Bugs. Does anybody out there really like bugs? Creepy crawly tiny monsters that can be harmful to your health and your home. An important part of maintaining both is identifying and removing bugs from your home. Here is some information to know about some particularly annoying insects that may show up in your house.
- Bed Bugs
Termites are among the most damaging insects to property. They feed on wood and carve colonies into walls and supports. Termites leave scent trails to guide other workers using special glands on their chests. Each colony produces a distinct scent, identified by a chemical on their cuticles. Termites also spend a great deal of time grooming each other. Their good hygiene is important to their survival, as it keeps parasites and harmful bacteria under control within the colony. Termites colonies can be identified by peeling and discolored walls, soft wood areas, or snaking, indented trails inside wood. Serious termite problems can lead to weakened supports and foundations.
Ticks are among the most dangerous insects to human health. The are carriers of deadly lyme disease and should be not taken lightly. Identifying ticks on the body can be difficult, but is necessary to receive proper treatment. Most species of ticks thrive in tall grass and woodland areas. Anytime you visit such a place with exposed skin, you should always check for ticks. Pets who go outside are also very susceptible to tick bites. Identifying ticks is done by searching the skin for a small round, odd colored bump. Ticks grow in size after they begin to feed, becoming more noticeable, but increasing the chance for infection. Removing ticks from humans should be done carefully after identifying ticks and a doctor should be consulted if the bite area is discolored, as the tick head may still be attached.
Cockroaches are gross. No doubt about that. They also carry a common ancestor as termites and mantids. Headless cockroaches are able to survive for weeks. Eww. Cockroaches like to infest damp, dark areas, such as near a water heater or under a refrigerator and start small. Constant poison treatment may be necessary to eliminate all insects.
Bed bugs get their name because of their tendency to inhabit areas nearby or inside of beds and mattresses. They only feed on the blood of humans and other warm blooded hosts. They are most active at night and nearly impossible to see with the human eye. They can be identified by frequent, extremely irritating red marks on the limbs appearing after a night of sleeping. Bed bug problems include ruined furniture, clothes and relationships.
Most insect problems can be taken care of with a few rounds from store bought chemical poisons. However, if you have a serious infestation, contact an exterminator. Many of these bugs are not to be trifled with and can cause you and your home serious harm. Find out more at this site.