Dealing with a pest infestation in your home is never a pleasant experience. These three types of pests do not discriminate against any social or economic status. They will infest any space they can, so be sure to take the necessary precautions against an infestation in your home.
A misconception about bedbugs is they are only a problem for people who have poor hygiene or of a lower social or economic status. Bedbugs don't care if your are rich or poor. If they can hitch a ride on your clothing, luggage, or blanket, they can and will.
Until the 1990s, bedbugs had been almost eliminated from the United States since the 1940s. In the past, bedbugs have not been able survive after they have inbred, but now they have become able to multiply in great numbers by inbreeding. Scientists have discovered the resurgence of bed bugs is also from a resistance to the insecticide that is used to kill bedbugs. They found that over 88% of bedbugs in the United States are now resistant to insecticide. Exterminators have found it necessary to use heat and other chemicals to kill them.
You can keep your home free of bedbugs. Experts tell you to run clothing and blankets in a hot dryer for 30 minutes as soon as you get home from a movie theater or hotel to kill any bedbugs on your items. You can also freeze your items for 30 minutes in the freezer or outside in the cold to kill any hitchhiking bedbugs.
As with a bed bug infestation, a lice infestation in your home does not mean you are unclean or poor. Lice like dirty and clean hair in dirty and clean homes.
Lice are transferred from one person to another by sharing hats, combs, and other clothing items. You can also get lice from a person's bedding or stuffed animals that are infested.
If you get lice in your hair from someone who has a lice infestation, you cannot get rid of them just by washing your hair. The only way to get rid of lice in your hair is to shampoo your hair with a pediculicide medicated shampoo for lice. Then, you will need to comb out the lice eggs (nits) to remove them from your hair as they will hatch in the next few days.
Any items infested in your home need to be washed and heat dried in the dryer for at least 20 minutes. This includes bedding, clothing, and toys. You can also vacuum surfaces to remove any lice or nits, then seal the vacuum bag in a trash bag and throw it in your outside trash can.
Check each family member's head every few days for several weeks until the infestation has been eliminated.
Just because a family of rodents have taken up residence in your home does not mean you are uneducated or poor. Mice are not picky about the size of your home or your income. If a rodent finds a convenient place that provides shelter and possibly some food, they will make their home there.
When you leave your home unsanitary, it will attract rodents, but keeping a clean home will not always deter mice. It is important to both keep your home clean and block any areas mice can enter into your home through.
To prevent mice from moving into your home's walls, attic, or basement crawlspace, you should plug up and block all possible entryways on the exterior of your home. Attach wire mesh with staples to any exterior vents, gaps, or holes that lead into your home or roof. Make sure to look beneath your roof's overhang for any existing gaps.
You can also use a spray foam insulation to plug any holes the size of a nickle or larger on your home's exterior. Some mice only need the tiniest of spaces to crawl through to gain access into your home.
These three common pests can infest your home if you are not prepared for them. Call professionals like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control for help in eliminating them.