A variety of pests make U.S. households and businesses less pleasant places to be. Many bite and sting people, some make living spaces unsanitary and others contaminate food stores. Here’s a look at 10 of the most unwelcome household pests.
Bed bugs are on the rise, appearing in homes, hotels and hospitals around the country. While they aren’t always hard to spot, they cost big money to control. Bed bugs use people, packages and luggage for transport.
2. German Cockroaches
These relatively small cockroaches are a big problem that used to be even more serious. Decades ago, homes and apartments were often swarmed by German cockroaches. While their populations have shrunk since then, they are becoming more prolific again.
3. House Mice
These tiny rodents breed almost constantly, making eradication difficult. They’re unable to control their bodily functions, which causes them to leave droppings and urine everywhere they go.
4. Odorous House Ants
These ants smell like rotten coconuts and are adaptable to all areas of the country. They are hard to eliminate because of their large numbers of queens, which means a single infestation may involve several colonies.
5. Yellow Jackets
These aggressive wasps can sting over and over, and their friends are likely to join in. Controlling their infestations is hard because they can live indoors, underground and in trees.
6. Subterranean Termites
The bane of wooden structures everywhere, these termites can destroy a building from
the inside out and live as much as 20 feet underground. Cellulose-rich homes and businesses are favorite foods of these pests.
7. Indian Meal Moths
These moths are major contributors to food contamination, feeding on pet foods, grains, popcorn and seeds whenever they can. When they breed out of control, fumigation may be necessary for reliable results.
8. House Flies
The common house fly can carry disease to human food from feces and rotting matter. House flies are difficult to tell apart from other common types of flies.
9. Fruit Flies
Commonly called fruit flies, drosophila flies lay eggs and breeze on fermenting fruits, vegetables and liquids. Hundreds of these flies can emerge from a piece of old fruit.
10. Argentine Ants
Known for its tendency to invade homes, the Argentine ant is from South America but was brought to the U.S. in the 19th century. Now, these ants have infested California and the entire southern U.S. Successful control of Argentine ants requires special tactics by experienced pest control professionals.
Jennie is a full time student, blogger and former pest control specialist residing in Kansas City Missouri. For the best in Kansas City pest control, she recommends the services of Precise Pest Control.
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