List of pests and common household bugs

If you have a home, you’ve likely seen a variety of bugs. Some are cute and harmless, like ladybugs. But others, such as fire ants and cockroaches, can mean big headaches if they come into your house. On this website, we go over the entire list of pests and common bugs that may be in your home...

For many people, pests are a part of life. Ants can sneak into your kitchen and bring back that breakfast you left unattended. Spiders weave their webs in the most inconvenient of spots, resulting in an occasional run-in with your slipper. Even cockroaches have made themselves comfortable in the cracks of your home. While it’s impossible to keep bugs out of your house entirely, there are several ways to prevent them from becoming a nuisance.

In fact, some household insects bite or sting. And some even carry diseases that can make you sick. The best way to keep pests out of your home is to seal off cracks and crevices where they might find their way in. If tiny pests do end up inside your home, you can call a pest control company for help or use non-toxic methods to get rid of them yourself.

Use this list of common household bugs as a guide to help you remove them from your home for good!  

List of Pests: A to Z

Ants

Family Formicidae

ants

Ants are one of the most common insects found in the home, with the red imported fire ant being one of the worst kinds to have in your house. They’re attracted to sweets, so keep your food in sealed containers.

Bed Bugs

Cimicidae

bed bugs

Bed bugs are often found near beds. You can tell if you have bed bugs if you see small brown or red spots on your mattress or sheets.

Beetles

Coleoptera

beetle

Beetles are the most successful group of animals on earth. They are found in all parts of the world, have evolved to live in diverse habitats, and are represented by over 400,000 different species. Most beetles feed directly on plants or plant matter, but some eat fungi or animal food, while others are predatory.

Carpenter Ants

Camponotus spp.

carpenter ant

Carpenter ants are some of the most destructive invasive pests in the United States. They can cause extensive damage to homes, trees and other structures. They get their name from their preference to nest in wood and other cellulose materials such as cardboard and paper, but they will also infest drywall and other soft building materials. Carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage to your home.

Centipedes

Class Chilopoda

centipede

Centipedes are arthropods that have one pair of antennae, a segmented body, and many pairs of legs. They are generally found in the tropical regions of the world, but they have also been introduced to other parts of the world. Centipedes are carnivores, and their diets typically include insects or other invertebrates like worms and snails. There are around 3,000 different species of centipedes found today.

Cockroaches (Roaches)

Order Blattodea

cockroach

Cockroaches are among the most resilient pests on Earth. They are able to survive in the harshest environments, including nuclear fallout. This is largely because of how they are built, but cockroaches have evolved to take advantage of other organisms and even buildings in their quest for survival. Let's take a look at some of the features that make cockroaches so hardy and why we should consider taking a few lessons from them when it comes to building our own fortresses.

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Crickets

Order Orthoptera

crickets

These bugs can be easily identified from their long antennae and their very long legs that help them jump. They have wings but cannot fly, which is why they’re usually found around houses and buildings. Crickets are very likely to be found in attics, basements or crawl spaces. They can also be found outdoors under logs or rocks. Crickets typically enter homes through cracks and crevices around doors and windows.

Earwigs

Order Dermaptera

earwigs

These common household insects are brown in color and have pincers near the end of their body. Earwigs are nocturnal insects that are also known as pincher bugs or leatherbugs. Their name comes from the pair of forceps at the end of the abdomen, which is used for defense. The forceps can pinch with great strength, but earwigs do not bite or sting humans.

Fleas

Order Rodentia

fleas

Fleas are easily recognizable by their size, shape, and color. They are about 1/8-inch long with a flat body, oval-shaped head, and six legs. Their bodies can be brown or black depending on the species of flea that bit you. There are other common household bugs that resemble fleas that should not be confused with them. Flea bites look like red bumps with white spots in the middle which is caused by an allergic reaction to their saliva when they bite humans or other animals.

Flies

Family Diptera

house fly

Flies are a common pest that have the potential to spread germs and viruses to people. Stable flies and horse flies (sometimes known as "biting flies") feed on mammalian blood and can bite painfully. Some will be mild annoyances, while others will make you and your family members quite sick. Small insects such as fruit flies, fungus gnats, and others are considered pests.

