There are some pests that hang around all year, and there are some that just move in when it’s warm out. Pests can be annoying, cause damage to your home, and some of them can cause health problems. That’s why it’s important to know some of the ways to deal with pests and critters so that you can have a healthy and happy home, bug and mouse free.
Mice move in all year long, but winter you may notice more of them. They are in search of a warm place to stay, just like all other critters (and humans) when it is cold outside. They also come in your home throughout the year in search of food and water.
The best way to get rid of them is to get rid of the temptation. Seal up holes in your home that are allowing them to get in, and check pipes for leaks and condensation. Container foods into storage devices that can’t easily be chewed into by the mice.
Spiders also move indoors in the winter, but often spend all year inside. While some spiders bite, and some can cause very painful sores, spiders aren’t much to worry about unless you have a lot of them. Then an exterminator will be your only hope.
Ants And Termites
Ants can be a pain, and they get into your food and your walls. There are many types of ants that move into the house, but the most annoying are probably carpenter ants. They bite and they make their homes in the woodwork of your home.
They may not be like termites and actually eat your home’s wood, but they still can greatly damage your house. If you spot termites, or signs of termites, get them taken care of immediately.
Roaches just basically make your home look gross. If you keep crumbs cleaned up off your counters and floor you can usually avoid these creepy little night creatures. If you can’t seem to combat them with a clean home and a few roach motels, call the pros to get your home roach free.
Fleas And Lice
Fleas tend to come in on your pets, but they will feed on you too if they are hungry enough, and they can multiply quickly. A flea dip for your pet and some air fumigation for the rest of your home will get rid of these buggers.
Lice can come home on kids, and while you don’t need an exterminator for them, a good lice shampoo and maybe a visit to the doctor can get rid of them.
Bed bugs may be a popular staple of dirty motels and hotels, but they happen in homes too. Maybe they came in from a visit to an infested home or motel, but now you have them. Your best bet is calling an exterminator that deal in these little biters.
You’ll need to get rid of your mattress, possibly, and wash all of your clothing and bedding that has been anywhere near the bugs.