English: Adult male brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nobody likes to find a bug in their house. There’s nothing worse than waking up to the feeling of a bug crawling in your bed. Just thinking about it is making my skin itch. No natter where you live, every homeowner should learn the steps for identifying dangerous bugs around your home and yard.
“Dangerous bug” is a broad term. It’s not just about the potentially deadly bugs, but the ones that are damaging to your health and your belongings as well. Know the difference, and how to get rid of them.
Harmful To You
Nobody wants to come face to face with a deadly bug, especially in their own home. Little critters can be crawling all around our homes every day. One of the most common bugs to find in the home is a spider.
Most spiders aren’t actually deadly; they are just creepy and crawly. You may not want them as roommates, but at least they won’t hurt you. Then there are the few, the dangerously deadly spiders that every person should be able to identify.
When first bitten by a black widow, it may not be immediately clear unless we actually see the bug, some people don’t feel a thing. More likely though, the pain of the bite is a small annoyance compared to the nausea, chills, and body pains that come with. They hide out in piles of wood or tree stumps. With a signature hourglass shape on their belly in orange, red, or yellow contrasted against a dark black body, the black widow is easy to pick out when you get close enough to it.
The brown recluse often finds its best home in attics and closets. It is identified by its color ranging from yellowish-tan to a dark brown. Its legs are always darker than the body. It is important to identify this spider, but it is possibly even more important to be able to identify their bite. You may not feel it when it first hits, but you will eventually feel as it becomes more painful every minute. Immediate medical care is imperative.
Spiders aren’t the only dangerous bugs that can be found in your home, but it’s one of the big ones. Identifying what they are can keep you safe.
Termite damage to wood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Harmful To Your Belongings
Some bugs may not pose any threat to you, but can cause detrimental destruction to your belongings. This can make things not only inconvenient, but costly as well. Moths are one of those bugs that when let inside, can cause a whole lot of damage. They can easily flutter in an open window and make themselves at home. Once they lay their eggs in somewhere you don’t know about, it’s all over. Those eggs will quickly hatch into larvae and start feeding on every fabric they come in contact with. Dirty clothing is very attractive to moths. If you are storing clothes or other fabrics for a long period of time, keep them sealed in plastic bags to avoid damage.
One of the absolute worst bugs that invade your home is the termite. They consume every piece of wood they can find. Nothing inside your house is safe from the structurally necessary to your book collection; the termites will find and destroy it all. Here’s the best way to tell if you need a termite extermination:
- Look for damage from the walls to the furniture
- If you are missing a complete anthology of encyclopedias, or have large chunks missing out of books, you may have a termite problem
- During the spring you will find piles of wings or even dead termite bodies
- Any small tunnel on an exposed section of wood should be a suspicious sign of termites
Termites can be detrimental to your home, be aware of the signs and how to avoid them. Every section of wood is in danger around termites.
Bugs can be good, but they can also be dangerous, not only to you and your health, but to your home as well. Learn how to identify the worst bugs, and then quickly avoid them.
By Cassie Costner
Cassie has been learning the techniques for identifying dangerous bugs for years. She has written on the best ways to execute termite extermination. She also writes on pests in the animal world, and how to avoid them.
Published by Bulwark