It is very difficult to prevent unwanted pests from entering your home on a consistent basis. Such pests are attracted to the indoors to source food and shelter. We are constantly manoeuvring around the home and contacting pest control to terminate and decrease the chances of pests from entering, breeding and living in our homes. It seems that once they get inside, it becomes somewhat impossible to permanently get them out. Let’s have look at the most common pests that tend to invade our homes.
CockroachesWe tend to find cockroaches late at night in a still environment. This is when they arise from the cracks in the walls and floorboards to actively seek food. Cockroaches are insects which have approximately 30 species that associate with human habitats. This is why we continually find them in our homes as they strive to secure warm conditions. A generally large sized insect, they tend to scare and surprise many household family members on appearance. This is due to their unpleasant features, speed and colour.
FliesFlies are adapted for aerial movement and maintain short, streamlined bodies. This makes them an expected pest as they make their way through open doors and windows. They see this as an invitation to enter your home in their quest for food. Once they are in they can become very difficult to remove. Common and successful tactics would include fly swatters and insect spray. There are also more fly related species including dragonflies and mayflies, however they are much less common.
MiceMice are small mammals that belong to the class of rodents. They are somewhat of a pest as they are unwanted guests that tend to live within the cracks on the walls or any tiny space that they find convenient in search for food and shelter. Mice are mostly distant from human visibility and they tend to breed indoors, ultimately multiplying as pests. They are often kept as pets as they can be playful, however these are a different breed than the household pests.
AntsAnts can become the most difficult pest to prevent from entering your home. They can find their way in through numerous entries that would be unnoticeable to the human eye. They tend to become more frequent during rainy periods. Therefore we must keep our home uninviting to ants. Common methods include cinnamon sticks, vinegar, mint, lavender and eucalyptus. The obvious prevention tactic is to keep bench tops scrap free and dry.
TermitesThe harshest of all household pests, termites are the most unwanted as they destroy building structures. They live in colonies by the thousands and continuously multiply in numbers as the queens lay eggs. They build nests inside the home in which they house these colonies. The structural damage they commit is due to their wood-eating habits and cause severe damage as they chew these structures away. This makes it difficult to maintain the strength of the building and somewhat impossible to sell if termites exist.
Some of the most annoying, inconvenient and harmful pests have been listed and these are the most common that tend to invade our homes. Although there are some difficult prevention tactics, some are more obvious by simply maintaining a clean home with closed doors and windows. There are convenient and affordable solutions available through www.downunderscreens.com.au that will make preventing some pests more convenient.
Seb Jennings runs a well established pest control business in Brisbane, Australia. He has dealt with many pest control issues in his years of experience and mentions that these are the 5 most common that everyday residents deal with in their homes.