The Top 5 Household Pests In the UK

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Household pests are much more common than we think, as soon as they get noticed they become a serious problem, which can often be too late. Depending on the type of pest, some can even cause internal, and structural damage to your home at the worst end of the spectrum.

Throughout the UK, household pests are something that you are likely to run into at some point, and the first thing you’re going to be doing is looking at how you can get rid of them.

In this article, we take a look at 5 of the most common household pests to look out for in the UK, and how you can get rid of them.

Common Household Pests UK

In the UK, pests can infest households, buildings, properties and other type of structures. There are many different types of pests that can cause nuisance and disease. Knowing what to look for can help eliminate early signs of an even worse infestation. Here are just 5 of the most common household pests in the UK.

Mice & Rats

Unlike other pets, mice and rats are rampant throughout the year. They tend to nest in warm, quiet places like lofts and walls.

They can cause nuisance, damage and bring disease into homes. They are known to contaminate food, spread diseases and damage furniture.

Signs of infestation, or early appearances to look for include droppings, smear marks and teeth marks on electric cables. If they are in the loft or walls you may also hear scurrying and internal noises in the night.


Wasps are an incredible annoyance during the summer months when you’re outside, but they can cause even more havoc if they start nesting near, or inside your home.

Wasps nest in lofts, walls, trees, bushes and even underground.


Ants are perhaps one of the most common UK pests. They enter homes in search of food, and warm weather can also cause them to infest and enter through cracks. They nest on lawns, dry soil and under paving.

If you start seeing ants coming through it’s likely that you have exposed cracks somewhere that they are making their way in.


Adult moths and caterpillar larvae can damage anything, and everything around the house. They can destroy garden plants, eat through clothing, textiles, carpets and even upholstery.

They tend to appear during warmer weather, but are active all year. Windows and light can also attract them into the house.


The worst part about cockroaches is that they actually nest indoors. They thrive in warm places such as kitchens. They often go out searching for food when it’s dark, whilst spreading bacteria.

Whilst they are more common in warmer climates, there are still some species of cockroaches that exist in the UK.

How To Get Rid of Household Pests

Different household pests present themselves in different ways. If you immediately see that there is a serious problem and infestation you should always call in professional pest control services to exterminate the infestation, and prevent future infestations.

The thing with household pests is that they are all different and react to different things which can be somewhat challenging when trying to remove them.

How To Get Rid of Ants

Whilst ants might be considered one of the easiest things to get rid of, there’s often a lot more of them. The best way to get rid of the immediate problem of ants storming into your house is by spraying them with an ant killer spray. There are ways to do this without chemicals such as by using a 1-to-1 vinegar/water mixture that is washed over the surfaces that the ants are climbing onto.

The only way to stop ants indefinitely is to find out how they are making their way in. This is usually from a small crack in a wall, floor or under a skirting board. The simple way to stop it is by plugging the hole with something such as filler.

How To Get Rid of Moths

The problem with moths is that you can never be certain that there aren’t any caterpillar larva left. The only solution is to deep clean the room/area that there is an infestation, including all clothes.

Throw out old clothes, and vacuum seal anything that is clean to avoid any further damage from moths.

The key here is to double check everything, one caterpillar larva left behind could cause havoc again. User cedar balls or place lavender bags to ward off any further moths.

Wasps, Cockroaches, Rats & Mice

Whilst there are many ways to prevent and get rid of wasps, cockroaches, rats and mice, they are considered the most virulent and harder to get rid of.

I would always advise seeking professional pest control services to help eradicate them for good. Having a go at trying to get rid of them could cause a worse infestation by just waiting it out and hoping for the best. Household pests are an incredibly annoyance, but with professional help, you can relieve yourself from stress, worry and any further internal damage.

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