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Common Household Bugs

Common Household Bugs And Ways to Keep Them Away

Every homeowner hates the sight of household bugs such as the cockroaches, ants, houseflies, mosquitoes, beg bugs, silverfish, etc. This write-up provides information on these bugs.
Smita Pandit
Last Updated: Mar 9, 2018
Bugs can be a cause of concern for homeowners. While keeping your house clean will lower the possibility of an infestation to some extent, if they find their way into your home despite that, you would need to follow some measures to get rid of them.
Household Bugs
A cockroach has a broad flattened body and antennas. Don't let the American cockroaches, oriental cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches and German cockroaches become comfortable inhabitants of your home, especially your kitchen. They are carriers of dangerous microbes, which can cause a lot of harm. Cockroaches are great survivors, and they will not give up even in freezing temperatures. They will not die, even if they stay 3 months without food or a month without water. So, make sure that you get rid of them as soon as possible.
House Spiders
Though most of the spiders don't pose a threat and might help to some extent by feeding on other bugs, the idea of spiders dangling on their webs surely doesn't seem to go well with a clean home. Do not touch them, as some of them are venomous and might bite you, leaving you with marks and itchiness on your skin.
Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are parasitic in nature. They usually hide in the bed, mattresses, or sofa. They can easily hide in the narrow crevices due to their flattened bodies. They are most active during the night. They just wait for the moment to establish contact with your skin and pierce the skin to feed on your blood.
Ants can be pretty annoying too. They have a segmented body and jointed legs and come in several colors. If you spill a little sugar or bits of food items while cooking, the worker ants line up to grab food for their community. Carpenter ants dig into decaying wood and store their eggs in the holes in wood.
Fruit Flies
Is your home getting infested with house flies or fruit flies? Fruit flies are very common and dangerous carriers of diseases. So, make sure you don't give invitation to them by keeping rotten or decayed food outside. These have an ability to develop, wherever they find uncovered rotten and moist food items. If you see them lurking around freely in your kitchen, it's time to look around. You must know that though their average life span is just a week, they have the ability to lay more than 500 eggs. So, don't keep any decayed fruits in your kitchen or you might find them buzzing around in huge numbers.
Silverfish are capable of causing a lot of damage. They can damage cotton, silk, and other synthetic fabrics. These will find a home for themselves in any place, where the humidity levels are high. If you have a habit of collecting books, you need to keep them safe from them. Damp surroundings will make them very active and you might see a lot of damage to stored food items, book glue, and clothes.
The best way to prevent these common bugs from infesting your home is to maintain good hygiene. So, keep your house clean or use products to exterminate these bugs and prevent them from making your home their own.
Isolated Silverfish
Fruit fly
Ants on wooden floor top view
Stag Beetle