Are you kept awake at night due to the fear of unsightly pests creeping up your bed? No matter how much you keep food sealed away, or dry constantly-wet surfaces like sinks, animal/pest infestations can be very difficult to control — especially when they’ve found a safe space in your home to live in.
Pests/animals move into people’s homes for a variety of reasons. The reasons may include:
- Favorable temperature
- Food availability in your home
- Loss of their natural habitat
It can be alarming to see even only one (1) roach inside your home because you never know how fast these animals multiply. And if they do, they can eventually cause health problems for you and the rest of your housemates.
Don’t worry, though. You aren’t the only one facing this kind of situation. In 2019, nearly 14.8 million households had a rodent problem in their respective homes. This means that you can find so many D.I.Y solutions shared by different homeowners online, and at the same time, find a growing number of pest control services that you can contact for your pest problem.
Before you decide on anything, familiarize yourself with the common wildlife infestations inside a home and the common methods to manage or remove them from your property permanently. This article gives you some facts about these animals so you can better understand their behavior and how you can prevent them from further putting your home at risk.
Common Types of Pest Infestations in Homes
There’s a reason why there are entire isles of pest/animal control tools and equipment in major hardware stores — there are just too many types of pests or animals that settle where they’re not supposed to be. Here are some of the most common animals/pests found within a residential property:
Raccoons and other big animals typically invade homes for food and shelter, especially after mating season. They’re not very favorable because they can chew on wooden parts of your home, rip up your insulation, and leave relatively large droppings around. If you find a raccoon in your attic, it’s probably there to nestle. So the best time to get rid of one is before it gives birth.
It’s easy to find raccoons because they aren’t typically quiet. If your home has wooden floorboards, you can hear them walking, moving, and even “talking”. If you’ve seen a raccoon around your home multiple times and don’t know where to find them, try looking at the quietest areas of your house like your attic, chimney, basement, etc.
The very first thing to do is chase the adults away and block all possible entrances. Then remove any babies by hand and place them in a box outside your home where their parents can find them.
Unlike raccoons, squirrels are not naturally aggressive. However, they do have the potential to be one especially when they’re placed in a very stressful situation. They are dangerous in the sense that they chew on so many things including pipes, wires, and wooden walls because they need to maintain their fast-growing teeth.
Luckily, you can chase squirrels away just by making very loud noises, leaving bright light, and diffusing e a strong scent of vinegar where they are staying. If squirrels always come back, they probably have babies lying somewhere and it’s best to find them and remove them from your home as well.
Rats and mice are some of the most difficult to get rid of in a home because their bodies are so slender and flexible that they can fit into really small holes and crevices. They are nocturnal animals and move around multiple times a day to search for food (they eat so many times in a day because they only consume a relatively small amount per “meal”).
The best way to catch rodents is to set up traps, glue boards/paper, or toxic baits. Remember though that rodents are smart and maintain their distance from new things. So if they don’t fall into your trap, transfer the trap to another location. To lure the rodents into your trap, you can add seeds, grains or cereals.
What If Nothing Works?
Other pests that commonly infest household in the U.S. include snakes, mosquitos, cockroaches, and bats. If none of the D.I.Y. pest control methods work, most people resort to calling professional pest control services. This is also highly recommended when you’re dealing with highly aggressive creatures.
However, if the creatures have left too much damage in your home and the cost to repair seems too expensive already; or the infestation is just recurring even if you’ve contacted professional services already; you might want to consider selling your home.
Can You Sell a House with Rodents or Other Pests?
At Spire Property Solutions, we buy houses in Warner Robins as is even with an existing infestation. We will handle the problem after you sell your Warner Robins home to us and we will buy your home in full cash.
Sell your Warner Robins home to us today and make sure to call (678) 318 -1801 or send us a message through the form below.