The Common Pests Found in Homes: A Basic Guide

Dead cockroach on the floor after being hit by pesticides

Bugs and rodents are not disappearing any time soon. You have to live with them in nature, but that does not mean you need to live with them in your home.

If you think you may have one of the common pests in your house or building, you need to deal with them ASAP. They could cause illness or serious damage to your property.

The first step is to make sure your home is clean and tidy. But after that? Well, it depends on the pest. 

This guide lists the most common pests in households, how to spot them, and how to go about removing pests.


Ants are the most common household pests and there are over 1,000 varieties in North America. And you know that as soon as you spot one, there are dozens or hundreds more hiding somewhere else.

They crawl into homes searching for food. Make sure you clean up any spills as soon as they happen and keep anything sugary in a sealed container. 


Like ants, there are so many different types of flies and they carry dangerous infections. If you think you have an infestation of flies, keep your garbage cans as far away from your house as possible and keep all doors and windows shut.

They are one of the hardest pests found in homes to remove. You may need to call the professionals to get rid of them for you.


Termites are common pests that tunnel their way through furniture and foundations. They are tiny brown, white or black bugs that can cause serious damage to your home’s structure.

If you have termites, you need to hire pest removal services. Keep wood as high off the ground as possible and well ventilated to avoid getting them in the future.


These are some of the biggest insects you can find in your household so it is likely you do not need to know what they look like to identify them! They are 2-inches long and leave stains wherever they go.

Fix any leaky taps and take away their water source. There are specific cockroach traps you can buy, too.

Bed Bugs

You can pick up bed bugs anywhere: from a hotel, workplace, or another household. They are tiny, hide during the day, and are notorious for being hard to kill. 

Alert your building manager or landlord to call an exterminator straight away if you get bed bugs. 


Often you will see mice droppings in your kitchen cupboards and floors before you see a live mouse. They enter households for food through the tiniest cracks. Some neighborhoods are more prone to mice than others. 

To remove mice, lay lots of traps, cover any cracks and seal all your food in plastic or metal containers. Nothing a mouse can bury into!

Keep These Common Pests at Bay

Dealing with common pests is never a nice task. But as soon as you identify the problem, the sooner you can get rid of them and enjoy your pest-free home. 

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