Nothing is worse than discovering a many-legged creature — and its entire multiplying family — crawling around your home. From simple disgust to the transmission of disease, the pesky pests disrupt your life and ruin what is supposed to be a safe environment. The following list outlines three of the most common invaders known to the Wheat State, and details ways to purge them from the sanctity of your home.
- Ants: The six-legged arthropod is found all across the country and, as long as it isn’t a carpenter ant or fire ant, is considered a “nuisance pest.” These intruders are irrevocably related to cleanliness; often drawn by food waste that hasn’t been properly disposed of (such as crumbs, grease, or food scraps), they usually bring others when they discover a food source. Luckily, you can handle the elimination of these menaces without the need of exterminators. Bait traps work very well, although it may take a bit longer to see results; poisoned food is carried by the worker ants back to the heart of the nest to be shared with the entire colony, killing them all over the course of a few weeks.
- Cockroaches: One of the most vile and repulsive insects in existence, the U.S. hosts over 55 species, five of which can be found in Kansas. Not only disgusting to look at, cockroaches are also famous for their ability to transmit diseases simply by walking over surfaces, most notably SalmonellaStreptococcus, and Staphylococcus. Finding affordable pest control may be difficult, but it is essential to find powerful exterminators as cockroaches are notoriously hard to eradicate. You will most likely need to employ multiple plans of attack, from various insecticides to chemical treatments, to ensure success.
- Bed bugs: More intrusive than cockroaches, bed bugs live in the most unsettling of places — within four feet of their food source, you. Found most commonly on mattresses and furniture, the nasty bugs grow and spread at alarming rates. Females can lay 200 eggs at a time — that’s a lot of mouths to feed. Since they are so pervasive, you will absolutely need to find local exterminators or pest control services to cleanse your home of the skin-crawling bloodsuckers. They will recommend either heat, steam, or chemical treatments (and may even suggest a combination of the three, depending on your situation).
These are just three of the dozens of insect invaders present in Kansas. Make sure you do your research to prevent exposure and ensure you never need to deal with the minuscule monsters!