Three Unwanted Roommates and How to Get Rid of Them

They’re lurking under your tiles during the daily morning bathroom parade. They’re stealing morsels of your food from right under your nose. You catch them in the corner of your eye, as they scuttle along the floor, raising the hair on the back of your arms.

They are pest problems, and they are the worst roommates you’ve ever had. They may not leave the dishes to pile up in the sink or play loud, bad music, but bugs and pests can get out of control, forcing you to call exterminator services and jeopardize the structural integrity, cleanliness and comfort of your home.You may think you’re house is your own, but after doing a little crawl space cleaning, you will often find that you have several more tenants than you thought you did. Here are three of the least desirable squatters and how you can evict them:

Centipedes are maybe the creepiest and crawliest of all household pests. Their ability to cling to walls or ceilings and their multitude of legs is enough to drive anyone out of the shower or room screaming. They are resilient, with females being known to survive for several years and produce up to 150 offspring. While there is an upside — centipedes tend to prey on smaller insects, like cockroaches and ants, an infestation is definitely not what you want. Sealing vents and cracks, as well as taking steps like crawl space encapsulation, could help keep centipedes out. Since they’re attracted to moist environments, dehumidifying a damp room would be a step in the right direction.

The durability of the Twinkie is a little questionable, but it does not take a lot of imagination to picture the cockroach surviving a nuclear apocalypse. They can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes and survive for a week without their heads. Not only are they stubborn survivors, but they can be very dangerous to have around. They can carry and spread 33 types of bacteria and are known to trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions in children. The best advice when it comes to cockroaches is to deny them food and water — never leave out uncovered food or crumbs on surfaces or the floor. Exterminator services are also available. They kill the roaches and their offspring, guaranteeing their demise.

These teeny tiny pests can — and will likely — do the most structural and costly damages to a home. They feast on wood non-stop for 24 hours a day, and are known to cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year. If you discover mud tubes on foundation walls or support beams, it may be a sign that your house is infested. These mud tubes act as highways, connecting the termites to their underground colonies and your home. Unfortunately, termite pest control is best left to the professionals, who have expertise in structural engineering and the pesky critters themselves. Calling exterminator services are soon as termite infestation is suspected is the best course of action.

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