Insects, rodents and wildlife can cause damage to your home that ranges from holes in insulation to weakening of the structure. Businesses too face pest problems and need to be alert to signs of infestations which can result in thousands of dollars in damage. Eight of the most common pests include:
While some ants work in the colony, others forage throughout the day by squeezing through tiny spaces in your home or work site in their quest for food. Nests may be found in dry earth and beneath paved walks and driveways. Carpenter ants tunnel into wood to nest, much the same as termites.
- Bed bugs
These tiny insects are typically found behind baseboards and in mattresses, which gives them their name. As well, you can also find them in cracks and crevices. Because they spread quickly, they are hard to eradicate. Look for tiny, black feces, especially in bedding seams.
Termites can eat through your home’s wooden framework and damage the structural soundness. Signs of termites include small piles of droppings or wings, which they discard. Subterraneous termites build tube-shaped tunnels to access wood so one should look for tunnels along the sides of both interior and exterior walls. Termites can be extremely destructive and termite treatment services should not be put off.
This destructive rodent is active all year. Rats build nests from twigs, plants, cotton and debris. They like dark, enclosed areas and can be found in crawlspaces, attics, and walls. Obvious signs you have rats are finding their droppings or seeing holes in floorboards.
Wasps build their nests early in the spring, preferring the shelter of chimneys, attics, and eaves. They may also get into wall and attic spaces. They can be aggressive and stings are very painful while also being potentially deadly to those with allergies.
These annoying insects bite and itch, making evenings spent outdoors uncomfortable for everyone. They can also present a danger to people because they may carry serious diseases.
There’s no better place to build a nest than inside a warm, dry home like yours. Squirrels, raccoons, and a variety of other animals can tear insulation and drywall and create fire hazards by chewing through wires.
There are thousands of types of spiders in the U.S. and many are harmless. However, the venomous black widow, brown recluse, among others, can be deadly. They prefer small, dark corners, cracks, and air vents, as well as the eaves of homes and other buildings.
How to Get Rid of Pests
There are plenty of over-the-counter sprays, traps, and other solutions to control pests. You can even find “recipes” online for creating organic pesticides. With some trials and errors, you will discover what works best and is safe to use around your home or business.
Another option you have is to contact a pest control service for safe, effective treatment. If you own or manage a company, pest control for business is also available.
Whether you know you have pests or just suspect it, taking action now can help you avoid bigger problems later.