Who wants to share their house with bugs? Not only that they are disgusting, but they can be dangerous too. There are many known pests that can invade your home such as wasps, ants, cockroaches, spiders, silverfish, flies, fleas, mosquitoes, termites and many more. But there are some more dangerous than others and found more often in our homes.
Many people are known to be allergic to wasp venom, which put wasps high on the list of bugs you don’t want around you. The most important thing is to find their nest and destroy it while it is still small. For bigger nests call professionals, don’t try to destroy them on your own. You can put wasp traps around your home as they will attract wasps and kill them in the end. Use insecticide that is made for wasps. You want to kill wasp as soon as possible and not to spend much time around it. Don’t use swatters as they squash wasp and squashed wasp release pheromones that attracts other wasps and that is something you want to avoid.
Spiders can be found in almost every home in the world. Although they can be useful as they catch and eat other insects, not everyone wants to share their living space with spiders. Among other things spiders can sting you and their venom may vary from weak to very strong so you may need to see your doctor. The most efficient way to get rid of them is to kill them on the spot. If they don’t breed and nest they won’t expand. Clean all the cobwebs you can see with broom and then use your vacuum cleaner to clean all the carpets and floors making sure you don’t miss any corners as this is where spiders will try to hide. Use insecticide on them. You will find that many insecticides work very well on spiders.
If you think there are more dangerous bugs that can invade your home than termites – you are wrong. Termites are the most dangerous bugs for your home as they literally eat it.
There are two species of termites that can live in your home: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Drywood termites burrow deep within wooden structures where they nest, make tunnels and eat. You can determine presence of drywood termites by a little piles of pellets that resemble ground coffee or sawdust. These are their excrement which they throw out of the tunnels to keep them clean. Subterranean termites live underground and come out in search of food. You can determine their presence by pencil – sized mud tubes wherever the ground meets your house or near trees or sheds as they can be a source of food for termites as well.
Termites are not easily spotted and it may take quite some time before you become aware that something’s wrong. The best way to deal with them, and most times the only way, is to leave them to highly trained professionals such as guys from Termex for example, that will solve your problem for sure.
Mosquitoes and flies
Even they sting we don’t often count mosquitoes as dangerous insects. Nowadays we know of many dangerous illnesses that can be transferred to us through mosquito bites. The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to protect your home from them. Use window screens on every window and make sure there are no tears in them. Use insecticide whenever you see a mosquito or be sure to kill it any other way you can.
Flies can spread infection as they feed everywhere and on everything. They are attracted to our homes by food and water, but none of us wants to share our homes with them. Window screens are very useful but flies always find their way inside. Fly traps are very efficient and there are many varieties of fly traps – light traps, fly stripes and fly paper, handmade fly traps… Any will do.
Although all bugs are unique and what gets one doesn’t get the other, there are some general pieces of advice you may find very useful when you fight your war with pests. Try to keep bugs outside your home. Inspect your doors and windows for any cracks and repair them immediately cause bugs use these to enter your home. Put window screens on every window in your house.
Try to keep your home as dry as possible. Bugs love dump areas as they are great sources of water for bugs. Keep your home clean, specially your kitchen, kitchen cabinets and cupboards. Keep your food safely stored in durable plastic containers, glass and tin jars. Keep your house trash in tightly closed cans and empty it on a daily basis. Put some plants that are known to repel or even kill bugs inside and around your home. Most of these plants can be kept as house plants and used as fresh spices for your food. It’s win-win situation. And if you find yourself overwhelmed by insects – call the professionals.
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