Where we pass our leisure time and make some productive family matters that is our dreamy house. We try to keep our home best than others. But this social family life can be disturbed by some unwanted bugs. Bugs or pests can be found anywhere in the world and they are prevailing with human from thousands of year ago. It’s no problem if some of them can’t live in our house. Yes! It’s the problem. They are known as bugs or pests or insects and those are living in your home are called Household Bugs. Some of the bugs are living with us and destroying our food, furniture, health and even our sweet movement. We’ll try to know about Common Household Bugs.
But sometimes we’re unable to identify the bugs. We should know them if we get rid of them. So in this research we’ll try to focus all kinds of common household bugs that are destroying our family life. (source: wikipedia) As IndoorBugs always try to research about household bugs, so it’s the duty too familiar with you with the most common house living bugs. Let’s start to know about it…
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Table of Contents
- Common household bugs:
- Bed Bugs
- 6. Cockroaches
- House centipede
- House Crickets
- 12. Red spiders
- brown recluse / spider
- Stored Product Pests
- Most Common household bugs:
- Where most of the common household bugs grow up?
- What feed maximum household bugs?
Household bugs are two types: 1) Vertebrate 2) Invertebrates
The pest consisting backbone are known as vertebrate. The household bugs like Mice and rats are mammals and vertebrate also.
This kinds of most common household vertebrate bugs are:
Mice is the Plural form of mouse. It’s commonly found in the house. Some of the species are domestic and used as pet. But this household mouse live in your house and stay infested area as well as damage your house property and contamination. It also bears diseases. The color may be white, brown, grey of a mouse.
Most common types of mice are:
- Field Mice
- House Mice
Though House mice is the most common species of mice. Scientific name of house mice is Mus musculus.
Rats are bigger than mouse and generally medium sized and long tail rodents. Scientific name of rats are rattus and scientific name of household rats are Rattus rattus.
Most common types of rats are:
- Wood rats
- Black rats
- Brown rats
- Cotton rats
Black and brown rats are considered as Common household bugs.
The bugs that have no backbone are called invertebrates. Most of the insects/bugs/pest are invertebrates.
This kinds of most common household Bugs are:
Bed bugs are the most common household bugs. The scientific name of bed bugs is Cimex lectularius. The color of bed bugs is brown to reddish brown. They are nocturnal and feed human blood and can be found in the house mostly.
Read also: Symptoms of bed bugs in your room
3 types of bed bugs are most common as house bugs:
- Mexican chicken bug (Haematosiphon inodora) which are found in the poultry farm.
- Bat bugs (Cimex adjunctus) who are fond of human blood.
- Barn swallow bugs
Bed bugs (Cimex adjunctus) are very common as household pests.
Flies are the plural form of Fly. Flies are an insect and can found 1 million species all over the world. Scientific name of flies is Diptera. Flies can bear diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery.
Most common species of house flies are:
- Drain fly
- Fruit fly
- Blow fly
- Bottle fly
- House fly
Ants is social insects like bees and wasps. Scientific name of ants is Formicidae. More than twenty thousands of species are found of ants.
Most common species of household ants are:
- Argentine ant
- Acrobat ant
- Fire ants
- Argentine ants
- Carpenter ants
- Thief ants
- Odorous house ants
Cockroaches are the most common household bugs and are found in the houses, kitchen and store room. Cockroaches have the wings, though has little ability to fly. Scientific name of Cockroaches is Blattaria. 30 species are found in human habitat and among them 4 species are treated as household pests.
Most house roaches are:
- Brown-banded cockroaches
- American cockroaches
- German cockroaches
- Oriental cockroaches
you can found Oriental Cockroaches and Madagascar Hissing Cockroach in your house also.
Beetles are as like cockroaches. Basically when they have wings in the adult level can make fault as cockroaches. Scientific name of beetles is Coleoptera and it’s the largest group of insects. Millions of species are found of beetles. Bettles can found in all kinds of area of habitats, but in the sea regions it can be identify easily.
Most common species of beetles that can found in your house are:
- Mealworm beetles
- Woodworms beetles
- Carpet beetles
- Spider beetle
Beetles destroy woods, furniture and food also.
House centipede is a species of Centipede. Scientific name of House centipede is Scutigera coleoptrata. This types of yellowish-grey centipede bears 15 legs. It can found in the cool and damp places in your house. They can live in the excessive hot or cold places. So they search that kinds of host to live or protect. The size can be 1inc to 1.5 inch.
