10. Centipedes

Centipedes

The many-legged centipede poisons its prey by injecting it with venom through hollow limbs near its head. Most centipedes cannot injure humans. However, Terro warns that the 3-inch long Florida blue centipede can deliver a powerfully painful sting.

9. Cockroaches

Cockroaches

The nasty critter known as the cockroach can invade your home, spreading bacteria and triggering allergic reactions. These hardy creatures may scuttle about your house, leaving behind droppings and giving off a musty odor. Since evicting these creatures can be a monumental task, take steps to prevent introducing them to your home. Keep your house well sealed against the invasion of insects. Regularly inspect pipes for water leaks, which may attract critters. Furthermore, make indoor surfaces unattractive to pests by keeping them free of food residue and frequently taking out your kitchen garbage.

8. Lice

Lice

These aggravating parasites can be transferred from one person to another at any time of the year. Head lice, body lice, and pubic lice all take up residence on humans. They feed on human blood and lay eggs that go on to hatch and carry on the itchy, aggravating cycle. While any type of louse is uncomfortable and frustrating, the CDC states that the body louse is the type of lice known to transmit disease. Prevent head lice from taking up residence in your hair by not sharing hats, brushes, combs, or earbuds. Avoid body lice by refraining from sharing a bed with an infected person. Wash your clothing and sheets in hot, soapy water and dry them in the clothes dryer.

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