The home is where the heart is and this means that each and every single one of us is, quite understandably, protective about our living space. So when our home is invaded by pests such as ants, mice, bees, flees and the likes, all we want to do is get rid of them as quickly as possible. And whilst that isn’t an unreasonable reaction to a pest problem, have you ever stopped and given these insignificant insects and rampant rodents a second thought? Chances are you haven’t, but you may be surprised to learn that many of the common pests found in and around our homes are actually quite interesting. Here is your must-have guide to some of the country’s most well-known (and well-loathed) pests.
They aren’t all pests
Cockroaches are often considered one of the worst pests found in our home but surprisingly the vast majority of them aren’t pests at all. There are roughly 4000 species of the creatures on the planet but only 30 of them can be considered pests. Many cockroaches are only found in caves, burrows and forests rather than our beloved homes.
Cockroaches can live for weeks without a head
Yes, you heard right – cockroaches can live for a couple of weeks without a head. This is because their head is not as essential to them as it is to us and providing their wound clots, they will not bleed out (and die) like most other species on the planet.
They lay up to 500 eggs
House flies are truly amazing insects as they can lay as many as 500 eggs in a four day period. These eggs are white and are typically less than half an inch in size.
House flies get around – a LOT
House flies are capable of travelling up to six miles a day although most will stay close to their breeding ground.
House flies are gross
House flies do not feed off flesh; they get their nutrients by spitting saliva on their food, which is then liquefied so it can be sucked up by their sponge-like mouths.
They’re back from the dead…almost
Following developments in pesticides, bed bugs were essentially wiped out by 1950 in the UK. However pest control experts are reporting a 500% increase in their sightings in the last three years.
They’re not fussy
Besides feeding on your blood, bed bugs will also attack and feed on your pets’ blood, so it’s essential that any infestations are dealt with immediately.
They leave an obvious trail
Mice such as the House mouse and Long-Tailed Field mouse can drop as many as 70 droppings in an hour and will urinate frequently. Thankfully this is often good news for us as it means that we are able to acknowledge their existence without much investigation.
Whilst the existence of pests in and around our homes is not welcomed by many of us, the introduction of pest problems is not something that you can control. Their eradication from your property however is something you can control, so if you notice that you have pests in your home, do not hesitate to call your local pest control experts to tackle the problem as quickly as possible.
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Tony Bond, a leading bed bug expert, is the founder of North London Pest Control, a company dedicated to removing pests in domestic and commercial properties.