Mites

Subclass Acari

Mites are arthropods, not insects, and are distant relatives of spiders and ticks. The majority of mites feed on other insects or decaying plant and animal matter. Dust mites, for example, primarily feed on dead skin cells. While mites seldom transmit illness to humans, they do have an influence on health in a variety of ways, ranging from being a nuisance when they enter houses in high numbers to causing severe skin irritation and acute itching.

Mosquitoes

Culicidae

Mosquitoes are common, flying insects that live in most parts of the world. Over 3,500 types of mosquitoes can be found worldwide. A tried and tested method to get a mosquito-free home is to use lemons with cloves. Mosquitoes hate the smell of cloves and anything citrusy. You could also try calling a local pest control company to avoid these house pests spreading disease.

Moths

Order Lepidoptera

moths

Some moths can cause lepidopterism or caterpillar dermatitis, which can be fatal. This is a skin ailment that occurs when moth and butterfly caterpillars come into touch with the skin. Some moth larvae's hair (spines) can induce allergic reactions. Call pest control experts in your area to get rid of moths and other pests.

Rodents

Order Rodentia

rodent eating

Mice, rats, squirrels, prairie dogs, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters are examples of well-known rodents. The majority of rodents are tiny creatures with strong bodies, short limbs, and long tails. They can cause food contamination which is why they are considered common pests and are commonly found in your house if you live in a dense rural area like Chicago or New York.

Spiders

Class Arachnida

There are more than 45,000 known species of spiders, found in habitats all over the world. They are common house insects and may require a pest control professional to come into your property to protect you and your family from living in a home full of house pests. One of the most dangerous spiders is the black widow.

Stinging Pests

stinging insects

The easiest way to know if you have stinging pests like hornets, wasps, or yellow jackets problems is to see the nest. Wasps (including their derivatives the hornet and the yellow jacket) are much more aggressive than bees. By contrast honeybee creatures usually grow hives in trees.

Stink Bugs

stink bugs

Stink bugs get their name from the unpleasant smell they make when they are threatened by animals, children, or any species. Stink bugs aren't commonly known to bite humans or damage your property, but caution should be used when handling them to avoid a release of their unpleasant odor. While they don't cause any harm to humans, stink bugs will destroy crops and can be a threat in the agricultural industry.

Termites

Order Isoptera

termites

Termites may wreak havoc on your home's structural integrity as well as the wooden regions around its windows and doors. Serious infestations might also cause damage to your home's interior walls and wood furnishings. The truth is that termite pest control in the house is 100% necessary. Termites may swiftly inflict extensive damage to your property, necessitating pricey repairs. In the long run, taking the essential procedures for a termite inspection, control, treatment, and prevention may save you thousands of dollars.

Ticks

Family Ixodidae

ticks

Ticks are a common pest problem in various households and the best way to identify them is if you find a black dot with a small bump on your skin. Their bodies are flat and oval, and they enlarge when they eat. They feast on the blood of numerous types of animals, including birds, deer, and humans. If you have a tick infestation, it may be time to call the pest control experts in your area to help identify pests in your home.

COMMON PEST CONTROL QUESTIONS

F.A.Q.

Yes, calling a pest control professional is highly recommended if you see bed bugs, termites, ants, cockroaches or any other pests mentioned in this article. Most pest control companies do residential services even after the temperatures drop in your area.

Depending on which pest category your specific pest problem is under, the cost of a pest control company may not be as high as you think.

 

Pest control spraying is safe, but may require you to leave the home with your pets if you’re in a unique situation. Pesticides are meant to target small pests by damaging their nervous system, causing them to lose bodily functions and eventually die of organ failure. Only small doses are required, but it can still be dangerous to humans.

 

Pest control for any insect or other pest problem can be quite quick. In most cases, you can expect to see a significant and noticeable reduction in bug or pest activity within one to two days.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that after a professional pest control treatment, you may see more bugs than normal. This is because sheltering pests come scrambling out of shelter areas as they try to escape the pest control product. Hence, seeing more pests after pest control service is normal as they come out and die.

If you want to eradicate pests as quickly as possible and never see them in the future, then treating the pest problem quickly is important. As for the best time of the year, the best time to have your home sprayed is in early spring. By spraying in the spring, you have the opportunity to destroy nests and infestations when pest numbers are low.

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