How to Get Rid of 5 Most Common Household Pests

The last thing anyone wants is to share their home with unwanted guests. We’re not talking about your in-laws or that annoying neighbor down the street. We’re talking about the 5 most common household pests—those tiny, creepy-crawly critters that invade our private spaces without an invitation. Let’s face it, no one wants to share their sanctuary with ants marching across the kitchen counter or cockroaches scurrying across the floor. 

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Kitchens and baths are the most likely places for these unwanted pests. After a nice big update, you want to keep your kitchen looking great, right?

Good pest control is essential if you want to maintain a clean, comfortable, and sanitary home. In this post, we’ll take a look at the five most common types of household pests and give you some advice on how to get rid of them for good. 

5  Most Common Household Pests

We all love the comfort of our homes, but it’s not just us who find it alluring. Pests, big and small, also see our cozy abodes as the perfect dwelling place. Here are five common pests you might find lurking in your home – and some tips on how to banish them forever. 

1. Ants

Of the 5 most common household pests, ants are the most common but also the least dangerous. These tiny insects can be relentless and make their presence known throughout the house. To get rid of ants, locate and seal their entry points. Ants can enter your home through even the tiniest of cracks and crevices, so be sure to seal them up. 

Keeping your home clean is crucial, as any food and liquid spills will attract ants. Clean up any spills promptly, and use ant baits or natural repellents to keep them at bay. If the infestation persists, consider hiring professional pest control.

2. Cockroaches

These pests are perhaps the most dreaded of all household bugs. To prevent cockroaches from invading your space, eliminate their food and water sources. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight, and make sure to store food in airtight containers. 

Cockroaches can squeeze through small cracks, so seal up entry points to your home. Set up cockroach traps or use gel baits to attract and kill them. For severe infestations, seek professional assistance.

3. Mice and Rats

If you’ve spotted a couple of mice or rats scurrying in your place, you’ve got to act fast. These critters are notorious for their quick reproduction and their tendency to spread disease. 

First off, make sure to seal any gaps or openings in your home’s exterior, as they can easily fit through these. Mice are particularly fond of walls and ceilings, so make sure to check those too. 

Keeping food stored in secure containers also helps; this limits their food source, which discourages them from staying for long. If the infestation has spread, it’s best to set up traps or use bait stations. 

However, if the infestation is severe, it may be best to consult a professional to get rid of them safely and efficiently.

4. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can ruin a perfectly good day, leaving us with itchy bites and the danger of disease lurking around. To limit their population in your home, remove stagnant water sources. 

Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so make sure to check areas where water may accumulate, such as gutters and containers. You might also want to use mosquito nets or screens on windows and doors, which effectively block their access point. 

When spending time outdoors, apply mosquito repellents to exposed skin or clothing to keep them away. Finally, if you feel your home has a mosquito problem, consider using mosquito traps or hiring professionals for targeted control.

5. Spiders

While not as dangerous as other pests, seeing spiders in your home can still turn your stomach. To minimize their presence, remove clutter and minimize hiding places. Spiders like hiding in places like clothes piles and room corners. 

Regularly cleaning cobwebs and spider webs reduces the chance of spiders breeding and laying their eggs. Sealing gaps and cracks in your walls and windows also limits their entry points. 

And finally, note that using spider repellents or traps can act as a deterrent. Note that while most spiders are harmless, some can be poisonous, so it’s best to stay vigilant.

Final Thoughts

Pest control is not only about getting rid of bugs and critters; it also involves the maintenance of our homes, ensuring they don’t become breeding grounds or entry points for pests. Dealing with these 5 most common household pests boils down to preventative measures, such as proper sanitation, regular checking, and the use of natural or chemical means. 

Being mindful of these can go a long way in keeping our homes healthy and pest-free!

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.