Watch Out for These 5 Common Household Pests


When it comes to pest control, professional exterminators recommend learning about common pests found in homes. This can prevent pest infestations from wreaking havoc in and around your house.

After all, if the comfort and safety of your home is compromised, it can cause a lot of distress. Pests like carpenter ants, ticks, bed bugs, and cockroaches can invade living spaces quickly, leaving you vulnerable to insect bites, hygiene issues, and other issues down the line.

It’s important to be aware of the different types of pests that commonly invade homes in New England. This will not only prepare you for dealing with a pest infestation, but also help you take preventive measures to avoid these unwelcome guests in the first place.

Here are the five most common pests requiring professional pest control in New England that every homeowner needs to watch out for:

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants affect many homes in New England. The worker ants range in length from 1/8 – 1/2 inch, with the queens being slightly larger. They are most commonly black, although some species are red, red and black, or brown.

These ants are social insects that prefer nesting in wood. They commonly hollow out galleries or tunnels in trees, structures, wood, and foam insulation. Don’t be surprised to see them in crawlspaces or creeping along the tree trunks in your garden.

Modern’s Homecare Green program protects against over 55 common household pests, including carpenter ants. This year-round service can eliminate an infestation and keep them from coming back. Don’t let carpenter ants cause costly and danger structural damage in your biggest investment. Call Modern!


Yellowjacket wasps, paper wasps, and bald-faced hornets (which are more closely related to yellowjackets than hornets) are all prevalent in New England.

Most wasps exhibit predatory and scavenging behavior. Depending on the species, some wasps are solitary while others live in colonies which may number thousands of individuals. Social species will often create wasps nests in walls of houses, sheds, or other wooded areas.

Wasp nest removal is important and should not be delayed once you have spotted one in or around your house. This is because wasps inflict painful stings that can require medical attention. Some people are even deathly allergic to wasps.

Don’t attempt to get rid of a wasp nest on your own. Store-bought treatments are not always effective and the attempt to drive these insects out can backfire with severe consequences. Modern’s Homecare Green covers stinging insects. We also provide nest removal services. Don’t get stung when Modern can help!

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs, as the name suggests, are a type of insect that generally live in the warmth of your bed. Although they are not known to transmit any disease, a bed bug infestation can definitely keep you up at night.

These tiny crawlers not only feed on your blood, but they attack when you have the least chance of defending yourself. Feeding only takes about 10 minutes and is usually unnoticed by the host. Afterward, the bite may become inflamed and itch, but many people never react. If no food source is available, bed bugs can wait for over 500 days.

Think you might have bed bugs? Modern’s trained Pest Management Professionals will identify if bed bugs are present in your home and target them where they live and breed. Our Bed Bug Control & Treatment program will eliminate bed bugs from your home for good!


Ticks are a type of arachnids, which means that they come from the same family as spiders and mites. American dog ticks, brown dog ticks, black-legged (deer) ticks, and lone star ticks are the four most common tick species found in New England. Infestations have been on the rise here over the past few years, which is a concern for pest professionals and homeowners alike.

Ticks feed off the blood of their hosts – which can include you and your pets alike. Although most tick bites don’t require any medical attention, they can cause pain and discomfort. Some ticks are vectors of serious and even deadly diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and babesiosis.

Modern’s Homecare Mosquito, Flea, and Tick program offers protection against all three disease-spreading vector pests. Call today to get a jump on tick season and schedule your service now.


Cockroaches are one of the most common types of pests in New England. Roaches enter your home through small cracks and crevices, drain and sewer pipes, vents, and electrical ingress points to name a few.

Once inside, roaches can be a pervasive pest, multiplying quickly. They can remain active all year long. They feed on starchy foods, paper, fabric and decaying organic material. Roaches are nocturnal. Seeing a roach in your home during the day may be a sign of a serious infestation.

The major threat from cockroaches is that they can cause food poisoning and similar health issues by spreading pathogens like E. Coli and Salmonella. Moreover, cockroaches eat away and destroy certain materials like paper and fabric.

If there are a large number of cockroaches breeding in your house, it can lead to skin allergies and respiratory problems like asthma. Cast skins and feces mix with the air indoors and cause these issues. Call Modern today before a few roaches turn into an infestation. Various species of cockroaches are some of the over 55 common household pests covered by our Homecare Green program.

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Whether you’re dealing with the pests above, or need help identifying bugs in your home, Modern can help!

Modern offers both Residential and Commercial pest control to address a variety of pest control issues. Call Modern today at 1-800-323-7378. We’ll figure out what’s bugging you and keep them out!