The thought of having house bugs disgusts and scares us all, and unfortunately, they could easily take over your entire place, acting as if you are the unwanted visitor. However, what most of us don’t realize is that not all pests are just repulsive, some can be dangerous too.
With summer just a few months away, you need to know who your worst enemies are and how to get rid of them.
1. Bed bugs
Every one of us can get bed bugs, we can pick them from the cinema, the metro, anywhere and it’s becoming a very common problem nowadays. However, there are steps you can take on your own to eliminate the bugs, from spraying bed bug spray to heat treatments. However, according to this blog post – https://www.custombedbug.com/blog/5-effective-ways-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs-fast-in-portland-oregon/, getting help from an exterminator is your best option to make sure that they won’t reappear so easily. Most experts really encourage not handling this problem on your own as bed bugs, despite what they are called, can also live in your walls or other parts of the house which only a professional eye can locate.
Ants are the worst, they get in your food, your clothes and they bite, leaving you itchy and red. Now moping around won’t do much since ants leave a trail behind them that others can smell. That’s why spraying the trail or using ant bait could help with minimizing your ant problem, plus it keeps your house as clean as possible. Nevertheless, you need to identify them first, knowing your enemy is your best strategy!
Ticks are very dangerous as they carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and others. Ticks are hard to spot as they are smaller than you think, with the biggest being the size of a sesame seed. Unfortunately, the best way to get rid of them is by using tweezers. With a pair of tweezers, slowly pull them from your skin without killing the tick, since killing them might cause an infection. Then put them in some rubbing alcohol to kill them or put them in a jar to show your doctor.
The bloodsucking and disease-transmitting flying insects are everywhere and even if you bathe in bug repellent, you could still get bitten. Having a clean house though will give you amazing results. Plus drain any unnecessary water pools either outside your house or inside since mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and only need 10 days to fully grow.
5. Fruit Flies
Fruit flies as all other bugs and insects are attracted to sticky, unclean surfaces, that’s why you need to sweep once you spill anything because they will appear out of nowhere and invite their whole family with them as well. Check your fruit daily, as female fruit flies lay their eggs in overripe fruit. If you, unfortunately, get the fruit flies, just fill a jar with some apple cider vinegar, then cover it with plastic wrap and poke small holes into it. Once the fruit flies get inside the jar, they would not be able to escape.
When it comes to house pests your best defense is being clean and checking for their appearance regularly since they can invade your place in no time, especially during summer. Even though natural remedies do work on many occasions, calling a professional might save your entire house from pests and your family from diseases. So don’t think twice if you feel that the task is beyond your skills, that’s why we have these experts in the first place.
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