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Creepy Crawly Critters: 4 Signs You Have a Serious Insect Infestation

Wasps and bees. Cockroaches. Ants. Pests all of them, and you hate pests. Understandably so. They destroy your home, bring germs and bacteria into your living space, and are just plain creepy. And they can be everywhere. Even when you can’t see them, you may suspect that you have a critter problem.

Fortunately, there are ways you can tell if you have critter problems or not: They leave signs. Here are four common indications that you have a serious buggy problem.

1. Wasps and Bees

Wasps and bees, due to their stingers, strike fear into people’s hearts. While it’s common to fear these stinging creatures because of the physical pain they bring, these actually aren’t the only problems they cause. According to the DIY Network, wasps like to build their nests in a home’s attic, which wreaks havoc in your home.

The wasps’ secretions tend to ruin the drywall in the ceilings and walls. Not only does this force the homeowner to replace the drywall, but an exterminator often has to come and remove the nest.

As for bees, they like to build their nests in spaces that are enclosed, like between the boards of your walls, though not always. They burrow into wall structures and create holes in the mortar. They, too, need to be professionally removed.

In both cases, aside from noticing the damage to walls and other structures, you may actually hear the insects due to their buzzing. The buzzing won’t sound electrical. It’ll be a deep “insect-y” sound.

2. Woodworms and Termites

If you’ve walked through your home and found small holes in the wood or sawdust around those holes, you might have a woodworm problem. Woodworms are wood-boring beetles that destroy the structures of your furniture and your home.

Termites can also be a problem. These bugs bore through your wood, and then create mud tunnels for themselves. You’ll start to see buckling or warped wood as their work starts to do its damage. The wood sounds a bit hollow if knocked on. You may actually also find their wings. That means they’re moving into another stage of their development.

If you see signs of this in your home, treat the problem immediately. You’ll need the help of a professional of pest control in Orem or your particular locale for these jobs. Companies can send a professional technician to your home for an inspection. They can also suggest treatments and offer advice about how to keep these problems at bay between visits.

3. Flies, Cockroaches, and Other Scavengers

Flies, cockroaches, and other scavengers like ants like places that are dirty, filled with food debris, or where there is excess moisture. (Silverfish, for example, are attracted to moisture.) These pests can cause damage to your home, but they also carry diseases, making them potentially deadly.

 Keeping your home clean and dry goes a long way toward ridding your home of them. Taking out the trash, cleaning out the drains, and keeping the counters wiped down can also help.

4. Moths

Dinner for moths consists of snacking on the upholstery on your antique chair, the sleeve of your wool sweater, and the natural fibers in your favorite cotton shirt to name but a few. These infestations leave holes as their tell-tale signs.

To rid yourself of them, keep your garments and textiles in sealed plastic bags. You also want to clean your clothes regularly and vacuum often to get rid of their eggs. You can also put mothballs and cedar chunks in places where you store garments and other material items.

The best defense against pests is a good offense. That is to say, if you know what attracts them in the first places, it’s easier to get rid of them. It’s also important to know what the signs are for pests like wasps, beetles, flies, and other creepy crawlies. Finally, if you have an infestation problem, don’t be afraid to call a professional. It can mean the difference between preserving your home and your health or letting them go to the bugs.

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