House cricket is a species of true crickets. Scientific name of house crickets is Acheta domesticus. They have the similarity with grasshoppers. Gray and brownish is the color of house crickets. House crickets is sold as the food of others pests like birds and Reptile. House crickets can be made tasty food by deeply fried.
Fleas are insects, can be found in your house. Fleas feeds blood of animals. Scientific name of Fleas is Siphonaptera. 2000 species of fleas are found worldwide. They have no wings and reddish-brown and dark in color.
Most common fleas that are found in home:
- Dog flea
- Cat flea
- Human flea
- Rat flea
- Bird flea (Moorhen flea)
Fleas can hunt human for blood also.
Generally, Moths are considered as harmless insect. There have 11,000 species of moths in the US only and 1,60,000 species are found in the total world. They are the too similar with butterflies. Mostly they are brown in color and many other color can be found worldwide also with the change of environment and regions. Scientific name of Moths is Lepidoptera.
Most of the time Moths are harmless and can be described as more beneficiary for human. Though some the species of Moths are living can do harmful task. They mostly damage textiles and stored products in your house. But they have no health risk. Moths destroy fibers, carpets, clothes, mat, leather and even leather products. So sometimes it’s risk to give permission to stay Moths in your house.
Common household Moths that are living with you are:
- Clothes moths
- Brown house moths
- Indian meal moths
- Almond moths
- Gypsy moths
- Grain Moths
12. Red spiders
Red spiders are insects that makes webs in your house and basically they feed plants and another insect. Though the main food is insect like ants, they eat vegetables, indoor plants and food crops also.
Scientific name of this house bugs is Latrodectus hasselti. They make web inside your house and stay in the dark, cool and lonely places in your home. They take meal in the web and feed mainly ants.
Though they are not dangerous, but if anyone disturbed his webs, they can even mite the humans.
is a small and wingless insect. They look like silvery gray and blue color and move as like a fish, so researcher defines them as silverfish. They can run so fast but only in the horizontal surface. They are not experts to run in the walls at the same speed. Silverfish avoid light all the time.
Scientific name of silverfish is Lepisma saccharina, that indicates that they feed carbohydrates like sugar and starch. They are found in the damp and nasty places in the houses, basements, bathrooms and kitchens. They can feed shampoos, glue, books and dead insects also.
Woodlice is an insect mostly can find in the dead woods and in the household used woods. Woodlice are also known as wood bug (Canada), Potato Bug, Armadillo bug, cheesy bugs and others that are regions based. There have 5000 kinds of known species over the world. They active in the night usually. Scientific name of Woodlice is Oniscidea.
Woodlice have 14 parts of their total body, that are strong to protect themselves. They live in the damp places in the house and eat dead woods.
Termites is the most common household bugs and are found most of the houses in the world. Sometime we make fault to consider termites as ant. Though Termites are social bonded insect like ants or bees, but they’re not same.
Termites are called Silent Killer as they are damaging your home and homes dead wood and wood furniture so badly. Firstly, termites never keep any signs of damages, but they never stop to do their poisonous work. They are very social and in reality they are the most social insects in the world.
Termites stay in the side of dead wood, soil and wood products. They like damp and woody places to stay. Termites obeys their King and Queen as they work like workers and soldiers. King are the fertile male termites among all the termites in a colony and Queen is the fertile female termites from all the female termites in that colony.
Queen has the longest life span among all over insects. Sometimes a fertile queen may live 50+ years. Termites feed dead wood plants and woody products. Basically they’re not harmful for you, but harmful for your furniture’s or dead plant.
Types of termites that is considered as common household bugs:
- Dampwood termites
- Drywood termites
- Formosan termites
- Subterranean termites
- Desert termites
Scientific name of termites is Isoptera and 3500 species are identified as termites over the world. They are mostly familiar as white ant and woodworm and some knows it as wood ants.
Weevil is actually beetles that damage house and filed stored crops. Weevils color is brownish to black. In the world they have near about 60k species and 1k species only in the north America.
Scientific Name of Weevil is Curculionoidea and they feed stored crops. They also feed different kinds of plants. Though they are not harmful for human, but they damage the crops of human basic needed. The size of weevil may vary from species and location of growing up. Normally weevil are small bugs and size vary from 3 to 10mm.
Common household Weevil as pest are:
- Rice Weevil
- Maize or Wheat Weevil
Generally, they are harmful for household crops and stored products like wheat, rice, barley, peas and cottonseed.
Mosquito are small household bugs and it can be seen anywhere in the world and in any places. Male and female feed mainly food and plants ambrosia. But you can ask me why? They take my blood. It’s true. But only adult female feed blood. As they need protein to produce and develop eggs. So She feed only blood and take rest for several days to produce eggs.
