Latest Household Pests Articles

Protect Your Home from Pests this Winter

No house is safe from pests. Cockroaches, ants, and mice infestations are a serious threat to the safety of your home and your family.

Bug-Free Basement

Basements attract insects because they lack natural light and are often more humid than the rest of the house.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Water Supply

A recent report from the National Resources Defense Council revealed that nearly a quarter of Americans are drinking contaminated water.

Stink Bugs In the House

If you have stink bugs in the house you can fight back using pesticides and light traps.

Stink Bugs Control

Stink bugs control may not be achievable until a product is developed for their control in crop fields.

Portable Dehumidifier

Some insect control can best be done by controlling the environment. Booklice, for example, require high humidity, so reducing the humidity levels below fifty-percent will make the environment less hospitable for psocid. This exterminator did some online searches for the best portable dehumidifier and came up with these results.

Shield Bugs

With shield bugs invading, everyone is looking for ways to control these pests. Here are some suggested shield bug remedies I have received recently.


Stink Bug

When is the best time to hire a professional for a stink bug treatment and what should be included in the treatment? Knowing the answers to these questions could save you time and a lot of aggravation. 

Stink Bug Control

Currently, there are only products that provide limited stink bug control. The product development process will focus on crop protection long before you ever find a can of stink bug spray on retail shelves.

Insect Invasion

Sometimes there is little we can do to avoid an insect invasion, especially when a structure happens to be directly in the way of a migratory flight path. Batten down the hatches and grit your teeth until it passes over. Trying to exclude migratory insects can be maddening.


The stinkbug is causing a lot of anxiety among Ask the Exterminator visitors. People are at a loss as to how to control these invasive insects. Thankfully, our readers have lots of advice about stinkbug control and this reader gave one of the most thoughtful courses of action. 

Rolly Polly Bugs

A visitor to the website writes that she is having a problem with rolly polly bugs, also known as pill bugs or sow bugs. Her house was treated, but the rolly pollies continue to invade the house.


Psocids are very small insects measuring 1 to 4 mm. They are more commonly called booklice and their presence may be a sign of a mold problem in your home.

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are nuisances that will invade homes looking for shelter. Learn how to get rid of stink bugs by using the right products at the right time.


Centipedes are highly evolved predators. Evidence in the fossil records shows that the modern day centipede had ancestors living 420 million years ago.

Clothes Moth

Find a moth flying around your house and you are worried it is a clothing moth? Clothing moths like the dark, so you are probably safe. Read on for more info.

Indian Meal Moth

Indian meal moth can develop in unopened boxes of pantry products that are past their expiration dates.

Silverfish Control

Silverfish eat paper, fabric, glue, and other organic materials. They move very quickly and only come out at night, so if your house is infested by silverfish you might not even know it.

Stink Bugs

Every year stink bugs invade parts of the country and people search for ways to keep stink bugs from getting into their homes. Exclusion! Exclusion! Exclusion is the only answer.

Boxelder Bugs

Fast growing populations of boxelder bugs make control very difficult. As Boxelder bugs migrate from trees they often find houses in their migratory path, making the house likely spots to over-winter.


***image2***Through inspection is the key to successfully getting rid of grain weevils once weevils are discovered to have infested your stored food products.


***image5*** Silverfish are small, but they are fast and sneaky little prehistoric-looking insects. Silverfish often get trapped in sinks and bathtubs where they are unable to negotiate the slick ceramic surfaces.

Tent Caterpillar

***image1***The tent caterpillar, also known as the eastern tent caterpillar is mostly a nusiance pest, but it can defoliate certain types of trees, leaving landscapes looking bare and ugly.


***image2***If mud tubes are suddenly appearing around the base of your trees it probably signifies the emergence of periodical cicadas. One of the cicada species emerges nearly every year.


***image2*** Drought or extremely dry conditions will cause millipedes to migrate towards the shady cracks along foundation walls. These areas usually hold moisture longer than open lawn areas. The millipedes find the smallest of cracks to enter the house, but soon die for lack of moisture.

Pill Bugs

***image1*** Sow bugs and pill bugs seem to invade basements out of nowhere. The presence of pill bugs is nature's way of tell you that moisture is collecting along the exterior foundation walls.

House Centipedes

***image4*** House centipedes feed on other insects, so having centipedes inside your house can actually be beneficial. But, who wants to share living quarters with a lighting-fast insect that can bite?

Box Elder Bugs

***image2*** Box elder bugs are common pests found in most U.S. states. Their narrow red v-shaped lines on their backs make them easy to ID. They do very little damage to the trees they attack, but they can become a nuisance at certain times during the year. They prefer to enter structures along the south and west wall exposures, finding shelter in protected places like under windows and doors, cracks in walls and under eaves.


***image2***Stuff your ears with cotton to prevent earwigs from climbing into your ear and burrowing into your brain. Believe that and I'll tell you another. Earwigs head the list of insect urban legends.