Cockroaches are icky and gross. Besides being unsightly, they also spread bacteria all over your counters, get into your food, and even hide in your clothing. There are a few different varieties of roaches which include American, Oriental, German, and more. Whatever kind of cockroaches you end up with, you want to get rid of them immediately.
If you would like to prevent a cockroach infestation, consider these tips:
- Clean and vacuum often.
- Place weather-stripping around your doors and windows.
- Inspect the exterior of your property for roaches.
- Check packages for roaches before bringing them inside.
Did you know that there are around 50 different species of mosquitoes in Missouri? What they all have in common is you don’t want them infesting your property. Some buzz around annoying you while you are trying to enjoy some time on your porch. Others land silently and bite you, leaving itchy red bumps. While these bumps are annoying enough on their own, they can also be problematic. Mosquitoes can spread viruses and diseases. Because of this, you don’t want an infestation on your property.
If you’d like to avoid a mosquito infestation, consider these tips:
- Keep your grass cut short.
- Remove standing water from around your house.
- Fill holes in your yard where water can collect.
- Turn containers or buckets on your property upside down.
- Remove overgrown vegetation, debris, and stumps from your yard.
Ants live in colonies. Keep this in mind when you see a few of them scurrying around. They can quickly multiply and, before you know it, hundreds of ants are scurrying around your house. Certain kinds of ants (like fire ants) also have painful stings.
To avoid an ant infestation, take these tips into consideration:
- Rinse out cans and containers before tossing them out.
- Close off any openings to the exterior of your home.
- Use weather-stripping for your windows and doors.
- Remove any branches, debris, and overgrown vegetation from your property.
Some spiders simply hang out in your corners, spinning their webs. Others land on you, bite you, and send you to the hospital. It’s best to avoid spiders when you can.
To avoid an infestation of spiders, consider the following:
- Close off any gaps to the outside of your property.
- Replace or repair torn window and door screens.
- Close your windows and doors when you aren’t using them.
- Remove rock piles, branches, and debris from your yard.
- Take down spiderwebs when you see them.
“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.
Whether they are roof rats, Norway rats, mice, or any other rodent, you don’t want them in your home. They carry disease, get into your food, and cause other problems.
To avoid rodents in your home, consider these tips:
- Clean and vacuum often.
- Close your doors and windows when not using them.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Don’t leave food containers open.
Wasps and hornets are very aggressive pests. If you see a wasp or hornet nest on your property, you’ll want to remove it immediately. Their stings are very painful and can cause an allergic reaction. As they are dangerous pests, consider hiring a pest control company to remove the nest for you properly, safely, and thoroughly.
Ticks are bloodsucking insects that can cause quite a bit of trouble. Not only can they feed off of your dog or cat, but they can also bite you as well. Having a tick or ticks attached to you is gross, but it can also be dangerous. Ticks carry disease and can make you very ill. You’ll want to get rid of these parasites as soon as you see them.
Here are some tips for avoiding ticks:
- Check your pets when they spend time outdoors.
- Cut your grass and other vegetation in your yard.
- Vacuum and clean your home regularly.
- Use tick control programs for your pets.
Termites and carpenter ants
Termites and carpenter ants are terrible pests that need to be taken care of immediately. While they may not hurt you directly, they will do a lot of harm to your property. These pests spread quickly and eat away at your property—doing thousands of dollars in damage over time. Because of how wide they spread and how well they hide, getting rid of them on your own is out of the question. As soon as you notice signs of termite or carpenter ant infestation, contact Nationwide Pest Control. Our specialists are trained to find and eliminate all of the termites or carpenter ants on your property, then set up a perimeter to ensure they don’t come back.