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10 Most Common Types of Household Pests
From termites and cockroaches to bed bugs and fleas, pests infiltrate thousands of homes every year. Your home provides the perfect environment for them to find shelter, feed and breed. Is your skin crawling yet? Read on to learn about the 10 most common types of household pests.
What Attracts Termites in the Home
Termites are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. They devour whatever wood they encounter, whether it’s an old tree or the very structure of your home! Because they leave a thin veneer as they create wood tunnels, termites can be difficult to detect. By the time you notice them, they could have caused thousands of dollars in damage. There are a few ways termites can arrive in your home. Some types of termites fly in as a swarm and enter from above. Subterranean termites build tunnels and enter your home through the foundation. Formosan termites are a particularly aggressive subspecies of subterranean termites and cause the most damage.
Top 10 Pest Control Tips
Like most living things, household pests need the basics to survive: food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, they’ll often seek those inside your home or business. Here are our best pest control tips to make your environment less appealing to unwanted critters.
3 Common Signs of Termites in the Home
A termite infestation can cause quite the headache—and rack up quite the bill if it’s not caught in time. While they are nicknamed the “white ant,” termites cause much more damage than ants do. Termites consume wood at all costs, even if it causes significant structural problems with your home! There are three main types of termites homeowners need to worry about. Subterranean termites live underground and venture outside to find wood. Dampwood and drywood termites live within—you guessed it—damp wood and dry wood, respectively. As they feed, termites create tunnels called “termite galleries” and small holes used to enter and exit the wood.
Dealing with Possums in Perth
Are you a Perth resident who is dealing with possum problems? You’re not alone. City dwellers and suburban residents alike know the familiar signs of a possum taking up residence in the roof or walls of their home. These marsupials can make lots of noise as they scurry around your roof and they may leave smelly, unhygienic messes behind. They also enjoy chewing through wires, which can lead to power outages and possibly even fires.
What You Need to Know About Ants
Ants may be fascinating creatures, but they can also be a big problem for Western Australia homeowners. These tiny insects march in by the thousands and can be difficult to control. Some types of ants can bite humans and pets and may even cause damage to your property. Each ant colony will have a queen whose sole job is to produce as much offspring as possible. That’s how ants can reproduce so quickly! Queen ants can live for 10 or more years and can lay countless eggs at a time.
Is Your Termite Barrier Still Effective
Termites are unfortunately common in Australia. They’re highly destructive, and research suggests that at least 1/3 of all unprotected properties in Western Australia will be damaged by termites. Termites will attack and destroy any wood that they come into contact with, and this includes the timber that your home is constructed from. At Power Over Pests, we often get calls from people who have noticed damage on timber on their property. Sometimes, people even see the termites crawling around near their home or in a tree stump nearby. These pests can even be present if you don’t see signs of them. They live underground and are difficult to spot.
Keeping Fleas Away from Your Pets
Cat and dog owners all over the world have a mutual fear: dealing with a flea infestation. Fleas don’t just cause itchy bites on your pets. They can take up residence in your home, living under furniture and multiplying on a daily basis. You and your family could end up with itchy bites and a house full of pests. Once fleas have taken hold, they can be hard to get rid of. Here are some tips for preventing a flea infestation in the first place, along with some advice for getting rid of fleas on your property.
The Smart Way to Solve Spider Issues
Australia has about 500 species of spiders. That’s a lot to keep track of! From the fast-moving huntsman spider to the small redback spider, many of these spiders seem to enjoy invading peoples’ homes. Spiders are everywhere: some reports have estimated that there are about 1 million spiders per acre of land. Chances are, there are spiders near you right now, whether you realize it or not. Spiders are not insects. They are actually more closely related to scorpions and ticks. They lay multiple eggs and can have hundreds of babies at a time.