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Living In L.A.: 5 Most Common Pests You Need To Look Out For

Just like every other area of the country, L.A. has a list of pests that commonly cause problems for homeowners. There are some steps you can take to try and prevent pest problems like regular home maintenance, keeping food and food waste stored properly, and having regularly scheduled pest control services. It also helps to know what types of pests are common in your area so you can tailor some of your prevention methods and be on the lookout for those pests. In L.A., 5 of the most common pests you need to look out for are rodents, roaches, spiders, ants, and stinging insects.


Rodents are often found in densely populated areas because they are attracted to the food, water, and shelter that the presences of people provides. They can cause damage to your home by chewing on wires and through sheetrock and other building materials. Rodents are a danger to humans because they can carry disease that they spread by contaminating food and food prep surfaces. In addition, they can be infested with fleas and bring those in to your pets.


Roaches can be found throughout much of the world and L.A. is no exception. The excrement and carcasses from these nasty creatures can exacerbate breathing problems for people who suffer from asthma or allergies. In addition, roaches can carry disease-causing organisms on their legs and bodies and contaminate the food and surfaces of your home with those organisms. People can become ill from ingesting food that has been contaminated by roaches.


There are a few spiders that are dangerous to humans but the vast majority of them are harmless. The real harm of spiders is that people can be extremely afraid of them which can cause distress. In L.A., you will find several species of spiders that may end up in people’s homes.


Ants are a common bug in L.A. Their small size makes it easy for them to find their way into homes and other buildings. Ants are attracted inside by food, trash, and even small spills. There are some types of ants that bite humans but in general they come into your home in search of food.

Stinging insects

Stinging insects like wasps and bees can give people painful stings. For some people who are highly allergic, these stings can cause serious problems that can lead to hospitalization and possibly death. Stinging insects are common in L.A. and will often make their homes under porches, eaves, near doorways, inside walls and attics of houses and buildings.

Some of these common pests are relatively harmless while others can cause major problems for humans. But, one thing they all have in common is that they are not welcomed in your home. If you live in L.A. it is a good idea to learn about ways to keep these common pests out of your home. But, if you already have problems with any of these pests there is local help available from Primate Pest.