Some household pests are more serious than others. Before you decide about the risk to your family, you’ll need to identify the species. Contact a trained professional to help you identify and get rid of some of the most common household pests in your Clearwater, Florida, home.


Earwigs have long, flat bodies and forceps-like cerci that resemble antennae. They use their cerci to defend themselves and capture prey. They’re usually reddish-brown or black, and they occur in groups. They feed on plants and prefer moist, shady locations. Earwigs don’t crawl into people’s ears at night or spread diseases, but their menacing appearance is alarming.


Lice live in hair, and they like to hide near people’s necks and behind their ears. You can get lice from sharing a hat, brush, or other item with someone who has them. Lice cause itching, but scratching can lead to infection. In severe cases, your hair could even fall out.

To get rid of lice and their eggs, also called nits, use lotions, creams, or shampoos from a drug store or prescribed by your doctor. Wash clothing, bedding, and brushes in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer to keep lice from spreading. Check all the members of your household, and treat everyone who has nits or lice. 


Silverfish get their names from their silvery appearance and fish-like shape. They don’t have wings, but they can run very fast. They live in moist, humid areas like bathrooms and basements. Silverfish can live for up to a year without food, and they like to feed on wallpaper, books, glue, clothing, and food as well. They usually hide from humans, which means any damage they cause could also be hard to spot.

J.D. Smith has over 40 years of pest control experience. Call us at 727-483-5797 for a free pest inspection and get rid of unhealthy, annoying pests. To keep pests away all year, purchase a service agreement. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

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