Pests come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them can cause health problems, both physically, and with mental wellness. Others cause actual structural damage. One report from the Environmental Protection Agency, showed that billions of dollars of damage is caused every year by termites alone. Yet, termites aren’t the only problem that plagues some homeowners. And the issue may not be as obvious as you think.
Some pests are hard to spot until the issue has become difficult to control. While other pests are adept at staying out of sight. Even though some of these pests live their lives hidden from view, they can still cause damage to both your property and your health.
Would you be aware if you had pests?
Some signs from certain pests are very obvious. Mice and rats leave very obvious teeth marks behind when they chew on objects and food. Others are more invisible. Dust mites are minute, and yet they can cause many irritable symptoms. Dust mites can dramatically impact the health of anyone living in a home according to the American Lung Association. Your first sign that you have some sort of pest problem may be from seeing droppings. Food packets are being chewed. Stains on bed sheets. And also from allergic reactions. Different pests present different problems and the signs they are there all vary.
The common signs to watch for?
You can call in pest control experts if you assume your home is infested. Spotting one can be easy, or you may not notice for some time. For instance, bed bugs are tiny but they are visible. The problem spotting bed bugs is that they often don’t appear until nighttime when you are sleeping. Another concern is that many people don’t react to bites so they are unaware they have bed bugs. Signs that you have them include rust-colored spots on your sheets. Not easy to see if you have dark-colored bedding though. With cockroaches, you may notice legs or cases from eggs. Dead cockroaches will be apparent after some time if you have an infestation. If you own a cat you will see if you have cockroaches very quickly as they will chase them. Is it possible you have a pest problem without realizing it? Yes, as you have read about bed bugs it could be easy to have a problem without even knowing about it, at least for some time. Some pests like to live inside walls and attics. Others prefer damp areas such as basements. It would be quite simple not to notice a problem until it gets larger.
How do you get rid of pests?
Some pests are easy to remove. There are many ways of removing ants effectively. There are also plenty of eco-friendly pest control methods that you can use in your garden, and around your home. Some pests take some more serious action. Termites in particular can do serious damage and need treating with urgency. Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to eradicate and present a health hazard. Rats and mice breed rapidly and can all also spread disease. Bed bugs are another pest that is a nightmare to remove. When faced with pests of this nature it is usually prudent to call in some expert help. This is especially true for commercial locations such as restaurants.
Is pest prevention in a home possible?
There are plenty of ideas that you can utilize to make your home less attractive to creepy crawlies and other pests. Clearly, pest control is important for homeowners. However, prevention is often an even better choice. There are many areas you can look at to make a home less desirable for four-legged, six-legged, and even eight-legged intruders. Firstly, take away their entry points. Seal up cracks and gaps as much as you can. Look for problem areas such as vents or issues with your roofing. Then look at taking food supplies away.
Make sure leftover food is disposed of properly and efficiently. Leaving dirty plates and food out will attract all manner of pests. Use storage jars for cereals instead of leaving the boxes open. In fact, try to seal all of your food where you can. Keeping your home clean will help prevent some pests, although it isn’t true that all of these unwanted visitors like dirt. Bed bugs are very happy to be in a clean home, as long as you keep supplying them with blood. Clean drains, and look for any areas of dampness. These spots can be very attractive to pests.
Prevention is always the best option, and taking steps to seal up cracks, or fix concerns with dampness and mold will help in this regard. If you do find that you are having some type of pest infestation or the beginnings of one, then there are home remedies you can use. Alternatively, call in the professional pest controllers in your area. They are experienced in all manner of pest control and prevention. And they will also use eco-friendly removal methods.