Anyone who’s ever experienced a pest infestation will tell you; it’s an experience they’ll always remember and definitely would prefer to forget. Infestations can uproot and disrupt your entire life as you are forced to scramble to protect your home, family and pets from both the pests invading your home and the pesticides and other chemicals that are often used to kill them.
Knowing what to do when faced with common infestations will help you gain control of the situation.
Most people don’t automatically know how to get rid of termites and, as one of the most destructive pests you can find yourself facing, it definitely pays to be prepared to stop them as quickly as possible. As soon as you see a suspicious area, you should call an exterminator before you touch anything. If the termites feel their nest is disrupted they will just move to another area of your house causing more damage.
Termites work by hollowing out wood from the inside, so you aren’t likely to see them in your home, but you might notice bubbling or weak spots on the surface of wood floors or door frames.
Rats and mice can spread disease and cause damage to your home.
They chew on everything, including your pipes and electrical wiring, causing flooding and fires. The best way to get rid of rodents is to not give them a reason to come inside in the first place. Seal any possible holes, cracks or entry points. Since they come in because your home is a nice warm nest full of food, make sure to keep your home clean of crumbs and take precautions to ensure none of your food is accessible.
Obviously, calling an exterminator to assess the whole situation would be your most thorough solution, but if you’re pretty sure it’s just the occasional visitor versus a full blown infestation you can try using traps or getting a cat to deal with them.
We all know it’s never just one ant.
If you see one or two, that probably means there’s an entire swarm of them nearby. Typically, do it yourself methods of dealing with them won’t ensure they’re gone because you have to kill the whole nest in order to be truly free of them. For example, if you left food out on your kitchen counter and come home to find several hundred swarming around and you spray them with repellant you will kill those ants, but the rest of the nest will just move to another room in your house. After you kill the ants that you can see, consult with an exterminator to help you get rid of the nest.
While spiders can help you by getting rid of other pests, we generally don’t want them inside our homes and we definitely don’t want any nests. In Australia, spiders range from harmless to deadly, so it’s not always a good idea to approach a spider to get rid of it. If you just have the occasional spider or two, spray pesticide to kill it, seal up possible entry points and clean and vacuum regularly to deter anyone from getting too comfy in their web. If you have a lot of spiders, contact your exterminator to help you find the source of the problem.
Bed bugs can be a nightmare to get rid of as it’s not a simple spray and kill situation.
Definitely call an exterminator to get rid of the infestation. While you’re waiting, you can begin by vacuuming up any bugs you see and then immediately disposing of the vacuum bag. You also need to wash any linens and clothing that could potentially be infested. Wash and dry them at the highest temperature possible. When it comes to bed bugs, most of your gut reactions such as sleeping in another location or tossing your mattress right away will actually make the problem worse, so consult with an exterminator right away.
Knowing how to react and figuring out where to start when it comes to pest infestations can make you feel more in control of the whole process. While our first instinct in these situations is generally to panic, if you know what you’re up against it can definitely help ease your fears.
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