Home Pest Control: Rid Your House of Pests
Your home is your castle. Ah, the joys of gathering with family and friends — that is until a cockroach walks across the table. Then everyone stops eating, having to be elsewhere, and the party ends just after it begins. That sounds like a nightmare, that you do not want in your home. There is still time to stop household pests from ruining your gatherings.
There are many species of cockroaches none of them pleasant enough to share your home. Cockroaches love to eat dead things and rotting foods, and they will also dine on fresh fruit and vegetables, but they prefer the cookie that’s been under the couch for a while.
You can try DIY products like traps and baits, but those products are not efficient. They are designed to keep you buying more, as they do not kill off all the pests, just those that wander into the trap.
Rats, Mice, and Rodents (Rodentia)
“Rodent” is, essentially, the Latin word for animals that gnaw. Their sharp teeth are the perfect tools for chewing through food packaging and even through your walls. Rats and mice love to visit homes for the stockpiles of food that they’ll find.
Nobody likes to find rat poop in their pantry. Not only do rodents leave droppings wherever they go, but they also tend to urinate as they forage. They often carry diseases that are transferable to humans, such as the hantavirus. This virus produces a pulmonary disease that eventually kills whoever is unfortunate enough to contract it, and there is no cure. A well-publicized outbreak of the disease occurred in Yosemite National Park in 2012.
Rodents gain entry to your home through small holes in the outer wall or gaps in the floor or under the door. If the hole is not large enough, rodents will enlarge it. They don’t mind living in your walls or even in the darkest corner of your kitchen, closets, garage, and outbuildings.
Many people try to control rodent populations with baits or traps. Both are good options. Spring traps work well to kill any rodents that are adventurous or desperate enough to go for the bait. There are some drawbacks, however. For example, when a rat dies in your wall, your house will smell of decomposition until the corpse dries out. Glue traps don’t kill your pests, they just trap them and then you must kill them. It is much easier to use a qualified pest control expert. A pro will not only help rid your home of rodents but also take steps to prevent further invasions.
Fleas are usually a seasonal pest whose introduction to home is not just by pets, but also by humans. Once inside, fleas will happily make a meal of any warm-blooded creature in your home. They prefer animals, but human blood works well for them too.
There are plenty of DIY flea-control products available. However, flea control begins in your yard, where the infestation likely started. The fleas ride on your shoes and pets to get into your home, where they lay millions of eggs. What results is a massive flea circus. Flea powder on your carpet is not going to be enough to stop fleas from biting your pets, you, or your house guests.
Pantry pests include beetles (Coleopteran), such as the sawtoothed grain beetle, and moths (Lepidopteran), such as the Angoumois grain moth. These are insects that you bring into your home when you buy boxed food, flour or dry goods in which insect eggs are present. Once the eggs become acclimated to your home, they begin to hatch; insects emerge, breed, and lay more eggs.
To keep pantry pests at a minimum, consider freezing dry staples until you are ready to use them. The cold will either destroy the eggs or prevent them from hatching. If you have adult pantry pests in your home, then you need to contact a professional pest management service. Some species of moth and beetle migrate and begin to eat things like wool, carpet, and blankets. Evicting them requires a professional.
Nobody likes a house full of pests, and that is never truer than when you are expecting family and friends to gather for the celebrations. It is not too late to scratch a few unwanted visitors from your guest list. The sooner a professional can evaluate the infestation, the likelier those pests will be no-shows for your home.
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