Pests are disgusting, dirty and unhygienic creatures to have in your house. Almost every household has had one or more types of pests and I’m sure it’s your dream to live in a pest-free house. You can actually prevent some pests from infesting your house, each in a different way, depending on its unique characteristics.
The following are types of pests that could infest your home:
These are small creatures which are black or brown in color, they have three legs and can be found in any part of your home. Ants love all types of food; especially sugary ones. Some ants have been known to bite and sting, but most that are found in houses do not. Simply keeping your house very clean will prevent these small critters from becoming your house-mates. Clean up your kitchen well every day and never leave food particles and spills on the floor.
These are brown or black in color with four wings. They resemble ants very much. Termites love to feed on wet wood. They are not known to cause any disease but they can do damage worth thousands of dollars to your house. Keeping mulch piles and wet wood far from your home is a good preventive measure against termites. If you must have wood around your home, make sure it is totally dry. You can also get more information on how to avoid or remove termites from online sources such as termite removal Sacramento.
- Rats and mice
These are grey or black creatures with four legs, they are about a foot long. Rats are generally larger than mice. They are usually found in storage or basement areas in homes. Rats and mice eat all kinds of trash but they also eat clean grains. Rats can carry dangerous infections, so you’re better off keeping them at bay. Seal all holes around doors and windows because this is an entry point for them. Also keep your garbage well covered since this trash is an attraction for rats.
Everybody hates roaches! They are brown or black, have six legs and antennae. They pretty much each all kinds of food, including cardboard boxes. The saliva from roaches can cause allergic reactions especially in asthmatics. Roaches hate boric acid and therefore it can be used along the perimeter of rooms and at cracks to prevent them from entering.
- Bed bugs
Bed bugs have a flat, oval body and are usually brown in color. They basically live around beds and mattresses, basically in the bedroom area. They feed on blood and can actually live for one full year before the next feed. The bite from a bed bug can cause allergies and also causes an itch. Getting rid of bed bugs is very difficult, so it’s easier to prevent them from infesting your house. Some simple oils such as cloves, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and others tend to prevent bed bugs from infesting your bedroom and home in general.
Now that you are better informed as to the different types of pests that may threaten to infest your home, and as someone once said “knowledge is power”, I believe you are more empowered to deal with this menace.
Peter Winston is an expert in pest control and eradication; he is a consultant in termite control and is conversant with termite removal Sacramento. He has over 7 years’ experience in this field. He has written a number of articles on pests and how to get rid of them. Visit his blog today for more information.