How many parasites are living in you right now? Hopefully none, but your home isn’t so lucky. Your home is like a hotel for insects, and some make good guests.. others, not so much. While a few insects shouldn’t be cause for concern, these following pests can really bug you if they aren’t dealt with:
Termites are undoubtedly the most damaging pest a home can have. Each year, termites cause an estimated $30 billion dollars of damage to American homes, eating and eroding the wood that keeps your home healthy.
Ants wage a war of attrition against you, sending countless workers into your home in search of food or shelter from weather. If a colony establishes itself inside of your home, it can damage the interior if left unchecked.
Despite all the buzz about bees being good for the environment, they aren’t as desirable in your home. If they build a hive inside your walls, which is common during colder months, the weight of the hive could compromise your drywall. Hornets are also damaging for homes when they chew into the wood in your home to eat themselves a new home.
While many homeowners have mothballs in their closets to ward off moths, few protect the rest of their home from them. To a moth your home is one big closet, curtains seem like huge clothes on hangers, and furniture offers a delicious buffet. Luckily, most species of moth are easy to remove from homes.
Carpet Beetles are aptly named as they can seriously destroy your carpets. They won’t just stop with your carpet, though, and will eat almost anything that once was on an animal – from wool and feathers to lint and shedded hair. If you suspect you have a carpet beetle infestation, look out for lines of damage in carpets and furniture.
Despite causing less damage than some of the other insects on this list, cockroaches are probably the most reviled. Ick factor aside, cockroaches can damage more than just your home’s reputation and livability. Cockroaches are known to chew through parts of homes to get to food, and can severely damage the look of your home.
Despite having a name that you would expect to see at a sushi restaurant, silverfish are anything but appetizing (or fish). While they prefer to hang out in grains like rice and pasta like fish in some twisted sea, they will eat paper, glue, and clothing too. This means that silverfish are especially common in home libraries, despite their poor reading skills. They also will destroy wallpaper if left unchecked, so professional intervention is advised.