Unexpected Ways Pests Could Get Into Your Home

If you have pests in your home, exterminating them may seem more important than figuring out how they got in. But to prevent future problems, you need to know where the pests come from and how they may have arrived in your house.

Sometimes, protecting against the most obvious means of pest infiltration isn’t enough because pests can find sneakier ways to get in. Knowing about these sneaky infiltration methods can help you prepare and keep pests out. Here are some of the top surprising, sneaky, or otherwise unexpected ways pests could infiltrate your home.

1. Through Screens

You may have heard the common advice to cover your attic vents with wire mesh to keep out pests. However, some insects may be able to slip right through if they are smaller than the gaps in the mesh.

For instance, 20-mesh screening is recommended for keeping out drywood termites. Screens with larger holes may not keep them out. Talk to your pest control expert about what size of wire mesh you need to use based on what types of insect pests are common in your area.

2. As Eggs

Did you know that food products can sometimes have pest eggs in them? For instance, pantry moths typically get into your home when you buy pantry staples that contain tiny moth eggs. The larvae then hatch out of these eggs and proceed to eat your grains, flours, cereals, and other pantry items.

However, your food isn’t the only thing these moths can eat; items such as pet food and bird seed may be fair game for them as well.

3. In Furniture or Flowers

Carpet beetles eat pollen during their adult phase. In fact, they may even act as a beneficial pollinator. However, they also lay eggs. If the beetle was on a plant that you brought indoors before it laid the eggs, these eggs will hatch inside your home. That’s bad news, because the larvae eat wool and other natural fibers.

The list of things a carpet beetle larvae can feed on includes things like feathers and furs as well as just wool. So each time you bring a bouquet of flowers into your home, check each flower for small beetles first.

Of course, carpet beetles may also hitch a ride on other items besides flowers. For instance, if you buy something made of natural fibers that currently has carpet beetle larvae on it, they could develop into adults inside your home and lay eggs on your other belongings.

4. Up From the Ground

Some types of termites can literally come up through the ground to infest your home. They may come up through the foundation itself, or they could tunnel up the sides of your home using mud tubes.

Mud tubes can be a relatively easy-to-spot giveaway, but termites coming up from the ground through your foundation may be much harder to spot, which is why you need professional termite inspections on a regular basis.

5. On Other Pests

You probably know that some pests can hitch a ride on other animals. For instance, fleas can infest your home after hitching a ride on your cat or dog. But sometimes insect pests will actually infest other pests. For instance, birds nesting in your ceilings or attic could support a large population of bird lice that then enter your living space while looking for their next meal.

Other insect pests that could infest larger pests (such as mice) include fleas, ticks, and even rodent mites or bird mites.

As you can see, pests can be very sneaky and you can often end up with an infestation through no fault of your own. You couldn’t have known whether a bag of flour contained moth eggs, for instance. So if you do have (or suspect you have) pests in your home, don’t be embarrassed; just call Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control, Inc., to take care of the problem.