When bugs attack: How to rid your home of pesky bug invasions with these top tips from Rentokil
Termites. Cockroaches. Bedbugs. Join the club if you shudder at the mere mention of this triumvirate of pesky critters. A more unwelcome set of house guests you’d be hard pressed to find. Masters of sneaking in uninvited, running riot, and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, we’ve got serious beef with these mini fearsome warriors. So much so that we feel the need to give you the skinny on the worst culprits of mayhem and destruction, and what you can do to safeguard your home.
Critter one: Termites
The lowdown – the ultimate invader, these guys are miniscule but mighty. One termite colony alone can number 350,000 troops. And if you’ve spotted one termite, the entire army won’t be far behind. They love wood, and your home is their equivalent of a Michelin starred meal; they’ll eat their way through doors, floors, beams, and anything else that keeps your house standing. Beware!
Special powers – termites possess exceptional hiding prowess; they love to tunnel underground and hide below soil, making it hard to spot them until a full blown infestation is underway. They are also professional eaters and chow down on wood 24 hours a day, no surprises then they are capable of munching through 31 grams of wood in a single day.
Plan of attack – termites need water, deprive them of H2O and they won’t stick around for long. Keep structures dry and seal all cracks and crevices around your home. Failing that, call for help from the experts!
Critter two: Bedbugs
The lowdown – bedbugs love to hide in fabrics and upholstery, and curtains, sofas, mattresses, and carpets are their preferred hiding places. The bad news is this makes your cosy bedroom an ideal spot for these nipping nasties.
Special powers – contortionists of the critter world, bedbugs can flatten themselves and fit into even the most teeny tiny spaces.
Plan of attack – keep luggage out of the bedroom when you return from travelling and be diligent when it comes to housekeeping. If you see any dark spots on your mattress or surrounding walls, get the experts in.
Critter three: Cockroaches
The lowdown – the only thing that can supposedly survive an apocalypse, cockroaches are the undisputed king of critters! Emerging only at night, they spend the rest of the day hiding and waiting to pounce once the lights go out.
Special powers – they can reproduce at the speed of light and transform from nymph to fully-fledged armoured beast in a mere six weeks. They can also survive without food for months.
Plan of attack – though cockroaches don’t need food, they do need water. Get rid of any food waste regularly, wipe spills, and repair water leaks. Keeping your home in ship-shape will also reduce their much loved hiding places.
Struggling to win the battle alone? Contact Rentokil to help with exterminating those critters!
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