It’s not enough for pests to be disgusting and bizarre. Pests, on the other hand, need to cause even greater issues for people. Pests have a tendency to be overachievers in this regard. Some of these issues can be quite inconvenient, and many times pest control will be needed. Every type of common pest in New York has the potential to cause harm to your house and health in its own way. Keep an eye out for measures to safeguard yourself and your property from these bugs’ destructive tendencies if you have any of these pests.
Mice, as you might expect, are filthy creatures. The most prevalent house mice in our area aren’t known for transmitting diseases to humans, but they do track mud, dirt, dust, and droppings all over their homes. Mice build nests in which they can hide during the day and nurture their young. These nests are made from paper, dust, rubbish, and whatever else they can find. Everything they touch or use will be filthy. You don’t want to wear a cardigan that has been soiled by mice. Mice’s teeth grow throughout their lifetimes, so they’re always looking for something to chew on. They don’t discriminate when it comes to what they eat, and have been known to eat paper, cardboard, bags, clothing, wood, and even furniture. Worst of all, mice can cause major issues by chewing through cables, as well as gas and electrical utility lines. Mice are to blame for a lot of house fires because they nibble through a wire, releasing a spark. When the spark ignites on neighboring furniture or carpeting, everything catches fire. Gas leaks are obviously a serious concern. If you have or had mice, look for indicators of broken equipment in their habitats, especially if the equipment is deadly when it malfunctions.
In recent years, earwigs have become more common. Many homeowners are unfamiliar with earwigs, which can make them even terrifying. To begin with, earwigs have a strange appearance. Their bottoms are encrusted with pincers. Their name contains the word “ear,” because ears and bugs don’t mix well. Earwigs, on the other hand, aren’t as dangerous as they appear. They don’t attack humans with their pincers, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to injure us. They don’t consume your brains by sneaking into your ears at night. Earwigs, on the other hand, move fast and irregularly and can fly. Ugh. The major reason earwigs irritate homeowners is because of their voracious appetites. Earwigs mostly consume leaves and other plant material. It’s difficult to get them to go once they’ve found a place to eat. Trees, bushes, plants, and shrubs will have their leaves eaten in part, leaving unsightly holes. They also smear black crap on everything they sit on, which is disgusting and harmful. Worst of all, earwigs lay 40 to 50 eggs at a time, so if they enjoy your garden or basement, you may soon be hosting a multi-generational family.
The arrival of spring is rapidly coming. Along with all of the wonderful things that spring offers, it also delivers some not-so-welcome surprises. Moths are the most common. Beginning in mid-to-late March, moths move back up north. They’re famished when they come. Moths devour mostly wool fibers, but finer fibers like cashmere and silk are also appealing to them. Moths leave noticeable holes in garments they chew through, and their droppings tend to stain textiles, as is the case with bugs. Moths can destroy your favorite (and most expensive!) clothing as well as spawn eggs in your closet or storage areas. At any given time, moths can lay up to 50 eggs. These eggs hatch into larvae, which feed on clothing as they develop to maturity. The majority of the garment damage you’ll observe is caused by moth larvae; in fact, seeing moths flying around is a clue you have an infestation because the larvae have grown up. It’s also worth noting that, while moths are known for eating clothing, they’ll consume anything made of fabric. All of your belongings, including your furniture, flooring, pillows, couches, chairs, and drapes, are fair game.
Stink bugs are widespread in the Eastern United States and are only now making an appearance in the Midwest. Stink bugs may be both the least destructive and the most unpleasant pest of all the pests we’ve discussed thus far. These pests have a fitting name. The dorsal smell glands of stink bugs emit a foul odor. You definitely won’t be able to smell a single stink bug, but you’re also unlikely to come across one. These pests enjoy congregating in large, smelly bunches. Worse, stomping on stink bugs will simply make the problem worse. This odor was created by evolution to deter predators from killing and devouring stink bugs, and it works wonders. Evolution, how’s it going? Stink bugs do not reproduce indoors, yet they can infest homes in enormous numbers throughout the fall. Plants, fruits, vegetables, and other crops are eaten by stink bugs. For farms, they’ve been a serious issue. The fact that stink bugs seem to remain around is maybe the worst part about them. When stink bugs move in, it might be difficult to get them to leave your yard and home alone. Even if you’ve successfully kept them out of the interior, they can damage the landscaping outside your property, just like earwigs. It’s easy to become discouraged when you’re dealing with pest infestations. It can feel as if they’ll never end, as if you’ll have to live with the troubles indefinitely.