Cockroaches are disgusting, and they spread bacteria all over your counters. They come in different shapes and sizes, but they are all equal in being nuisances.
To avoid cockroaches, consider these tips:
- Place weather-stripping around your doors and windows.
- Inspect the outside of your property for roaches.
- Vacuum and clean regularly.
- Inspect packages for cockroaches before bringing them inside.
Everyone hates mosquitoes. They bite and leave itchy red marks that you have to do your best not to scratch. They are also carriers of diseases and viruses, which can make them especially dangerous.
To stop mosquitoes from infesting your property, consider the following tips:
- Cut your grass regularly.
- Fill in holes on your property.
- Get rid of any standing water around the house.
- Flip buckets or containers in your yard upside down.
- Remove debris, stumps, and overgrown vegetation from your yard.
If you see a few ants in your home scurrying about, it’s a safe bet that there are other ants in the area. Ants live in colonies, so a few ants are indicative of a bigger infestation. These colonies can start small, but they can quickly reach the hundreds or even thousands! This is especially bad if you end up with fire ants, which have a nasty sting.
If you’d like to avoid an ant infestation, take these tips into consideration:
- Close off openings to the outside of your home.
- Rinse containers and cans before tossing them out.
- Use weather-stripping for your doors and windows.
- Get rid of branches, debris, and overgrown vegetation that is on your property.
Spiders are icky. With that said, some are harmless. Others, though, are very dangerous. It’s best to avoid spiders of all kinds in your home.
In order to avoid a spider infestation, consider these steps:
- Close your doors and windows when you aren’t using them.
- Close off gaps to the exterior of your property.
- Replace or repair torn window and door screens.
- Remove spiderwebs when you see them.
- Remove branches, rock piles, and debris from your property.
“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.
Once mice or rats make their way indoors, they can start doing damage. They destroy your property, chew through your wires, and eat your food. They are also carriers of disease and bacteria.
If you would like to avoid a rodent infestation, consider these tips:
- Take out your trash often.
- Clean and vacuum your home regularly.
- Close your doors and windows when not using them.
- Don’t leave open containers on your countertops.
Wasps and hornets are well-known for being nasty, aggressive, and mean. They defend their nests by stinging you—and those stings hurt a lot! Beyond being painful, a wasp or hornet sting may cause an allergic reaction. You may not even know you have an allergy until you’ve been stung. You also may have guests come over that have allergies, and that wasp or hornet nest puts them at risk.
If you find a wasp or hornet nest on your property, remove it immediately and thoroughly. For your own safety, you’ll want to consider hiring a pest control company to remove the nest for you. They are able to safely get rid of those pests, destroy their nests, and make sure they don’t come back.
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 responsible for billions of dollars in property damage every year. If you notice these pests in your home and you don’t take care of them, your house will be part of that statistic. These pests can quickly spread throughout your property and cause thousands of dollars in damage. As soon as you notice termites or carpenter ants, contact Nationwide Pest Control. These pests require more advanced techniques to remove, and you shouldn’t try to get rid of them on your own. A pest control specialist will be able to find and remove all of the termites or carpenter ants on your property and create a barrier to stop them from returning.