Pests In The House
Very few people like freeloaders living in their house, whether they are of the human variety or the rodents and insects who are looking for a nice place to stay also. Often one of the first signs that summer has arrived is to see columns of ants marching through your house, eager to munch their way through everything in their path. Ants, cockroaches and other insects are temperature-dependent so they are far more active once things warm up. Rats and mice also enjoy the warmer temperatures, so summer really is a good time to keep your eyes open for the first signs that you are being invaded.
Insects may be pretty small, but the damage they can do is staggering. Termites alone cause more damage each year than fires and flooding combined, with much of that damage happening completely out of sight. Ants, roaches, bees, wasps and hornets can all cause significant problems, either through structural damage, spreading of germs, infection and stings. A regular visual inspection of the outside of your house for tell-tale signs that any of them have moved in is advisable.
Unfinished or unpainted wood is more likely to provide a route of access, so keep up with the maintenance, look for small mud tunnels on the foundations and make sure no wood has direct contact with the ground. Insects can be incredibly difficult to get rid of, so just because you have located and destroyed a pocket, does not mean you have solved the problem. Insects tend to be far more active at night, so if you are seeing them during the day, you probably have a serious infestation already.
Around 40% of all mammals on the planet are rodents, and are found on every land mass with the exception of Antarctica. Rodents can breed incredibly swiftly, so spotting them and getting rid of them in an expeditious manner is highly advisable. As species, they have often been considered to be invasive, wiping out local species like birds unused to land-based predators. From the human perspective, they will set up a nest wherever they feel appropriate and will eat and spoil any foodstuff they find, while being responsible for spreading pestilence and disease.
Preventative Pest Solutions
Many of the creatures we think of as pests come into contact with humans because our homes provide a nice warm and safe environment, often with plenty of food readily available. We then have to make a decision on how best to persuade our invaders that they are not welcome, whether that be through eradication or altering the habitat so the pest will be persuaded that this is not such a pleasant place to stay in after all. As we understand more about the nature of pests, the better we develop ways of getting rid of them. From poisons to electronic pest control options, which emit frequencies akin to a continuous fire alarm ringing at the frequencies pests can hear and find as annoying as we would, our choices are better than ever.
A pest problem can get out of control very quickly, so it is essential that you keep an eye out for them and deal with them, either by yourself or with professional help, at the first suspicion of a problem. You are after all, only seeing the tiniest tip of the iceberg of those in view at any one time.