No one likes to think about pests in their homes, but very few people actually plan on bringing a pest control professional in to examine their home. Even if you don’t see signs of pests, there may very well be pests living in between your walls, in your ceiling, or in your floors. You may not even realize it until the damage is already done!
As pest season rolls around, it’s crucial to consider pest control and protect your home before it’s damaged. Even if you’re afraid of certain pests, you should be proactive in preventing them. If you aren’t motivated yet, here are seven pest facts you probably didn’t know.
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Bed Bugs Can Live Anywhere
You may stay at a hotel with bed bugs, but that isn’t the only place they live. Bed bugs love to travel and will slide into your suitcase and come home with you. They can live in homes, apartments, hospitals, dorm rooms, offices, schools, movie theaters, buses, and even trains! There’s really nowhere a bed bug can’t and won’t go.
Cockroaches Don’t Need Their Heads
Unless you’re a fan of headless insects, this particular fact may not be too fun to read. Cockroaches don’t need their heads to survive, meaning that even if their heads are removed, they can continue to live in and damage your home. Furthermore, with most functions decentralized, cockroaches can keep living and performing basic functions for up to a month without their head.
Bees Can Create New Queens From Larvae
When you kill the queen bee, the other bees will simply turn to larvae and create a whole new queen for themselves. When the queen is killed or dies, a pheromone is emitted, letting worker bees know to create a new queen for the hive.
Flies Have a Liquid Diet
Houseflies have a liquid diet and a very tiny digestive system. Unfortunately, this means that everything just goes right through them and that rumor about flies pooping whenever they land is true. Every time a fly stops to land, it either defecates or regurgitates.
Rats Can Survive Water and Falls
Flushing a rat down the toilet won’t kill it, and neither will a fall from 50 feet. Rats can tread water for up to three days, which means water isn’t a good deterrent. Even if you do manage to flush a rat out of your home, that may not stop it from coming back. As for falling, rats can fall from 50 feet without getting injured, so you’ll be hard-pressed to kill it.
A Rodent’s Teeth Are Always Growing
A rodent’s teeth may grow upwards of 4 inches yearly, but they stay short due to so much chewing and nibbling. To keep their teeth at a manageable length, rodents constantly chew on all sorts of materials: wires, wood, plastic, and more. They’re keeping their teeth trimmed down and causing damage to your home at the same time.
Rats’ Favorite Food
Rats love scrambled eggs and cooked corn, although they’ll gladly devour any other food you leave lying around. After all, rodents aren’t very picky when it comes to their food. In fact, they even consume their droppings.
No matter where you live, pests should be a concern for any homeowner. They love to sneak into your home through hidden nooks and crannies, and once they’re in, they’re hard to get rid of. Your best bet is to call a pest control professional to take care of the problem before it gets out of control and causes more damage.
Brandon is the President of Drake Lawn and Pest Control in Orlando, FL . He has over 30 years experience in the Orlando Pest Control Industry. He attributes his achievements to living by these rules: continuous training and education, providing honest work and striving for the pursuit of perfect service.