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Why Are Pests in My Home? Common Attractions for Bugs and Vermin in Florida

Geiger's Pest Services

For many homeowners in St. Pete and Tampa, one issue that can cause more anxiety and stress than anything is the presence of pests. Whether it’s rats, cockroaches, ants, or a more serious pest infestation, having these critters crawling around your home can be a massive pain.

But why are they here in the first place? What attracts these pests to your property and, more importantly, what can you do to prevent them from setting up shop in your home?

We’re going to discuss some of the most common attractions that can entice pests and vermin of all shapes and sizes to decide that your house is the perfect place to raise a pest family.


When you consider what may attract bugs and other pests into your home, the one thing that should be at the top of your list is food. However, it’s imperative to realize that food may exist in your home, even if you’re not aware of it.

The most common culprits are pieces and crumbs left over from eating, as well as untended garbage. Pests will gravitate to any edible particles left around the house, which is why it’s so crucial to clean them up immediately.

With vermin and rats, however, sometimes you have to take extra precautions. Rodents can easily chew through most materials, meaning that boxes and bags of food are just as susceptible as anything left out. In those cases, you may want to transfer them to a thick plastic container that will eliminate the smell.


All living beings on this planet needs water to survive, and the same is true of pests. However, depending on where you live, water can collect in various spots around your home, which is why you have to be extra vigilant. Being in Florida, near the beaches in St. Pete or the Bay in Tampa, water is practically our backyards. 

Water can also pose a problem when it comes to mold. Many houses in the United States have mold, which can not only cause adverse breathing conditions, but it can serve as food for some pests. Overall, you want to check different parts of your property here in Florida to make sure that they are airtight and dry. Also, look for any drips or leaks that can contribute to the problem.


Finally, even if your home is devoid of leftover food and water, it may still be desirable for pests for the same reason you live there – it provides shelter from the elements.

Rodents and vermin are especially attracted to warm, dark places in your house, which help them thrive and take hold. Also, other bugs like spiders and cockroaches love the shelter provided by your abode, especially if you have a lot of cardboard laying around (roaches love the taste of glue).

Contact Geiger’s Pest Services Today

Although you can do a lot on your own to prevent pests from taking root in your Florida home, sometimes you need professional help to get the job done. If you want peace of mind and live in the Tampa Bay area, then contact us today, and we can make sure that your property is pest-free.