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Eliminate Household Bugs

Do you cringe at the thought of what might lurk beneath that old cardboard box in the corner of your garage. basement, shed, or other storage area? If you're tired of dealing with bugs in your home, the following tips can help you eliminate them.


KEEP THINGS DRY

Some bugs are drawn to dark, damp areas, so keep your storage areas as dry as possible by fixing leaky pipes, or faucets and using a dehumidifier.


CLEAN THOROUGHLY

Sort and examine all storage items, and clean every surface before putting them back. Pay close attention to small areas where bugs can hide.


MOVE THE FOOD

Don't store food near your household storage areas, as it can attract unwanted pests.


HIRE AN EXTERMINATOR

If your bug problem becomes overwhelming, it may be time to bring in a professional.


Common Pests Found in the Home

With a few exceptions, all of the various types of household pests typically fall into two categories: insects and rodents. Both can be extremely damaging to a home as they can get behind walls and above ceilings where they can nest and destroy wires, plumbing, and other such things. If found in a home, a homeowner must get rid of the pests one way or another before they can cause damage. For this, there are pest control pesticides, and chemical free pest control solutions such as traps.

Common Insects in Homes

It’s common to find insects in a home as they’re so tiny, they can fly in through a cracked door without notice or even crawl through cracks the homeowner may not even be aware of. Here are some different insects that may invade a home and how to identify the signs they leave behind:

  • Cockroaches: These pests love to invade warm homes and can hide in cracks and wall cavities and often creep out at night to feed on the owner's food. While they may seem harmless, many cockroaches carry diseases such as poliomyelitis and salmonella and can cause dysentery in humans.

  • Ants: Though not harmful, swarms of sugar ants are a nuisance when they locate a reliable food source inside a home. These pests can gnaw through paper, cardboard, or even thin plastic containers to feed on and pollute their contents. They may also attract other pests, such as spiders and centipedes, into homes.

  • Wasps: These flying pests have a fierce sting awaiting those who approach their nests, which can actually become huge very quickly and can contain tens of thousands of wasps. They love nesting in the eaves and wall cavities within homes and storage sheds and even in bushes and trees.

  • Termites: Likely one of the nation's most destructive home pests, termites can eat away at the framing and walls of homes causing thousands of dollars of damage, particularly since many home insurance policies don't cover termite damage. Homeowners can have experienced pest control companies set up traps and bait to prevent termite infestations.

  • Fleas: Flea infestations can occur even in homes without pets. These parasites quickly lay eggs and multiply when settling into homes and can be very challenging to eradicate.

  • Silverfish: These critters often work their way into homes and hide in dark spaces like boxes and cabinetry. Silverfish enjoy eating paper and glue, so books, photos and such can become seriously damaged.

  • Mosquitoes: There are more than 150 mosquito species in the United States. Not only are they pesky bloodsuckers, but mosquitoes can carry a number of deadly diseases such as West Nile virus and malaria.

  • Bed Bugs: Another blood thirsty pest common in homes are bed bugs, which can actually harbor themselves in cracks and crevices in addition to bedding. Professional eradication is typically necessary to get these fast multiplying invaders out of the home.

  • Spiders: Thousands of species of spiders exist in the U.S. and can range in size from tiny to scarily large. They like to hide in warm, dark places like air vents, corners, d wall cracks. Many are harmless, but quite a few are extremely toxic and are not a good addition to any home.

If any of these sorts of insects are causing problems within a home, homeowners should consider pest control options such as DIY pest control or calling a professional exterminator in order to get rid of the pest infestation.


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