Our homes are our very own comfort spaces. It is where we seek relaxation after a very strenuous combat with the outside world. But sadly, humans are never alone in their homes. It will never be as comfortable as we think it is, if crawling bugs and nasty rodents are invading our personal human space. And while you drown in your deep slumber, they joyfully creep out your concrete floors, or beneath your kitchen walls, to your sink, to your Chinas, and down to the cereals in your cabinets. Your lovely sanctuary taken over by ravenous home invaders—household pests!

Pests are living organisms that are considered invasive or a nuisance to the human household. They are not only dangerous to your home’s structural design but to your health as well. And we, as humans, have been in a constant war with them for ages to protect our homes. Here are the most common general pests that are contributing to the pest problems.

1. Termites
Though used as a traditional medicine in some cultures, it is America’s public enemy no. 1. Due to their wood-eating habits, termites feast on wooden structures 24 hours a day. Can you imagine how much wood it can consume for a whole year? Various methods have been developed to track termite movements. If termite infestation is not properly inspected and treated by qualified pest control professionals, it will cause extreme structural damage to your home.

2. Wasps
Like bees, wasps are dangerous stinging insects. They become pests when social wasps nest and colonize close to our homes. Proper removal of their nest should only be done by qualified pest control professionals. If threatened, wasps will attack humans in groups and their stings can be painful and fatal.

3. Flies
House flies are the most common transmitter of 65 known diseases. These diseases include anthrax, cholera, dysentery, leprosy, poliomyelitis, tularemia, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. Flies mostly feed, lay eggs, and excrete on garbage, offals and feces that brings life-threatening diseases. They are known to mechanically transmit fomites, eggs and even larvae of nematodes, which can cause parasitic problems to humans.

4. Rodents
Rodents are considered nuisance pests that include mice, rats and squirrels that can endanger public health. Rodents are very adaptable creatures and can contaminate food and damage property. Rodents are significant vectors of diseases like babesiosis, cutaneous leishmaniasis, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, Omsk hemorrhagic fever, Powassan virus, rickettsialpox, relapsing fever, and West Nile virus. Rodents are fast-breeders, which makes them extremely difficult to exterminate. Proper prevention should be executed by qualified pest control professionals to maintain a rodent-free home and prevent future infestations.

5. Ants
Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth and are considered pests when they become common in human habitations. Considered as the number one food contaminators, their presence has become problematic. Since they crawl on almost everything like sinks, soil, floors, and remains of other insects, they can be carriers of various bacteria and diseases. Proper home hygiene and pest control should be administered to stop ants from invading homes.

6. Cockroaches
Cockroaches have been around since the ancient times. They are known to withstand any environmental stage, from cold to tropical heat. Cockroaches can live for a few days up to a month without food. They are very resilient and are fast-breeding pests, making them hard to kill. Proper home hygiene, sanitation and hiring trained pest specialists will help eliminate cockroaches in your homes.

7. Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are known transmitters of life-threatening diseases such as malaria, filariasis, Zika virus, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus and dengue fever. There are 390 million estimated dengue infections each year, causing 25,000 deaths worldwide. Mosquitoes like to breed in standing or stagnant waters. Reducing water sources like uncovered baby pools, water cans and pots will help eliminate mosquitoes and stop them from breeding. If source reduction doesn’t help, it should be better to call a pest control specialist to completely eradicate mosquitoes.


Pests are a very serious problem and if not properly taken care of, it will not just impair our homes but our health too. As homeowners, we always do our best to protect our family’s sanctuary. We work hard to earn money, have them collected and sent to the banks as building blocks for our future. But if these diseases strike, hospital dues arise, impairing us financially this time. Start eradicating the pests in your homes by contacting a professional pest control company. They will not just help eliminate the pests in your homes, they will also help provide better solutions that benefit the environment.

For a thorough and environment-friendly pest inspection, eradication and protection, call Parsons Pest Control at (214) 748-6690 today.