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The Potentially dangerous Effects of 7 of the most Common Household Pests

The Potentially Dangerous Effects Of 7 Of The Most Common Household Pests

This article on The Potentially dangerous Effects of 7 of the Most Common Household Pests is written because we share this world with a number of other creatures and it’s natural that Pests can enter our home in many different ways. Their effects, however, need to be monitored if we are to protect our family and property.

In most instances, finding a pest or two isn’t a cause for alarm. If you start noticing a multitude of bugs are other pests however, it’s time to take note of what pests they are, their numbers and their frequency. As the weather changes and insects and animals become more active, here are a few indicators to be on the lookout for.

Early action can often prevent an infestation.

1. Ants and their effect

 

The Potentially dangerous Effects of 7 of the most Common Household Pests
Ants swarming from a nest

Ants are probably the most common household pests, in fact, there are 1 quadrillion ants alive on earth. For every ant that you see, you may rest assured that there could be millions more you aren’t seeing. The first important step is to get rid of any open sources of food and, as far as possible, close any entrances into your home.

 

Depending on the species of ant, effects on your home can vary wildly. Termites (who, in fairness, are not strictly ants) can be particularly harmful to wooden structures or furniture and their presence should be taken seriously.

2. Spiders in the home

 

The Potentially dangerous Effects of 7 of the most Common Household Pests
Some spiders can be dangerous

Although spiders can make their way into your house at any time of year, fall is typically the worst season for an infestation.

Spiders tend to live in dark places like basements, and near windows sills or ledges. Most houses have a few spiders in them, and they can serve a good purpose by controlling other pests like mosquitoes and flies, however, some spider are poisonous and if you’re seeing a multitude of the same type of spider at the same time, you may have an infestation on your hands.

3. Nasty Bed Bugs can severely affect your home and family

Bed bugs are seemingly ubiquitous and can be found almost anywhere, from movie theaters to department stores and hotel rooms. The problem is, if a couple of these little pests manage to hitch-hike a lift with you to home, you may have a challenging problem as it can take a tremendous effort to rid your home of these invaders once they have established themselves in your home. If you need a guide to do this – go here.

4. Fleas in the house

Fleas have been associated with the black plaque, which resulted in up to 200 million deaths during the middle ages. Thankfully, they are not as dangerous any longer, but they can be the cause of disease to your family and pets. Fleas are normally synonymous with dogs and cats, but other animals, including even humans, can carry them, too. A flea infestation is no picnic, so if you start to notice these tiny jumping pests on furniture or your pet it’s time to take some remedial action.

These pests can not only cause intense itching when they bite but are also commonly associated with tapeworm infestations in your pets – see infographic below (referenced from site information.co.za).

 

Fleas and Tapeworms

 

It’s not surprising then that fleas are one of the more unpleasant inhabitants to have in your home, but here’s how to control them.

5. Lady Bugs, really??

The Potentially dangerous Effects of 7 of the most Common Household Pests

 

Finding a ladybug can be special, and these insects can also be great to have in your garden, as they eat aphids and other plant-eating pests. It becomes a problem, however, when you find your entire ceiling at home, coated in ladybugs. This is an infestation.
While most ladybugs are benign and harmless, one species, in particular, namely the Asian lady beetle, has been known to aggravate allergies and asthma in some individuals.

6. Beetles

Surprisingly there are 350 000 species of beetles in the USA and consequently, there’s bound to be one or two in your house at any given moment. They come in a multitude of shapes and sizes, and for the most part, they are nothing to be concerned about. If however, you start to notice them regularly particularly in their numbers it may be indicative of the early stages of infestation. Fortunately, beetles are one of the most benign ‘pests’ in your home.

7. Small Animals in your house

Whilst coming across one or two insects in your come is not of great concern, the same cannot be said when it comes to finding small wild animals. Even finding a single small animal, such as a rodent, can be problematic. Most often, you won’t see the animal itself, but rather the evidence that it leaves in your home, particularly the noise and smell. Even one squirrel living in your attic has the ability to keep you awake all night with the noise it can generate.

If you happen to find a squirrel, mouse, bat, or other creature living in your home I would recommend first attempting to trap the animal alive and then releasing it several miles away from your house. Alternatively, you can also have a professional perform this service for you.

Wrap Up

Pests inside the house are a normal occurrence for most people and they even be expected, however, if necessary, action needs to be taken on the earliest signs of an infestation.

Sven Welsh

What started out as an intention to economically protect my family and property from the ravages (and some dangers) of pests, has turned into a quest to share my research and findings with others.
Despite the cost and potential dangers of some eradication techniques, there are cost-effective and ethical ways of dealing with pests.
Knowledge is power.

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