Insect pests can be a big problem in many homes. And while some creepy crawlers can be easily vanquished with over-the-counter bug sprays and homemade concoctions, some insect infestations require a professional extermination to ensure success. Keep reading to learn which species of bugs should only be dealt with by professional Pest Exterminators, and how to recognize the signs they’ve invaded your home.
Bedbugs have become a huge concern in recent years. In fact, according to a 2011 survey compiled by the National Pest Management Association, 20% of Americans have dealt with a bedbug problem in their home or know someone who has. Why is this number so high? Simply put, bedbugs are notoriously hard to get rid of once they’ve taken up residence in your home. They can tolerate extreme heat and cold, are very resistant to most pesticides, and can survive for months without eating. So how can you tell if you have bedbugs in your home? According to the Center for Disease Control, the first tip-off is usually finding tiny blood spots on your sheets or developing red, itchy bumps on your skin that resemble mosquito bites. If you notice these signs, it’s imperative that you call an experienced exterminator like Knight Pest Control.
Although they typically keep to themselves and don’t pose a threat to humans, termites work hard behind the scenes to destroy the wood in your home. Early detection is key to eradicating these pests, but they can be hard to spot. Some signs that termites might be rooming with you include damaged or hollowed wood, small subterranean tunnels around your home’s foundation and outdoor swarming in the spring. If you spot these signs, call Pest Exterminators right away.
Cockroaches are particularly frightening because they can transmit illnesses like salmonella to humans–and they breed ferociously. Cockroaches tend to set up camp in the walls surrounding food-laden areas like the kitchen, and they can often be found hiding in cracks, cabinets and under or behind major appliances. If you see one cockroach, there are definitely many more in hiding–call an exterminator right away.
There are some insect infestations you should never try to deal with on your own. For these three pesky species, it’s best to hire a professional exterminator.