The Most Difficult Pests to Control and How to Get Rid of Them: An Expert's Perspective

As a pest control expert, I have encountered numerous challenging pest infestations. While there are various pests that can cause problems for homeowners, there are three in particular that stand out as the most difficult to control: termites, bed bugs, and cockroaches. These pests are resilient, reproduce quickly, and can hide in various places, making them a nightmare for homeowners to deal with.


are one of the most destructive pests a homeowner can encounter.

They can go unnoticed for years, reproduce quickly, and restart their colony even after treatment. These pests prefer moisture-damaged and old wood, as it is easier for them to convert into their home. Once they invade a piece of wood, they dig as deep as possible, making it nearly impossible to treat them without professional help. This is especially true if they nest inside walls or under the house, as they will go to great lengths to avoid detection.

One tell-tale sign of a termite infestation is the presence of mud pipes outside their tunnels, which can be seen on the exterior of the structure. Similar to cockroaches, the sighting of termites usually means that the infestation is already quite large and some termites have been expelled from the original nest. The key to controlling termites is to eliminate all termites in a colony. If only the queen dies, the colony can restart with a new swarm and continue as usual.

Due to their constant reproduction, it is best to call professionals and receive effective treatments from the beginning.

Bed bugs

, on the other hand, have sturdy exoskeletons that make them resistant to some insecticides. These tiny bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, thanks to their fast reproduction rates and ability to hide in small spaces. The main signs of a bed bug infestation include red and itchy skin, small bites that form a line on the skin, or rust-colored spots on the mattress or sheets.

Once they become established, they can quickly spread throughout a home and cause significant discomfort for the inhabitants.


are another pest that can be incredibly difficult to control. These disgusting bugs lay thousands of eggs at a time and can reproduce quickly. The worst part is that the mother carries her babies with her to minimize human contact, making it nearly impossible to eradicate them without professional help.

Cockroaches can also compress their bodies to fit through small cracks, making it easy for them to enter a home and establish a colony. If you suspect that you have a problem with termites, there are a few things you can do to check. Simply place your thumb on any wooden area in your house; if it crumbles or feels fluffy, you may have a termite infestation. They also like to hide in wood paneling and can move quickly when exposed to light.

To prevent an infestation, make sure your home is not too humid and repair any gaps or add vapor barriers in your basement or mezzanine. If you already have an infestation, it is best to seek the help of a professional who specializes in termites. At Simply Green, we use the Sentricon system for termites, which allows us to inspect and treat termites at the same time. As for bed bugs and cockroaches, these pests are best left to the professionals as well.

While there are some DIY methods for getting rid of them, they are often not effective and can even make the problem worse. If you have an infestation of any of these bugs in your home, it is best to contact a pest control company for a free quote and inspection. As a pest control expert, I have seen firsthand the damage that these pests can cause. That is why it is important to address an infestation as soon as possible before it becomes too severe.

By using the wrong treatments or focusing on the wrong areas, you can actually make the problem worse. That is why it is best to leave pest control to the professionals. If you are a homeowner in the Gilbert, Mesa, or Phoenix, Arizona area, our Chandler pest control technicians are here to help. We specialize in getting rid of termites, bed bugs, and cockroaches, and we offer free quotes and inspections.

Don't let these pests take over your home - contact us today for effective and professional pest control services.

Jesse Bement
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