3 Common Household Pests and What You Can Do About Them

From cockroaches to termites, household pests just seem to keep appearing everywhere, especially during the summer season. If you’ve been noticing you have more housemates (i.e. pests), here’s what you can do to get rid of them.


This is perhaps one of the most commonly seen pests in the Philippines. Cockroaches are not only gross, but they also carry with them many diseases.

They typically enter your home through from cracks in the walls and drain pipes. They are attracted to areas in which there is a lot of food and areas where moisture accumulates.

How to deal with them: It’s very difficult to say whether you’ve gotten rid of all the cockroaches in your home or not. This is because they reproduce very quickly – so even if you kill one, there may be many more hiding around. Cockroach eggs are pretty well-hidden too, and do not respond to commonplace insecticides – and if you ever see one in the day, it means they were forced out into the daylight because there’s too many of them already. Without professional skill and materials, it may be difficult to get rid of all of them on your own.


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Ranging from a quarter of an inch to more than an inch in length, termites are small, destructive pests that typically do not show obvious and immediate signs of infestation. However, this does not mean they are stagnant. In fact, they are probably expanding at exponential rates and destroying your home without you even noticing.

Termites tend to accumulate wherever you see dead trees and plants because they like to feed on wood. If your house has a lot of furniture, floors, walls or ceilings made of wood, you are probably more prone to termite infestation so be vigilant.

How to deal with them: Some warning signs of termite infestation include cracked or bubbling paint, hollow wood and mud tubes on walls. The best way to deal with termites is to cut off their food source and make the environment inhospitable – repair leaking faucets and pipes, seal entry points around areas with moisture and keep soil from tracking into wood in-and-around your home.


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Rodents such as mice and rats have very different habits and reproduction capacities. Rats tend to be cautious around traps and bait, and they tend to breed in places that are hard to access. Meanwhile, mice enter houses to seek shelter (food, water, right temperature). Because rats are also more notorious for transferring diseases and disease-carrying parasites, it is imperative to get rid of them and keep them from coming back.

How to deal with them: If you see a mouse or rat in your home, it’s more than likely there are more of them hiding. Don’t take matters into your own hands, you can potentially contract a serious disease if they bite you. Instead, it’s best to go to professional terminators to help you exterminate (hyperlink) them from your home and help you prevent infestations in the future.

Don’t wait for pests to become an even bigger problem. Contact a professional pest control specialist right away. For hassle-free service, contact a Gawin.ph pest control professional today.

written by Bea Luna