the top 10 house pests that can damage your home

A recent research study found that 84 percent of American homeowners faced a pest problem in the past twelve months. Depending on the pest, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

If that’s not scary enough, most homeowner insurance policies do not cover pest damage. The damage could add up quickly, and you may feel your wallet was also destroyed by one of these pests.

From fruit flies to termites and rats, all pests can carry a wide range of diseases and damage to your house; here are the top ten house pests to be aware of.

1. termites

Termites are number one for a reason – they can cause serious damage. The National Pest Management Association states that termite infestations cause nearly $5 billion in damage annually in the U.S.

Termites can cause damage rather quickly. These pests eat around the clock, so call a professional pest control company immediately when you see any signs of termite damage. Signs of termite damage include shelter tubes fanning on your walls, noises like tapping, tiny pellets inside or outside your home, sagging floors or wood, and tree nests.

2. bed bugs

Bed bugs are a challenging pest. First, they are so small, so finding them hard. They can cause some severe health problems for your family.

It is hard to stop the cycle once you have bed bugs. Females can lay up to 1,000 eggs at a time. If you have unexplained red bites, look around your bed for rust-colored stains (feces) and egg sacks.

3. ants

There are several types of ants. Most ants cause food contamination, but carpenter ants can damage your home’s wood, just like termites. Fire ants can sting and cause health problems.

To check for carpenter ants, look for sawdust beneath wood areas like trim, door jams, or window sills. You should also look for winged ants on your ceilings or near areas you suspect damage. You may also hear the ants in the walls – it’s essential to investigate any sounds you hear in the walls!

4. bees

In the late summer and early fall, bees are super active in preparing and gathering food for their queen to last through the winter. Several types of bees include honey bees, bumblebees, wasps, carpenter bees, yellow jackets, and hornets.

If you get a bee infestation, depending on the type of bee, it’s best to have a professional handle the issue. Some bees are aggressive, like the wasp and yellow jacket. A honey bee colony should be relocated so they can keep producing honey.

Yellowjackets can chew through drywall and surface wood. Honey bee nests are typically larger, with thousands of workers.

5. squirrels

Now, let’s talk about some non-insect pests that can cause a great deal of damage to your home. Though squirrels may be cute, they have strong teeth that can chew and destroy your home. Squirrels can chew into your home, destroying your loose soffit and fascia.

Once inside your attic, they like to make nests in soft items such as clothes and blankets, which means they will destroy your belongings. Electrical wires are no match for the sharp squirrel teeth. Squirrels can also chew through PVC piping.

As you can see, they are pretty destructive. They can also bring other unwanted guests into your home, such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Squirrels can also carry diseases such as rabies.

6. rats and mice

Like the squirrels above, rats and mice like to chew. Mice try to get snuggled in for nests, including burrowing in insulation, furniture, electrical appliances, or anything else. As mice and rats travel through your home, they contaminate areas with urine and feces.

mouse contaminates ten times more food than it eats. They can spread diseases, causing serious harm to humans.

7. roaches

No one wants roaches in their home because they are pretty gross insects. Roaches feed at night, so seeing a cockroach in the daytime probably means you have an infestation. These pests are like dark and damp spots under refrigerators, floor drains, sinks, and stoves.

You will see cockroach droppings throughout the house, and their feces resemble coffee grounds. As if having cockroaches doesn’t stink enough, the actual insects themselves smell, and you can smell an oily or musty smell with an infestation.

Cockroaches can cause serious allergy issues. They also carry disease. Not to mention, these insects will destroy your food and make your house feel plain dirty.

8. fruit flies

Fruit flies infest homes with rotted fruits, and they also like fermented alcohols like wine and beer. The infestation can multiply once you get a few fruit flies because females can lay up to 500 eggs that hatch within a day and a half. Fruit flies can contaminate food with bacteria and other germs that can make you sick.

9. fleas

Keeping up with your pet’s flea treatment is essential in the summer. If fleas catch a free ride on your furry friend, they can lay eggs in your carpet, furniture, and bedding. Fleas bite more than animals – they will gladly bite you and your kids.

Some people experience severe reactions to flea bites, making life miserable. These pests are hard to eliminate because they are tough, small, and move quickly.

10. spiders

Spiders like to come in for warmth when it starts to get cool. There are a couple of poisonous spiders to watch out for as well. Brown recluse spiders and black widows can cause serious health problems if they bite you.

Be sure to check dark corners because spiders are not fans of light. You also need to take care of any spiders immediately before they lay eggs. A spider can lay anywhere between 2 to 1,000 eggs!

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As you can see, these pests are unwanted house guests. They will eat you out of the house and home – and take your money. As soon as you suspect an infestation, it’s time to call the experts to minimize any damage.

Don’t let house pests destroy your home. Contact Natura Pest Control today! We guarantee our work and will help you get your home back.

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