When it comes to household pests there are many of them. Some are found more in certain areas of the world, or the United States, and some are found everywhere in some form or another. Some bugs and pests can simply be annoying while others can possibly be deadly.
It is helpful to know a little about the bugs and critters that may be infesting your home, and how to deal with them. If you have a major infestation you may want to contact a professional, since some infestations just can’t be dealt with on your own. Here are a few of the most common pests found in homes, and how to get rid of them.
Most of the time spiders are more annoying than they are harmful. However, if you have black widow spiders or a brown recluse in your home that could spell pain and disaster. These are a couple of spiders that tend to be easily recognized, and if you believe you have some in your home call an exterminator immediately. Random house spiders are normally no big deal unless you have an overabundance of them.
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Ants are another pest that can be worse depending on what you have and how many you have. While small sugar ants in the kitchen may be annoying, they aren’t likely to bite or do a ton of damage to your home. However, carpenter ants do bite and the bore holes in the wood in your home. You can try to get rid of them with traps and poison, but if you have an established colony an exterminator will need to come in and find the nest.
Unlike carpenter ants, termites actually eat the wood of your home. The only way to ensure your home’s safety is to have an exterminator come in. Followed by a contractor to determine how much damage they have done.
Mice can cause all sorts of damage, to your home and to the items in your home. In fact, they’ll eat you out of house and home if given the chance. They are attracted to food, water, and shelter, and you need to block up the ways they are getting in to get rid of them, not just catching them all.
Bed bugs are often more common with travelers that pick them up in motel and hotel rooms and bring them home with them. You’ll want to get some bed bug spray to kill them, vacuum up all the dead bodies, clean all of your bedding in hot water, and possibly replace your mattress to ensure you get rid of them.
Most people won’t have to fight a flea infestation in their homes unless they have pets that are not on flea medicine bringing them into the house. Once they do you’ll become a snack for them too. You need to flea bomb your home and shampoo your pets.