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Pests Infestation at Home and How to Handle Them

Sometimes, pests infestation still occurs at home no matter how disciplined we are in keeping the hygiene. Besides, pests always seek places to nest and reproduce. They will come to our house whenever they sense an opportunity.

The battle against pests infestation cannot result in a permanent victory. And if you think your house is free from them, and you make that claim based on a brief observation only, the chances are the infestation has not been visible because they have not been severe. Termites are everywhere in the ground. Rats live around human settlement. Roaches are in the sewers. And bats are lurking in the attic.

Handling the Bats

Bats may not sound threatening to some people. But mostly, that is because they have not lived in an area where bats are an endemic species. After all, the fruit-eating bats are not as dangerous as the vampiric ones. At worst, the fruit-eaters only leave smelly droppings and urine. But for the vampire bats, they bite people and can cause a viral infection.

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However, you should know that bat’s excrements are harmful to human. Having bats living in the attic can expose you to the bat’s waste, or also known as guano. It is the ideal place for a fungus that can cause histoplasmosis to grow. The fungal infection can happen in the internal organs. And the most common one to infect is the lungs.

The symptoms are invisible unless it is severe. Even worse, 40 to 70% of the cases are failed to detect using X-ray. Histoplasmosis also shows signs that resemble tuberculosis or other respiratory illnesses. It increases the chances for histoplasmosis to be mistreated and to get worse, which makes the disease more difficult to cure.

Bats enter the house through the openings in the house. They can nest in the basement and the attic. Therefore, it is better not to leave any rooms unvisited for a long time. Make sure you clean all corners of the house frequently. It reduces the possibility of any pests to grow undetected.

If you find out that you have a bats infestation, it is better not to handle the thing by yourself. An exterminator can remove the bats and clean the infestation spot without causing the mess to spread to the other parts of the house. Or if hiring an exterminator is not possible, you can deal with the infestation on your own by wearing a protective suit. Buy the one that resembles a hazmat suit, which is equipped with the air filtering mask.

Dealing with Mosquitoes

mosquitoes biting a personMosquitoes are annoying, and their colonies flourish during summer. In some areas, those little blood-suckers may not be life-threatening. But in tropical and other regions with the rainy season, mosquitoes carry malaria and dengue-fever. Filariasis and Chikungunya are also two other diseases that are deadly and mosquito-borne.

Therefore, do not risk your health. If you get a mosquitos infestation at home, exterminate them immediately. And just like other pests infestations, you have two options to deal with the bug: call an exterminator or eliminate them by yourself.

If you call an exterminator, though, it will not be effective if not accompanied with a hygiene lifestyle. And not just any hygiene behavior that is needed to eliminate the mosquitoes, but the one that can annihilate them to their spawns.

Mosquitos breed in water. So if you have standing water around the house, that is where the mosquitos lay their eggs. Clogged drainage, gutter, and sewers are also the ideal places for the mosquito larvae to grow.

After you deal with the spawns, you can exterminate the adult mosquitos with bugs spray and mosquitos traps.

Killing the House Rats

a rat in the sewerHouse rats cause more problems than the other two pests that we have discussed in this writing. Rats can make holes in the cushions. They can damage the furniture. They chip the wood structure in the house. And the excrete foul waste everywhere.

And if you spot one rat at your house, the chances are that it is not the only one. You have to seek where its nest is and kill the others.

To prevent rats infestation, you should clean your house from any organic waste. Your dumpster must also be emptied regularly. They come through the sewers or other open parts of the house. Therefore, at least once in every three months, you must inspect whether there are some holes or cracks in the house.

Although rats infestation can be irritating, you can eliminate them by yourself. Buy a rodent poison or trap and see if it works. If the rats are persistent, then you can call an exterminator.