9 Common Household Pests and How to Rid of Them

1. TERMITES

Every home is a target, no matter how new or big. Termites work in colonies 24 hours a day. All they need to start chewing away are moist surfaces and anything made of wood, including paper. Termites can bore through openings as small as 1/64 of an inch.

What to do:

– Make sure your home is comprehensively termite-proofed even before it is constructed. Choose a reputable pest-control operator so you are assured that it is done right. This is more economical and cost-effective than having your home repaired when there is already significant damage. Observe the same anti-termite measures when building extensions, such as a new room, to protect the area against being an easy target.

– Be on the alert for swarming season. This usually happens during the rainy months, when termites go searching for food and shelter as they tend to their queen and form new colonies.

– Check your drainage and remove any dry leaves from it.

– Look out for moist wooden surfaces as well, since they can attract termites into your home.  

– Have your home regularly inspected for possible termite infestation. Contact your pest control operator and don’t wait until extensive damage has been done.

2. RATS

Rats are notorious disease-carriers and can multiply to as many as 200 a year. They can also cause fires if they happen to gnaw at electrical wiring. Look out for signs of droppings, urine odors, gnaw marks, burrow tracks, and smear marks. Rats are nocturnal. If you see one running around at daytime, it means there are already too many of them in or around your home.

What to do:

– Block possible entry points, including drains.

– Make sure your doors have good fittings since rats can easily enter very small openings.

– Discard old materials that may only serve as bait.

– Throw away food waste daily as they attract rats and other pests.

– Inspect cabinets, the pantry, the kitchen, and store rooms for rat infestation.

– Keep your surroundings clean as rats flourish in less than hygienic environments.

– Install glue traps or mechanical traps where rats are likely to pass, especially in the kitchen. Pest control operators use specific rat poisons to discourage further rat infestation.

3. COCKROACHES

Like rats, cockroaches are also nocturnal—and seeing one crawling on your floor at 12 noon means there are many more of them nearby than you can imagine. They can survive the most hostile conditions, and even develop increased resistance to insecticides. Cockroaches can reproduce by as many as 20,000 a year. They can spread diseases like dysentery, diphtheria, typhoid, hepatitis, and gastroenteritis. Look out for signs of droppings or egg capsules, foul odor, and damages, especially to food.

What to do:

– Don’t leave food debris or leftovers out in the open.

– Make sure everything’s clean. Check cabinets and cabinet corners, the back of the stove and the refrigerator, coffee makers, and other kitchen appliances.

– Check for insect eggs on any food you bring into your home.

– Spray insecticide once in a while. However, make sure children or pets are not around to inhale fumes.

– Rearrange furniture as well as location of foods every once in a while as cockroaches are more likely to favor familiar territory.

– Call a reliable pest control operator to flush them out.

– Use anti-cockroach gel baits available in supermarkets. This is recommended because it protects valuable equipment such as computers and water dispensers.

4. ANTS

While ants look harmless, they can transfer diseases as they thrive in dirty environments. Ants feed on anything edible, and like penetrating different types of food packages. If you have a garden, ants are likely to be more visible in that area, especially just before the rainy season.

What to do:

– Do not leave behind food debris.

– Make sure sugar containers are tightly sealed.

– Inspect cracks and crevices where ants can easily penetrate.

– Use insecticide sprays if necessary.

5. MOSQUITOES

With the fear of dengue-carrying mosquitoes, you are now wise enough not to have stagnant water in and around the house, as they are breeding grounds for lamok. Other types of mosquitoes may cause malaria, Japanese B encephalitis, and other diseases.

What to do:

– Maintain optimum sanitary conditions.

– Make sure your house is screened.

– Use mosquito sprays when necessary.

– Call a pest control operator to fog the area, especially when you are hosting a party, as a preventive measure.   

6. FLIES

Flies can be as dangerous as the other pests since they also breed in dirty places—and at a faster pace during the warmer months. Flies can contaminate food with viruses and bacteria that can cause cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and other gastrointestinal problems.

What to do:

– Cover trash bins at all times.

– Do not let food debris attract more flies into your home.

– Discard waste daily.

– Keep your house clean.

7. BED BUGS

A bed bug is a small, wingless insect that infests beds and beddings. It can ruin your sleep pattern and leave nasty little red marks on your body.  

What to do:

– Change your bed sheets regularly—at least once or twice a month.

– Discard very old mattresses that may be susceptible to such pests.

– Have a pest control operator check if they are indeed bed bugs or other pests. If you let your pets stay with you in the room, fleas or ticks may be infesting your bed.

8. SPIDERS

Spiders can be a problem when they start forming unsightly cobwebs.

What to do :

– Clear away cobwebs regularly with a sweep of a broom.

– Use insecticide sprays.

– Have a pest control operator conduct a general inspection/assessment

9. POWDER POST BEETLES
You’ll know what they are when you start seeing white powdery residue around wooden surfaces.

What to do:

– A new paint job can act as a barrier.

– Use wood preservatives or residual insecticide.

St. George Exterminator

Baird’s Pest Control
1560 S Southern Trails Cir
Washington, UT 84780-1418
(435) 673-6244