Everything you need to know about pests
Termites live in structured societies. Unlike the ants, they have a king. King and Queen termites are top members of the colony, and the rest have other distinctive jobs like the reproducing team and the soldiers. If they have wings, they belong to the reproductive team. It is highly recommended that you contact your local pest control expert to have your house fully inspected. Here are some of the signs to look out for if you think your house has a termite infestation:
A swarm of termites consists of adult male and female reproductives that leave their colonies in order to mate and to create a new colony. Look out for any swarm of termites flying around any light source you have, it may be inside or outside your home. Having a swarm of termites outside your home doesn’t really mean your home is infested, but it is still advisable to check around your house for any termite mud-tunnels. Having a swarm of termites in a light source you have in your home may be a sign of trouble. You may have a termite infestation. Check your wood structures that are located near the light source where the swarm of termites is, it may be possible that their nest or colony is in one of those wood structures.
2. Discarded wings.
When you sweep the floor in your home, make sure to look out for any discarded wings. Discarded wings can be a sign of a termite infestation. This happens after the adult or reproductive termites have mated. These reproductive termites find their pairs then if it’s time for them to mate, they crawl to a nesting site and that is when they start to create a new colony.
3. Mud tubes or mud tunnels.
Termites need moisture to live. These hollow tunnels are made of mud to protect them from heat and from getting dry especially when they march their way from their nest to the food source. These tubes are the calling card of subterranean termites which are usually seen in your basement or inside the walls of your house. Termites may have excavated the wood making it very thin and when a portion is broken, they cover up the holes with the mud they use which is made of soil, saliva and their feces. Break open the mud tubes to see if there are still active termites in it.
4. Damaged wood
Termites feed on dry wood. Which makes our home the source of their food. They consume the wood from the inside leaving a thin layer outside to protect them from getting dry. If you see any trail of mud-tunnel or termite damage, try knocking on it and you might hear a hollow sound because most of the inner part of the wood has already been consumed by the termites. The wood itself may also appear distorted or damaged and this is a sure sign that the termites have already been there and they may be looking for other wood structures to consume.
Bugs’ are naturally from outdoors. Insects nesting in your home can be a huge problem. We humans need water, food, and shelter to survive, so does the insects. When it comes to finding shelter, insects may consider the inside of your home to take shelter especially during the winter or rainy seasons.
But, of course, insects do not belong inside our homes. One reason is they are quite unsanitary and they may carry contagious diseases. One way to prevent them from staying or sheltering in your home is to look for where they are nesting and immediately get rid of it. Here are other ways to insect-proof your home:
1. Secure any passage.
This is one major step in keeping bugs away for it prevents them from entering your home. Windows, vents, and chimneys are just some of the places bugs can pass through. Make sure to repair any crack or gap in the wall or window screens. Also, seal your doors. Examine your doors carefully and you'll most likely see numbers of gaps, which makes a passage for the bugs. Install a door closer to keep your door closed especially if you have left it open or your kid forgot to close the door properly.
2. Cover large openings.
Fill larger opening with the use of hardware cloth. Hardware cloth is a material you can staple over gaps or holes in order to keep those insects from entering your home. It also keeps squirrels and raccoons from getting in your chimneys or vents and they are also the source of fleas, ticks, and other insects. Make sure your vents’ dampers are operating properly.
3. Keep your eyes peeled.
Once you sight any insect or any sign of insect nests, immediately take action. Check outside to see where the bugs usually hang out. Try to keep branches and shrubs away from your walls by having them trimmed or well groomed so bugs won't have any passage into your home.
4. Store your trash properly.
We usually throw our rotten food in our trash bins without thinking that its scent could attract insects, mainly roaches, and ants. Proper storage of your trash is one way of preventing bugs from feasting on your trash cans. Trash cans should be emptied every night and must have a lid to keep it closed.
5. Clean your home regularly.
Bugs do love a messy place. Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to keep those insects away. Keep your trash cans sealed and vacuum regularly or always sweep the floor to get rid of any food crumbs on the floor.
6. Keep your food sealed.
After hosting or throwing a party at home, you may still have a lot of leftover foods. It’s best that you keep them properly sealed and inside the fridge. We do love to keep fruits on our tables. One is because they do make a nice table centerpiece, but it doesn't mean bugs won't feast on the fruits.
7. Consider natural predators.
Bats are one of the natural predators. They feed on insects especially the small annoying ones. And since they are only awake during the night, you won't even notice them. Same goes for the birds. They also feed on bugs. You can provide trees and some bushes where these predators can nest to.
8. Look out for any water leaks.
It’s best that you keep your home dry. Some insects need water to breed and also for their consumption. Just like the Mosquitos, they lay their eggs on any wet areas and it could start an infestation. Pipes under your sink or in the bathroom can be leaky so make sure you regularly check your pipes and have them repaired if there are any leaks.
