As a homeowner, you need to defend yourself from bugs and pests. This article will provide an outline of some of the common pests and what to watch out for with home pest control.
Some people think bed bugs are a joke. They were almost completely eliminated in the United States by the end of World War II. Unfortunately, since the 1990s, they have had a resurgence. Bed bugs are now more dangerous than ever. Bed bugs feed expressly on the blood of living mammals. These pests like to make their home in your bed, with your warm body as a source of food.
Bed bug bites may be minor, or they can be more pronounced. One common indication of a bed bug problem is recurring hives that seem to only break out at night and go away by day. Signs and symptoms of the bites may be more noticed at night than during the day. To prevent infestations of bed bugs, keep your bed and the surrounding area clean.
Home pest control starts with attempting to keep a clean residence. Frequent vacuuming is advisable. Your mattress and box springs should be sealed tightly for at least a year, as bed bugs can live up to an entire year without feeding. General pest control guidelines such as sealing cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation will also help reduce the possibility of problems.
If you wait until you have a problem with bed bugs, you will need to take measures to fix rather than just prevent the problem. The insects will need to be exterminated with insecticides, which need to be thorough and safe. This may not be a DIY job - consider bringing in pros to deal with the problem safely and effectively.
Most homeowners will have to deal with an ant problem at some point. Ants can enter your house through the tiniest cracks. When one ant locates a source of food, it begins to leave an invisible trail of pheromones behind for many, many other ants to follow in its wake. Ants live in colonies and are able to quickly move the colony for new food sources or to avoid threats.
Most home-based pest control treatments are not thorough enough to truly eradicate an existing ant problem. They will not get rid of the many thousands of ants in the colony who are not visible. Do it yourself ant killing kits also often fail to account for the many, many different varieties of ants which require different treatments. One size fits all approaches are a gamble. Seeking professional help is a wise idea.
Rodents come in many obnoxious kinds, a few of which are mice, rats and squirrels. Rodents share one identifiable trait: large, nasty front teeth. Rodents can destroy your home and cause damage. Mice will eat your food, and they can ruin far more food than they can eat themselves. Mice reproduce rapidly, with a single breeding pair being able to easily produce hundreds of offspring in a year.
Aside from the problem with rodents eating and contaminating food in your home, they carry diseases and are hosts to parasites. At the first signs of infestation, the problem should be addressed quickly.
Termites can be extremely destructive to wood in your home, including your foundation, furniture, etc.. Termites may also eat paper, books, living plants, insulation and swimming pool filters and liners. Spotting winged termites indoors always indicates a significant infestation. This is most likely to happen between the months of March and May, when winged termites are triggered by the warming weather to emerge and start new colonies.
Similar to the other types of pest problems mentioned above, trying to deal with a termite problem on your own is not a time to try and save money. When it comes time to sell your home you will need to make known any termite history and treatment.
Home pest control professionals have the tools at their resources to properly fix a termite problem. Termites have a tendency to sneak in through areas of the house which require advanced carpentry skills simply to gain access to. The typical equipment which may be used to eliminate termites by a pest control company includes pumps, up to hundreds of gallons of liquid pesticide, high capacity tanks to hold all that pesticide, masonry drills and soil treatment rods. Insecticide must be injected into the foundation walls and alongside the foundation. Clearly, this is neither a wise nor safe project for the average homeowner.