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The 5 Biggest Threats To Your Home

Are you having difficulty dealing with these household threats? Don’t fret. We reveal how to control the infestations.

Infestation, whether by pests such as insects or fungi such as mold, can spell frustration and possible structural damage to your home.

These threats aren’t only annoying but can also pose serious health issues for house occupants. If you can’t eliminate infestation problems, consider professional services.

If you’re unsure about how to handle these threats, check this out.

  1. Dust Mites

These small, invisible insects live on plush furniture, carpeting, curtains, bedding, and mattresses. Dust mites transmit neither disease nor bite. However, they could trigger asthma, skin reactions, and hay fever in certain people.

In fact, the indoor allergens are perhaps the most common, particularly in warm, humid climates. Bear in mind that they’re almost nonexistent in extremely dry climates.

Depending on your location and hygiene, these insects can become so prevalent, causing allergies. Although you can’t eliminate dust mites completely from your home, these tips can help keep infestation under control:

  • Purchase a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Ordinary vacuuming will merely send dust mites into the air.
  • If you have severe allergies, remove upholstered furnishings and carpets, particularly in your bedroom. Instill plastic or wooden blinds rather than curtains and drapes.
  1. Ants

Canada has more than 100 ant species, some of which damage structures. Ants can be hard to eliminate once they form a colony.

Controlling and managing infestations is necessary if you see ants frequently in your home. However, it’s important you identify the species you’re dealing with before controlling the problem.

In addition to being unsightly, a few ant species for instance pharaoh ant has a link to disease transmission, particularly in long-term care facilities and hospitals.

Ants may cause indoor damage by chewing insulation, wood, and electrical cables throughout nest building.

Certain species can also inflict painful stings, causing skin inflammation. These tips will help you get rid of ants:

  • Good sanitation

This is one of the best means of making your home less appealing to ants. Ensure you clean up crumbs and spills in the kitchen.

  • Vinegar

Spray vinegar in cracks, near baseboards, and on countertops where they might be traveling.

  1. Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small insects that feed on human and animal blood. Although they don’t pose any serious medical concerns, they hide and live in sleeping areas. Consequently, you’ll mostly find them in mattresses, bedding, and on headboards.

They can easily remain undetected due to their nocturnal nature and size. Bedbug infestation is common in Canada and the United States.

Last year, Canada’s bedbug problem was worse than ever. According to reports, the bedbug frequency increased by 20% since the previous year.

While bugs were initially an urban issue, they have spread to less-populated and rural areas in recent years. You can control or prevent bedbugs by:

  • De-cluttering

A cluttered home offers more spots for bugs to hide, making it harder to locate and treat them.

  • Wash bedding

Washing your bedding regularly decreases the number of bugs.

  1. Cockroaches

These insects rank among the most resilient and oldest in the world. Cockroaches have extraordinary survival abilities that allow them to thrive in various climate zones, including Canada’s temperate regions.

The presence of cockroaches indoors frequently produces an unsanitary situation and can pose numerous threats to humans.

Approximately 4,500 cockroach species exist globally. However, less than 1% are considered pests, which invade homes and other buildings. Canadian cockroaches often enter heated structures, creating an unsanitary situation. You can prevent cockroaches by

  • Cleaning and vacuuming your home regularly
  • Wiping up spills immediately and eliminating trash daily
  1. Mold

Numerous homeowners, landolords, and victims of mold in Canada and worldwide frequently question or decrease the serious and proven health threat originating from exposure to elevated mold levels.

All molds can potentially cause health effects by producing allergens that can trigger reactions or asthma attacks in persons with allergies.

High mold exposure could result in symptoms including breathing difficulties and asthma. Nevertheless, you can minimize mold exposure by:

  • Reducing the number of indoor plants
  • Avoiding carpets, particularly in basements and ensuring immediate repair of water damage.

Are you facing any of these household threats? Fortunately, these tips will help you minimize or prevent infestation.

Are you experiencing a hard time controlling mold growth? Please contact us for a solution: (416) 414-5690

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