9. Install Screens
There are a variety of screens to choose from. Make sure to get the ones that won't easily have holes. Having screens on your window will help you enjoy the feeling of fresh air without worrying about insects getting in. But do make sure to install it properly so you won't create any passage for the insects and regularly check your screens for any holes.
10. Keep your home’s foundations clear.
Your home's foundations are also one of the most common entry spots for bugs. Keep them clear to reduce any infestation. Ants, Spiders, Termites, and fleas are some of the insects that are good at breeding and thriving in wet areas, so make sure to keep your foundations dry at all cost. Regularly check your foundation for any gaps.
11. Maintain your yard.
Your yard is home to tons of different kinds of insects, and you should always keep it maintained. Mosquitoes breed in water. To reduce the mosquitoes population, do eliminate your pool’s water in your yard and keep your pool’s water chlorinated and filtered. It's also important to regularly maintain your gutters and drains.
Are you planning to put up a garden? Or you already have an existing one? Or you just want to have a beautiful yard perfect for a peaceful picnic? Well, sure you can have all of those but there could be some problems. Insects, pests, or whatever you want to call them, exist everywhere, especially outdoors.
If you’re a gardener, you don’t want to have dead leaves, flowers, or crops because of these pests. If you are a person starting to grow a garden, you wouldn’t want to have these crawlers give you problems. And if you’re a person who just wants to enjoy a peaceful picnic, you don’t want ants or other insects crawling on your food. You can stop, prevent, and eliminate them. You can call for a pest exterminator to eliminate them and solve your problem.
The pantry is one of the best rooms in the house, food is everywhere, it’s the best especially if it’s filled with all of your favorite goodies. But imagine if you’re at work and you have a dinner party with friends, you need to cook food for the party, but as you arrive home, when you get to your pantry, you see insects, rats, or mice scavenging on your food.
Having pests in your pantry could really be a big problem. They can not only ruin a get-together or parties, they can also cause problems with your health.
Ants bite if they feel threatened, but there are some types of ants that don’t really bite. Ants live in a colony where they have their queen to follow orders from. They are so loyal to their queen that they follow her throughout their entire life. Ants lived as old as dinosaurs which made them conquer the world - every part of the world has ants. Some species of ants practice a primitive form of slavery. Ants could really be an interesting subject, there are a lot of interesting facts about them.
They are one of the most common insects you can find in your house. Although given the facts that they are so interesting, they could be a really huge problem to your home. For example, some ants could carry diseases and transmit it to you. An infestation can grow rapidly, and it can cause serious problems with your food or pantry. Imagine getting up from the bed and going to your pantry discovering that your favorite box of cereal is already filled with ants. What a way to ruin the day as early as waking up.
There are numerous types of insects and animals in the whole world, and some of them are nice and good for our world, but some can be really bad, and some of them choose our homes to invade. These insects or animals that give negative effects in our homes are called pests. There are numerous types of pests in the world, but there are the worst pests. These worst pests could lead us to huge problems, even life-threatening problems. And some of these pests infest our homes silently. Most homeowners don’t know they already have a pest infestation, also don’t know what pests are the worst. We provide you a list below of the worst house pests to have, and if you have one in your home, make sure to get rid of them, even if it is not in this list, a pest is a pest and make sure to get rid of them.
A mice infestation for me is the worst. They carry a lot of diseases that could be transmitted to humans giving us life-threatening situations. The parasites that they have also carry diseases.
Mice destroy and consume our food, especially our food that is not protected properly. They run fast making it hard to catch them, they are quick thinkers too. They poop a lot, these poop and pee a lot these poop and pee are hard to see, what makes it dangerous is that they might have peed in your glass or food without you noticing, and you have accidentally had contact with their waste, transmitting the disease to you. If you have a fresh and open wound avoid contact with mice in your wound, it will easily transmit disease.
A rat infestation just has the same negative effects that a mice infestation has, but rats are bigger which makes it easy to see them and catch them, but they’re bigger that’s why they carry more parasites, and their bites can really cut you since they have bigger teeth. And another worst thing about rats than mice is that they destroy property or structure more than mice
A termite infestation is one of the worst, they eat wood, but not only wood they eat anything made of a plant of a tree. Each colony has thousands of termites, and each termite doesn’t sleep they work 24 hours a day every day, and most of their work is eating. In a month they consume a large component of a wood structure in your home. They also work silently which makes it hard to detect them. Having termite infestation is really dangerous, they eradicate the foundation of your home making your house fragile, and eventually could end up having accidents or destructions in your house.
Cockroaches are dirty and really smelly, it could be so embarrassing if you have visitors around and they see roaches in your home, it just shows how dirty your home is. Not only that, they eat our food and contaminate them, they also carry diseases and they could also bite you. Cockroaches breed a lot too, they lay eggs a lot. One cockroach could end up to 50 cockroaches so make sure to get rid of them right away