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Most Common Household Pests in The Southeast


Most Common Household Pests in The Southeast

People living in the southeast will tell you the pests here have no mercy for your home or your peace of mind. In the tiny minds of these bothersome pests, they believe our home is their home, too. It’s not a coincidence that most of our clients have the same pest problem. The comfort of a southern home draws in several creepy-crawlies. We’ve compiled a list of common household pests in the southeast and whether or not they are harmful to you and your family.

German Cockroach

Several species of cockroaches reside in the southeast region of the United States, but the most common is the German cockroach. They are usually small, light brown, and have two dark stripes on their back. You could find German cockroaches wherever there is food.

Are they harmful?

Though German cockroaches don’t bite or sting, they can still cause harm to humans. They are known to spread bacteria, which can be a threat to human health.


Gnat is a general term to describe any tiny flying insect. Most people can’t recognize the difference between them all. Clients just know they drive them crazy. Gnats can enter your home through windows, doors, or small cracks, coming in search of food and shelter. They prefer to feed on old food, especially fruits and vegetables. They also stick around light fixtures and trash bins that aren’t properly covered.

Are they harmful?

Gnats (depending on the species) can bite and cause itchiness and swelling. Also, depending on what kind of substances they’ve gotten into, they can spread diseases that are harmful to humans.

American House Spiders

About 35,000 species of spiders exist in the world. One of the most common species of spiders found in homes in the southeast is the American house spider. American house spiders are brownish-tan with white markings and about the size of a nickel. They hide in dark corners and areas in homes where they build messy cobwebs to catch food.

Are they harmful?

Seeing an eight-legged creature in your home staring back at you isn’t a pleasant experience, but they are nothing to be afraid of. American house spiders are not a threat to humans, but they do bite. Their bites cause minimal pain and swelling.

Southern Unstriped Scorpions

Southern unstriped scorpions are native to the southeast. They are dark brown and no longer than 3 inches long. A southern unstriped scorpion likely got into your home by following a food source. They enter homes through cracks, doors, and windows.

Are they harmful?

The only risk that southern unstriped scorpions pose to humans is a sting. Their stings aren’t very painful, and the sensation only lasts for about 30 minutes.

A good way to prevent the invasion of these pests is by maintaining your home and sealing all cracks. An even better way to avoid them is by reaching out to the professionals at Waynes for excellent pest control. Reach us at 1-866-WAYNES1!

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