The squeaks, scratching, and creepy crawly things you keep seeing and hearing around the house are enough to drive you insane. Be it spiders, ants, roaches, or mice, finding out that these tiny creatures are taking up space in your home is not only gross, embarrassing, and annoying, but it could quickly become a sanitary issue. If you’ve found a rodent or insect in your home, you’ll need to take a few extra steps to get rid of them, before matters get worse.
Contact Professionals for Infestations
Seeing one or two spiders or ladybugs around the house may be nothing more than a change in the seasons and a bug who unfortunately found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. This can easily be negated with a few measures that will be discussed below. However, if you notice signs of an infestation like nests, damaged wiring, holes in your property, feces, or the ever presence of the pests after you’ve tried a few DIY tricks, you’ll need to contact a professional pest control services company to successfully get rid of them for you. They have specialized sprays and traps that make catching and getting rid of infestations a lot easier than trying on your own.
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Pests You Might Find in Your House
If you’re not dealing with an infestation, you may be able to get rid of the pests on your own. Below, are some of the most common household pests and steps you can take to try to get them out of your home:
Ants – Typically during the spring and fall you’ll notice the presence of ants around the home. Although they may seem harmless, ants can infest a home quickly and some of them even bite. The solution? First, you’ll need to find the point of entry and seal it off. Then consider natural ant repellents like lemon juice, coffee grounds, cinnamon, garlic, paprika, or peppermint (dried). Sprinkling this along the home’s perimeter could ward off those pesky ants.
Mice – Do you hear scratching and squeaking in the home? If so, you might have some tiny visitors known as mice. These unwanted pests can infest quickly and typically when you find one, you’ll find a few more. You’ll need to take a few extra steps if you’re going to get rid of mice on your own. This includes cleaning up and sealing up holes on the interior and exterior of the home, keeping trash and food in sealed containers, and getting rid of piles they could be making a home in like boxes, piles of wood, or paper.
Spiders – Spiders come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and can be found all around the home. Although they help to keep other insects at bay, the sight of a spider in the home is horrifying. Not to mention, spider bites can be harmful. To get rid of them you’ll need to clean up, keep the grass and trees properly trimmed, and clean and vacuum storage areas where they tend to build webs.
Roaches – Roaches are another common household insect that can populate very quickly and can be especially troubling to get rid of. They are especially dangerous in that their feces and saliva can cause health problems. To get rid of roaches, you may need pest control services but can try a few things first. Start by sealing small holes, cleaning cabinets, making sure counter tops and sinks are clean, and keeping food in air-tight containers.
Bed Bugs – Typically found in or around the bed and other porous surfaces like sheets, pillowcases, curtains, and certain furniture, bed bugs can be found in the home. Their bites, although not disease carrying or harmful are itchy and annoying. You can try and get rid of bed bugs by washing all linens, scrubbing the mattress, and making sure everything is dried thoroughly on the highest dryer setting. You can use non-chemical methods for getting rid of bed bugs as well.
Though it would be nice to keep all pests from ever coming into the home, there is a real possibility that they may find their way in. If you want to keep your family safe and your home sanitary, you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep the pests at bay. From keeping a clean home to using natural repellents and sealing up the property, you should see fewer pests that make you want to scream. Remember, if things are out of hand, hire a pest control company right away.
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