6 Pests You Should Expect to See This Year and How to Combat Them
No one likes the thought of having pests in their homes, no matter how tiny they may be. Having a home pest control service visit your home regularly is one of the best ways to keep pests in check and avoid an infestation that can be hazardous to both your family and the house itself. Here are a few of the most common pests we come across in Puerto Rico throughout the year and what you can do to protect yourself from them:
Termites are incredibly invasive and can cause serious damage to your home and furniture as they eat through the wood. They are notoriously difficult to get rid of and are found most often during the spring and summer months. The best way to combat these destructive creatures is to catch the infestation as early as possible. Watch for any damage to your walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture, including warping, sagging, or buckling, as these can be signs of termites burrowing underneath.
Like termites, moths feed on the wood found in and around your home and are most commonly found during the spring when the weather is humid. Just a few breeding moths can multiply into a colony of thousands, so aim to catch the problem as quickly as possible. The best way to get rid of a moth infestation is through tenting and fumigating your home to ensure that they are eradicated.
In addition to leaving itchy bites on your skin, mosquitoes can carry infectious diseases, like the Zika virus. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself. Be sure to install screens on all of your windows, and keep doors closed except when entering or exiting your home. Eliminate any areas that have standing water, like underneath leaky faucets, in old trashcans, or in hanging tarps, as these areas tend to attract mosquitoes.
Unfortunately for Puerto Rican homeowners, rodents can be a problem throughout the year. These creatures, including rats and mice, can get into the insulation of your home and gnaw on electrical wires, causing significant damage. Try not to leave out any food that might attract them, and listen at night for any sounds of rodents living in your walls or ceilings. Traps can often be your best option to capture and get rid of rodents humanely.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks can be hazardous to your family and your pets. These pests can carry infectious diseases, which they can pass on to those they bite. Be sure to check your children and pets for ticks regularly so that you can remove them as quickly as possible. With fleas, watch for bites, particularly on the lower legs.
Although bedbugs do not carry diseases like other biting insects, their bites can cause a severe reaction in many people, so it is best to get rid of them quickly. To protect yourself from these critters, be sure to thoroughly check your hotel rooms for them whenever you travel. If you have any doubts, request a different room or move to another hotel.
Home Pest Control Service When You Need It Most
Here at Oliver Exterminating, we are committed to providing home pest control service to families throughout Puerto Rico. We are experts in this area and can help you keep your home pest-free throughout the year. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you protect your family from pests.