The Worst Pests You Can Have at Home

Close up image of house antsNo matter how clean you keep it, pests can still find their way into your home. Drains are a common point of entry; some pests bore up through the soil and enter through the cracks in walls and old foundations. Screen doors and windows can only do so much, and you can’t keep every nook and cranny airtight.

In Salt Lake City, residents rely on pest control service providers like Greenside Pest Control to combat infestations and prevent pest-related household damage. They perform periodic spraying and treat around the house’s foundations and other potential entry points.

Here are the worst kinds of household pests:


Termites are either winged or boring insects that resemble ants. They normally appear in homes during the springtime when they come in search for mates. Termites eat wood, but they are also known to eat through non-wood materials like plaster board or foam. They are fond of moisture and humidity. If you see signs of termite infestation, call the exterminators immediately since they can cause expensive damage to timber rafters, floorboards and wall frames.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants commonly enter a building through cracks by doors or windows, or holes in the wall for cables. They bore into damp or rotting wood and leave hollowed-out nests. Once established, they make tunnels into the dry “good” wood and even foam. One way to prevent them from coming in is to dispose of wet wood inside the home and always trim tree limbs that come in contact with windows or roofs. Carpenter ant bites are very painful, and they have a tendency to swarm. So if you are bitten by an ant, be cautious of other ants nearby.


Mice are undesirable pests in any home or establishment. They cause damage by gnawing through household materials, leave droppings and are carriers for parasites with diseases such as scabies and leptospirosis. Aside from sealing up walls and drains, dispose of food properly and do not leave out anything that may attract mice.

If you think you have pests, it’s best to call in the professionals. They will be able to identify the problem, provide an immediate solution and suggest treatment for prevention. Don’t wait until the last minute to seek help.