Nobody wants bugs in their homes. Bugs can contaminate food, bite people and pets, and generally creep you out, too. So what can you do about the many varieties of bugs that are native to the state of New York, particularly Middletown, NY? Thankfully, most of them will stay outside. But certain bugs are common household pests.

Knowing your enemy is an important step toward pest control. After all, it takes different techniques to eliminate different bugs. So here are the most common household bugs you’re likely to struggle within your area.


Infamously gross and hardy, cockroaches are tough to kill. You could squish every roach that you see, but what can you do about the elusive nests of cockroaches that may be living in your cabinets, walls, or attic?

Pest control starts with preventing cockroach invasions in the first place. Seal up cracks in doors, windows, and walls, keep your home clean, and try to avoid eating outside of the kitchen or dining room. Also, make sure you keep your food tightly sealed away in airtight containers. If cockroaches access your food supply, they can spread incredibly dangerous diseases, like salmonella.


Some of the most difficult bugs to kill, bed bugs spread like a disease, latching onto a single person and spreading across entire homes, neighborhoods, and even cities. Bed bugs hide in mattresses, closets, baseboards, and other areas where they can form tiny but highly populated nests. They’re famous for biting humans at night, drinking their blood.

Bed bugs are difficult to kill, often requiring the use of heat treatments that essentially cook them to death, including their eggs. You must kill bed bug eggs if you hope to eliminate the infestation. This is why most other methods that target adult bed bugs just don’t work.


These bugs are famous for being costly. The very word “termite” should send a shudder down every homeowner’s spine. They eat dead plant matter, which often consists of building materials in homes, like wooden frames, cabinets, flooring, and furniture. New York homes commonly deal with termites. Prevention is vital. Call a professional to assess your home’s termite risk and apply preventative pest control measures.

If you notice deep grooves or holes in wood, your home may have termites. Call a pest control professional as soon as possible to begin termite intervention. Put this at the top of your priority list. After all, these are some of the most costly and destructive bugs on earth.


Like roaches, pantry beetles are hungry for just about anything you’ll take home to them. Sadly, their home may happen to be your kitchen pantry, hence the name of this common New York beetle. Pantry beetles are incredibly destructive to human food sources, and can often infect flour mills and grocery stores. This sadly means that you may take a pantry beetle infestation home with you.

Try to keep all food stored in airtight containers, especially sugary and flour-based foods that pantry beetles love. If you notice these thin, small, black-to-brown beetles in your kitchen, call a pest control expert.

Call Garrie Pest Control for all your pest concerns (800) 339-0351. We offer fast and affordable pest control in Middletown, NY so that you can live in peace from the above household bugs, as well as rodents, arachnids, and more.

Garrie Pest Control services: Westchester County, NY., Putnam County, NY., Orange County, NY., Rockland County, NY., Dutchess County, NY., Bronx, NY., and Fairfield County, CT.