Bug Alert! All About Pests
Do you suspect a pest infestation in your home? Insects, rodents and other pests are not only annoying, they pose health risks, too, because of the bacteria and diseases they carry. Here are some of the most common household pests and how to identify them:
Ants can build their nests in rotting wood and cracks in your house. They hunt for food and water, and are especially drawn to anything sweet, fatty and oily. You can disrupt their trail using bug spray but they’ll be back once the spray fades.
Signs of an ant problem:
Trail of ants going to the food source
A small pile of soil or dirt may well be an ant nest
Bed bugs hide in mattresses, beds and rugs, so they can fasten themselves on humans and gorge on blood at night. These parasites can live up to 12 months and are capable of surviving for days without food. Some people especially those with skin problems may have allergic reactions to their bite.
Signs of a bed bug problem:
Bloody stains on bedding
Spots or bedbug droppings on beddings
An unpleasant, musty odour
Cockroaches run around at night looking for water and food. These scavengers eat almost anything, food scraps and drips, starch, human skin flakes and hair. They live and breed in cracks in your house, cupboards and under large appliances. Even the cleanest homes can harbour roaches.
Signs of a cockroach problem:
Presence of roaches at night. Seeing roaches during the day means a bigger infestation
Roach faeces or droppings are cylindrical
Oval-shaped roach egg casings
Fetid, oily odour
Dust mites are tiny, microscopic bugs that are actually similar to spiders. They are health hazards because they can transmit infections like scabies. Dust mites’ faeces and body fragments can also cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions in humans. They feed on human skin flakes and hide in mattresses, carpets and rugs.
Signs of a dust mite problem:
Allergic reactions at home like itchy skin, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose
Fleas are little bloodsuckers that feed off animals and even humans. They hide in carpets and couches, and spread diseases like tapeworm. Flea bites can cause itchiness, and allergic reactions in some humans. Fleas can also survive for weeks without food.
Signs of a flea problem:
If your pet is scratching, he/ she most likely has fleas.
Dirt on your pet which is actually flea droppings
Rodents – Rats and Mice
Rodents are a problem because, aside from gnawing on your food, plastic bags and fabric, they carry diseases such as Salmonella, E.coli, and rabies. They breed rapidly, as many as 80 young in one year. They are also capable of climbing up high places.
Signs of a rodent problem:
Rat or mouse faeces in cupboards, drawers, or boxes
Squeaks and sounds of scurrying
Nibble marks or holes in food boxes or bags
Varieties of spiders abound in Australia, the most common of which is the red back spider. Spider bites can cause pain, swelling and in some cases, death. Children and the elderly should be especially careful as spider venom can be deadly for them. Treat each spider therefore as poisonous, take care not to get bitten, and call the pest control experts. Spiders can either burrow or spin their webs around buildings, children’s playground and other areas in your garden. Those who wander indoors can stay just about anywhere. Some of them stay on the walls, while others hide under anything on the floor. They eat insects and other small animals.
Signs of a spider problem:
Dusty webs in and around your home
Presence of adult spiders and small hatchlings
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