While there are a number of pests that will drive you nuts, few will do the trick like bed bugs and cockroaches, and almost none will be as destructive as termites. Let’s explore the damages and issues that these two pests will cause when they invade your home:
Causing five billion dollars in damages across the U.S. every year, termites are one of the most destructive pests in the world.
Termites live in every state except Alaska, with the most damage coming from subterranean termites. If you have a termite infestation, odds are they are subterranean termites. These social insects live together in huge colonies, and yes, they eat wood, a lot of it. Colonies have been known to eat as much as one pound of wood every day!
These pests are most active in the spring during mating season, but they can stay active all year long if they’re in your home.
These ‘mud’ tubes are a mixture of soil, saliva, and feces. For subterranean termites, these will start on the ground and move up the structure.
Wood Damage: This is more difficult to spot than you think. Termites eat the wood from the inside out, usually leaving the outermost layer intact. If you knock on a termite damaged wall it will sound hollow and may feel thin and papery.
In the winter, you won’t have to worry about the flying ‘swarmers’ because they only show up in the spring, but you may see discarded wings. If you find these, then it’s good evidence that you have a termite infestation.
That’s right, the most obvious sign that you have an infestation is if you see the termites themselves. Termites look like ants but are usually white or a very light color.
Bed bugs, for many, are the things of nightmares. While you sleep, these little bugs feast on you. Similar to fleas, ticks, and mosquitos, their food source is blood and they’re always hungry. If you have bed bugs, the first sign is usually waking up with bug bites.
These bugs are tiny, difficult to spot, and notoriously difficult to get rid of once you have them. The worst part is bed bug infestations have been dramatically rising across the country since the 90s.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation:
If you find small red bites in a zig-zag pattern, straight line, or cluster on your body when you wake up, you likely have bed bugs.
Bed bugs release a pheromone that, when in large numbers, can be a strong smell. The smell is musty, smelling almost like a locker room.
Feces and Shedding
Check for dark brown or black smears on your sheets from the bed bug excrements. You can also find small exoskeleton shells as they will shed five times in their lifecycle.
Adult bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, though they are very small. Check headboards, blankets, and crevices in your beds and furniture.
Bed bugs are a pain to have around and a pain to get rid of. Make sure to check your clothing before and after a trip, check your bedding often, and avoid buying used furniture unless you thoroughly inspect it first.
These disgusting pests are more common in homes than you may want to hear. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and are famous for their ability to live in pretty harsh conditions. Don’t let that fool you, though. They’d much rather be living in your home.
Cockroaches tend to stay in the dark, hiding away in damp areas like basements, bathrooms, and under kitchen sinks. They try to stay near areas where they can find a quick and easy meal. Many people don’t realize that there are thousands of different cockroach species all over the world. All of them have different characteristics and behaviors.
Three most common cockroaches in homes:
These are the biggest roaches in the U.S. They get up to two inches long, and these guys are not fun to find in your home, but that’s where they usually love to be. They will eat just about anything.
The most common roaches in the home. These guys are only about a half-inch long, but where there is one, you are bound to find many.
These roaches are between 1-2 inches long and are less common than the German roaches. They are dark brown or black.
No one wants to find a cockroach in their homes. The best way to keep them out is to make sure you are keeping your food sealed and properly stored. Make sure gaps in windows and doors are filled. Check areas under sinks and wherever a pipe meets the floor or wall, seal these gaps to avoid cockroach infestations.
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