A home invasion is one of the most frightening things a homeowner can experience. It’s estimated that burglaries and break-ins will happen to 2 million residences this year. Millions more, however, will experience an invasion of another kind. Termites, cockroaches, rats, bees and ants are just some of the many pests that can sneak into a home. Once there, they can make you sick, destroy your house and cause myriad other problems. Here’s what you should do if you suspect an infestation.
An insect infestation isn’t just unsightly, it’s also unhealthy. Many insects carry bacteria and diseases that can make humans and pets sick. Rats and mice can carry dangerous viruses, cockroaches can trigger serious allergic responses and fleas can transmit parasites through their bites. Try to keep family members away from infestations, especially the very young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems or allergy problems.
While there are many bug sprays and insecticides on the market, eliminating an infestation often requires a professional touch. Whether you’re dealing with bed bugs Staten Island or termites in Topeka, an exterminator has access to highly effective products that should eradicate most problems. Additionally, these professionals also have a deeper understanding of where insects hide and feed, so their plan of attack will be more comprehensive than that of an untrained homeowner.
Seal the Home
An exterminator can kill what’s inside the house, but if you have a problem with things getting into the home, you need to find the source of entry and eliminate it. Check the home for cracks and openings in the walls or ceilings. Plug any holes you find in the attic. Look for and repair loose tiles and baseboards. Replace old or faulty weatherstripping around windows, doors and pipes. Trim bushes and plants so they are at least 2 feet away from the building.
An insect invasion can be a nightmare for homeowners. Following these tips, however, will help end the bad dream so you can sleep safe and sound.