Let’s face it, being a parent is a busy and responsible job! Getting all the household chores done, cooking and working, all while the eyes in the back of your head keep a watchful gaze on your little ones to make sure they’re not about to climb on something they shouldn’t. Keeping your children safe will obviously always be your top priority, but with running a busy household, it’s easy to forget that there could be things hidden in the home that could pose a risk to your kids’ health – household pests. Let’s have a look at some tips and ideas to see how you can keep your kids safe from pests in your home.
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What Pests Could I Find in My Home and Why are They a Risk?
There is a range of pests that could be prowling your home. Some are easy to see, such as mice or rats, but others such as mites could be microscopic and difficult to detect until you start seeing problems. Mice can find their way in through small gaps, but are known to carry bacteria and viruses, and can also cause issues if they die behind walls or under floorboards. Bed bugs live in bedding, clothing, and other soft furnishings, and they bite people to suck their blood. This could show itself in rashes, spots, or irritation on your child’s skin. Mites are extremely tiny arachnids (8 legged creatures), many of which are harmless but some of which can cause skin irritations in children such as scabies or dermatitis. Children’s skin is more delicate and sensitive than an adult, so they could show signs of skin problems before you do. Flies come in all shapes and sizes and can carry bacteria which could cause food poisoning. Wasps carry a nasty sting if your kids interfere with them, and if they manage to build a nest in your house then they can be very dangerous if the nest is disturbed. Fleas usually arrive in your home clinging on to the family pet, but can quickly infest a home and cause skin irritation if they bite. Essentially, none of them are very nice to have around your children, so it’s really important to take action quickly if you spot any pests.
How Can I Spot Pests?
There are lots of different ways to find those pesky pests hiding in your home, but you might have to look hard because some are easier to see than others! Larger pests such as mice might leave visible droppings or evidence of hunting for food. Flying pests such as wasps or flies may congregate in particular places or you might spot them going in and out of a hole or gap somewhere in the house, which may indicate they are nesting nearby. Your pet might be scratching more, which could suggest they’ve picked up ticks or fleas. Fleas are just about visible to the naked eye, and you might spot them out of the corner of your eye as they can jump a surprisingly long distance for their size. Unfortunately, some pests, such as bed bugs and mites, are so small that you might spot the symptoms of their presence first, such as your children having itchy, bitten, or irritated skin. Getting spots or rashes checked early by a health professional could give you an indication of whether they’re caused by pests in your home.
How do I Get Rid of Them?
Some pests can be deterred fairly easily by keeping a good cleaning regime, such as vacuuming carpets regularly and keeping bed sheets clean and dry. Don’t store food in the open air because this will make it appealing to flies. Avoid keeping food on the ground or letting your kids drop scraps of food on the floor, because these may attract mice or rats into your home. Treat your household pets regularly for fleas, which will keep both your family pooch and the kids happy. However, while all this is a great start, sometimes you will need a bit of professional help to get rid of some of the more persistent pests once and for all. If you think you’ve got a pest infestation, it is essential to get in touch with a pest control company as soon as possible, to prevent your uninvited guests getting out of control.
Hopefully this blog has given you a taster of how to hunt down those pests, but if you’d like to learn more, we have some useful pest facts to guide you through. And should you need our services, Excel Pest Services are here to help. We have years of experience of tackling the most troublesome of pests, and can offer advice and treatments as necessary, to keep you and your kids safe in your home.