Your home is your sanctuary that protects you from the harsh elements of the outdoors. Whether it is the weather, wild animals, or some other unwelcome force of nature, we like to keep it outside of the structure we call home.
When the outdoors decides to come indoors it becomes a problem. Weather can cause serious damage and animals can carry diseases that threaten the well-being of you and your family.
This is why it is important to be on the lookout for such problems and act quickly to get rid of any unwanted guests that should not be in your home. If it is a large problem that you are not able to fix yourself, it is time to call the experts, such as Moxie Pest Control.
In this article, we are going to discuss 5 pests that you need to always be on the lookout for.
1. German Cockroaches
Although there are roughly 70 species of cockroaches in the United States, the most common type found in homes are German Cockroaches. They are characterized by their long, oval-shaped bodies, 6 legs, and antennae.
Studies suggest that roaches can cause severe allergic and respiratory reactions in children who grow up with them in their homes. In addition, roach shedding and excretion can house dangerous diseases or bacteria that can make your family become extremely sick.
They are very difficult to get rid of but if you find them in your home, your first plan of action should be a full house cleanup. Make sure that you get into even the smallest nooks of your home.
2. Rats and Mice
Rodents, aka rats and mice, are one of the most destructive, expensive pests that can invade your home. They will chew holes all over your home both visible and none visible. It can become quite costly as they can do serious damage to the structure, roof, insulation, wiring, and pretty much everything that makes up your home.
In addition, rodents carry diseases and can spread it through your home fairly quickly by way of urine and feces. It is estimated that one mouse can excrete 3,000 microdroplets of urine each day. That’s even before considering feces and the fact that rodents can multiply very quickly.
If you find any type of rodent in your home, lay out snap traps and carefully placed poisons. Be sure that they are out of reach of your pets and children.
There are more than 45 termites in the US that can invade your home. For this reason, you will likely need to seek professional help in order to get rid of them.
Since they typically feed on wood, termites cause a lot of structural damage to your home. This can be quite costly.
Over $5 billion of property damage per year can be attributed to termite damage and the bad news is that it is usually not covered by home owner’s insurance. This is why it is so important to act quickly at the first site of these pests in your home.
4. Bed Bugs
Though bed bugs have the word ‘bed’ in them, they are not exclusively found in your bed. They can be found anywhere large amounts of people gather, including hotels, schools, and public transportation. They travel by attaching to clothing, luggage, or anything else you might be carrying with you. They survive by feeding on blood, so one of the biggest signs that you have a bed bug infestation is unknown bites across your body.
Although there are many remedies and kits to get rid of them, they tend to be ineffective so professional help is usually needed to exterminate these tiny invaders.
There are literally thousands of species of ants. Though they are not as big of a threat when it comes to spreading diseases in your home, they can be responsible for serious structural damage and other home issues like power outages.
The main types you should look for are:
- Fire ants
prevalent in southern states and warmer climates, they are highly destructive to your electrical system as they are even known to seriously damage transformer boxes, air conditioning units, etc.
- Carpenter ants
prevalent mostly in the Pacific northwest, these ants are responsible for structural damages to wood, styrofoam and other building materials that make up your home.
Now that you know what pests to look for, keep an eye out for them around your home. If you suspect that your home may be infested by one or more pests, be sure to take the necessary steps to identify and eliminate them as soon as possible.