There are many different pests that invade your home and feast on anything they can sink their teeth into, including the very floorboards your feet are resting on. A pest is any animal or insect that destroys your crops, or livestock. Many pests also pose several threats to your safety as well as the integrity of the structure they infest. Rodents and insects that only eat blood can transmit countless harmful diseases to your family and pets. Homeowners in the United States spend $30 billion annually on repairs attributed to pests. The top pests that are likely to invade your home and inflict damage are rodents, termites, and cockroaches. Learn more here if you are interested in receiving a free home inspection.
Rodents are one of the most common pests to invade your home. These small animals often find their way into your home to escape the elements or search for food. They can be drawn to your home by ripe fragrances of rotting food in your garbage. To make sure your old dinner does not lure rodents into your home, you can freeze food that is starting to spoil. Throw away the now frozen food on the morning that your garbage gets picked up to avoid strong odors that attract pests to your home. If you find that you have a full-blown infestation and setting traps won’t be enough, you should call an exterminator immediately as rats can cause extensive damage to your home.
The most common pest related damage in the United States is caused by termites eating their way through your home. These small insects have the ability to fly and can create colonies on any part of your home. These winged wood chippers burrow their way through the wood in your walls and ceiling. Some common signs of a termite infestation include: maze like designs forming in wood surfaces, piles of droppings that look very similar to sawdust, and floors and walls that have a hollow sound when tapped on. To rid your home of these pests you can try several home remedies before calling an exterminator, such as: orange extract, white vinegar, and extreme hot and cold temperature. If your home remedies do not work, you will want to call an exterminator so the damage on your home doesn’t become too severe.
Cockroaches are very disgusting creatures to have infest your home. In large numbers they produce a very strong musk odor that will permeate your entire home to the point that your food will begin to have a musky taste. Since cockroaches are nocturnal insects they will only show themselves during the day if the food source is overcrowded and they are hungry. These insects have developed immunities to many pesticides, making them quite difficult to completely eradicate. If you believe there is an infestation, you should call an exterminator so they can treat your home with a stronger, more potent pesticide.