Are you finding every creepy crawly creature in your home? Are they making nests in the cupboards, gatherings near the sink and having parties in the pantry? You’re certainly not alone—or imagining things! Here are some of the most commonly found pests in your home (and what you can do about them).
Yes, the humble ant. Perhaps one of the smaller pests that might be scattered around your home, yet no less annoying. Ants love to nest in dark, damp, undisturbed places, which often provide shelter for their colonies while closely mimicking the conditions they thrive in in less inhabited places. They are attracted to densely planted soil, or the undersides of buildings; sometimes, the larger species of ants—including carpenter ants (a strand of termite) or yellow ants—will find their way into the cavities within walls or on the roof amongst the insulation found in many ceilings.
The best way to tackle an ant infestation is at the source. Be sure to block off any entry points to the house—cracks in foundations and walls and rotted window frames are practically invitations to ants. This can be done by physically mending the problem, or by using a natural ant repellent, such as coffee grounds, chili, garlic, cloves or cinnamon. These can be sprinkled near their entryway to your home, steering them in the opposite direction while also protecting you from chemicals that are often associated with pest riddance. Although, if your ants are a recurring problem, it might be in your best interest to call a professional like Trusted Pest Management.
Forever shooing flies from your living spaces? The common house fly is just that—commonly found in many homes. Start by closing windows and doors, or investing in fly screens to enjoy the breeze from outside while keeping your house fly-free. Wiping up spills, keeping rubbish outside the home, and keeping food covered is key to taking away any incentive for flies to bother you.
Mice and rats
While they might appear cute and fluffy in movies such as Cinderella, these pests won’t help you with the sweeping and mending of clothes. Tiny mice all through to larger rats are typically disease-ridden, which can spread either through saliva, biting or the droppings they will leave as evidence of their rummaging through your rubbish. Rodents prefer grains (such as cereal, breads, rice and pasta) and meat to eat, and so keeping these particular food items stored in hardy air-tight containers will remove their ability to gain food in your home.
By removing entryways—holes in floors and walls, plus open doors and windows—you can essentially remove the problem. There are natural repellants for these fluffy fiends, including a concoction of horseradish, garlic and cayenne pepper that can be sprayed in problem areas to deter them. Rat traps that enclose them in a cage rather than under a snap-action bar are a more humane option of disposing of the critters.
Opting for warm, often humid, always dark environments, cockroaches will often be found lurking in the dark corners of kitchens (perhaps near heat elements and under sinks) or bathrooms; the more brazen will find their way into drainage and in basements. They will dine on food scraps to cardboard boxes—anything starchy will keep them satisfied. The predominant issue with finding cockroaches in the home is their potential to exacerbate allergies, particularly in children. Those who suffer from asthma can often find their episodes are heightened by the presence of cockroaches, as they often shed their skin or wings, leaving dust behind. A sighting of one cockroach usually indicates many more lying around, and can usually be moved on by the presence of boric acid, which can line cracks in floors and in problem cupboards where they scurry out from.
Often striking the most fear into the heart of any pest-hater, spiders unfortunately find their homes in most locations, and do not prefer climate or texture, particularly when inside. The species most commonly found in the house are in fact beneficial to the fight against pests—they will eat flies, ants, moths and the like, taking care of at least half the problem for you. Black widows and brown spiders are not usually found inside; any concern if one is spotted in or around your home can be addressed by your local pest exterminator. Spiders can be discouraged from returning to their inside webs by spraying them with saline solution, and then the web should be promptly removed.
Have you dealt with pest problems? How did you get rid of them? Leave your tips in the comments below.