When it comes to your home and your family, it is important to take steps to keep insects out. Many insects spread disease and can cause issues in your home. Most homeowners will have to deal with insects trying to get into their homes at one time or another. Here are three of the most common issues of insects that can invade your home.
Cockroaches are a very common pest, especially in climates where it is very warm in the summer and at lower elevations. There are number of different types of cockroaches in Virginia, but the German and Oriental cockroaches are the most common type to invade a home. They can come into your home through cracks in your walls, under the door or they can be brought in through packages. They are attracted to places that have water and easy food sources. They like clutter and small spaces to hide.
You can prevent a cockroach infestation by following some simple steps. One of the best steps to prevent cockroaches is to keep your home as clean as possible. You can treat the exterior of your home with a barrier spray to stop new cockroaches from coming in. Another way to prevent them is to seal your windows by caulking them and installing weather stripping around the door.
There are two types of ants that can invade your home. Household ants will build their colonies outside of your home and send workers inside in search of food and water. They tend to be in the kitchen because that is where food is, but if you eat in other rooms of your home, ants may follow you there. Carpenter ants will build their colonies in the wood of your home and can cause damage like termites. They do not eat the wood, so you may notice piles of sawdust around your home.
You can prevent ants in a few different ways. For household ants, you should keep your home as clean as possible. Wipe down the counters and tables after each meal and do your dishes right away. Take your trash out each night. Making the same repairs to your windows as you did for cockroaches will also help. Preventing carpenter ants can be trickier, but repairing leaks and damaged wood can help.
Termites are tricky because most people do not realize that they have termites until the damage is already done. They can cause thousands of dollars in damage as they chew through the wood in your walls and floor joists. Dampwood termites can even chew through the casings around your electrical wires and cause a fire hazard.
You can prevent termites by repairing any leaks in your home. Make sure that your roof is in good repair and that no shingles are missing. Be sure not to stack wood against your home. Any wood structures connected to your home, like a deck, should be built out of treated wood, because termites can eat through the deck and then begin to eat through your home. Installing grates over the vents into your home will stop them from coming into the home that way.