6 Hidden House Bugs
and Types of Hazards They Cause
Several of the pests that a homeowner has to deal with are right out in the open. For other pests, though, hiding is in their very nature. This can be a problem for homeowners because they will often go undetected for quite some time.
Whether it’s a line of ants in your kitchen or flies buzzing around your head, these are pests that don’t make any effort trying to conceal themselves. What about the other hidden pests? We’ll take a look at five hidden pest home threats that you need to know about:
#1: Bed Bugs
Everyone knows what kind of problem bed bugs can be. Once you get them, it can be tough to get rid of them. They will hide in every corner of your home, from inside your walls to the folds of your couch and inside your mattress. With these pests, you must be diligent if you ever hope for them to go away.
As a homeowner, your biggest commodity — other than your health, of course — is your house. Termites don’t care about this. They will eat you out of house and home if given half the chance. Colonies can be up to 100,000 strong or more, and because they hide within your walls, you may have them without even knowing it for quite some time.
Cockroaches have survived for billions of years for a reason. They can hide and live almost anywhere in your home. They love to take refuge in dark areas until you stumble upon one and scream in terror. If not taken care of, they will multiply at an amazing rate. A cockroach infestation can be time-consuming to get rid of, so you’ll want to avoid one at all costs.
#4: Stink Bugs
In all honesty, these pests aren’t too bad. They are not poisonous. They don’t eat your home. They don’t suck your blood. So why the hubbub? Well, for one thing, they will eat your plants, both inside and outside your home. But most people don’t like them for the simple fact that they smell very bad.
Any rodent can be a problem, but mice typically cause more havoc due to their size, because it’s easy for them to sneak into your home. Mice can cause multiple problems. The most prevalent is that they often carry diseases, which are even transmittable through the fumes of their feces. They’ll also contaminate your food by chewing through boxes and bags in your cabinet. And if they chew through your electrical wiring, you could be looking at a fire hazard.
Mosquitos are typically referred to as the most dangerous insect in the world. They carry disease and, in some parts of the planet, spread malaria. Luckily, they aren’t nearly as bad here. But that doesn’t mean they’re harmless, either. Although most mosquito bites will do nothing more than irritate your skin and cause an itching sensation, there’s no way to know what a mosquito could be carrying, so it’s best to protect yourself whenever possible.
Household Pests Hazard
Household Pests come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re talking about insects, arachnids, or rodents, each come with their own specific dangers and hazards. In order to help you understand the stakes involved, let’s take a look at a few household pest hazards when it comes to pest control in NYC and Long Island.
#1: Respiratory Issues
We’ll start with a health risk that a lot of people often don’t even consider, and probably prefer not to think about. The truth is, a few household bugs can cause respiratory issues to develop, or irritate already existing ones even without coming into contact with you. This is because their skins enter our air and we breathe them into our lungs. The same can also occur with dust mites but as a whole.
#2: Skin Irritation
Bed bugs are a likely cause of skin irritation. They must dine on human blood in order to grow from one life cycle to the next, and they do so while you’re sleeping. The good news is that most people don’t suffer any more than mild skin irritation and a good amount of itching. But if you have sensitive skin, the effects could be a bit more severe. To get relief, take a hot shower to dry out the area and apply a soothing lotion or aloe vera to the affected area.
#2: Communicable Disease
With some pests, like bed bugs and stinkbugs, you don’t have to worry about disease. But several other pests, from cockroaches and mosquitos to rats and mice, can often carry many diseases that are communicable to humans.
Mosquitoes are possibly the most dangerous of these, as their parasitic ways give them direct access to your bloodstream. That being said, don’t underestimate the dangers of rodents. For example, mice are well known for carrying the Hanta Virus. This can be so hazardous that even clean-up of fecal matter must be carefully done.
#3: Food Contamination
Although this problem can occur with almost any type of pest, it’s mainly relevant to cockroaches and small rodents, such as mice and rats. Cockroaches often live in absolute filth, and they don’t take showers. If these bugs get inside your food, they bring with them all the dirt and grime they’ve been living in.
As for mice and rats, these critters love to chew through anything they can get their teeth on. This includes chewing through boxes and bags of food inside your pantry and kitchen cabinets. Not only do they also live in filth, but these small rodents also don’t have any bladder control, which means that urine and feces may become mixed with the food.
#4: House Damage
As many homeowners can attest, termites are the worst offenders when it comes to house damage. A termite colony typically consists of tens of thousands of the little buggers, which requires professional pest control to get rid of them.
Although termites eat slowly, they can reproduce rather quickly. If not taken care of, they can cause extensive damage to your home, which can cost you quite a bit of money.
The other possible problem when it comes to house damage involves mice and rats. As previously mentioned, these rodents love to chew through anything. In addition to food boxes and bags, and even wood to a lesser degree, mice, and rats have been known to chew through electrical wiring.
The big problem is that this damage can be done to wires that are out of sight, which makes them hard to find. The worst part is that damage to these wires can become fire hazards if they’re not fixed as soon as possible.***