It’s no fun to think about the possibility of pests in your home. Just the possibility can make your skin crawl. But, it’s good to be equipped with the information to help ensure your home stays pest-free.
Here are some of the questions you’re too afraid to ask about pests answered:
How likely are pests to come back?
Pest control is not one size fits all, but there are some things that will make pests come back again. For example, rodents try to find somewhere warm during the winter. If you don’t take time to seal openings in your home, they are likely to return because they know they will be warm and safe. Insects will continue to return through gaps in your wall and enter your home if food and water are left out. A great way to ensure they don’t return to your home is removing the ways for them to get in or the things that attract them.
What are the most challenging pests to get rid of?
Some of the most challenging pests to get rid of are silverfish, cockroaches, termites, and similar insects. These bugs are hard to get rid of because they can stay hidden easily, lay many eggs at once, and have strong exoskeletons. These bugs do not tend to exist on their own; if you see one, there are almost definitely more in your walls.
Do fleas live on humans?
Fleas are common pests for homes with pets. While they can bite humans, they don’t make home in our skin. They like to attach to our pets because they can hide within the abundance of fur. Just like bed bugs, fleas can bite you and leave your skin itchy. Scabies, another mite, can burrow into your skin. If you find yourself with itchy red bumps on your skin, you should contact a medical professional.
If I kill a bug, will it attract more?
An old urban legend is that killing a stinkbug, silverfish, or another insect will attract more insects to your home. This is not true. It is more likely that one bug is a sign of a much larger problem. It’s not that the dead bug attracted more it’s just that there are already more in your walls.
What are the main attractants for pests?
As previously mentioned, some things that attract pests into your home can be standing water, food scraps, and your pets. Some of the other common attractants for pests are:
- Clogged Gutters
- Trash piles and discarded clutter
- Wood piles
- Fresh produce
- Overgrown lawns
- Outdoor lighting
- Dirty Dishes
Why do mice (and other rodents) chew wires?
Mice, rats, and other rodents with long teeth pose a hazard to your home’s wiring. The reason rodents need to gnaw and chew is that it keeps their teeth filed down. If they do not stop chewing, their teeth will become too long and cause them to starve. So, as long as you have a rodent infestation, your home is at risk of chewed wires.
What are some of the lasting damages of pest infestations?
There are many consequences a pest infestation can have on your home and life. Having a pest infestation can leave your home with chewed wires, foundation, wooden beams, and other important items. A significant downside is that it’s expensive to repair after a pest infestation.
A pest infestation can also leave you with mental distress. You can feel paranoid and anxious that the problem hasn’t been resolved. Taking time to contact a professional exterminator can help put your mind at ease and prevent the situation from coming back.
Do you have more questions about pests that need to be answered? Contact us Natura Pest Control at (360) 506-6071! We have all the solutions to keep your home pest-free.