Pests can harbor in the nooks and crooks of your house or office, and removing them can be challenging. An average household can be home to more than 100 different bugs.
If you’ve never had a pest problem, you should count your blessings. If, however, you haven’t been so lucky, you definitely should read this guide to prevent it from happening again.
Five Common Pests
Some of the common pests are mice, rats, ants, cockroaches, and termites. Cockroaches are the most common pests. They can easily spread viruses like salmonella and hepatitis and contaminate the food, fabric, and paper.
Mice can easily enter and damage your property. You can spot them if you come across their droppings, which could either look like rice or huge coffee grounds. Mice chew and urinate on things like your clothes and rugs. Their waste also spreads diseases.
Rats, on the other hand, are bigger than mice and easy to spot if you see them running across your lounge or yard. They also transmit diseases and use their teeth to gnaw at wood and wires, and other things that may be expensive to replace.
Ants are pretty easy to spot as they are everywhere once they manage to find their way into a home. They’re mostly found near a water or food source. Termites, however, are the hardest to notice as they’re not found on the surface. They live off of the timber used to build the structure of your abode. If you’re unable to catch them fast, they can spread easily because they lay hundreds of eggs in one day.
How to Catch and Prevent These Pests?
You can prevent many pest infestations by ensuring all your food and water is stored in airtight containers, and no crumbs are left anywhere. Cockroaches can be removed by spraying everywhere or using gel bait, and their resurgence can be prevented by putting traps everywhere.
To catch mice and rats, rodent control is the immediate solution. You can also lay traps for mice and rats.
Ants also feed on anything they can find in your kitchen, so the best prevention is to keep your kitchen clean. Any cracks can cause the ants to enter and find some sticky leftover food to feed on, so you need to wipe all surfaces clean and close off the entry points. Plantings near the edge of your property can also attract ants, so you might want to remove those too.
Darkened wood, blistering or tunneling is a sign that you have termites living with you. They can not be prevented if you don’t ensure the place you’re renting or buying has well-ventilated timber, as moisture builds a home for termites. However, termites can only be removed by hiring pest control services.
Call the Experts
If you’ve tried everything and still can’t get rid of these annoying infestations, it’s time to hire your nearest pest control services. Xterminator has a treatment plan for any type of pest infestation, from bed bug treatment to termite treatment plans.