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A Sign of Termite Infestation

An insect invading the house is one of the creepiest thoughts a person can have, especially when you have small children in the house. While some of these annoying critters are easy to get rid of, there are some that can give one nightmare and termites are one such example.

Where there’s wood, chances are they’ll be there as well. Termites are nature’s one of most complex creations. Although they do feed on decomposed wood but for humans, they are a threat to their homes and furniture.

There’s More Than One Kind

The worst part is that there are different types of these pesky little creatures. They are mainly divided into three categories. First one is damp wood termites, and as the name states, they are often attracted to soggy wood pieces like stumps, logs, lumber and even tree branches.

The second type is dry wood termites that feast on dry wood like furniture and don’t build their nest underground. Rather they build nests outside on dry wood they feast on. The third kind is subterranean termites which are usually found underground. They will only build nests outside connecting to the softwood they eat if the moisture levels are suitable enough to hold the nest in place. All three types vary in body structure.

wood stack up

What Invites Termites to Your Territory?

Several factors cause these uninvited guests to show up at your space, moisture, and humidity being the main reasons. Houses with wooden foundations allow easy access to termites for shelter and food. Holes, cracks or openings also make easy entrances to the house. Piled up boxes, newspapers, books, wood debris, etc. attract termites. If a neighbor has termites, chances are they will make to your home as well, especially subterranean termites that develop colonies as large as a football ground and anything that comes within the range is at risk of being infested.

How to Detect Signs of Termite Presence?

Damaged wood is a sign of termite infestation that is the most commonly known. Wooden doors, windows, fireplaces, and furniture can be infected without noticing unless some serious damage appears because termites eat from the inside, thus hollowing the wood. Sudden wall paint distortion is also a clear sign as the paint begins to crack and fall in pieces.

Other causes include mud tubes which are trials of mud laid across surfaces such as walls or connected to a wooden surface and calls for immediate action. Wooden dust falling from furniture or other household items is also a sign of termite infestation and needs to be taken care of before the house becomes difficult to live in.

Dispose of Termites in Time

Once the causes of infestation have been identified, it is time for serious action. Using pesticides and foams are one way to get rid of termites, but the house will need to be evacuated as such pesticides and foams contain chemicals that can be hazardous to human health.

The use of salt water and orange oil is a home remedy recommended by some authorities which involves injecting the fluid into source and entrance ways. If nothing seems to work, the best possible way to get rid of termites is to hire a pest control professional and have fumigation done in the house. Also taking necessary prevention will lower risks of termite invasion.

an exterminator spraying pesticides

Uninvited Creatures that Lurk in the House

We cherish the coming of summer. During that season, we can visit beaches, do outdoor activities, or stay at home watching movies and sleep. The long holiday gives us the freedom to do things as we please. But do you know that you may not be alone at home? Do you know that the cheerful and bright season is the ideal time for some creatures to breed and swarm?

Besides the seasonal creatures, there are others ready to terrorize house dwellers in for the whole year round. Knowing how to identify them can be a matter of contracting or avoiding an impairing disease.

Now, let us learn more about those creatures below.

Mosquitoes

a disease-carrying mosquitoThe tiny bloodsuckers can cause severe harms, despite their size. They bear two fatal diseases to human, Malaria and Dengue Fever. Malaria mosquitos are endemic to Africa, South East Asia, South America, Middle East, and Oceania. But the Dengue Fever Mosquitos are almost worldwide, excluding the places with extreme cold temperature like Russia, Northern Countries of Europe, Alaska, and the Poles.

Mosquitos breed in standing water and worn-out clothes. If you rarely clean the bathroom, your bed, and closet, you give the bug opportunity to produce swarms.

Therefore, check your house regularly. Fix the leaking drain or plumbing pipes. Clean any clogs in the drainage system. And avoid piling up clothes without spraying them with a pesticide. Going out around the yard without antibug lotion is also not a smart move. You may be safe indoors, but outdoors, the threat of mosquitos is always on you.

Spiders

Spiders may scare you just by their appearance. And if in your area there is no case of venomous spider bites, then you are probably not aware of how threatening a house spider can be. First, there are a lot of spider species that live side by side with humans. And most of those spiders are harmless. The examples are Funnel Web Grass Spiders, Orb Weaving Spiders, St. Andrews Cross Spiders, and Huntsman Spiders.

venomous spider lurking in the sheetThe ones with lethal venom are, in fact, very few. Black Widow, Hobo Spiders, and Brown Recluse Spiders are three species that have the highest rate of human victims. Brown Recluse reside in East to West coast. But the most encounters have happened in the Southern part of America. The spider’s size is very very small. It is barely noticeable and loves to hide in socks, gloves, and garments.

Black widow spiders also behave similarly to the Brown Recluse. But they appear in a more striking appearance with red abdomen and a black mark.

Bats

a bat living among humansWho says bat only live in a cave? With the rapid growth of human population, less and less space is available in the wild. And as a result, wild animals, including bats, are forced to find a new home among humans.

Usually, bats live in abandoned buildings as they do not like noises. But there are some cases where bats are infesting houses. Poor roof insulation, cracked shingles, and structure gaps may invite bats to enter the house. And for your information, bats do not travel individually. They nest in a group. Therefore, if you notice that a bat has been flying around your ceiling, the chances are tens of them are already inside.

Do not take the matter lightly, though. Even if you do not mind to coexist with a group of bats, you should be concerned with your health. Read about the dangers of bat droppings – guano. It is not bat’s bites that you should be scared of. It is their poop.

Controlling the Pest

Except for mosquitoes, it would be better for the environment if you do not exterminate spiders and bats. Both of them are predators to thicks and mosquitoes, the virus-and-bacteria-carrying bugs. As for bats, although the guano is detrimental to our health, if they live far from our house, they can still function as the natural control for the disease-causing bugs.

What you can do instead of killing the two beneficial animals is to call a pest control service. They can rescue the bats and move their nest to a more appropriate place, far from humans. And for the spiders, vacuuming and then release them outside are enough.