Cockroaches are disgusting to most people. Cockroaches are survivors and are just about everywhere. It is important to keep bugs like cockroaches out of your home. Cockroach droppings are a known allergen. Cockroach droppings can trigger an asthma attack. Cockroaches need only a tiny bit of food or water to live. Cockroach baits are a safe way to control cockroaches and are more effective than pesticide sprays.
Cockroaches are attracted food and water. Don't leave crumbs or puddles. This includes dirty dishes in a sink or open trash containers. Cockroaches are great at hiding. It is important to keep bait stations out for several days. This allows cockroaches to take the poison back to their hiding places and kill other hidden cockroaches. Severe cockroach infestations may need the help of a professional exterminator.
Ants are common pests. When ants get in your house, it is important to go after the queen ant, not just the ants you can see. Although pesticide sprays can kill ants, it is often better to use ant baits. Ant baits aim to destroy the entire ant colony, not just the ants you can see.
Red fire ants are imported pests. Fire ants like to build mounds in disturbed soil. Fire ants bite and sting. Imported red fire ants can be difficult to control. Consult with your local Agricultural Extension office for more information about fire ants for more information.
Spiders are very common. They eat a variety of insects such as crickets, flies and moths. In Tennessee, two spiders may cause serious medical problems if they bite – the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. If you get bitten by one of these spiders, seek medical treatment. Filling cracks and holes with caulk or boric acid will deter spiders from entering the living space of your home. There are some newer chemical pesticides made for home use that are also effective at helping to control spiders.
Pests in a rental home
For residents having pest problems in rental housing, first alert your landlord of the pest problem in writing. If your landlord does not eliminate the pests, read the Renters Rights articles.