Pests not only damage your property, they also cause serious health problems for you and your loved ones once they invade your home. The most common type of pests that are found in homes are rodents, bugs and flying insects. Some of the worst pests for your home are:
Bedbugs are one of the worst pests to infest your home. While they are not carriers of diseases and parasites, you really wouldn’t want them to bite you. They mostly live within the bed’s woodwork and they are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of . Bedbug bites can result to lesions, scars and rashes. They can also lead to serious psychological effects such as sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety and depression. Here is a closer look at bed bug damage.
Rats are one of the pests that carry some of the most dangerous diseases in the world including the potentially life threatening Weil’s disease. As if this wasn’t bad enough, they also like to gnaw through walls and on furniture. Their powerful teeth can literally bite anything and that is why they can reach water and food supplies easily and result in contamination. A rat’s urine or fecal matter can spread leptospirosis which affects both humans and animals leading to heart, kidney and liver problems. You don’t have to ingest something that has been contaminated by a rat in order for you to become infected because even inhaling their decaying waste can be infectious. Being one of the largest pests found in homes, rats can be very aggressive. They can bite and scratch resulting in infections like the rat-bite fever.
Fleas are small, wingless parasitic insects with very powerful legs. Whereas they lack in size, they make up for this with their relentless sucking persistence. These little blood drinkers not only attack pets but also human beings. They will attach themselves on any living thing. A flea’s bite can cause an allergic reaction and in some people, it can lead to severe anaphylaxis. Ingesting them also leads to tapeworm infection.
Roaches are one of the most disgusting pests to have in your home. Not only are they offensive to look at, they also pose health risks to humans. Cockroaches sometimes live in sewer-like environments and they usually come into homes to search for warmth and food. While they are scuttling on your kitchen countertop, cupboard and dining table, they leave behind parasites, bacteria and pathogens that can result to diseases. Their urine, droppings and decaying bodies all break down into airborne particles leading to allergic reactions.
Termites have a voracious appetite and they can completely consume the structure of a home within six months and in two years completely destroy the home. The termite’s destructive nature is linked to the fact that they mainly feed on cellulose, the most common organic compound on the planet. Once the termites have gained access to your home it can often be a tough and expensive battle to get rid of them. This is why when it comes to termite control the best course of action is a proactive approach that combines prevention and monitoring measures. Here are some of the steps you can take to secure your home and prevent a termite infestation.
Seal off the access points
Dry wood termites can get into your home through the gaps that may appear around water pipes as well as gas pipes. The pipes are usually found in the kitchen and laundry rooms. By regularly inspecting the pipes you will be able to seal off any gaps, cracks and crevices before termites can use them to gain access into your home. You can also block off common termite entry points such as foundation vents and the attic by using bug screens.
Another common entry point for termites and specifically subterranean termites is through wooden floors. You can block off this entry point by using a termite barrier when constructing your home and also by reducing the contact between the ground and wood surfaces. Ensure that you carry out regular inspections of the floor surface so that you can catch any termite problem in the early stages.
Prevent moisture from building up
Termites are attracted to damp surfaces and this is why you should always prevent the buildup of moisture on any surfaces such as the roof, floor, and walls and from leaking pipes. Regularly inspect these surfaces to ensure that they are not compromised. You should also repair any damages such as cracks in the roof which may lead to moist and damp surfaces.
Set up a prevention and monitoring system
Having monitoring stations is recommended because it allows you to quickly and conveniently identify whether termites have gained access into your home or not. It is advisable to consult a pest control professional because they are best suited to help you set up this stations. The expert should also guide you on how to identify some of the signs that indicate the presence of termites. Some of the prevention measures they use include treating wood with chemicals that prevent termites from devouring the wood.
It is undeniable that termites are extremely destructive and are responsible for billions of dollars in home damages annually. You do not have to be part of this statistic because by adopting a monitoring and prevention approach you should be able to keep your home completely termite free.