Your Guide to Dealing with Home Infestations

Your Guide to Dealing with Home Infestations

There’s nothing more unpleasant than having your home infested by pests and creepy crawlies. It’s one of those things that happens though, and when it does, it has to be dealt with as quickly as possible. There are many different types of home infestation, and they all require different courses of actions. Read on to find out how to deal with each of the most common infestations.

Rodents

Rodents are the things that most people least want inside their homes. They’re dirty, disgusting and many people have phobias relating to them. Rats and mice are simply not very nice animals to be sharing your living quarters with. Before you are able to take action, you’ll need to get an idea of the size of the issue. If the infestation is still pretty small, you might be able to deal with it using some mouse traps. But if the problem is big, it’s best to get out of the home and leave it to a pest control expert. They’ll be able to do a better job than you would.

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Fleas

We all love our pets, but they do bring potential problems into the home. Fleas are one of those problems. It’s very to make sure that you prevent this problem. And if you fail to prevent it, make sure you treat it quickly. It’s not only the pet that needs to be treated if you have an infestation; the whole home needs to be too. You should spray any area where your pet has been if you want to be sure to get rid of the problem completely. It might be a good idea to treat the pet and home twice just to be sure. Fleas can be pretty resilient, and you want to get rid all of them to stop the problem returning.

Ants

Black garden ants regularly try to invade the home, and this is a problem that occurs most often in summer. But that doesn’t mean that the problem disappears when summer does. Infestations can start all year round in some cases. You can use sprays to stop their path into the home once you notice that they’re coming inside. This won’t tackle the route cause of the problem though. What you really need to do is seek out the nest and deal with that. Nests are always located outside, so that’s one thing to be thankful for. But if you can find out where all the ants are coming from, you can stop them at the source.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs do what it says on the tin. They are tiny bugs that live in your mattress and bite your skin and suck your blood during the night. It’s not a particularly pleasant thought. So, if you notice a problem, you need to take action quickly. They can spread very quickly and they are pretty hard to get rid of. Treating the area and replacing the mattress are the steps that many people choose to take. But this post on how to get rid of bed bugs might help give you some alternative ideas as well. If you are using a spray on the bed, look out for white clusters of eggs as well as the actual bugs.

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Moths

There are endless species of moth, and it’s not uncommon for people to have problems with moth infestations. They’re not much fun to deal with when they do break out though. Moths eat lots of things, including fabrics. And the last thing you want is to have your best jumper consumed by a load of moths. Luckily, there are deterrents that you can attach to clothing to make sure that the moths don’t feed on them. If you think that you have an infestation in your wardrobe, it’s best to clear out the wardrobe and clean it thoroughly. Then spray the area with insect killing spray. Make sure you take the same action on the carpets too because moth larvae can hide there.

Squirrels

The main problem caused by having squirrels in your attic is that they bite and gnaw at everything they can find. This means that electrical cables, possessions and wood will all be damaged quickly once you have an infestation on your hands. The only way to get rid of them is humanely. You should use cage traps that lure them inside and then close on them. There are also different rules regarding what you can do with red and grey squirrels once you’ve caught them. In some areas, it’s a criminal offence to let grey squirrels out into the wild, so make sure you check with the local authority. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Cockroaches

Unfortunately, one of the most common household pests is cockroaches. They are a pest that is also pretty hard to get rid of once they’re in your home. This is a problem for anyone who experiences this kind of infestation. They often live off pet or human food, they’re very resilient and often leave bad smells wherever they go. That’s not the kind of thing you want inside your home. They can also carry microbes that are very dangerous to humans, and can particularly affect asthma sufferers. There are boric acid solutions that can be used to kill cockroaches. Or you could get a pest control expert to fix the issue once and for all.

Birds

Birds in the attic can be problematic for all kinds of reasons. Bird infestations usually occur in older homes with cracks and gaps big enough for birds to enter. Once they’re inside the attic, you will very quickly pick up on the noise coming from up there. There’s plenty of flapping and crashing around. And they will obviously cause a lot of mess that will have to be cleaned up after. There is also the health risks to consider as well though. You can use cages to trap them and release them back into the wild. And then make sure that the point of entry is covered. You can use wire mesh to block the gap up.

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