Creepy Crawlers: The Top 10 Most Common House Bugs
Over 40 percent of phobias are related to bugs.
More people are afraid of common house bugs than being a victim of violent crime or even dying.
You should know the different creepy crawlers around your home. Some of the bugs you’ll have seen before, while others may surprise you.
Check out the most common household bugs below. Here we go!
1. Bed Bugs
Most children are familiar with the saying “Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.”
While for many Americans bed bugs evoke a cutesy rhyme we used to sing as kids. For New Yorkers, the bed bug is a terrifying nightmare.
The resurgence of bed bugs in the US was named “the year of the bed bug” by CBS in 2010.
What do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are round shaped and flat insects. They are a light brown color. And, they are around the size of a grain of rice.
What do They do?
They drink your blood.
However, they don’t have to eat much or regularly to stay alive. They can live for over a year without a bite to eat.
That’s why they’re capable of living in your mattress or furniture without your knowledge.
There are more ants than human beings in the world. In fact, there are over 10 billion ants in the US alone.
Small in size, ants can enter your home easily and hide. They wait for you to drop crumbs on the floor to eat.
Although ants cannot do much damage to your home, it’s important to stamp out the problem immediately.
Remember ants always return to the nest. So follow an ant until you find the nest where you can eliminate the problem.
For many people, the most disgusting bugs you can find in your home are cockroaches. These creatures are attracted to damp areas of your home and the food left behind.
You’ll most often find cockroaches in either your bathroom or kitchen. The cracks and crevices of the walls in your home also make excellent habitats for cockroaches.
It’s important to handle your cockroach problem as soon as you notice it since they can be harmful to human health.
We talk about the problem of flies in the home during the warmer months. There isn’t a single species of fly. In fact, there are over 16,000 species in the US alone.
You’ve probably mostly encountered the common house fly.
Even though flies don’t live very long. They have an especially high birth rate, which means that they can spread around your home in just a few days.
In warmer climates, it can be almost impossible to keep out flies. However, make sure you always store away food if flies are around.
Many of the bugs on our list are harmless, mosquitoes are commonly feared because they carry disease, such as the Zika Virus.
During the summer months, many people are terrorized by the mosquitoes, which bite and suck the blood of victims.
Damp places and water which are humid are especially appealing for mosquitoes. make sure you keep your doors and windows closed during warmer months.
Beetles are often confused with cockroaches by people. While beetles do not pose any risk to the health of human beings, they are a threat to your furniture.
Beetles consume the fibers and woods around your home. This can damage valuable items of furniture.
When the beetles lay their eggs in the wooden cracks, the damage is often beyond repair. Act immediately with the earliest signs of beetles.
Ticks are not especially attracted to the warm environment of the home. Instead, you’ll encounter these bugs during grasslands or woods.
However, you can hook onto a person or pet to be carried back into the home. Ticks latch on and suck the blood of the host.
When you return home from walking in the warmer months, make sure you check your body (and the body of your pet) for any signs of ticks.
Centipedes are perhaps the creepiest of the crawlers. They can have more than 300 legs. During the winter, centipedes enter homes for protection from the cold weather.
Centipedes are not harmful to humans. Unless you pick one up, they’ll extremely unlikely to bite you.
Larger than many of the other bugs on this list, centipedes eat cockroaches and other insects which are found in your home. Therefore, there may be a reason to turn a blind eye to these yellowish creatures.
Termites could already have infested your home without your knowledge. Only when they are ready do they show themselves. If you notice damage to your wooden furniture, then you could have a termite problem.
You can only do so much to prevent termites from destroying your home. This reliable company says eventually you have to call a pest control company.
The smallest insect on our list, fleas also feed on blood.
You need to regularly check your pets for signs of a flea infestation. If you spot signs of fleas on your dog or cat, immediately seek treatment.
There are also flea prevention strategies, such as a flea collar and flea repellents.
Watch Out for Common House Bugs
Common house bugs are simply part of home ownership.
Make sure you keep your home clean and tidy and you’ll significantly reduce the probability of common house bugs getting out of hand.
You just have to regularly check your home for signs of infestations.
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