For home owners and renters, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how pest control works to prevent your cozy living space from being invaded by unwanted guests. An in-depth post on this topic could be miles long, so we’ll start with a brief introduction to the types of pests that are common within living spaces, some signs you’ll need to know to spot them, and some methods for trying to make your home pest-free. For the best results, a Massachusetts pest control specialist can help to identify and eliminate pest problems.
Types of Pests
There are three main categories of pests that you might need to battle or protect your home against:
- Termites, which are often referred to as the “silent home killer.” Many homeowners have no idea their house is infested until considerable damage has been done, costing thousands of dollars in repair in many cases.
- Insects, such as ants, bed bugs, beetles, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, and the like. Spiders are technically arachnids, not insects, but we’ll include them in this category for the sake of simplicity.
- Mammals, such as mice, rats, bats, moles, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, and the like. Not only can these pests be annoying, but many of them can transmit dangerous diseases from their dirty living quarters to your home.
Knowing the Signs
There are a number of signs that might indicate that you have a pest issue. Unfortunately, by the time that signs are visible, many types of pests may have already formed colonies and infested the home. For example, an infestation can be visible with signs like termite wings on windowsills, mouse or rat droppings around the house, scratches or gnaw marks on furniture or walls, or black spots on mattresses indicating bed bugs.
Choosing Pest Control
The type of pest control that you use will depend heavily on the size, nature, and scope of the pest issue. Termites should never be handled with do-it-yourself techniques, while a smaller problem like sugar ants in the house may be solvable with DIY handiwork. It’s best to consult a pest control specialist, as a professional has the right skills and knowledge to evaluate the entire home for all signs of pests. This way, the problem can be eliminated from the root instead of just scarping the surface.
If you need quality Massachusetts pest control, call the team at Bain Pest Control today.