Having household pests is no laughing matter. Not only is it embarrassing to have them, they are also difficult to remove. Not to mention, they are potentially harmful to your family and friends who visit you at home.

Here are some of the worst household pests and some tips to keep them away from your home.

Ants

You will find ants wherever there is food. Your best bet is to not to leave any food out and make sure any leftovers are stored in air-tight containers. Cleaning the table thoroughly after every meal, washing the dishes and taking out the garbage regularly greatly reduce the presence of ants in your home.

Bed BugsThe Worst Bugs to Have in your Home

It is a good idea to wash all beddings, upholstery and other soft surfaces if you suspect any bed bug infestation. However, if you are unable to get rid of them all, they are likely to come back. To fully get rid of bed bugs in your home, you need help from pest control.

Fleas

Fleas come from animals so household pets like cats and dogs should be treated with flea medication. Fleas carry diseases that can infect people. It is best to wash all clothes, bedding, upholstery that may have come in contact with the fleas using boiling water. Also thoroughly clean the house and vacuum the carpets if you have them in your home.

Fruit Flies

Fruit flies, like ants, are present when there is food. Make sure all food is covered in air-tight containers or stored properly in the refrigerator.

MosquitoesThe Worst Bugs to Have in your Home

Mosquito bites are not only itchy but they can also be lethal as mosquitoes carry germs that can spread deadly diseases. Mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water so avoid storing water in containers without covers at home. Remove water from containers where they are able to breed. Clean both indoor and outdoor areas of your home thoroughly.

Termites

If you have a major termite infestation, the only way to get rid of them is to call termite control. Termites thrive on leaky plumbing and other possible sources of moisture. Termite control usually need to use chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family so you need to schedule the treatment times accordingly.