While I’m sure you’ve checked the rain gutters, outdoor pipes, and the woodshed outback, there are several more uncommon places where unwanted guests can nest and thrive that can go unnoticed for longer than you think. Here are some of the main places that you’ll definitely want to check before turning in tonight!
In the Bed!
Not just under the bed, but actually in the bed. Bed bugs are a huge problem that most people think are just something from the days where people had wooden teeth, wool wigs, and only took baths on the full moon. However, if there are tiny bites on your legs in the morning, you’ve already got a huge problem. Lucky for you, bed bugs are some of the easiest to control. There are several sprays and preventative measures you can take, but if you have already been bitten, then you may need to turn to a professional service to take care of the critters.
Under the Furniture
Remember those Cheetos and Oreos you washed down with some Root Beer last months? Of course you don’t, but the mice and roaches sure are grateful for the crumbs. This may be the first place you will notice pests, unless you’re going to be the next featured guest on Extreme Hoarders, in which case…you may have bigger problems. When the roaches and mice become visible, that already means you have a pretty big problem, so remember to clean up those crumbs and spills before insects get to them.
In the Attic
While it’s certainly not as creepy as the basement, it still gets much less traffic. People go months and years without going up to their attic. Even if it’s as tiny as a crawl space, if you’re not checking it out every time you get your Christmas decorations down, you may be letting rodents and termites nest right above your head throughout the winter and into the summer.
While the termites might not be causing foundation damage to your home when they’re up there in the attic, they can weaken the floors, framing, and the rodents can eat away at the foundation, allowing for more unwanted guests to make their way in. Make it s resolution to check your attic once a year and allow pest control experts to rid your home of any freeloaders you currently have.
In the Bathroom
Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve give the bathroom cabinets and under the sink a good scrub. It’s hard to reach down there right? Well, it’s really not that hard, but most of us would rather just ignore the dirt and mildew growing underneath the sink, just like we’d prefer to ignore the fact that there are little critters down there too, eating away at our old toothpaste tubes.
Under the sink is a great way for pests and rodents to go unnoticed since they can create holes in the dark behind where you keeping the toilet bowl cleaner and extra tissue boxes and make homes and tunnel systems from this point through the rest of your home. I wasn’t expecting my plumbers to tell story after story of the harms of not checking your cabinets, or neglecting inspections for your pipes until they burst from rodent damage! Many of the stories were about what they found while drain cleaning in Chicago! A word of advice, resolve to clean under there at least once every couple weeks and don’t just assign it as one of your lazy kid’s chores.
Remember these hot spots before putting a toe into bed tonight and keep you family and home safe from any species of creepy crawlers that can make it into your home this winter.
Lucy Markham is an avid blogger, and as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert in all things home improvement, gardening, and home décor.