Four Common Bugs That Infest Your Home and How to Get Rid of Them

Every geographical region has a list of common pesky pets. However, some home invaders are quite common. If you have pests in your home, you know how uncomfortable it is listening to the rustling and shuffling noises when you are trying to fall asleep or watching bugs scatter whenever you pick up something in the kitchen. The following are some simple ways to get rid of common household pests.

Ants and mites

Ants are easy to identify by their segmented bodies that can be either black or brown. Ants hang out pretty much everywhere in your house, from the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even the bathroom. Ants and mites like nesting soil next to or under buildings where they can get a supply of food and water. They love warm and damp locations under your floors, near the heating systems of even between walls. Most ants and mites like sweet stuff so keep these securely locked away if you want to get rid of them. Seal the ants' entry point with caulk of petroleum jelly. You can use natural ant repellents such as cream of tartar, coffee grinds, garlic, chili pepper, pure cinnamon or dried peppermint.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs can literally snatch away the joy of sleeping at the end of a long day. They are called bed bugs because they often hide in bedding and attack your skin once you are dead asleep to suck blood. Bedbugs have flat oval bodies; they are about the size of an apple seed and come in a brown or reddish brown color. Bed bugs are hard to get rid of since they can live up to a year in between meals, they hide pretty well while they wait. To get rid of bedbugs, you need to wash any kind of upholstery where the bed bugs may be dwelling in including all bedding, couch covers and curtains in hot water and dry them in a hot drier for at least 30 minutes. You will need to scrub your mattress using a stiff brush and vacuum it along with the surrounding room. In case the mattress is heavily infested, you will need to toss it. If you have a serious bed bug infestation, call in the experts since there is little chance of success trying to eliminate them on your own.


Lice look like gray or white bugs and they are about the size of a sesame seed. The yellow, tan or brown dots that are commonly seen are the lice eggs. Lice like to infest mostly the scalp of a human being but some types can infest your entire body. Getting rid of lice simply involves thoroughly washing the head and body of the infested person. Using hot water and soap usually works. Tea tree oil shampoo followed with a vinegar rinse can get rid of the adults and eggs. You can buy a special nit comb to go through the hair removing the eggs.


Cockroaches are considered to be the most indestructible and annoying type of bug to infest the home. You can get rid of cockroaches but it does take quite a bit of effort too. Roaches are quite common in densely populated areas, they vary in size and flight capability. To keep the roach population under control, you need to keep your house clean and free of any food spills or crumbs since they will eat just about anything. You can use borax powder to line the corners and edges of the rooms in your house. If the population becomes unmanageable, call a fumigator.

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This article was published on 13 Jul 2016 and has been viewed 367 times
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