6 Common Basement Bugs and How to Get Rid of Them

Do you know what kind of bugs and pests might be in your basement? Basements are common for bugs and other pests to live and breed since they are dark, moist, and often undisturbed.

If you use your basement often, then you are less likely to have a problem with pests. However, if your basement is used for storage and you don't go down there often, it's the ideal spot for pests to set up shop without being disturbed.

In this article, we'll talk about six common basement bugs you need to watch out for.


Spiders are one of the most common basement pests. They are attracted to dark, quiet places and often build webs in basements. Despite their scary reputation, most spiders are harmless to humans.

However, a few species of spiders can be dangerous, so it's essential to be able to identify them. If you spot a spider in your basement, the best action is to catch it and release it outside. If you're worried about spiders getting inside your home, you can seal any cracks or gaps in your basement walls and doors.


Ants are another common basement pest. They feed on food and moisture, so they often build their nests in damp areas like basements. Ants can be a nuisance because they can contaminate food and spread disease.

Getting rid of ants isn't easy. Killing a few of them won't solve the problem because they will keep coming back. The best way to get rid of ants is to find their nest and destroy it. You can also opt for ant baits or traps.


Termites are another type of bug that is attracted to damp, dark places. They often infest basements and can cause severe damage to your home.

Termites are destructive because they are a type of wood-destroying insect that can be found in basements. They feed on wood, paper, and other cellulose materials and can cause serious damage to your home.

Cockroaches might be one of the most unsightly bugs you can spot. They are also common basement pests. They are attracted to food and moisture and often live in damp, dark places. 

Although they might seem harmless, they carry a lot of diseases and can contaminate food.

The best way to get rid of roaches is to find their hiding places and eliminate them. You should keep your basement as clean as possible to prevent them from returning.


Crickets are another type of basement pest. They often come into homes through open doors and windows and can be a nuisance because they make noise, which can be disruptive at night.

They often can be found outside in warmer months and will move indoors to escape the cold in winter. Crickets don't carry diseases, but they can annoy any homeowner.


Silverfish are another type of basement pest known for their destructive eating habits. They eat paper, books, clothing, and other fabrics. Their excrements also leave stains.

Silverfish can be hard to get rid of because they can survive for a long time without food and reproduce fairly quickly. The best way to get rid of silverfish is to find their hiding places and eliminate them.

Wrapping Up

Basement bugs and pests can be a nuisance for any homeowner. If you have a problem with basement bugs, the best course of action is to call a pest control professional.

If you have any of these basement bugs, it's crucial to get rid of them as soon as possible. Pest control companies can help you eliminate these pests and keep them from returning.

Pest control professionals can identify the type of bug or pest and devise a plan to get rid of them. Rather than handling the problem yourself, it's always best to leave it to the professionals.

Author Bio
David Clark David Clark is the CEO of Basement Guides with several years of experience in basement-related problems and home safety. He has written and published many resources and guides related to senior home safety, grants, and home modifications. David is currently working to spread the word about senior home safety and health through resourceful guides and articles.

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