Which pests are most common in housing?

Although pest populations vary by region, the top four indoor pests are:

  • Ants (Acrobat, Argentine, Carpenter, Crazy, Ghost, Imported Fire Ants [Red, Black, Hybrid], Little Black, Little Thief, Odorous House, Pavement, or Pharaoh)
  • Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius)
  • German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
  • House Mouse (Mus musculus)

Pests that are mainly outdoors, but are still a burden to PHAs include:

  • American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) a.k.a. Palmetto Bug
  • Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus) a.k.a. Brown Rat or Sewer Rat
  • Roof Rat (Rattus rattus) a.k.a. Black Rat
  • Termite (various species such as Drywood, Eastern Subterranean, and Formosan Subterranean)

Other urban pests include:

See the pest solutions page for information on managing these pests.