Well, we all know that the life of the householder, as beautiful as it may be, is not an easy one. Not just because of the constant repair measures that must be undertaken, or because of the gardening, lawn mowing, roof cleaning, but also because of the constant attention that house pests have to be given.
And indeed, pests are by far the most obnoxious disturbance, and since all of them have a habit of living in, near, under or invading our precious homes, it may be wise to become better acquainted with the most common of them.
Common Home Pests
Where insects are concerned, ants, bed bugs, bees, beetles, fleas, moths, silverfish and cockroaches are commonly found in any household. Attracted by humidity, warmth, a place to hide and of course food, all of these little critters will make your acquaintance sooner or later. And since many of these invertebrates carry disease such as dysentery, typhoid and gastroenteritis, keeping them out of your home at all costs is essential.
Unusual Home Pests
Other home pests include bats, rodents (mice, rats, dormice, squirrels- as sweet as these may be, gerbils, moles, opossums, raccoons, skunks, ferrets) and different types of birds, such as sparrows, crows, gulls or pigeons. My concern was always rats and mice since they can find a way into your home through holes the size of a quarter and can chew through literally anything that stands in their way.
How to Get Rid of Pests
While contracting professionals in rat extermination matters is the best idea if you feel your home has been infested by these unwanted guests, prevention is essential since it is always easier to keep them out than it is to get them out after they have already moved in. Be sure to remove all water sources that could turn into drinking water for rats: this means regularly checking outside faucets, controlling standing water, never leaving out water dishes for pets, control pipes inside the house for leaks and do not leave the basement unchecked.
The next thing is to make sure there is no food that can attract rats near your home. Keep the lids on your garbage cans, do not spill food scraps around trash containers, keep your cupboards wrapper free- the smallest bread crumb might be enough, avoid leaving food on the table between meals and do not leave pet food uncovered overnight.
Last but not least, try to make it hard for them to find shelter- this means not leaving trash to accumulate in the yard, keeping the grass cut and weeds attended to, not storing firewood against buildings, and of course, making sure that any possible hole in the walls or foundation are closed. It is true that this seems all too tedious to undergo but it is essential in keeping your home rodent proof. And when you think of it, anyone would rather spend a couple more hours doing chores than a couple of weeks searching and trying to exterminate these pesky critters.