Common creepy bugs and multiple-legged creatures are no fun and should be avoided from intruding into your tiny home. Prevention is key.
Pests creep you out as effectively as horror movies, if not more so. It is shocking to open a box or a cupboard and have a bug jump out at you. In our guide, we will introduce you to the common creepy bugs and provide details on their hideouts.
We will also provide tips to prevent pest infestations in a tiny home.
Avoid these Common Creepy Bugs in Your Tiny Home
These tiny four-legged creatures are some of the most common bugs in the house. They're found wherever crumbs lie on the floor, countertops, or other unexpected places. If you find some of them in the house, there is a chance you have a colony somewhere close. Ants are usually harmless and don't cause damage to your home or spread diseases. They thrive during the summers when they stock up on food and cause less of a nuisance during winters.
Some people call them meal moths, considering their affinity for pantry items like flour, rice, grains, cereals, etc. If you're looking at adult moths, there is an infestation in some food items. These moths aren't harmful as they don't carry diseases. However, you will have to remove their dead bodies to make the food edible. Before buying a tiny house, you should ask questions about previous pantry moths' infestations and take precautions.
There are a variety of beetles found in households all over America. Carpet beetle is lives in your - yes! The carpet. Adult beetles do not cause damage, but the carpet beetle larvae drill holes in your carpet. They can even extend to the rugs, clothing, books, upholstery, etc. Ladybug is one of the pretty ones, with a red body and black spots. You'll find them lurking in the house during autumn as they look for a warm area. The beetles cause a wide range of allergies and can even lead to asthma because of the stinky fluid they secrete when they're threatened. The bugs bite but aren't poisonous.
Centipedes: This creepy-crawly has a segmented body and hundreds of legs. The centipedes feed on other small bugs like silverfish, beetle larvae, and spiders, among others. Some people even believe that centipedes are an essential part of the garden for sustainable living. If they're found lurking around your home, there is a chance of a pest infestation somewhere. Now, centipedes are harmless unless threatened. They have poisonous fangs that cause severe irritation and even swelling.
They're quite common in homes, and are known for surviving in harsh conditions. These bugs can survive extreme temperatures, without food, and even without their heads. They're commonly found in places like stacks of magazines, papers, and cracks in walls. To relieve your house from a cockroach infestation, you may have to call pest control services.
These winged creatures have a yellow-colored body with black stripes that are perceived as a jacket. You will find them in outdoor areas where they smell food. They are tricky to locate and are found in cracks on walls. Their food is common pests like caterpillars.
The tiny flying bugs are found all over the house, especially during summers. These generally roam all around and lurk in corners. Worst of all, their bites sting and lead to redness and itching. Also, they're vectors of diseases like malaria, dengue, and the Zika virus. Therefore, they are harmful to you and your family.
These multi-legged creatures are common in houses and are not as harmful as we perceive them to be. They prey on the bugs at home and keep the numbers in check. Common spots for spiders are corners, near windows, walls, and other quiet areas of the house.
What To Do When You Notice Bugs?
The instant reflex when we see bugs is to run away or try to kill them. However, a colony of pests needs tougher measures. You can hire a professional to perform pest control treatments in your house. There are several pest control companies in the market that provide such services. However, since these are chemical treatments, you might not have access to your house for some time. But overall, the bugs usually vanish quickly, and you get peace of mind.
But before pests become a problem, implement the prevention measures—natural, environmentally-friendly pest control.
Tips To Keep These Bugs In Check
There are a few things to remember to keep the pests under control. Most of the methods involve maintaining your tiny house. However, the following things tend to get overlooked by people.
- Pests thrive on food, and that's the first thing you must secure away to keep pests out. Store all food items in containers and keep the lid closed.
- Do not store excess garbage in the house. Dispose of it regularly.
- If there are holes or cracks in your wall, repair these by sealing them.
- Inside skirting or a crawlspace is a breeding ground for pests underneath your tiny house. So you must occasionally clean that area, You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the outside to stop bugs from entering. It's free of harmful chemicals, but use food-grade DE to protect your pets.
- The kitchen is a food source for the bugs, and you must throw away all leftovers and keep the area clean to avoid pest infestation.
Avoiding Common Creepy Bugs in Your Tiny Home
Whether they are harmless or not, bugs are not good news as they cause a lot of annoyance. You can identify the bugs, locate their colonies and take practical steps to eliminate them from your tiny home.
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