Bugs are a pain, especially when they are sharing your home with you. There are many bugs that can make your home their inhabitants and you might never even see some of them. Others will cause you nothing but trouble and you’ll be wishing insects didn’t exist at all.

If you do have bugs bugging you in your home you are going to want to take care of them swiftly. Not only can they cause damage to your home, but some bite and some of them even spread disease. Why risk it when there are ways to rid your home of pests? Here are some common household bugs and what you can do about them.

Moths

Moths are a serious menace and when you get them in your home you will know why. One of the worst things about moths is the fact that they will eat holes in your clothing. While they are more likely to attack all of the vintage and antique stuff you have stored in the attic, your closet full of clothes isn’t safe if they can’t find food elsewhere.

The best thing to do when it comes to moths is to use preventative techniques before you get them. If you keep your home (and attic) neat and tidy you’ll be less likely to get them. Keep old clothing and bedding stored in airtight containers or bags. You can also invest is some moth repellents.

If you find that you have moths (even carpet moths are a thing and can be a pain to deal with), call in professional help immediately. You want to get those buggers dealt with as quickly as possible.

Ants

There are many different types of ants, and they can all be a pain if they’ve moved into your home. You can buy ant traps at the store to deal with most of them. However, if you have a carpenter ant infestation you may need more than traps and poison.

Carpenter ants don’t eat the woodwork of your home like termites do, but they do tunnel through it to make their homes, which can weaken your house and cause permanent damage to it. The key to getting rid of these fat black ants (that do bite) is to find their nest. It’s usually in rotten would somewhere in your home, and is best dealt with by an exterminator.

Spiders

Some spiders bite, some have mouths that are too small to bite you. Take some time to learn which spiders may pose a threat to your family, even if it’s a harmless bite that only itches. If you do find spiders, and family members have had bites, make sure the spiders are to blame.

Remember, spiders do good things too. If you have some web makers that like to hang out in the corners of your ceiling you may want to let them alone. They could be doing you a favor by catching mosquitoes that sneak inside.

Bed Bugs

Some people mistake bed bug bites as spider bites, not realizing they have a far bigger problem. Bed bugs feed on blood, they come out at night when you are sleeping (attracted to the carbon dioxide in your breath), and they can be hard to get rid of.

There are plenty of home remedies, like killing them with head, soapy water, or even rubbing alcohol. However, you need to contend with adult bed bugs and their eggs. Your best bet is to call a professional before you spread them to any of your friend’s homes.