy areas and wear­ing the right sort of cloth­ing when you’re out­side to avoid bites. In addi­tion, a nat­ur­al mos­qui­to trap is an excel­lent device in the war against those tiny mon­sters. Don’t expect a 100% suc­cess rate all the time, but it’s a valu­able addi­tion to your mos­qui­to con­trol­ling toolkit. Learn more about mos­qui­toes, how to con­trol them, and how to pro­tect your­self from their bites by check­ing Mos­qui­toes Home at the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion CDC.

3- Rodents

In the minds of many of us, rats are worse than mice, but in the minds of oth­ers, a rodent is a rodent! Rats can destroy a home. They can erode retain­ing walls and hill­sides by drilling through them. They can chew cables car­ry­ing elec­tric­i­ty which can cause a fire. They chew through floor joists and walls and dam­age the insu­la­tion in your unit. Mice have equal­ly destruc­tive habits through nest­ing and feed­ing and are known, like rats, to spread dis­eases. Some are so tiny that they can slip through almost unper­ceiv­able crevices and cracks. Learn more about rodents, how to con­trol them, and how to pro­tect your­self from their bites by check­ing Rodents at the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion CDC.

4- Cockroaches

Cock­roach­es are creepy-crawlies that can bring with them some sig­nif­i­cant health threats such as asth­ma attacks and allergies. These insects can also spread many kinds of bac­te­ria, as well as par­a­sitic worms. The fact is, these pests can make you real­ly sick, so the soon­er you deter­mine they’re in your office or home, the soon­er you can con­tend with the problem. Learn more about mos­qui­toes, how to con­trol them, and how to pro­tect your­self from their bites by check­ing Cock­roach­es — WHO | World Health Organization.

5- Bed Bugs

Common Household Pests Bed bugs like­ly get their name from their habit of tak­ing hide­away in our beds and feed­ing on humans while they sleep. They feed only on blood and must have reg­u­lar blood meals (around mid­night and 5 Am) to devel­op and survive. We are not the bed bugs’ only tar­gets; they also will bom­bard many warm-blood­ed ani­mals. Bed bugs have been con­nect­ed with humans for more than 3,200 years. They are found in almost every place peo­ple tend to gath­er, includ­ing hotels, res­i­dences, schools, retail stores, offices, and even our pub­lic transportation.  They are known as great “hitch-hik­ers,” allow­ing them to trav­el long dis­tances. They latch onto clothes, suit­cas­es, and linens and can end up wher­ev­er these items are taken.  That is why the spread of bed bugs occurs so quick­ly. Fur­ther­more, it’s often too hard to iden­ti­fy bed bug bites, and they can eas­i­ly be con­fused with oth­er bites from a dif­fer­ent pest, mak­ing infes­ta­tions chal­leng­ing to detect and allow­ing pop­u­la­tions to grow unnoticed.  Learn more about bed bugs, how to con­trol them, and how to pro­tect your­self from their bites by check­ing Bed Bugs — CDC

Wrapping up 

Rid­ding your home of these annoy­ing crea­tures will like­ly mean killing some in the process. That’s too bad we can under­stand, but it is unavoid­able in many cases. Whether you live in the coun­try or the city, pests can always find a way into your home. Keep­ing a clean home is the num­ber one way to deter pests from mak­ing a home of your house. If you do come across pests, there are safe ways to get rid of pests and oth­er insects in your place. Green meth­ods of insect con­trol are already in exis­tence, and new eco-friend­ly meth­ods are spring­ing up every day to get rid of them with­out harm­ing your loved ones.

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