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5 Common House Pests and How to Identify Them

Are you worried that you have some cockroaches making a nest inside of your home? Do you fear that your house is being taken over by common pests of some sort? If so, then you need to learn all you can about common house pests right away.

Doing so will help you learn a bit more about how to identify them, which ones you might be battling, and how to properly dispose of them. Professional pest control can help with any household pest.

See below for an in-depth guide on the 5 most common types of house pests and the signs that they’re in your home.

1. Cockroaches

Perhaps you’ve recently woken up to a cockroach lying belly up (meaning it’s dead) on your floor. Maybe you’re worried that the multiple cockroaches you’ve seen in your house are a sign of an infestation.

Whatever the case might be, you should know that you aren’t the only one dealing with cockroaches in your house. They’re one of the most common types of house pests, but that doesn’t mean you should let them hang around.

Some signs that you’re dealing with cockroaches might include:

  • Small droppings; tend to look like coffee grounds in size and color
  • Leftover exoskeletons; often described as “flakes” of skin from the cockroach’s previous layer
  • Musty smell in certain areas of your house, which indicates where the cockroaches might be hiding
  • An actual cockroach sighting; cockroaches rarely travel alone, so where there’s one cockroach, there are several more inside the walls

The primary reason that cockroaches are inside your home is for access to food and water. You may find them in virtually any area of the house where water is strongly present, such as the kitchen, laundry room, garage, basement, or bathroom.

As soon as you see a roach in your home, reach out to a professional pest control service right away. They can use eco-friendly solutions to steer the roaches away from your home and never return.

2. Ants

It’s no secret that ants will try to make their way inside your home. They have one job their entire lives: bring food back to the colony. All it takes is the tiniest hole or crevice in your home for them to find their way inside.

There are more than 10,000 species of ants around the world, but some of the most common household ants include sugar ants, rover ants, carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, thief ants, and odorous ants. Each brings its own unique set of problems to the table.

Even worse, once they find a place to retrieve food (such as your house), they’ll release pheromones to either warn their friends of potential danger or attract more to your area.

The average ant colony could contain anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 ants, so don’t think that killing them will do any good. The colony can replace them faster than you’d be able to kill them.

Frankly, whenever you notice an ant problem, you should reach out to a residential pest control specialist right away. They’ll set up traps and use solutions that will steer the ants away from your property.

3. Wasps

Wasps are never fun to deal with; they’re dangerous, they steal food, and they aren’t afraid to use their stinger when the occasion calls for it.

They have no shame in building their nests wherever they so please. Paper wasps, for example, will set up a nest on your property using only their saliva and plants. Within only a few months, that nest can host up to 30 wasps, creating a nightmare situation for you and your family.

You should never try to take up wasps on your own. Not only is it dangerous, but the store-bought solutions you’re going to use will prove to be ineffective.

Our professional service will walk the length of your property and locate any wasp nests. Then, we’ll use our equipment and eco-friendly solutions to eradicate them.

4. Rodents

What is quite possibly the most alarming form of house pest out there, rodents are a nightmare from the day they enter your home.

They’ll steal your food, they carry harmful diseases, and they chew through almost any material in your house. Believe it or not, they can even chew through cinderblocks.

Some signs of rodents in your house might include droppings, the sound of scratching in your walls, or tiny footprints left on your hard floors.

Mice only need a hole the size of a nickel to enter into your home. Once they’re in, it will be hard to drive them out. Contact Pointe Pest Control right away.

5. Termites

Everyone knows the threat that termites present to a home. They chew through the wood the same way you can chew through the lettuce.

Common signs of termites include bulging floors or ceilings, tiny wood pellets near the wall, musty smells in or around your walls, or even a pile of wings. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, termites have wings.

Getting rid of these little guys isn’t easy. We use three separate treatment types to try and help you get rid of termites. We’ll get rid of them and keep them away from this point forward.

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Take the time to read this article for more information on termite control and everything you should know before reaching out to a pest control service. For more inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us at 610-277-7575 and we will be happy to assist you further.

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