Getting Rid of Roaches

Getting Rid of Roaches

Roaches have been around since the dawn of time and they undoubtedly have their place in the ecosystem, but that place isn’t your home.  Roaches are nocturnal insects and you won’t see them running around in the light of day.  The most common roach is the German Roach, and if you have ever found a roach in your home that is the species.  Roaches can hide anywhere, under your floor, behind and under appliances, in the walls and a bunch of other inaccessible spaces.  Roach infestations can be really hard to detect and getting rid of roaches can be even harder.

Preventing Roaches in Your Home:

  1. Keep it Clean: Keeping your home clean isn’t just for appearances it keeps bugs away.  Keeping food containers sealed, cleaning counters of crumbs and food, clean the floors and take out the trash.  All of these will help keep roaches away.
  2. Seal Your Home: Older houses have cracks between walls, pipes, windows and doors, all of that gives roaches the opportunity to enter your property. Grab some sealant and get rid of the cracks.
  3. Get Rid of Packaging: Roaches can come in on food packaging or boxes that get brought into your home.  Break them down and put them in the trash or recycling bin immediately.
  4. Get Rid of the Damp: Many insects, including roaches like damp spaces.  That’s why you frequently find them in the bathroom or the kitchen.  You can get a dehumidifier or products like Damprid to take the moisture from the room.

Signs of an Infestation:

  1. Musty Smell: When you have roaches they leave behind droppings that emit a pheromone meant to attract other roaches. That pheromone typically smells musty.
  2. Eggs: You may find roach eggs that are light-colored and oval-shaped.
  3. Movement: When you first enter a room and see movement out of the corner of your eye, it could very well be roaches.
  4. Roach Shells: Roaches shed their exoskeletons a couple of times throughout their lives and you can find the leftover skins throughout your home.
  5. Damages: Roaches aren’t as bad as rats or termites but they will eat just about anything so you may find evidence of roaches

Dealing with a Roach Infestation

Roaches need to be taken seriously even if you only see one of them.  One roach can produce thousands of roaches over a year.  Roaches can transmit diseases, contaminate your food and they can trigger asthma attacks.  Call an exterminator the minute you see the first roach, where there is one there is undoubtedly more.

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How to Keep Your Home Safe from Bugs

How to Keep Your Home Safe from Bugs

Bugs are disgusting and creepy. They seem to appear out of nowhere. It is hard to control them or get rid of them,  but you just can’t wait for them to go away on their own. But why do bugs come into our houses? And how can we stop them?

The problem is that there are so many bugs in the world, and they are always looking for new places to live. It’s inevitable that they’ll find your house eventually. They also come in when you haven’t properly sealed the windows or doors, or by not cleaning up after yourself in public areas where there are insects like ants or mosquitoes.

Which Insects Can Harm My Home?

When we think about insects in the home, we usually think of cockroaches and ants. While these types of bugs can certainly harm your home, they are not the only insects that can do this.  There are many different kinds of insects that can be found in your home. Some might be harmless and others might be harmful. Here is a list of some common insect pests that you could find in your home:

  • Cockroaches: They live in moist places like bathrooms and kitchens and can take up residence in walls and inside furniture. They feed on any type of food, but they prefer meat products like chips or bacon to sugary foods like cookies or candy bars. These insects can create an allergy to certain foods which cause itchy skin or a runny nose.
  • Termites: Termites can seem harmless at first, but they can cause a lot of damage to your home. It’s important to take preventative measures and inspect for termites regularly.
  • Bedbugs:  While bedbugs aren’t dangerous to your home itself they are very dangerous to the residents in your home.

These are the most common insects that can infest the average home but there are many other insects that present a danger to the wood in your home.  Here is a closer look at what you need to be aware of and the signs you need to pay attention to.

Calling a Pest Control Company

Pest control companies offer various services to help you stay safe. They can eliminate pests, protect against infestations, or educate you about pest prevention.  At the first sign of a possible infestation that is when you need to call a pest control company.  You can also opt to have someone come in an spray your property on a regular basis to keep unwanted guests away.

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