What Are The Common House Bugs in NYC and How to Stop These Pests

Dense population and pest problems are parallel to each other. The more people live in an area, the higher the opportunity of pest infestation problems they would have. New York City is an epitome of this statement. 

small cockroach found in an NYC apartment

Small Cockroach (Photo Credit: Rest Easy Pest Control)

Here are common bugs and other pests in NYC:

  • Cockroaches

Nasty little insects that manage to make you yelp when flickering the light on in the middle night. They have six little legs that help them scurry quickly, leaving behind diseases every time they come out of their nests.

They also can trigger asthma and allergies. They typically nest in the walls or other dark places, and are nocturnal, emerging at night to find any missed crumbs.

The best things to deter these little critters is to make sure any holes, cracks or gaps in your home are properly sealed. Keep the lid on interior trash bins, and the garbage can for exterior pick up as far from your home as you can. Make sure to keep all food areas immaculate and all food put away and tightly sealed.

bed bug infestation on a mattress

Bed Bug Fecal Stains on Mattress (Photo Credit: Rest Easy Pest Control)

  • Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are one of several common pests NYC has problems with. These icky little insects are known to feed on humans during our slumber. Bed bugs don’t generally carry any diseases, but they do manage to make people feel dirty.

The cleanliness of your home doesn’t necessarily make you immune to the nocturnal biters but will give them more places to hide and multiply if it is. If you have an infestation, you could try to terminate it yourself, with hot washing and drying treatments, and replacing the mattress.

But for guaranteed results, call a pro on this one. You will know if you have bed bugs if wake you to find an alignment red, itchy blotches, primarily on your arm, and if tiny blood stains from your attacks left on the sheets.


Not all ants depend on dirt and hills to call home, some local species will burrow into soft wood, like around the windows. They will feast upon the bounty of unsealed food, or any crumbs lying around.

Tidiness is the best prevention. If there is nothing in close proximity to eat, they will move on. Dust, vacuum and clean up any food messes immediately.

  • Termites

Another one of the famous, common pests Manhattan New York has to offer. Terrible, destructive pests. They have the capability of causing costly amounts of damage. Apartments on the lower levels are more likely to be infested, however, they can branch out, or up.

Feasting on wood panels, joists, and flooring, by the time you notice the damage, it is usually too late to do much. Always call a professional if you feel you have a termite problem. Taking on this war would more than likely cause more devastation then calling in the big guns.

carpet infested by carpet beetles

Carpet Beetle Infestation (Photo Credit: Rest Easy Pest Control)

  • Pantry Beetles & Clothing Moths

Annoying to say the least, these pests can also cause a bit of damage. Clothing moths can declare battle by merely snacking on that favorite sweater you have had since the good old days. Pantry beetles will chow down on your favorite cereal, fester in flour or any other dry food you have.

Throw away any infected food. Be sure the replacement dry food is placed in tightly secured airtight containers. Dry clean all your clothes to ensure egg get destroyed. Time to do some deep cleaning you have been putting off. Scrub your pantry shelves and cabinets.

Having any kind of unwelcomed guests is a pain, we at Rest Easy Pest Control, have experienced, expertly trained professionals who have state of the art equipment, and top quality chemicals to make your home pest free. Call us today to schedule your appointment and discuss routine visits to keep the intruders at bay.***

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