Meet These 8 Most Common House Bugs in NYC

Many people call New York City home. Unfortunately, so do a lot of common house bugs as well. Therefore, it’s essential for you to be aware of all the types of common house bugs that live in your home.

Know the signs of an infestation, and risks posed by these pests. It is important to have the proper information to stay on top of any pest infestation.

#1. Ants

Ants are probably one of the most common house bugs in the United States, not just New York City. Nesting in lawns, under stumps, and beneath foundations. 

Ants come inside seeking water and greasy or sweet foods. They will remain there if you keep providing them with the optimal conditions.

ants in the mound


While ants are a major nuisance, they don’t cause much damage other than the risk of contaminating your food. Some ants, such as carpenter ants, do cause structural damage though. So it’s important to know the difference between different types of ants to minimize your risk.

#2. Termites

Termites don’t cause disease, but are scary for a different reason; they can cause severe structural damage. Termites are often confused with flying ants, but unlike ants, termites will chew through the wood as their food source in your house without you even realizing it; until it’s too late.

#3. Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be up to half an inch in length and possess two antennae with six legs. These widespread house bugs can be found where food has been left out. They can spread disease, food poisoning, dysentery, and even cause diarrhea.


Some people are particularly susceptible to cockroaches and can suffer from allergic reactions or even asthma attacks.

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Keep your home clean and tidy. Also, properly sanitize to avoid an infestation.

#4. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped. These pests are easily transmitted between residences and can be found in any location throughout the country.

adult bed bug on the carpet

Adult Bed Bug

They are frequently transmitted by travelers, hiding in hotel rooms, airplane seats, and even seats at the movie theater. Bed bugs feed upon your blood at night and are particularly tough to get rid of once they have infested your home.

#5. Fleas

Fleas are often found on pets and can spell disaster as they can transmit parasites, such as tapeworms. They can jump long distances, and feed upon dogs, cats, and even people. They are often found on rodents as well, making them common in the household.

#6. Silverfish

Silverfish get their name from the way they “swim” across your floor, but these insects aren’t fish-like in any other regard. These pests have slim, segmented bodies. 

They tend to reside in dark, damp areas, such as basements or bathrooms. Silverfish don’t typically bite or spread disease, but they feed on glue and paper products. So, they can damage papers, clothing, and even wallpaper.

#7. Beetles

Beetles are also common household bugs. Carpet beetles are particularly well-known in the city and will feed upon dried foods in your pantry. They tend to hang out in areas that aren’t frequently trafficked, such as in the carpet or corners of your closet.

#8. Paper Wasps, Bees, and Other Stinging Insects

If you notice nests around the outside of your home, then chances are you have an infestation of a stinging insect. These can be tough to differentiate between each other, but it’s important not to let a nest hang on your house for long.


When stung by one of these insects, you may experience reactions such as itching, swelling, and, in some people, extreme anaphylactic shock.

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Contact a pest control company immediately if you suspect a stinging insect infestation, so that they can remove the nests before your family is put at risk.

What Do I Do If I’ve Found a Bug Infestation in My Home?

While you should first identify the pest that is invading your home, it can often be difficult to do so, mainly if you have limited experience in identifying and eliminating pests.

Instead of wasting time with ineffective DIY treatments, contact Control ExterminatingWe are one of the best pest control companies in New York City and have experience with all of the common house bugs found in the area.

We will work with you to develop a natural pest control solution that takes into account the prevention, elimination, and detecting how the pests entered your home in the first place.***

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