The Most Common Hiding Places for Pests

Most people don’t think about pest control until they’ve seen an insect or a rodent scurrying across the floor. Unfortunately, by then, your home may already be infested. Just because you don’t see pests doesn’t mean they aren’t there.


Most basements are dark and damp, and that makes an ideal habitat for crickets, spiders, silverfish, millipedes, centipedes, ants, and pillbugs. Check the area frequently for leaks, and consider running a dehumidifier to dry out the space. Inspect areas under appliances and your water heater. Check for entry points that allow bugs to move in.


Another room that is frequently humid, the bathroom, is an ideal environment for pests. Thirsty insects will actually search for water in the shower or bathtub, so dry out those spaces after using. Cockroaches, ants, crickets, and silverfish like to make their home in your bathroom. Keeping the area clean and sweeping up debris like hair will discourage insects from moving in.


Stacked boxes of unused items are often found in attics, and insects love taking up residence there. Vents offer an entryway, so screen them off to keep unwanted pests out.


The spaces between walls provide a perfect environment for pests and insects. Wall spaces provide safe routes to endless supplies of food and access to every room. Professional exterminators can prevent infestations by drilling holes into the walls and applying a specially formulated insecticide to clear them out.

Clutter Piles

Magazines, newspapers, boxes and other dirty laundry also provide safe shelter and breeding places for a variety of common household pests, including cockroaches, spiders, lice, and silverfish.

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