There have 3600 species of mosquito in the world and near about 100 species can found in the US. Scientific name of Mosquito is Culicidae. They bear dangerous diseases like Malaria, Dengue.
Common types of Mosquito that are found in your household:
Aedes mosquitoes live in the flooded water and it’s necessary for cycling their life. Popular aedes are yellow fever mosquitos and Asian tiger mosquitos. They bite in human and it’s very painful.
Anopheles stays in the permanent fresh water and most popular anopheles’ mosquitos are malaria mosquitos that can spread malaria.
Culex grow up in the standing water. Species like Culex pipiens are also known as house mosquito.
In Spanish, mosquitos are called little fly and in Africa, new-zealand, austrilia they are called Mozzies. At a time, mosquitos can lay 300 eggs and they need very much water to live.
brown recluse / spider
Brown recluse spider is a common pest in the US and its name come from his looking and appearance as their color is brown. They are found in damp and dark places in the home beside ground. They can attack human to save themselves. Scientific name of brown recluse spider is Loxosceles reclusa.
Ticks are small insects and found in house as household pest. They feed the blood of pets, birds and domestic animals. They bear disease that can suffer humans and animals. They have some ecological value by damaging small insects.
Scientific name of Ticks is Ixodes scapularis. Ticks have eight legs and stays in the damp places.
Earwig is an insect of 5 inch to 8 inch long. They have a pair of forceps like pincers at the ends of their abdomen. Earwig become active on the night and take sleep at day time. So they can call nocturnal.
Someone thinks Earwig goes to human’s ear when they sleep, but it has no scientific prove. It’s only a superstition. There have 2000 species of Earwig and in the US there have more than 20 species. Some species of Earwig can produce bad smell, but they do it just for defensive reason.
Scientific name of Earwig is Dermaptera. They feed insects and plants among the household. So they damage flowers. Indoor plants and stored crops. The color of Earwig is reddish black to brown.
Wasps is an insect with two pair of wings and size is 0.5 inch to 2 inch in length. They are the combination of bees and ants, but not bees nor ants. They have thousands of species all over world.
Common two types of Wasps:
- Yellow Jackets Wasp
Wasps are also categorized by social and solitary. Social wasps live with communities and in a community there can stay 100 to 1000 even larger wasps. But the solitary wasps can’t stay with community. They live alone and produce eggs in another insect’s nest.
Some the wasps can be divided as predatory and parasitic. Scientific name of Wasps is Hymenoptera.
Chiggers is a small insect with red color. Scientific name of Chiggers is Trombiculidae. Chiggers is also known as red bugs, berry bugs, harvest bugs etc. They are seen in the forestry places and in the house it stays in the household vegetables and plants. They feed skin cell of animals, plants and humans. Generally, they inject in the skin and feed from the cell. Their bite is not so painful, but can be itchy.
Chiggers is too small, can hardly see by human eyes. With the help of magnifying glass, they can be identified. The size varies from 1.05 to 0.50 mm only and can alive 2 to 12 months.
Lice are too common insect that live in the warm blooded host (plural form of Louse). They have no wings and live with the animals, birds and even with human. Below the feather of birds and in the hair of humans can be found Lice.
There have 5000 species of lice and they feed blood. Scientific name of Lice is Pediculus humanus capitis.
Mites is a small insect, that are human parasites like lice. More than 48000 species have been discovered worldwide and some of the species are too different from simple mites. Mites lives in human, animals and others household pets and can be seen also in the garden and plants.
Dust mite feed dead skin from humans and animals. Scientific name of Mites is Acari.
Stored Product Pests
Stored products pest are the pests of bugs that lives in the household and destroy many household items like vegetables, corns or fruit or other house items.
Most common stored product pests are:
- flour beetles
- fruit flies
- drugstore beetle
- saw-toothed grain beetle
- meal moth
Most Common household bugs:
In the listed bugs all are common in your house. But we try to shorten 10 most common household bugs that are found most of the part of the world.
- Bed bugs
- Rats and Mice
Where most of the common household bugs grow up?
As they are household bugs, so they stay very close of your home and some of them live in your house, kitchen and even indoor beds too.
Though household bugs live in your house, but they choose to stay damp and nasty places of the house. Sometime it’s so common to notice them in the nasty places and if you see infestation of bugs, I’m sure you’ll find them easily.
What feed maximum household bugs?
Among common household bugs, bed bugs and ants feed with human blood. On the other hand, cockroaches, rats, mice take human food as their feeding and others bugs like termites, spider flies feed household furniture and items.
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