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5 Most Common Household Pests and How to Control Them


These half-inch-to-2-inch-long bugs contaminate food, destroy fabric and paper, cause staining on surfaces, and depending on the species may transmit bacteria and disease including salmonella, coliform, staphylococcus, streptococcus, and the hepatitis virus.

Bug sprays are not particularly effective for extended elimination of cockroaches, but with a vigilant effort they can be eliminated. Locate and remove all sources of water and food for the bugs, and remove any hiding places for them. Putting out traps for them will also help keep track of when they reappear and allow you to manage them more quickly and more effectively.