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Common Household Pests

It is no secret that all homes – regardless of size – occasionally run into problems involving common and even uncommon household pests. While some are simply a nuisance, others tend to bite and even transmit diseases that are very harmful to you and family. Furthermore, many of them can result in serious structural damage, which significantly impacts the safety and value of your home. Sure, you can try it yourself and resort to using a can of bug spray, but keep in mind that it is merely a temporary solution. The best way to get rid of a pest problem is to consult a professional exterminator who can fix your pest problems once and for all.

In order to find the best solution, it is important to understand your particular pest problem before anything else. Once you are able to identify a pest, you should have no problem with the help of a true professional to determine the factors and solutions that will limit its breeding and survival potential. This is critical in the process of eliminating the pest from your home once and for all.

To help you better understand pest control, check out our list of some of the most common household pests below:

Ants

Poor sanitation is often the leading cause of ant infestations, such as leaving dirty dishes in the sink, food residue found on countertops, and bread crumbs on the floor. Unfortunately, an ant infestation almost always results in food contamination.  It is important to remember: They carry bacteria on their bodies, and ants spread this bacteria when they start crawling in pantries and any other place throughout your home. Although not all ants transmit diseases, they can still create a very, very unpleasant experience for you.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are without a doubt, extremely troublesome household pests. Not only are they sneaky and hard to find, but they also pose a great health risk for you and your loved ones. Bed Bugs also reproduce rapidly and only require 6 months to achieve a full-blown infestation of around 13,000 in your home. This is why you would need a pest control company that has the experience and tools to assess all phases of your bed bug problem. For an untrained eye, this type of infestation can be quite difficult to get under control and eliminate.

Cockroaches

Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches do not just appear because of poor housekeeping. Cockroaches often hitch a ride inside your home through cracks and gaps. They even enter via drains and sewers, though some may also enter after becoming attracted to the lights in your home. Regardless of how they enter, cockroaches are one of the most common household pests today and the most disgusting as well. They are difficult to get rid of, as they tend to hide in a plethora of areas. In addition, they can breed exponentially and can develop resistance to all known pesticides, in applied incorrectly by someone aside from a pest control professional.

Fleas

Flea infestations often originate from our pets, such as cats or dogs. They attach themselves to animals and infest their fur, including the places where they sleep. Without a fast, proper and effective approach, handling a flea infestation can become the most difficult of tasks. Like mosquitos, fleas also depend on blood from a host for every meal. Fleas primarily focus their blood urge from one host to another, often leading to a larger and difficult-to-manage infestation. Flea bites almost always lead to swollen, itchy marks and may cause allergic reactions in some individuals and children specifically. Fin addition to them being a nuisance, fleas can also transmit diseases once they bite pets or people.

Mites

Mites are the kind of pests that do a variety of damage to properties. Some of them are considered biting pests, while most love to feed on cheese products and stored grain. Although mite bites are not especially painful, their bites can still cause extreme discomfort and itching.

Mosquito

These pests love to find their way through open doors and windows. Once Mosquitos get inside, they tend to stay in the dark. Of course, they will soon come out (usually at night) to take on a good old-fashioned blood meal. These pests are fond of transmitting several illnesses, most of which are dangerous and lethal. Mosquitos can even bring on a very rare disease that affects pregnant women, causing them to experience birth defects.

Rodents

Rodents belong to a large group of nuisance pests, the same group that includes mice, rats, and even squirrels. These creatures do not just damage properties, but they also contaminate food and spread diseases. Rodents also taint food with their fur, waste, and saliva, which, when eaten, may lead to serious disease or illness. In addition, rodents are known to be a host for fleas, which also spread diseases that can plague our lives. Upon locating a rodent in your house, it is important to contact a pest management professional immediately. Even a single presence of a rodent in your home or business is considered a definitive sign of an infestation.

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