No homeowner wants to discover that a family of mice or cockroaches has moved into their home. Household pests can cause a lot of damage to a home and create health problems for the people living there, so it’s important for homeowners to be familiar with the different signs that pests leave behind. But what should homeowners do to help get rid the insects and pests that try to share their home? Here is some helpful information any Birmingham homeowner can use about identifying pests and getting rid of them.
Identifying the Pests
There’s a wide number of different insects, rodents, and other critters that can get into a home, and the ones around will vary depending on where the home is located. Here are some of the common ones:
- Fruit flies: These tiny black flies are often found flying around food that has been left out, and they typically only emerge in late summer and early fall.
- Cockroaches: There is a wide variety of different breeds of cockroach, but they all will smell (especially in large numbers), leave fecal matter, shed skins, and empty eggs behind.
- Crickets: Most easily identified through their distinctive chirping, crickets are attracted to garbage and can oftentimes be found by full and dirty trash bins.
- Termites: Sometimes mistaken for ants, termites are far more destructive and will chew through wood. Look for long grooves in wooden furniture.
- Mice: Like termites, mice are very destructive and need to chew constantly, so look for chew marks on furniture and walls as well as fecal matter and scuttling sounds from running.
- Bats: Try going outside at dusk and look for bats. If they’ve made their home inside another home, it will be possible to see them flying in and out of it.
Many different household pets share similar signs, so homeowners should be careful when trying to identify which creatures are in their home, as not every way of removing pests will work on each type.
Getting Rid of the Pests
When it comes to getting rid of pests, there’s many strategies that homeowners can use that target different species specifically. For instance, to kill fruit flies, homeowners can make a vinegar trap and leave it out where the flies like to hang around. They’ll be drawn into the trap, be unable to escape, and die with minimal effort from the homeowner. Here are some other things homeowners can do to get rid of pests:
- Set ant traps around the home that entice ants to take poison back to their nests.
- Use fly paper to trap flies.
- Use caulk to seal crevices where insects can crawl inside a home.
- Vacuum regularly to remove insects that live in carpets like fleas.
Of course, prevention is also one of the best ways to keep pests out of a home. If a homeowner finds insects in their home, there’s no way of knowing how long they’ve been there or how many there are, and it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them if it’s an infestation. This is why homeowners should always take the initiative to make preventative measures like cleaning the home regularly to make it unappealing to pests.
If homeowners take the time to learn the signs of different infestations, it can help them identify the problem before it becomes too big to handle—if a problem is caught quickly enough, they may even be able to solve the problem on their own. But if a homeowner doesn’t notice a problem until too late, they should be sure to call a professional exterminator to remove the unwanted pests from the home.