While we do support an eco-friendly, environmentally conscious home, there are some limits to what’s acceptable. One of the lines we draw is when nature decides to make itself an unwelcome houseguest. While it’s bad enough when you get a pest or two in the house, it is exponentially worse when there’s a whole army of invaders to worry about. Here are some of the worst offenders you should watch out for:
While the rise in the number of homes that are primarily concrete rather than wood means that termite problems aren’t as widespread as they used to be, there are still a lot of homes that are either made primarily of wood, or have important wooden fixtures. For these homes, termite infestations can be dangerous, as they’ll weaken the structure.
If your home is vulnerable to termites, it’s always good to check regularly, especially during the times of the year that the weather is good; having to replace termite eaten parts of your home can be expensive and inconvenient if you wait to have the problem taken care of when the weather isn’t friendly anymore such as winter or the rainy season.
While bees are an important element to any natural ecosystem, you still don’t want them building a hive in your home. While bee stings are rarely fatal, they can be dangerous if you have an allergic reaction to the stings. With this in mind, it’s always best to check in areas where bees are known to make their nests like attics, crawlspaces under homes, sheds, and trees.
If you find a beehive, be sure to contact animal control and see if they can relocate the bees or help you get in touch with a bee relocation service. Since bees are endangered, relocating them is more advisable than trying to wipe them out. Additionally, if a do-it-yourself bee extermination goes wrong, you’ll have a hive full of angry bees on your hands! Best leave it to the professionals.
Unlike bees, which are usually only aggressive if you don’t take a hint and keep threatening the hive, hornets are significantly more aggressive, larger, and have more painful stings. Like bees, they like to build hives in places that are usually not frequented. This means that attics, unused sheds, and empty houses. If you’re moving into a new place, best have it checked thoroughly for hornet nests.
Unfortunately, hornet relocation isn’t something readily available (yup, we checked), so an exterminator is your best bet for getting rid of these aggressive houseguests. Like exterminating bees, trying a do-it-yourself method has potential to backfire, so it’s best to leave it to the experts once again. Don’t forget, an angry hornet is significantly worse than an angry bee.
Ants have the unfortunate tendency to go unnoticed until they’re a major problem. Often, we see one or two ants and dismiss them as minor pests that aren’t a major threat. Ants, however, can actually provide a wide variety of threats to you and your home. Fire ants and other biting ants have very painful bites, while wood ants can be almost as bad as termites if left running free for too long.
Another thing that sets ants apart is how they can infest almost anything. Unlike bees and hornets that have preferred spots to build their hives, ant nests have been found almost everywhere, from cars, mattresses, and laptops in addition to places you’d expect to find them like gardens or walls. It’s this sneaky infiltration that makes them such a threat to homes and families.