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Common Household Pests and How to Handle Them

It’s inevitable. At some point, you’ll turn a corner in your house and see a bug. While the house can keep out most of nature, it cannot always keep EVERYTHING out. That means the occasional pest invasion. Most often these pests are harmless (although unpleasant). If you squirm at their sight or are concerned about your home, there are measures you can take to reduce these intrusions.

Earwigs and Silverfish

You may not know how to spot all bugs, but having some background can make it easier to take care of. For example, do you know an earwig versus a silverfish? Earwigs are long, small insects that pose little harm to your home or you. A silverfish can look similar. It, too, has a low threat to humans, but it could damage your belongings. Call a pest control company to spray your home’s perimeter. This (hopefully) will decrease their appearance.


Of more concern is the small, but mighty termite. It’s important to monitor your home for any wood damage. Be aware of the sign. Have you noticed the walls sounding hollower? Do you see lots of winged insects or droppings? Are areas eaten through? Try to research termites dallas or Texas to locate a business that can inspect the property. Most insurance companies recommend annual inspections and having a termite bond. This layer of protection could save you time, stress and money.

Carpenter Ants

Not all ants pose problems. Most are simply a nuisance; however, carpenter ants can disturb wood (much like the termite). These ants are larger than others and tend to inhabit areas with heavy moisture. To prevent an infestation, try to control leaks and humidity. Don’t hesitate to call your pest crew for an inspection. If it’s carpenter ants, you’ll need to locate the ants and determine the damage.

To try and keep your home bug-free, consider eating and drinking in the kitchen or dining areas. Preventing crumbs and excess water might reduce their interest in becoming a household guest. When they appear, contact professionals for assistance.