What Pests Eat When They Are In Your House: A Food Chain Factoid

What Pests Eat When They Are In Your House

Have you ever stopped to wonder what bugs eat? You know you see ants in your kitchen from time to time, but what are they after? And what in the world do spiders think they can find inside your house? What’s so delicious about hanging out in the corners of your rooms?


Here’s a quick food chain factoid for what pests eat when they are in your house!



Crickets: Fabrics, especially those full of perspiration

Cockroaches: Sweets, cheeses, meats, grease, and starches. Vegetables and fruits. Household items like leather, beer, glue, dried skin, books, paper, human dander, and a lot more

Brown Recluse Spiders: Other bugs, like cockroaches and crickets

Black Widow Spiders: Their mates! (Actually, that’s a myth. They don’t eat their mates). But they do eat other insects.

Carpenter Bees: Wood! Nope. They actually don’t eat wood. They just bore into wood to lay their eggs. They eat pollen.

Ants: Sweets, eggs, oils, and fats

Bed Bugs: You. They feast on you for a blood meal. They will also dine on animals.


Fruit Flies: Decaying fruits and vegetables

House Flies: Liquids. They can also turn solids into liquids and then eat the liquid form of that food.

Silverfish: Paper, glue, clothing, flour, and oats

House Centipedes: Flies, spiders, and plant tissue

Fleas: Cats, dogs and humans

Rodents: Grains, fruits, seeds, chocolate, random items in your trashcan

Termites: Cellulose: A polysaccharide consisting of long unbranched chains of linked glucose units: the main constituent of plant cell walls and used in making paper, rayon, and film

After reading this diverse list of what pests eat, it makes a lot of sense that they’d look for food inside your home. To keep pests out, call The Bug Man. You can reach us by phone at 615.217.7284 or find us online at Facebook.com/TheBugManTN orTwitter.com/TheBugManTN.

Unwanted Pests: Putting an End to Roach Encroachment

Putting an End to Roach Encroachment

Roaches are a tough pest to beat. They are not a do-it-yourself kind of bug. Call The Bug Man and we’ll come to the rescue!


1. to advance beyond proper, established, or usual limits; make gradual inroads: A dictatorship of the majority is encroaching
on the rights of the individual.
2. to trespass upon the property, domain, or rights of another, especially
stealthily or by gradual advances.

Roaches do encroach! Perhaps the word encroach is a dictionary tribute to the cockroach. The world may never know. However, what we do know about roaches, we can share with you.

Here are some factual snippets, with a few notes of humorous commentary weaved in just to make it fun:

Once there is a cockroach infestation, it can be very hard to get rid of them. Cockroaches multiply very quickly, and they also adapt quickly, too. If only we could train them to be in the military. We could call it the Roach Regiment. They would be immune to nuclear war and we would always win. Unless, of course, the Roach Regiment was battling The Bug Man. Then the roaches would lose.

Seriously though, it is important to contact a pest control agency (a.k.a. The Bug Man) quickly if you see them in your home or business. Those monsters don’t mess around. You want to get to them quickly before they take over.

There are over 4,000 different varieties of cockroaches, but only about 30 of them can comfortably live with humans. This number can be further reduced to include only four varieties; the main species that cause problems in homes and businesses in America.

The four main species are the American, German, Asian, and Oriental cockroaches. These vary in size from about 1/2″ (German), up to 2″ (American). In America, the species that is most common in homes would most likely be the German variety. When you call The Bug Man, we will tell them auf wiedersehen and get them to sayanara out of your home or business stat!

Once cockroaches infest a home, they are rarely seen because they are nocturnal and can live up to a month with little or no food. They can also survive by eating book bindings, furniture, glue, soap, dead insects, shoe linings, and more. There’s a new student excuse: “My cockroach ate my homework. It also ate the bed I sleep on. I’m barefoot because they ate my shoes, and I didn’t finish my science project because they ate my glue. Can I get an A for effort?”

The presence of cockroaches can lead to a definite impression of uncleanness–especially if your guests see them. Contrary to popular belief, a cockroach infestation is not necessarily an indication of poor hygiene. However, an untidy environment will make it all the more difficult to get rid of them. The presence of cockroaches can also lead to health problems, including asthma in children. If you spot a cockroach at home or work, there are likely more of them concealed nearby. Contact a pest professional to avoid letting an infestation get out of hand…or foot…or ear…just call The Bug Man. 😉