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7 Household Pests That Can Harm Your Family

Terrible creeping and biting pests that scrape, squeak and bite at night are perhaps the worst nightmares. Fortunately, there are a number of proven methods that will help cope with the invasion of uninvited guests.

  1. Ants
  2. These insects live under the floor, the basement or near trees and other plants. They love heat and moisture and eat mainly fruits, sweets, other insects and food debris. In order to permanently get rid of ants, it is best to reliably seal up all the cracks from which they can crawl out.

  3. Bed mites
  4. These nasty little parasites live mostly around and inside the bed, in sofas and other pieces of furniture and household items. They feed on blood and can live without food for about a year, so it is almost impossible to get rid of them. If the colony of bed mites in the house is still small, you should wash bedding, towels and even curtains in hot water.

  5. Bees and wasps
  6. Bees and wasps settle within the reach of food, so they love to live with people. They build nests in barns, sheds, in attics, basements, trees and even underground. The average house with adjacent buildings is a whole metropolis for a swarm of bees, wasps, and hornets. The most effective way to get rid of bees and wasps is to remove the nest and soak it in soapy water. This should be done extremely carefully to avoid bites.

  7. Red mites
  8. This is a suborder of mites that parasitize warm-blooded animals and live in rich, dense grass. Red bugs cling to the open skin and the edges of the clothes and leave itchy red bites. To avoid the attack of these parasites, carefully hide the skin and use creams or spray repellents.

  9. Fleas
  10. These bloodthirsty parasites can turn a cozy home into a nightmare, despite its small size. To avoid the dominance of fleas in the house, it is best to use preventive methods – special repellent collars, drops, and other flea products for pets. Bath your pets as often as possible. If there are fleas in the house, you need to vacuum every day and clean the floor, preferably adding essential oils to the water, such as lemon, citronella or rosemary.

  11. Flies
  12. These flying dysentery peddlers feed on what people leave on the table, on the floor, and on other surfaces. To avoid the appearance of flies, keep the whole house clean and tidy – take out the garbage, remove leftovers, wash the kitchen surfaces. Install protective screens on windows and doors so that flies can’t get inside.

  13. Food moth
  14. These pests are similar to their textile congeners but live mainly in kitchen lockers, where dry products are stored. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to get rid of the food moth. As soon as you notice unwanted inhabitants in the kitchen, start cleaning. Carefully inspect all the boxes and packages with products. Vacuum thoroughly and wash all lockers and drawers with warm, soapy water. If the moth hasn’t disappeared, consider other options for storing food, for example, in the refrigerator or food containers made of metal, glass or plastic.