3 pests you definitely don’t want in your home

Collaborative Post¦ Pests are a nuisance. They can cause havoc by creating noise, damaging a home, and leaving a trail of mess behind them. Not to mention, discovering their poop isn’t so pleasant. However, there are some pests you may prefer to have over others. These pests are easy to remove and cause minimal damage, but there are other pests which are a nightmare to get rid of and cause significant damage. Today, we’re going to discuss 3 of the worst pests and how to avoid them.

Termites

Termites easily grab top spot for some of the worst pests out there! The most common termites, the Drywood Termites burrow and live in pretty much any part of your home made of wood. From windowsills to doorframes, structural beams, and floors, they can chew their way through pretty much any wood surface, even furniture! Not only does this look horrible, but this chewing can cause structural damage and weaken parts of your home easily. The worst part is, you may not even realise you have termites until it’s too late. One way to ward off termites is by surrounding your home with soil that’s filled with insecticide. You can get different insecticides, but they all work in a similar way, either deterring the termites from coming in, or killing them before they get in. If they’re already in the home, a professional exterminator can come to your home and use baits to lure them out or gases to kill them off. Making sure every termite is going is very important to save your home from more damage.

Rats

Rats are certainly not a desired pest. As with many rodents, feral rats can spread several diseases as well as fleas. So not only can they nibble through your home and go through your bins, but they can also make you sick too. Not to mention, they can give you a serious fright when you first discover them. They’re often rather big with some very sharp teeth so it’s no surprise they can cause serious damage to your home. To stop rats from coming into your home, fill any gaps you may have that lead from the exterior to the interior of your home. This means sealing any vents, windows or doors that may have gaps as well as filling any holes you may have, like those between kitchen cabinets or behind the bathroom sink. Finally, do not leave food scraps about. Food and shelter are what draws rats in so taking that away can stop them from coming in. If they do make their way in, call a company like Smith’s Pest Management to come and resolve the problem. There are humane and inhumane ways to remove rats, it’s all about personal preference. If you have a small rat problem, humane ways are often preferred, but for a large infestation, it can be very difficult to get rid of everyone at once, which is why poisons are often used instead.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs are horrible creatures that feed on human blood, however, they’re so small, you don’t even realise that you’re being eaten alive until you notice a bumpy rash on your body. That’s right, they’ll crawl all over you and leave rashes. You may also develop allergies too. Unfortunately, bed bugs are common, and they can be carried from anywhere. Even if you were to sit on a hotel couch, you could be at risk of transferring bed bugs so they’re very hard to avoid. If travelling, when you return from your trip, make sure all of your clothes are washed thoroughly and everything is wiped down to avoid bed bugs making it into your home. If they do make it into your home, fumigation can remove them.

Of course, no one wants any pests in their home, let alone these terrible 3. To avoid any infestation, make sure your home is kept clean, removing any food scraps or waste regularly, seal up any holes and fix any damages to avoid pests getting in. Whether it’s fixing a garage door, replacing shingles on a roof or having foundation cracks filled, get it done to avoid pests.

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