Where do pests in the home come from?

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Have unwanted inhabitants appeared unnoticed in your house? Are moths flying out of your kitchen cupboards and in the bathroom in the evenings you come across sugar gliders? Find out where they come from and, most importantly, how to get rid of them!

Probably no one likes uninvited guests in the form of insects and arachnids. Unfortunately, it often happens that pests visit our humble doorstep and exterminating them is harder than it may seem. Where do pests come from in the home? And more importantly, what to do to prevent them from moving in?

Where do pests come from in the home?

Although it may seem that pests in the home are associated with dirt, moisture, and poor sanitation in general, every home is vulnerable to unwanted guests. Pests like to stay close to people because it gives them warm shelter and constant access to food. Many species, such as moths and roaches, can be unwittingly brought into the home with the groceries. Some push themselves through cracks in doors or pipes. You need to know your enemy in order to choose the right way to fight them


Roaches, also known as cockroaches, are pests covered in the worst notoriety. These fairly large insects (15 mm) have hard carapaces and mobile feelers, as well as the unique ability to move extremely quickly, even on slippery surfaces. They appear in homes because they like warm and moist places

Prussians come out of hiding at night. This is when they sneak into food, eating fruits and vegetables, as well as bread and loose produce. They leave droppings and bacteria in them. Cockroaches multiply at an alarming rate, and their presence in the home negatively affects the health of the household – they transmit viral and bacterial diseases and parasites

You can try to control cockroaches with home remedies. You should spread beer in deep plates so that the insects drown. They are said to be repelled by the smell of bay leaves, ammonia and catnip. They also dislike cold and light

Food and clothing moths

Moths are the real bane of anyone who has had to deal with them. In the fight against them, the most important point of strategy is to distinguish which species we are dealing with – clothing or food moths?

Food moths are larger (8-10 mm), two-colored brownish-gray. Clothes moths are slightly smaller and yellowish. The biggest problem is their larvae, and the adults are just a sign that we have unwanted occupants in our home

Food moth larvae can be introduced unnoticed into the home along with dry products such as rice, cereals, nuts, breakfast cereals and even dog or cat food. They form thin webs that make their presence known quickly. To prevent moths from proliferating in your kitchen, always pour bulk foods into glass containers and check their condition

Sugar moths

Sugar glider fish, otherwise known as silverfish, are wingless insects with chitinous carapaces that can be found mainly in bathrooms. Like roaches, they like damp, warm and dark places. Of all the unwanted tenants mentioned here, the fishworms are the least troublesome. They do not climb into cupboards, so there is no risk of their excrements staining food. They also do not transmit diseases and are not dangerous to humans

Fish feed on food crumbs, and they love sugar. Unfortunately, they can also eat cellulose, and thus destroy documents, books and wallpaper. They also nibble on organic adhesives and certain materials such as linen and cotton

In the fight against fishworms it will be necessary to check ventilation, reduce humidity in the room and lower the temperature. It is also good to eliminate any potential attractants – food scraps, mold. You also can not allow them to have a place to breed, so it is worth sealing any cracks and openings so they can not nest in them

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