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Common Pests and How to Treat for Them

Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Bed Bug


Let’s be honest- the only sure way to treat for an infestation of any kind is to call a professional. Many exterminators will come in and do an assessment for free, and can work with you on a plan that’s within your price range. But, if you’ve seen the little brown blur scurry across your kitchen in the middle of the night, then you’re going to want to take some sort of immediate action.


Not all infestations indicate that you’re a dirty person. Bugs can come in from a huge variety of different sources, and we all know how quickly they take up residence. Visiting a hotel on a family vacation can bring bedbugs back to your home. Buying a pre-owned piece of furniture (even from reputable dealers) can bring German Cockroaches in- and all it takes is two of them.


Chances are, every one of us will experience some sort of run in with common household pests in our lifetimes. It’s a good idea to know what you’re looking at, and what you can do to start the eviction process. If you can, try and catch some of the insects. This can help exterminators to identify them and, choose an appropriate course of action. If you think that one of these common household pests has moved in, call pest control in Brampton as soon as possible.


Bed Bugs


These tiny pests are only about 5 mm long, but have caused a huge public health crisis. They get their name from one of their favorite places to hide- in the cracks and crevices of your bed. In all reality, they can hide almost anywhere. They prefer dark warm fabric- curtains, couches, chairs, pillows, mattresses and unused clothing. In instances of bad infestations they can also be found in headboards and footboards, behind wall paper, and any cracks present in the room.


The best way to find them is really to look for them. Their bites are not always distinguishable, and are not the best indicator of their presence. They come out at night to feed on human blood, and you’ll usually see dead ones first. When bed bugs hatch, they’ll leave behind tiny yellow shells, and you can find evidence of their excrement in the form of tiny black dots that have no Earthly reason for being on your bedsheets.


You can purchase a variety of sprays, and try washing everything in scalding water- but bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Professionals have access to chemicals and techniques not available to the public, and are the best option when fighting these stubborn insects.


Cockroaches


These are, by far, the most well-known pest on this list. Cockroaches are synonymous with squalid living conditions and unsanitary restaurants- but this is far from the norm. Cockroaches are incredibly resilient, and can easily make their way into your home. All they need is food (which is almost anything to a cockroach), and a water source to thrive. Different parts of the country will be subject to different types of infestations, and roaches survive almost anything.


Ants


There are a huge variety of different ant species, and several of these can thrive in your home. They will generally be attracted by food, find a water source, and refuse to leave.

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