Top 7 Common Pests in the Home

I know I am probably going to sound like your mother here…but you really should keep your living space tidy. A clean, clutter free home is the most effective way of avoiding pests in your home. Below I have listed the most common pests found in the home, all seven of them! As you know Ames Group are the leading pest control company in Birmingham, so we know a thing or two about pests. Take a read and discover what sorts of things you could be sharing your home with and how to get rid of them, thankfully.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugsDo you sleep easy at night? Well, you shouldn’t be because you could be sharing your bed with a host of vampires…of sorts. Bed bugs are one of the most common pest infestations in UK homes and share the blood sucking traits of the mythical vampire. Although they feed only on blood and, like vampires, generally prefer to work at night while the host is sleeping…bed bugs have been known to survive, under cool conditions and without a meal, for up to one year. Bed bugs can be found in all those dark gaps and crevices around the house, as well as cosying up in your bed sheets, mattress seams, fabrics and furniture. To help spot bed bugs before the problem gets out of control, wash your bed sheets frequently and at the hottest temperature permitted, remove clutter from your home, regularly clean, and thoroughly inspect any second-hand furniture you may decide to bring into your home. Oh, and make sure to sleep with one eye open…just in case.


If you are the proud owner of a furry feline, especially one that spends a lot of time outdoors, then it is very likely they will be nurturing a handful of ticks. This common pest is well known for biting livestock as well as humans, dogs and cats. Ticks can also seek safety in hidden areas of your home which is why it is important that any crevices or gaps are filled and that your grass is kept short to help discourage infestation. Treatment for ticks is not the same as fleas and if you simply pull a tick from your skin, it is extremely common for part of the tick to remain embedded resulting in an infection. If you discover a tick it is best you call your local pest management control to get some professional advice.


AntsDo you ever leave dirty dishes or open packets of food on the side to then wake up the next morning and discover hundreds of ants crowding your worktop? We’ve all been there at one point or another and once they have invaded your house they can be difficult to get rid of. Ants are one of the most common pests in UK households. They can be found nesting anywhere; inside your home, on your lawn or even under the buildings foundations. The general rule of thumb is to kill any ant you see but the more effective treatments often tackle the problem at its source, preventing the pests from returning.


CockroachCockroaches are carriers of various diseases because they are often found near kitchens and waste areas, where food is present. Cockroaches emit unpleasant odours and are often quite noisy, making quiet clicking or chirping sounds. Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, it is unlikely you have seen them all. The few cockroaches you may see during the day could mean that they were forced out of hiding due to overcrowding which is a possible sign of sever infestation and must be treated immediately. In order to get rid of cockroaches completely, it is best to call in the professionals. Otherwise, you may be left killing one cockroach at a time, a fighting battle you are sure to lose.


RatsRodents present a serious menace to your home as they play host to a variety of disease and germs. It is not advisable to handle any wild rodent as they are equipped with large teeth and, with one bite, they can transmit a variety of bacteria including viruses. Keep any food sources away from rodents by ensuring your garbage bins are well sealed and that any open food packets are stored correctly. Rodents are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet and therefore, they can be extremely hard to exterminate. It is best that you contact your local pest control professional as they will not only rid you of the problem but will also help prevent against any further infestations.


FliesFlies literally plague every part of the world, except the polar ice caps. When flies feed on waste, they collect pathogens on their legs and mouth. These pathogens cause disease in humans and animals and are spread through transferral from the fly every time in lands on tables or counters. The best ways to prevent and reduce flies in your home is through a series of simple, preventative measures. Flies prefer warmer temperatures, so during hotter months try to keep your windows and doors closed, limiting access to your home from the outside. Fly screens are a great way to allow in fresh air while also keeping the flies out. Keep garbage cans closed and kitchen surfaces clean and free from food. Keeping your home clean will make it far less appealing to flies. Sanitation is absolutely crucial for controlling this pest.


TermitesTermites, otherwise known as ‘The Silent Destroyer’, are often thriving in your home or garden without any sign of immediate damage. All termites feed on cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, whatever materials your home was constructed from, it is very likely that there will be some part of your home that is a welcoming snack for any hungry termite. The best way to eliminate the termites from your home is to eliminate any moisture problems by keeping your gutters clean, repairing any leaks and keeping all vents clean and open. Be sure to rid your home of any termite food sources by keeping firewood and debris away from the edge of the house and check decks and wooden fences for damage. Again, if the problem is beyond your control it is always best to call a professional.

How have you pest controlled your home? We would love to hear from you and learn about the pests that most often frequent your home. Leave us a comment below with your most common pest problem and the pest control solution that has worked for you!



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