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