Top 5 Most Damaging Pests

Some animals which people consider as pests, like ants and spiders, actually play a valuable role in their natural habitats. It is only when they venture into human homes that they become a pesky problem.

However, there are some pests that people usually associate with destruction, along with the costs involved to fix the havoc they cause.

Here’s a list of the top 5 most damaging pests that you wouldn’t want to find inside your home.


When it comes to damage caused inside homes, rats and mice are practically peerless.

Apart from carrying diseases and contaminating food found inside a household, rodents can damage homes and properties in a myriad of ways.

For one, mice will zero in on anything that they can use as a nest, including paper, cloth, and wood. They can gnaw through different types of materials to create a nest. Worse, they have been known to cause fires by eating through the insulation of electrical wires.

In their search for food, rodents can cause serious damage to different materials ranging from plastic wrappings and containers to cardboard boxes.

If these are not enough, they can also contaminate a home by leaving behind their faeces, urine, and hairs.


Termites rank as one of the most feared pests by homeowners — and for a few very good reasons.

These insects have a voracious appetite. Couple that with their unique ability to consume and digest cellulose and you have the perfect recipe for damage.

It may take a single termite around 3,000 years to consume roughly 100sqm of wood. However, termites live in colonies numbering up to several millions. A single colony eats about half a kilo of wood. Left undetected, a single colony can damage items made out of wood and even undermine the structural integrity of homes.

Carpet beetles

Adult carpet beetles are found in gardens, feeding mostly on pollens and nectar. It is their larvae that homeowners should be afraid of most.

The larvae of carpet beetles have an insatiable appetite for organic materials like fur, feathers, silk, and even grains and spices. However, it is not unusual for these pests to eat synthetic materials.

Although the larvae move slowly, they can cause serious damage in homes quite quickly.

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Adult Carpet Beetle


Clothes moths

Like the larvae of carpet beetles, clothes moths are voracious eaters of a diverse array of fibres, hair, and feathers. Left unchecked, these insects can damage clothes, beddings, and other items.

An infestation can often go unnoticed for long periods because clothes moths avoid light, preferring to hide in dark and undisturbed areas like the basement and attic.

Signs of an infestation include damage to fabrics in the form of holes, the presence of larvae on walls and ceilings, and the presence of cocoons on cracks in the walls and ceilings.

Wood-boring beetles

The term wood-boring beetle can refer to any of the beetles that belong to the powderpost beetle, flat-headed borer, and round-headed borer families.

All of the larvae of these beetles create holes on wood, leaving behind a trail of sawdust as they dig deeper into the centre. In fact, two of the signs of an infestation that you will likely see are shot holes and sawdust or frass.

The larvae of these beetles can damage furniture, floorings, ladders, and other items made of wood. Homes with high moisture content due to either poor ventilation or poor heating are the most vulnerable to attacks.

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