4 Most Common Household Bugs You Will Find as a New Homeowner

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Not to give you the shivers, but there could be as many as 100 different species of bugs living in your home. That's the number of species; the number of bugs may be much, much higher.

When you move into a new home, you may find that a few of the previous occupants haven't moved out. Occupants of the bug variety.

If you do find some common household bugs when you move in, don't panic. It's usually fairly simple to get rid of them.

Read on as we take a look at some of the bugs you may encounter in your new home.

1. Fleas

If the previous owner had pets then there's a strong chance you may find some fleas.

The likelihood is that you will notice their bites before you actually spot them. Flea bites can be pretty painful and tend to linger for a while. Once you know they're around, you'll probably spot a few jumping about now and again.

If you're not sure, try putting a bowl of water directly under a lamp on the floor. Add a drop of detergent to lower the surface tension of the water. In the morning, if you do have fleas, you'll find several at the bottom of the bowl.

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Flea sprays will usually get rid of them fairly quickly, or you can call out a professional.

2. Termites

Termites can cause serious damage to your home, so if you find them you need to deal with it immediately.

It's far easier to spot the damage caused by termites than the bugs themselves. Look for damage to wood, or for termite droppings, which are small piles of wood pellets that look like coffee grounds or sawdust. Finding termite wings is another sure sign.

If you find termites, call out a professional to deal with them. This isn't something you should tackle on your own.

3. Bed Bugs

If you've moved to a new home, you've probably brought your own bed with you. So you'll be safe from bed bugs, right?

Wrong! Bed bugs are very good at hitching a ride on humans, pets, and anything else that moves. You may end up picking up some bed bugs in your house and carrying them into your own bed. You'll soon know when the bites appear.

Check out https://www.custombedbug.com/blog/5-effective-ways-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs-fast-in-portland-oregon/ for some tips on how to get rid of these unwanted critters.

4. Stink Bugs

The last thing you want is for your new home to smell gross. That could be the case if you've got stink bugs.

These bugs get their name from the unpleasant odor they give off when they're disturbed. If you find any, do not stomp on them. This just makes the smell even worse.

One of the easiest ways to deal with stink bugs is to vacuum them up. Make sure that you empty the vacuum outside and well away from the house to stop the smell, and the bugs, from getting inside again.

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Are You Having Issues With Any of These Common Household Bugs?

If you find any of these common household bugs in your new home, don't panic.

There are steps you can take yourself to eliminate the problem. If these fail, then call out a professional and they'll be able to deal with them for you. Before you know it, your pests will be gone and you can get on with enjoying your home.

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