5 Pests to Look Out for That are Spookier Than Halloween
October 31, 2019
It’s Halloween, and while that’s a call to rejoice (yay costumes and candy!), there’s also something much spookier than fictional ghouls and fabricated zombies that might be lurking around your home: bugs and critters. Here we have 5 Pests to be on the lookout for that are much scarier than any scary movie or convincing costume. Don’t let your fun Halloween get ruined by these very real creepy crawlies!
Beware the bedbug. While visible to the naked eye, bedbugs are very small, good at hiding, and can be easily confused for other bugs, which can make actually identifying them pretty difficult. They lurk in beds and furniture until you go to sleep, and that’s when they will pounce, biting any exposed skin and feeding on blood. These bugs can also be a real pain to get rid of once they’ve made your house their home, so you’ll want to make sure you have proper preventative protection in place - and be prepared to call a professional if you’ve discovered an infestation.
Spiders, along with bats, are probably the most distinctive “spooky” pest, and it’s not just because of their long spindly legs and creepy webs. North Carolina is home to at least 7 distinct types of spiders, and 2 of them- the brown recluse and the black widow- are seriously poisonous. Plus, a spider infestation can also be a sign that you have other insect infestations in your home - think of other nuisances that would draw spiders to your space in the first place, like flies and mosquitoes. Eek!
Speaking of bats, they’re next on our list. While bats actually do a lot of good (they’re notorious for their mosquito-eating habits), they also carry tons of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Some bats in your backyard might not be such a big deal, bit if bats have started living in your attic, you might have a serious problem on your hands.
Rat rhymes with bat, and much like bats, rats are big-time disease carriers. They’re also excellent at squeezing into even the tiniest space, and once they’re inside they can wreak havoc on your kitchen, stealing and contaminating food and leaving behind pellets. They’re also well-known for their tendency to cause home damage; the 3 d’s of disease, droppings, and destruction make them one of the spookier -and more harmful- critters on this list.
While they can’t actually survive a nuclear bomb as the myth goes, cockroaches are another disease carrier, and they reproduce rapidly and in large numbers. They carry a ton of different bacteria, which can actually trigger allergies and asthma attacks. They also will contaminate food, and they’ll go after pretty much any food they can - although they are especially fond of sugar and starch-based products. Considering how good they are at hiding, you could have an infestation brewing for quite awhile before you even identify it, which might be the most terrifying thing of all.
I’m Scared. How Can I Avoid These Pests?
It’s always good to take precautionary measures yourself when it comes to avoiding a pest infestation; keeping a tidy home to limit hidey holes and being very careful about storing and cleaning up food is a good first step. Even so, there is still always a risk of these pests if your home isn’t carefully sealed up at all entry points, because insects, wildlife, and other nuisances are always on the prowl for places with food, moisture, and warmth.
A1 Pest Control has comprehensive prevention measures as a part of our Home Shield pest control plans, which includes inspection, exterior home treatment, and kitchen treatments to seal off points where pests are most likely to enter your home.
If you have an attic that you are especially concerned may act as a beacon to pests like bats and rats, we also offer TAP attic insulation, which creates a protective barrier against pests while also keeping homes at a comfortable temperature year-round. Additionally, we offer crawl space encapsulation for damp, unsealed crawl spaces that might be acting as pest hubs.
On top of all of that, we have special programs we have created to combat wildlife, rodent, and bed bug infestations, so if you find these pests have already become a problem, we have the specialized measures in place to get rid of them. Keep the scares this Halloween fun; if you’re afraid of pests, contact A1! v