How to Avoid Common Household Pests

From burglars to insects, no one likes an unwanted guest. However, once you’ve installed a proper security system, you cannot use this technology to avoid the tiniest of guests in your home. Despite the region in which you live, there are several common household pests that you should look out for – lest you find yourself in an insect infestation. Avoid being taken over by this creepy crawlies by preventing, identifying, and chasing them away.

One of the best ways to avoid a pest infestation is to prevent it. Do not leave any food out overnight, and make sure that your garbage stays covered before it is taken outside to the curb. Pay special attention to your pantry: make sure that flour, rice, and other dry foods are in secure containers. If you spill drinks or food, clean it up right away to ensure that it does not attract ants or cockroaches. Do not leave bags of pet food open, especially overnight. Keeping a clean house is a common and easy way to prevent pest infestation.

Keeping a clean home is more than picking up the garbage. Being handy around the home to fix the little things can be a great way to prevent unwanted critters from coming into the house. If you find any holes in walls or screens, patch these immediately as they can be opportune entry points for pests. Around your baseboards, windows, and pipes, pull out the caulk gun and make sure to seal any cracks that may let them in.

Keep your home dry. Mosquitos and cockroaches are attracted to bodies of water. Never leave a sink full of water for more than the time it takes to run and get a fresh sponge, or you are inviting cockroaches to come and stay. As well, keep track of and quickly repair leaky pipes, as nasty critters such as silverfish are particularly drawn to water damaged areas of your home: under the sink, in the bathroom, and behind any appliances.

It is also important to be able to identify the most common household pests. Ants are at the top of this list and are easy to spot when they are out in the open. These little buddies are found around the country, so no region is truly safe from them. They are attracted to fruits, sweet foods, seeds, nuts, and other insects. While most ants that you will find in your home will not bite but watch out for those that do (such as fire ants that appear red). To avoid ants, cut off even the smallest entry points in your home and sprinkling boric acids on those you cannot close.

Bed bugs have become increasingly problematic, and they are found in mattresses and blankets in houses – in your bed. While bed bugs are tiny and cannot often be spotted with the naked eye, they will leave red bites on you and your family as well as spots of blood on your bed linens. Other tiny critters include fleas and chiggers. Fleas often live on your pests and, like chiggers, prefer animal blood. However, they will bite you and their itchy bites can cause moderate to severe health problems. They are difficult to see and to get rid of.

Flying pests include birds and bats (outside of your home, most commonly on your roof around shed) as well as bees and wasps (which can make nests outside of your home or even in the garage or attic). When it comes to bees, wasps, and hornets, those who are allergic to these potentially dangerous creatures can prove fatal. It is often best to consult a professional when dealing with a nest of these flying pests – and the same goes for birds and pests.

Before you go about your home spraying nasty bugs and assumed nests, remember that chemicals can be harmful to yourself, your family, and your pets. It is often better to consult a professional if you aren’t sure what you are doing – especially if you find yourself with a pest infestation. Call a professional and highly-rated pest control expert in the Coachella Valley area. Always call a professional pest control expert – your home and family’s comfort is the most important.