Your home is your refuge. But are there unwelcomed guests sharing it with you? There are many undesirable pests that could likely be lurking in your home. Bugs, like all creatures, have their rightful place on this earth, but nobody wants that place to be in their home. Like it or not, insects and all manner of creepy-crawlies make their way into our houses. We certainly don’t have to invite bugs in—or let them stay. Bug Out Pest Control can help you show them the door! Here are several bugs to be on the lookout for at your home.
Bugs that damage: Termites
Of all the creepy crawlies that might make itself at home in your house, termites are arguably the biggest cause for concern. Termites eat wood and your home is made of wood! They can live in huge colonies. They live in the wooden structure of your home, or in the ground below your home. Damage appears when they create either direct connections to wooden home supports or indirect connections to your home by building a mud tunnel from the ground to your home. Then they spend their day feasting on all of the wooden supports and walls in your home. Termites can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home in a short amount of time! That is why mortgage companies want termite inspections completed before they close the deal and lend you money on a home.
To prevent termites, you can be sure that your wood does not have direct contact with the ground. Termites are attracted to moisture so be sure that moisture does not accumulate near the foundation and keep your crawl spaces dry. Never store firewood against the foundation and use mulch sparingly.
Insects that annoy: Ants
Ants may be tiny, but they can be relentless invaders in your home. They are looking for food and water and shelter in your home. Your kitchen and bathroom are key targets. Ants won’t visit you on their own, there will be a colony behind them. Ants will leave a trail for the others to follow to find food. In no time you will find yourself with an ant army.
Cleanliness is the best prevention for ants. Wipe down surfaces and surfaces every day and vacuum regularly. Clean up all food waste. It should be sealed and tied off in a plastic trash can liner and placed in a receptacle outdoors. Be sure the trash is picked up regularly.
Bugs that contaminate: Roaches
Cockroaches are a problem all over the country but can be especially troublesome in cities. If you see one, you can bet there are many more unseen. Roaches are nocturnal and hide during the day, so it can be tough to notice them until their population explodes. Once the move in, they can be har to evict. Usually in the kitchen or bathroom, they may lurk under a sink, alongside the fridge, or behind the toilet. They can contaminate stored food and are considered unsanitary. They will certainly run off any of your invited guests!
Roaches are resilient. The best way to prevent them is to keep your home completely clean, your waste taken care of, clear clutter, and seal up any openings.
Insects that carry bacterial pathogens: Flies
A fly may seem like a harmless nuisance in your home, but they have the capacity to transmit bacterial pathogens from animal feces to the food you eat. Yuck! That will ruin your appetite! They are attracted to food and odors, and at night, they are attracted to lights. Most of all, these things are just really annoying!
Sanitation is one of the very best ways to prevent flies. Flies are attracted to feces, so you will want to be sure you keep pet waste clean. Clean your yard regularly and be sure it is properly disposed of.
Bugs that are creepy: Spiders
Even if you don’t have arachnophobia, most of us don’t enjoy stumbling across a spider in our home. Spiders are stealthy and can be hard to spot. More often we catch their webs, which can be a sticky situation! Actually, spiders are often harmless and if left alone, they can help you with exterminating other pests. But spiders can also become a problem. Some spiders bite. If a spider leaves an egg sac in your home, you can end up with a huge load of extra legs to take care of!
To keep spiders out, be sure you seal up any potential cracks or openings on your home with silicon-based caulk. If you do see any webs in or near your home vacuum them away.
If you are having difficulty with any pests, or if the problem is bigger than you anticipated, do not hesitate to reach out for help from the professionals. Bug Out Pest Control can take care of any of these uninvited guests in your home! Call us at 317-777-5005.
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