Your home is your space. Whether it is big or small, modern or traditional, filled with stuff or minimalist. It is your space. Your happy place. And you don’t want anything to ruin this little fact, least of all pests. Pests do not belong in your home. Even if you don’t mind them, find bugs interesting or see rodents as cute, they can cause real harm to your home and to everyone in it.
Some pests can encourage asthma and eczema (especially in children), others are effective disease-spreaders, others create unsanitary living conditions and some hold a nasty bite or sting. They each differ depending on what creature you’re dealing with. But one thing that is for certain, they all pose real health hazards. What’s more, by the time you realise you’re sharing your space with one of these pests, it may too late. There may be a much larger issue at hand.
The best thing you can do is call in the professionals to deal with the problem, so do some research and store the number of a 24 Hourly Pest Control company in your phone, just in case. However, the other thing you can do is educate yourself on the most common types of pests and learn how to best protect your home from invasion. That’s where we come in.
So, let’s identify the most common household pests:
These things are common everywhere in the world and they can get everywhere in your home. That’s because they can gnaw through pretty much anything, including metal. This is a problem because they love spreading diseases, usually through contamination of your food. What’s more, they can multiply and some serious rates.
These winged beasts can really get under your skin. The way they operate is to lay their sticky eggs on natural fabrics, usually in your wardrobe. These eggs then hatch into larvae and start chomping, and these things can do serious damage. Your clothes will get ruined, your upholstery will be enjoyed and your carpets will begin to disappear.
Unfortunately cockroaches like warm houses. This is an issue because we are warm-blooded beings that like our houses to be warm, thus acting as a five-star hotel to these indestructible insects. The other major attractions to a cockroach are the kitchen and, rather oddly and annoyingly, wall-cavities. These things carry disease, loads of diseases in fact, so it is important you act fast. However, this can be tricky because they prefer darkness, which means you may not know about an infestation until it is too late. Gross.
These tiny bugs are prolific hunters of food, and they are unrivalled when it comes to breaking and entering. They usually dig holes around the outside of houses and wiggle their way through tiny gaps, before heading to your kitchen where they will spread unsanitary muck everywhere.
Yeah, these little things can be cute. But they are known to spread disease, and they do so all year round because they are active all year round. But it isn’t just your health they attack, they also attack your home. They scratch and bit and gnaw, and they’ll do it to anything that gets in their way. This includes wires, pipes, insulation, floorboards; anything and everything.
These guys love warm places where they can find their most common food source. That’s why your bed is so attractive to them; it is warm and they feed on human blood. But they don’t just reside in beds. They get everywhere and they travel to these places at incredible rates. They spread so quickly, which makes them a hard insect to control. So as soon as you discover bed bugs in your home, get the professionals in immediately.
Wasps are horrible things, and they always seem to find ways into our homes and discover new ways to plague our outdoor activities. What’s more, it only takes a single wasp nest to cause a huge amount of aggravation because one wasp nest can house up to 25,000 of this winged stingers. Nests are usually found in trees, but the other really common places they are found is in attic spaces, wall cavities, bushes and even underground.
Things you can do to make your home more pest-proof:
Most insects (especially rodents) will try and get into your home during winter months, when it is colder. As such, it is imperative you check your home for any weak spot that may be susceptible and used as a way in. This can require a thorough scan as even small holes in your tiling, or small cracks in your foundations can invite creatures in, including insects as well mice, rats, bats and squirrels.
Windows and Doors
Check your doors and windows for any cracks or holes and seal any that you find with a waterproof caulk. This is an extremely effective way of stopping any bugs slipping into your house. But the benefits don’t stop there. Sealing gaps and cracks like these can also make your home way more energy efficient. Double-win.
Clean Your Kitchen
Most household intruders are on the search for food, and they are incredibly good and finding it. As such, it is crucial your keep on top of the kitchen; put all food away, wipe all surfaces, scrub the dishes, sweep the floors etc. You may not think a dribble of honey on the kitchen counter is much to worry about, but there are several pests that will see this as a starter, main and dessert.
Our scraps are nothing less than all you can eat buffets to critters. And what’s more, they are very accessible. To counter this, make sure you used closed-top bins and leave them well away from your home, especially any compost bins or food-waste units. If they’re resting against your garage wall, well, you’re only inviting pests in.
Stay On Top Of Nature
Your first move should be clearing any piles of wood or soil away from the outside of your house. Critters love warm and damp places, so wood and soil are perfect. The other step you can take is to trim the branches of any trees that are stretching out over (or near) your property. There are a lot of animals that see these branches as driveways into your home, usually scurrying through holes and into your attic. Of course, if you don’t feel confident dealing with yourself, you can always hire a company to come and do the hard work for you, and in a safe and professional manner.
Proper, Professional Inspections
Given how hard it can be to detect an infestation, and even harder to locate their source of entry, it is a wise idea to schedule an inspection of your home annually. This way you may be able to prevent any issues before one has even occurred. As the old saying goes, it is better to prevent than aid. The other idea you should consider when a professional is looking at your home is asking them to look at any areas of concern you may have and highlight your concerns about the aforementioned pests. It is also wise you ask them about their extermination methods, their license, how long you may need to leave your property for and finding out whether their chemicals can cause harm to children. It is your home after all, and you want to keep it a safe place to live and laugh and enjoy.