Summer is here and your family and you are all but set to enjoy your outings to the beach or your backyard barbecue. But before you head out of your home, you should be concerned about the many pest infestations in your home. If neglected they can take your home hostage by having widespread infestations.
Before we see the different pests and the infestations they can produce, it’s best to follow the directives provided by the National Pest Management Association. These directives will ensure that most pests will not be allowed to enter your home provided you follow these guidelines:
- Clean all kitchen areas thoroughly and free from clutter before your departure. Kitchen appliances should be cleaned thoroughly to remove food residue and crumbs. Dust shelves and be sure that foods such as cereal, flour, and dog food are stored in resealable containers
- Sweep and vacuum floors in the kitchen, under furniture, and around dining areas
- Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly and completely before you venture out
- Seal cracks, crevices, and other gaps around doors and windows. Doors and windows should always be kept closed or well screened
- Check all the pipes around the house for leaks, cracks, and gaps and seal up any problems if necessary before closing your home for the season
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. If mold and mildew are present, it’s a symptom of an excess moisture problem
- Inspect boxes, grocery bags, and packaging thoroughly. Insects have been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage
Now that you know the basic guidelines to prevent a pest infestation in your home, here are some of the main offenders when it comes to taking over your home. They can ruin the infrastructure of your home as well as infect your family members and you with dangerous diseases.
Usually, homeowners will never know that their home is infested with rats until they catch the rodents scurrying about in a cupboard or shelf. It is paramount that you call an exterminator and allow them to assess the extent of the infestation and the damage they have caused. Mice tend to run along the baseboards of your home and urinate all over. The urine contains pheromones, which attracts more rodents and other fur based animals into your home. This dirty trail of excrement is designed to help the other rodents find food. Mice find it very easy to navigate through small holes in your home thanks to their small size. Mice can fit through narrow small water pipes, they can scurry through kitchen countertops, drawers, and cabinets. As explained above, rodents leave a trail of excrement on vessels and utensils. Rats can also invade your home through bathroom downspouts, toilets, and holes and gaps in your roof.
One thing that you need to keep in mind that mice and rats behave very differently. While mice will scurry away when spotted or caught by humans, rats are aggressive and can attack you. A way to see the difference in rodents is the size. You might have heard of those worst case news where rats crawl up into infant’s crib and bite the infant. Rats are dirty and use sewage lines to enter homes. They carry all sorts of bacteria and germs and dwell in the dirtiest places possible. Also, rats have been notorious for causing several notorious diseases which have haunted our not so distant past. They were responsible for causing and spreading of the black plague in the United Kingdom. If are bitten by a stray rat then you should go to the nearest hospital immediately and get an anti-rabies shot.
The chirping of birds during the daytime may be quite soothing and melodic, but the chirping of crickets in the middle of the night is extremely annoying. These nocturnal creatures come to life in the night and begin to communicate with each other in swarms. This communication appears to us humans in the form of chirping. The chirping of crickets can not only prevent you from having a good night’s sleep, a large number can cause a lot of noise pollution and even damage your child’s hearing.
While crickets cause a lot of noise irritation, they are prey to even more dangerous pests. Whenever there is a large rise of crickets in an area, there’s always a crop of scorpions who arrive to hunt and feed on crickets. Scorpions regardless of the type are quite dangers. They tend to have a painful stinger which usually contains powerful venom. Depending on the variant of a scorpion, the venom they carry range from painful to even fatal. If you’re a person who is allergic to a scorpion’s venom, it could even lead to extreme respiratory distress.
Scorpions are very dangerous and they too find the summers quite unbearable, so they seek refuge in your home. Scorpions love cool places and will seek the shade, this involves hiding in your closets, shelves and most commonly in your shoes. There have been numerous cases with children and adults being stung by scorpions hiding on the inside of your shoes. So always check your shoes before wearing them.
Another danger that American households need to be wary of in the summer is the Brown Recluse Spider. This family of spider rears its head in the hot summers. Because of the heat, the Brown Recluse Spider seeks shelter and cooler temperatures within your household. The spider is very dangerous with its venomous bite causing symptoms like muscle pain, high fever, and vomiting. In rare cases, young children have met their demise thanks to the bite of the Brown Recluse Spider.
When dealing with these spiders, homeowners need to know that store-bought repellants are ineffective towards them. Once you detect an infestation caused by the Brown Recluse Spider, you must call your local pest control and have your home fumigated immediately.
Summer is the major period in the year where bees, wasps, and hornets come out to play. Just like any other organism, they too prefer living in a cool area, which so happens to be your home. Bees will usually buzz around your garden collecting pollen and are pretty much harmless. A deeper issue would be a lot of bees buzzing around your home in areas where there aren’t any flowers. This is an indicator of a beehive being built somewhere near your home. To get rid of your bee menace you could call in an exterminator or call in a beekeeping agency to carefully remove the nest without harming the bees.
Wasps and hornets, on the other hand, are quite dangerous. Wasps and hornets are very aggressive in nature and do not play well with other insects and animals. They don’t gather pollen like normal bees and build paper-like nests. These nests if left unattended can easily grow onto your belongings and structures of your home. The image below is just an example of what happens if you leave a wasp infestation for a few months.
An obvious tip is to never try to swat or kill an individual wasp or bee. For one, you might accidentally get stung by the bee/wasp. Second and most importantly do not try to attack a bee or a wasp, with a nest nearby. This is because, when attacked or threatened, bees/wasps let out an alarm pheromone which signals other bees to swarm and attack you. When triggered, these bees and wasps get extremely aggressive and will attack anything and everything they see.
Tips after being Stung by a Bee/Wasp
If in the case of being stung by a bee or wasp, you won’t have to worry about the bee/wasp because they die soon after. But you should be careful of the stinger that has been left behind on the wound. Be advised that you do not try to pull out the stinger by hand. Doing so could lead to the stinger getting lodged into the skin even deeper and spreading more of its venom. What you should do is pull out the stinger using either a credit card of a pair of tweezers. Bee stings can be very painful and can even cause more serious concerns if not treated well.
If you think insects and rodents are the only two kinds of pests that you might have to deal with, you are sorely mistaken. Hot summers will drive out all the reptiles and they will seek refuge in your home. Places like Arizona which in general has a hot climate, become unbearable to reptiles in the summer. Snakes tend to swim around your water supply pipelines and may rear their head in your toilet bowl. It is advised that you flush your toilet whenever you can to prevent them from swimming upstream.
Rattlesnakes will look for cool locations to stay during the summer and will invite itself over to your cellar or garage. Rattlesnakes are territorial in nature so whenever you come across them they tend to bite. A bite from a rattlesnake involves powerful venom entering your bloodstream and can lead to paralysis or death. The only way to survive the bite from a rattlesnake is to get emergency treatment from the paramedics.
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Now with these insects possibly plaguing your home, you might be thinking that you can handle all these pests all on your own. As you have seen above, there are many dangerous pests that can make themselves at home in the summer. Their bites and stings can lead to fatal complications for you and your family, so it’s best you leave eradicating them to the professionals.
Now how do you go about hiring a pest control for the infestation in your home? You need to gauge the amount of money you’d want to spend for your pest control. Also, you must be concerned about the reputation of the pest control agency. To quell all those questions, you can head on PestControlRoom.com and check out the large database of pest control agencies. Once you have found the pest control for your price and features, you can go ahead and ask for a quotation. You can then begin negotiations with the pest control agency of your choice.