Phorid flies, or sewer flies, and other biting insects have been seen of a late evening scurrying across the kitchen floor.
Knowing that millions of homes across the country suffer the same fate does little to help when it is you that’s getting bitten, harassed, or frightened on a daily basis.
Although bugs such as the harmless house spider are safe and relatively clean, this is not the case with all our summer gate crashers. Ants can and do bite, and when it’s hot, these nasty little stings seem to linger on forever.
Flying insects such as common flies are nothing short of filthy and can contaminate any uncovered foods if you’re careless.
Wasps can pack one heck of a painful jab too, and as for mosquitoes, well, depending on where in the world you come from, these lightweights can really carry some malicious parasites around with, them which can prove lethal if they find their way into your bloodstream.
Professional advice from a pest control company is required for this to reach a resolution. But, the following can be done along with your daily routine:
- Keep all food covered or put away at all times, and that includes the fruit bowl. Kids are always prone to grab an apple or a handful of grapes and eat them without giving washing a second thought.
But apart from the obvious, if there’s nothing to eat, the pests are discouraged. At the end of the day, most insects are looking for grub and that includes cockroaches. Check and clean under washing machines, fridges, and ovens. You could be surprised at what you find.
- Make sure you clean up and often so. It’s too easy to grab a sandwich and think about cleaning up the tops a little later. In the middle of summer, just 30 minutes or less of fresh food lying around is enough to have your house invaded by armies of ants, flies, and the like.
- Keep in mind to always check that there is no food dropped onto the floor as this is where the cockroaches love to scavenge. Once those critters start breeding you’ll most likely need to call the professionals in to finish them off.
- If you have animals, make sure their eating bowls are cleaned or covered up after mealtimes. Cats especially tend to leave half-eaten food in their dish and this is very attractive to flies and the like.
- Rinse and repair any broken or slow-moving gutters and pipes. Many insects are drawn to damp or moist areas and could lay their eggs in such places.
- Also, check the outside of your home for small apertures or cracks that the bigger pests may be able to slip through at night. We’ve all seen big bugs in the house and not known quite how they got in. Quite often it is through these cracks in the wall or side of a door, and unless you find them, they’ll just keep on coming.