Rats invading a building in Puerto Rico - Rentokil

In a place like Puerto Rico, home to a number of reptiles, rodents, and insects, proper pest control tactics make a huge difference in the quality of a home or business. Puerto Rico is home to a number of persistent pests that require a good deal of effort to prevent and eradicate. We’ve laid out a list of some of the most common pests in the area, along with some information on the trouble they can cause.


Mosquitoes are a small, but mighty insect. You might miss one flying by your face, but if they catch you, they’re capable of transmitting a number of serious diseases – some of which are potentially deadly. To prevent mosquitoes from crowding near your home, try to eliminate any sources of standing water, whether that be clogged gutters, buckets, playsets, or anywhere else rainwater gathers.


Rats are a common pest around the world, and Puerto Rico is no exception. Rats will seek out food and materials that they can use for shelter, such as insulation and furniture upholstery. They will stop at nothing to get what they want – they’re known to chew through wiring and walls, causing expensive damage to a building’s electrical systems and wooden structure. They’re also known to carry disease, so keep your food sealed and set traps as necessary.

Flying Roaches

If you thought the garden variety of cockroaches was bad, imagine them taking to the air. Just as stubborn and difficult to exterminate as regular cockroaches, these insects also have the ability to fly. Like rats, they’re attracted to open food sources, and they have an affinity for finding unsealed food wherever it might be, especially in garbage cans.

Keeping your home clean, your food securely stored, and your garbage cans sealed are crucial to keeping these pests at bay. You might find that flying cockroaches are very difficult to remove without the help of a professional exterminator.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are particularly difficult to exterminate, especially once they’ve buried deep into your mattress, bedding, clothing, carpet, and walls. They lay their eggs anywhere they can find shelter, so before you even know they’re around you’re in the middle of a serious infestation.

Trying to eliminate bedbugs yourself is often ineffective, and sometimes even makes the infestation worse. Even removing your mattress, clothing, and bedding might not alleviate the problem, so make sure to consult pest management professionals to help get the situation under control.

Professional Pest Control

These pests are prominent in Puerto Rico, but they are only a few of the many that you might happen to run into. In any case, we have specialists at Rentokil (formerly Oliver Exterminating) that can assess and eliminate the problem. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you rid your home or business of pests!

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