There are a variety of insects out there in our world that are undesirable in our homes or structures, and several good examples here come in the crawling variety. Not only are crawling insects often creepy and even scary to some people, their small stature and other physical traits often make them a nuisance to deal with, especially if they’ve infested an area of your property.
At Logan Extermination, we provide a wide range of pest control solutions for clients throughout Logan and other parts of Utah, including comprehensive insect control and extermination programs. Let’s look at a few of the most common and well-known crawling insects — ants, spiders and earwigs — and some general tips on how to keep them out of your home.
While only a small number of ant types are actively dangerous to humans, they can build up in huge numbers and cause major property issues with their infestations. Here are some ways to avoid this:
- Care for property exterior: Regularly trim back bushes and other plants, remove trash and debris, and fix any water leaks on your property. These are all potential ant nesting sites.
- Seal up cracks and crevices: Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or gaps, no matter how small, and seal them up with caulking or another appropriate material.
- Proper food storage: Store all food items in airtight containers, and wipe up any spills immediately. Regularly clean out your pantry, cupboards and fridge to remove crumbs and other potential attractants.
Spiders, on the other hand, may more frequently pose health or safety risks to humans based on their bites (though this isn’t always the case). In either situation, they can be a problem for your property — but not if you follow some basic steps (in addition to some of the same areas we just went over for ants):
- Keep the property clean: As with ants, spiders are attracted to cluttered areas with lots of hiding spots. A clean and well-maintained property is much less likely to be attractive to them.
- Eliminate potential nesting sites: Spiders often build webs in garages, sheds and other storage areas, so keep these spaces as tidy as possible. Remove any possible sources for this.
Earwigs, meanwhile, refer to a fairly large category of insects that are often mistaken for other pests. These insects are generally harmless to humans, though they may still pose a nuisance. Here are some tips for keeping earwigs away from your property:
- Eliminate potential hiding spots: Earwigs love dark, damp places to hide in during the day. Reduce potential hiding spots by trimming back bushes and landscaping, sealing up cracks and crevices, and removing debris from your property.
- Change up your lighting: Earwigs are also attracted to light sources, so consider changing up your outdoor lighting to something that’s less attractive to them.
- Keep things dry: As we just mentioned, earwigs love damp places. Reduce potential moisture sources by fixing any leaks on your property and keeping the landscaping well-watered.
With these tips in mind, you should have a good understanding of how to prevent crawling insects from infesting your Logan property. If you need assistance with an existing infestation, or would like more information on our pest control programs contact our team at Logan Extermination today!