Moving can be a pain, and the last thing you want to happen after you’ve settled in is to discover that you have some visitors. Nope, not the house warming visitors that you sent out invites to. These are the unwanted kind that scurry and scamper around your house at night. You may even catch one running across your path in the middle of the day when you least expect it! Unsure of whether or not your new place has some pests? Make sure to find out!
The most obvious invader is the house mouse. Ratatouille may be fun to watch but not to experience. Ultimately they enjoy living outdoors, but when the temperatures drop (like now!) they’ll seek warmer cover indoors. Being relatively opportunistic, these mice will eat almost anything they can get their little paws on. The easiest sign to keep an eye out for this furry visitor are its droppings. Often mistaken for cockroach droppings (that’s a whole other story on its own), mice droppings have hair embedded in them due to their constant self grooming.
If your little furry pals are living inside of your walls rather than with you in the rooms, listen out for scratches and scurring throughout the night. You may even hear them running across the ceiling of the highest room.
Just how do you trap these little fuzzies? It’s actually pretty difficult to do without a trained professional, so your safest bet is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Make sure to keep all food stored in secure containers and to seal all holes that could lead into your house with cement.
Roaches don’t manifest in your home out of thin air. They can invade through cracks, crevices and even follow you in by attaching to your clothes. But why do they prefer living in homes as opposed to the great outdoors? With plenty of food to scavenge, shelter and warmth in the winter, they could live in your abode for almost forever. And the worst part is, the minute you see one, there is bound to be many more behind your furniture and in between your walls. Their rapid reproductivity means that they can infest and infiltrate every knook and cranny of your much loved home.
Not only do they reproduce quickly, but their eggs can naturaly evade pesticides used everyday. You’re definitely not going to be able to get rid of these little creepy crawlies easily on your own.
Because they’re nocturnal pests, seeing some scurrying around your house during the day is a definite sign of an infestation. Once you spot one, make sure to look behind your refrigerator, stove, and any other dark places that you can think of. Don’t forget the knooks and crannies because these little pests are capable of flattening their bodies to hide behind the tighest gaps in your house.
Similarily to the house mouse, cockroachs also leave behind droppings that are rod shaped and this is another easy indicator of an infestation. You may also notice them by the odor which they release. Any cockroach citings should be followed by a call to your local pest control services. They’ll be the most knowledgeable in how to rid your home of these nasty pests.
Ahhh, the devils from beyond. These little tortorous pests will keep you busy scratching yourself for days on end. Scratch that, make it weeks on end (no pun intended). These little guys are often difficult to spot and you most likely won’t run into them unless you’re moving into an already furnished location, going on vacation somewhere in a hotel/resort, or are bunking over at a friends’ place. These little ones are also nocturnal and rarely come out during the day, so you’re really going to have to dig hard to find them.
Bed bugs enjoy living off of your dead skin cells which are trapped inside of mattresses, pillows and your bed frame. They thrive and lay their eggs in the wooden frame of your bed, so looking in between your sheets won’t be enough. Bed bugs thoroughly enjoy warmer climates, so make sure to always check your beds whenever you’re vacationing in a warmer zone. Signs of a bed bug infestation are also small droplets of blood on the sheets from prior bites.
If you can’t physically find bed bugs yourself, you’ll know by the next morning if after sleeping on a new bed that the lower portion of your legs are itchy. These pests enjoy biting in patterns of threes, so if you notice small mosquito bite like marks along your legs then that is a sign of a bed bug. Although you may be bitten by bed bugs, not all are affected by their bites. Only about 10% of individuals are severely reactive to bed bugs and develop an itchiness. The itchiness can last up to two weeks after the bite and take much longer to go away than that of a mosquito.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be difficult but it can be done. If you’re away and vacationing, make sure to seal all of your clothes inside of a black garbage back. Upon return to your home, leave the garbage bag outside in the sun for 48-72 hours. The sun’s rays will warm up the bag and the heat will kill the pests. For a safe measure, wash all of your clothes in hot water and continue by drying them on a hot setting as well. If you still don’t completely trust that the bugs are gone, steam your clothes and watch the little bodies fall to the floor. Alternatively, you could throw out your clothes and opt to purchase new ones.
If you believe that your house may be infested, the safest bet is to call an exterminator as these little pests can multiply at an extremely rapid rate.
Ah, the silent destroyer. You won’t know that your house is infested by termites until long after the colony has matured and spread throughout your entire house. At that point, you’ll see them crawling around your window panes and doors.
Termites break down cellulose, and with their jaws that are meant just for that, they can literally tear your house apart. These pests love to live in warm, moist and wood filled environments – like your house. They’re often times building tunnels in the soil around the foundation of your home before your house is even finished being built. From these tunnels, the termites will forage for nourishment, and coming across a warm and moist home which most often has wood for structural support, they will go to town. Your house will basically become termite heaven for these little guys.
How exactly can you prevent a termite invasion from occurring? The number 1 priority is to prevent any moist conditions from settling into your house. This means to fix all of your leaky sockets and to divert any water from the exterior away from your foundation. You can use pipes to divert water to another location (ie. down your driveway and onto the road) or you can ensure that all possible entryways into your house are sealed.
The one thing for sure that you have to do once you’ve determined if your house is infested is to call an exterminator immediatey. It’s difficult to get rid of these pests once they’ve burrowed their way into your foundation, and only a pro will know how to get rid of them properly.
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