Unseen Pests That May Be Hiding in Your Home

Posted on: 12 April 2016

Pest infestations in the home can be quite a frustrating experience. More so if you were not negligent with your hygiene practices to warrant an infestation. However, it should be noted that there are some pest infestations that are harder to pinpoint. This is typically because they may not cause you any immediate inconveniences, therefore you may not even know you are living with them. However, this does not mean that these unseen pests are harmless, as they could be steadily compromising the structural integrity of your home. This is why an occasional pest inspection is prudent for homeowners, whether you plan on putting your house on the market or not. So which pests may be hiding in your home?

Woodworm

Unlike what the name suggests, this term actually refers to a variety of beetles that get their sustenance by boring into wood. Typically, homeowners will be wary of termite infestations in their home and tend not to think about the hazards that these beetles can wreak on their home. A couple of the most common types of woodworms that are found in residences are the longhorn beetles and the deathwatch beetles.

If this infestation goes undetected for a significant period of time, you will find that your home will need extensive repairs to its wood structures. This is why a pest inspection would be prudent to ensure that any chance of an infestation is caught in time.

Woodlice

These types of pests will be a strong indication that your residence may be suffering from a moisture problem. Woodlice are pests that thrive in moist and damp wood. They will breed in this wood, which, in turn, will affect its structural integrity. They have also been known to damage furnishings and upholstery in the home. A full-blown woodlice infestation could also affect any indoor plants you may have, as they will feed on them for nutrition.

If a pest inspection is carried out and wood lice is found in your home, the most common eradication option is treating all the affected wood. You would also have to get to the root of your home's moisture problem to prevent a reoccurrence of the infestation.

Silverfish

These pests are also referred to as fish moths. They are tiny, wingless pests named such because of their silver appearance and how their bodies move as they run off. Although silverfish are not harmful to humans, a pest infestation can cause considerable damage in your home. They thrive in dark, moist conditions and feed off books, wallpaper, upholstery and more. An increase in silverfish in your home could indicate an undetected water leak in your plumbing. 

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