Cockroaches are gross, and you definitely don’t want them infesting your house. They will continue to grow in numbers and spread bacteria all over your counters. They can also get into your food and contaminate it. There are some common cockroaches like German, Oriental, American, and more. Whichever kind you end up with, you’ll want to call a pest control specialist to ensure they are gone for good.
If you would like to avoid a cockroach infestation, consider the tips below:
- Regularly take out your trash.
- Close off gaps to the outside of your home.
- Replace torn or damaged window and door screens.
- Clean and vacuum regularly.
- Check your packages for roaches before bringing them indoors.
Whether they are buzzing around your head annoying you or silently landing on you and sucking your blood, mosquitoes are a nightmare to deal with. They can grow in numbers quickly and leave itchy bites all over that you have to force yourself not to scratch. Beyond being annoying, they can also be pretty dangerous. Mosquitoes are known to carry a variety of viruses and diseases. Because of this, you’ll want to limit your exposure to them as best as you can.
In order to avoid a mosquito infestation, follow the steps below:
- Keep your grass cut short.
- Turn any buckets or containers outside upside down.
- Get rid of standing water around the house.
- Fill in holes on your property that can collect water.
- Remove debris, stumps, and branches from your property.
In smaller numbers, ants may not seem so problematic. If you only see a couple of ants running around, you may think nothing of it. The problem is ants don’t generally come in smaller numbers. They live in colonies, and, if unchecked, these colonies continue to grow. You may end up with Argentine ants, sugar ants, fire ants, or other types of ants. Some are a nuisance but aren’t particularly dangerous. Others (like fire ants) can bite.
In order to avoid an ant infestation, keep the following tips in mind:
- Rinse your cans and food containers out before throwing them away.
- Put food containers away after eating.
- Remove fallen branches and debris from your yard.
- Use weather-stripping on your windows and doors.
Spiders are icky. While they serve a purpose and eat other pests, you still don’t want them spinning their webs inside of your house. Some spiders are relatively benign and don’t cause major issues. Others are extremely dangerous and can land you in the hospital. Your best bet is to ensure they don’t make their way indoors, to begin with.
To lower your chances of a spider infestation, take these tips into consideration:
- Remove spiderwebs as soon as you notice them.
- Keep your windows and doors closed when not in use.
- Repair rips in your window and door screens.
- Remove rock piles, woodpiles, debris, and overgrown vegetation from your property.
- Ensure there are no cracks in the outside wall of your home.
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” is actually really good advice. Bed bugs are extremely annoying, and they cause itching and discomfort. These bugs feed on human blood, and they can be tricky to get rid of. They also can spread around your house over time—leading to a bigger infestation.
If you want to avoid bugs in your bed, consider these tips:
- Wash your sheets and clothing regularly.
- Wash any clothing you bring home from the store.
- Avoid purchasing a used bed, frame and furniture.
- Keep your home clean and vacuumed.
Mice, roof rats, Norway rats…they are all rodents, and you don’t want them in your house. Rodents can grow in numbers and spread. While they may seem harmless, they can actually end up doing damage to both your home and your health. Rodents are known to spread bacteria and carry diseases. On top of this, they damage your property, chew through your wires, get into your food, and cause all kinds of other problems.
If you want to avoid a rodent infestation, consider the tips below:
- Put away food after you’ve finished eating.
- Clean and vacuum your house often.
- Take out your garbage regularly.
- Use your garbage disposal.
- Keep your windows and doors closed.
Wasps and hornets are dangerous. Not only are their stings very painful, but they can also cause an allergic reaction. This can land someone in the hospital. They are also particularly mean and aggressive. If you notice a wasp/hornet nest on your property, contact a pest control specialist to remove the nest and get rid of the wasps or hornets for good.
Termites and Carpenter Ants
Termites and carpenter ants get into your walls and do extreme amounts of damage to your property. You may end up with thousands of dollars in repairs! As soon as you notice termites or carpenter ants, contact Nationwide Pest Control so we can find and remove these pests.