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Other Pests

There are many pests that could find their way into your home that are not part of a larger category of common household pests. These include:

  • Bark scorpions: The bark scorpion is the only scorpion in America whose sting can prove fatal. These scorpions are found almost exclusively in Arizona.
  • Boxelder bugs: Boxelder bugs are black and orange bugs that reside in boxelder trees during the warm months. When temperatures fall these pest will flee to the nearest indoor structure that they can find, a process known as overwintering. If there is a boxelder tree near your house you could end up sharing your home with these bugs for the winter.
  • Brown marmorated stink bugs: The brown marmorated stink bug recently found its way to the U.S. and infests homes and trees in extremely large amounts. Since arriving stateside in 1998, these pests have caused major damage to a large variety of crops.
  • Cat fleas: Cat fleas are one of the most common fleas in the country. They travel into homes on pets or clothes and will feed on the blood of a variety of species.
  • Clothes moths: Homeowners do not see clothes moths in most cases due to their extreme aversion to light. These pests are known to hide in closets and slowly eat away at clothing and other fabric found there.
  • Clover mites: Clover mites do not cause any harm to humans, but they could infest your home and be a huge annoyance. These pests eat grass and other plants, and if they find their way inside of your home, these microscopic pests could cause stains and other damage.
  • Earwigs: Despite common myths, earwigs do not harm humans, and regardless of what their name implies they do not burrow inside of the ears of the sleeping. Earwigs commonly infest homes around the nation, and their removal is best left to the professionals.
  • Elm root borer: Elm root borers are a pest that attack elm trees. These can cause death among these trees, and during cold months elm root borers can seek the shelter of your home for overwintering.
  • European earwigs: European earwigs are the most common variety of earwigs found in the United States. These pests are usually found in areas that are dark and damp, and you may spot these pests in your sink or bathtub.
  • Indian house crickets: Indian house crickets don’t pose a threat to humans, but their unsightly appearance and loud chirping can be quite unsettling. These crickets commonly find their way into homes in bags of pet food.
  • Indian meal moths: Indian meal moths are one of the most common pantry pests found in American homes. If these moths find their way into your pantry they will attack stored food like flour or dried fruits.
  • Kudzu bugs: Kudzu bugs are a type of pest that have only found their way into America very recently. Kudzu vines are the most common place for these bugs, and they may attempt to move in to your home during winter months.
  • Mealworm: Mealworms are the larval form of mealworm beetles. In some parts of the world this larva is regularly consumed as a healthy snack, but if they find their way into your home they could eat away at many types of food found in your pantry.
  • Scorpions: Scorpions are a highly-feared pest that’s found in desert regions of the United States. Most varieties of scorpions are not as harmful as we once believed, but some species have sting that can be very toxic and sometimes fatal.
  • Silverfish: Silverfish are grey or blue pests that eat cellulose-based material. They are commonly found in dark, damp areas around the home such as basements as well as between the pages of books.
  • Webbing clothes moths: One of the most common types of moths found in the home is the webbing clothes moth. This pest will create holes in many types of clothes found in your closet, but they are commonly remedied using moth balls.
  • Western conifer seed bugs: Western conifer seed bugs aren’t a pest that’s traditionally found within the home, but during fall months they can accidentally find their way inside of your home. Usually these pests are found within pine and cedar trees.
  • Wheat weevils: Wheat weevils eat stored grained, both in warehouses and within American homes. These damage can be avoided by storing grains in air-tight metal containers.
  • Wood ticks / Rocky Mountain wood ticks: Ticks can find their way into your home on pets, clothing or even your family members. Ticks can are responsible for the spread of many highly dangerous diseases, including Rocky Mountain Fever and Lyme Disease.