Does your life feel like a 1950s horror film? If you're dealing with these household pests, it can sometimes feel like it. Here is a quick run down of a few creepy pests that are commonly found in homes, and some tips on how to protect yourself from them.
Earwigs. Besides looking like something that should be in a horror movie, earwigs have a reputation that should put them up a few more notches on the creep-o-meter. Some language experts believe the name earwig means "ear insect" or "ear creature", and believe that it gets its name from having a fondness for climbing into the ear canal of sleeping humans and burrowing into their brains. This isn't actually true. Any insect can crawl into your ear, especially if you used a sugary finger to itch inside there. But don't worry, they won't lay eggs, nest, or eat your brain.
Silverfish. This little insect looks like something out of a science fiction horror film, and has been the inspiration of many a horror director. It is also the inspiration of the most feared creature in the wildly successful, and world famous, Minecraft video game. If you haven't heard of it, ask your kids. Inside a home, these little creatures can eat important documents and photos--fortunately, photos have become mostly digital. But if you have a box of photos in your attic, you're going to want to take extra precautions with silverfish around. Put those photos in a sealable plastic tote, to keep these paper eating insects out.
Spiders. One word: Arachnophobia. Spiders are big business in Hollywood. These eight-legged bugs are the very definition of creepy, and movie directors know it. When they get into your home they can drive you crazy with their webs, give you a jump when you open a box in the attic and sometimes leave a very painful bite. To keep spiders out of your home, you need to do two things: Seal your exterior walls, and don't feed them. Spiders are hard to keep out, because they can be very small, and they are able to crawl up your exterior walls to your vulnerable roofline and chimney. After making sure all your screens, door sweeps and weather stripping are in good working order, have a pest control company apply a light spray, to keep spiders off your walls. If spiders get in, you don't want them to find what they're looking for. When you keep flying insects to a minimum, you reduce the food source spiders live on. Keep trash covered, floors and counters clean, and fruit in the fridge until you're ready to eat it.
You're home doesn't have to be the set of a horror film. Bugs and other pests can be excluded from dwelling with you. Partner with a pest management company, and learn how your home can be pest free.