Just in time for the annual spring cleaning certain pests may welcome themselves in your home or yard, making your life miserable. The little home invaders usually hide in dark corners where you may not be able to spot them until there is an infestation.
You could be walking next to a nest and be completely unaware of it. Anytime you see lots of activity with one insect type you can assume there is a nest nearby. In the spring, colonies of insects are usually small and they are easy to get along with.
Bedbug infestations occur close to where people sleep, and hotels are a common hotspot. Don’t think this applies only to fleabag motels. Cleanliness has nothing to do with it. While bedbugs do not transmit diseases, bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs to a small bite mark or a serious allergic reaction. The best way to get rid of them is by calling an experienced pest specialist. Washing and drying bed linens in extremely hot temperatures and removing clutter may also help.
They are mostly found in pestiferous in landscaped areas. They can enter through the smallest cracks in your home and lay nests in and around your house. Get rid of them by sprinkling boric acid or lemon juice along the cracks and crevices you have seen them enter.
Mites are hard to see with a naked eye, which makes them one of the hardest pests to get rid of. Dust mites are the most common in American households; they like to cling on fabrics, such as the carpet and clothing. If your skin is red, itchy and inflamed, you may be suffering from a mite infestation. Make sure you vacuum often, keep your clothes clean and dust frequently.
Household pest cockroaches are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen where food is present, according to ORKIN. They are most active at night. You need to seal up any cracks and holes in your house and fix water leaks. If you already have an infestation, try making a concoction – mix three parts boric acid and one part powdered sugar, according to Mother Nature Network. “The sugar lures the roaches, while the boric acid kills them.” If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call the experts.
As the name suggests, they feed on clothing, carpets, furs, blankets, upholstery and other fabrics. Breeding areas for them are vacuum cracks, crevices and closets. Make sure you wash any clothes before storing them and, preferably, keep them in sealed containers. If that’s not an option, use repellents to deter the annoying pests.
They love all kinds of cereal products, grains, dried fruits, pet foods, and nuts. So make sure you store these kinds of foods in containers made of glass. If you’re opting for tapware made of plastic, make sure it’s sealed really tight. If you’re not using any of these foods very often, keep them in the freezer. Throw out infested food and wash affected containers with hot water.
Rats are challenging pests to control partly because they are active at night. Rats often invade house attics searching for a place to live. They contaminate your home, carry diseases, and bring other pests. You can try and get rid of them by setting up traps throughout your home, using rodenticides, mothballs or calling a professional.
Depending on where you live and how old your building is, mice are very common. They enter homes usually in search for food and shelter. Inspect your house often to make sure that all points of entry such as foundations, utility pipes and wires passing into the house are secure. You can also set traps. Early fall and winter is peak time for mice to move in. Ultrasonic devices will keep mice out of a designated area.
Carpenter ants drill through wood. They tend to creep up in moist areas. They are different from termites who actually eat the wood. The best to keep them away is to prevent excess moisture accumulating in wooded structures. Throw out stumps and wood debris from your yard. You can also spot treat with a fast-acting botanical insecticide.
They are social insects and live in colonies that are usually located in the ground or in wood. Also known as the “silent destroyer,” termites are an absolute nightmare. They stay out of sight while secretly munching away at your home’s substructure. You can use liquid pesticides, building materials infused with pesticide and wood treatments to rid these pests.
Gnats can be found all over the home. You can use ammonia to kill them in drains and create homemade traps. Trick them by making a wine and soap trap or using apple cider vinegar and a mason jar. Always make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed and make sure you frequently wipe down damp spots, as gnats like to breed in moist places.
You will find them in your kitchen. They are usually most active in the late fall and summer because there is plenty of produce around for them. They love orange rinds, ripening tomatoes and bananas turning brown. Don’t store produce on your counter and make sure that all garbage cans have tight fitting lids. Cloves can be used as repellent. Put several of them inside a lemon and place it in your fruit bowl.
They like to hide in windows, ceiling corners and above or beneath fixtures. Get rid of them by vacuuming spiders and spider webs, spraying cracks and corners with insecticide, or calling a professional exterminator.
If you own pets, it’s important to take caution, as they may accidently bring fleas into the home with them after running around outside. Make sure you are constantly washing your pets bedding, vacuuming frequently and purchase a dehumidifier – fleas need humidity to live.
They produce a horrific odor, which is thought to be a defense against predators. They like to creep inside for warmth. They will sneak in through cracks, walls, screens and holes. Insecticidal soaps and neem oil can be used to get rid of the annoying bugs. Kaolin clay, a harmless mineral, has been shown to suppress pest activity, according to Planet Natural Research Center.