9 Pests that Love Your Home
Inside your home is prime real estate for a long list of pests. Here is our list of nine pests that love your home.
1. The Cockroaches
Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in kitchens and bathrooms. They will invade garages and basements, too, if there is food available. If you see one cockroach, there are probably 50 more hiding. They do not like the light, so they scurry around in the dark, eating dead things.
There are 250 species of ants in Texas, which seems terrible until you realize there are over 14,500 species of ants worldwide. Ants are a pest indoors and outside. They range from the dreaded fire ants to the tiny Argentine ants that invade your kitchen.
House flies, drain flies, fruit flies, biting flies, mosquitoes, gnats, flesh flies, and so many other types of flies invade homes. Flies can transmit many kinds of diseases, from malaria and yellow fever to salmonella, typhoid fever, E Coli, and cholera.
4. Wasps and Hornets
Wasps and hornets are very eager to help themselves to lunch. Fortunately, both prefer to be outside rather than inside. There are mud dauber wasps that will build mud nests on your home or crawl under the siding and build their nests inside of the wall. Bees are also another issue, especially when they swarm.
Of all the spiders that inhabit Texas, only the black widow, and the brown recluse are medically dangerous. The rest may bite you, and it will hurt, but they do not contain venom that is potent enough to cause an issue unless you have an allergic reaction. Still, who wants to sleep in a room full of spiders?
Perhaps the most common pest in Texas. Rodents are bad news. They destroy your items, chew holes in walls, rip out insulation from appliances and walls for nest materials, and they urinate and defecate everywhere. Like flies, rodents carry diseases like the plague, hantavirus, and salmonella.
Most birds are pretty charming until they build a nest in your chimney, roost in your attic, or nest in the walls of your house. Birds can cause significant damage to your home. If they get into your attic, they can be loud, and their excretion will cause wood damage.
Like birds, bats are primarily beneficial mammals. However, when they get into your attic to roost, they become very destructive. If not discovered for a while, their excrement will build up and cause damage to wood, leach into the floor and subspace, stain ceilings, ruin your belongings.
9. Stink Bugs
Mostly you encounter stink bugs outdoors, but sometimes they migrate into your home. They are usually looking for a place to overwinter. People freak out when a wasp is in the house. A stink bug’s bite is far more painful and dramatic than a sting from a wasp.
Learn more about controlling pests before they bug you by giving our experts a call. We provide comprehensive pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station communities.