What Pests Are Around the House?

Our homes play habitat to plenty of insects and pests that we have been accustomed to co-existing with. With some being harmless and others exhibiting negligible threat to the human health and survival, the fact remains that we share our homes with hundreds of creatures from the arthropod line of existence. Flies, ants and spiders are arguably found in every home but there are other pests that individuals hardly know about but still provide a habitat for. For nearly 26,000 years, the arthropods have continuously evolved and cemented their place in our homes as uninvited guests. In a typical home that is 7 years or older, it is possible to get a diversity of pests. A study done in 2012 for 6 months in over 50 homes accurately determined that an average home houses between 32 and in excess of 200 different species of pests. A randomly selected house can have as much as 10,000 specimens and of the lot collected, close to 73% will consist of 4 distinct groups namely beetles, ants, flies and spiders. Cockroaches, bedbugs, mosquitoes, termites and even moths have also been identified to inhabit homes depending on the landscape and physical environment around the houses. Research has also identified that objects and goods stored in a house play a role in the pests that can invade a home. Storage areas in a home stand as common regions where pests can be found. Pests like the grain weevil, grain moths, grain beetles and brown roaches are very popular in storage areas within a home. In excess of 40 families of the pests can be found...

Cockroaches…. Cockroaches Everywhere!

The world has over 3,500 cockroach species. Oriental, American, and German are the most common. The American cockroaches are black and large. German cockroaches on the other hand are brown and smaller. Oriental cockroaches are dark brown to black and medium sized. Since these pests eat a variety of foods including rotting garbage, it is highly believed that they widely spread several diseases to humans including gastroenteritis and salmonella. According to recent studies, cockroaches can also bring with them allergies. Cockroaches can be reservoirs of an array of bacteria including streptococcus, staphylococcus, and salmonella. A cockroach can also host several viruses like the polio virus. Similar to a housefly, cockroaches can consume virtually anything in your home from faucal matter to food spills on the kitchen floor. Ingested bacteria can live in a cockroach’s digestive system, sometimes for months if not years and go passed in its droppings. These stubborn pests can defecate or vomit on food. According to some research, they transmit diseases to humans when humans consume food that is contaminated by the cockroaches. It is therefore very important to observe high hygiene levels in and around your home. You can combat cockroach infestation through a combination of insecticides and excellent hygiene practices. Here are some of the problems cockroach infestation can cause: Environment contamination The tiny buggers can contaminate your home environment by leaving bacteria and dropping scattered around your home. They can also leave antibiotic-resistant strains. The bacteria left behind such as salmonella can cause problems such as food poisoning. Allergies Cockroaches can leave behind small parts of their body, which can settle in your...

Importance of Annual Termite Inspection

What kind of house is likely to be infested by termites? This is a question many homeowners tend to ask. It doesn’t matter what material your home is made of, whether it is timber, brick, or any other material. For this reason, all homeowners need to have a professional to conduct regular inspections to ensure the home is free from termites that may cause massive damage. Detecting termites can be incredibly difficult since they hide in parts of the home that may not be easily seen or may be inaccessible. Termite Inspection When conducting an inspection in your home, the professional will start by examining the entry points to the home. He will look for signs of infestation such as termite mazes, termite wings, piles of frass, and mud shelter tubes among others. The professional will also tap on wooden areas of your home and listen for hollow sounds which may be a sign of damage caused by termites. Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will give you a report stating whether or not you have termites in your home and recommend an action that should be taken. The termite treatment method will solely depend on the size of termite infestation the inspector finds and that will determine the cost you will incur. Termite Destructiveness Termites are very destructive and threaten your safety. Each type of termite has its ways of eating away your home. Dry wood termites will attack from outside and travel in swarms while the subterranean termites burrow below the foundation and attack your house from inside. How frequent to get a termite inspection Termite...

Seepage and Moisture in Homes Causing Termites

Excessive moisture in homes is a common issue that causes discomfort, building damage and even health complications. Moisture in and around a structure can be caused by water seepage, basement leaks, improper drainage, condensation and poor ventilation. Places with a high level of humidity provide a perfect breeding ground for termites, mold, mildew and fungus. Therefore, when a moisture problem exists within a building, pests such as termites, beetles, cockroaches, ants and rodents readily proliferate, reproducing at a very high rate unless something is done to eradicate the manifestation. Homes worth billions of dollars are reported to be damaged every year due to termite related infestations. Excessive moisture will not only lead to the destruction of your property but also pose as a direct health risk as the environment is welcoming for various microorganisms that cause allergies and respiratory problems like asthma. How does excessive moisture affect your home? For most homeowners, their homes are their single largest investment, and termite infestation and damage can be devastating. When there is enough moisture in a crawl space along with inadequate ventilation, the excessive moisture is absorbed into the wood and foundation of the home. Termite infestations are more likely to occur in such moist and unventilated spaces weakening the wood and causing an extensive damage to your home in just a few years. Most insects require little food to survive but thrive when an abundant water source is present. Certain species of termites like subterranean termites and dampwood termites need a moisture source to survive. These termites consume wooden structures causing massive structural damages. Homes made from other materials can...