Like other non-creepy-crawly creatures, bugs definitely serve an important purpose on the earth. But very few people want bugs serving any kind of purpose inside their homes.
However, whether we like it or don’t, bugs have a way of finding it inside our houses when we don’t even know it. We definitely don’t invite them in, but often they make a home with us when we aren’t even aware.
In this article, we’ll take a look at four bugs that could be creeping and crawling around inside your home and you don’t even know it.
This type of insect normally gets into the house by riding along with your bags of groceries. Fully-formed adult weevils like to burrow inside bags of rice or other types of grains in order to lay eggs. Chances are, you won’t even know you have a weevil infestation until those eggs hatch and weevils are crawling all over the kitchen.
The best way to get rid of a weevil infestation is to get rid of all your dry foods that aren’t sealed. This includes oats, rice, flour, cornmeal, and pasta. After this, toss out off your boxes of sealed gelatin or soup mixes.
After all of the potentially infested foods are gone, thoroughly clean all shelves in your pantry and spray some indoor insecticide throughout the area. You can restock your pantry after the liquid has dried.
2. Carpet Beetles
It’s good to know that adult carpet beetles won’t do any damage to your home. Their larvae, however, are a different story.
The larvae from carpet beetles like to eat through curtains, rugs, clothing, upholstery and even books. You probably won’t even know about the infestation until you start seeing all the damage these larvae have caused.
To combat carpet beetles, thoroughly vacuum and dust, being sure to remove all cobwebs and dust bunnies. Carpet beetles love to hide in these. After this, take all the clothes out of your storage bins and closets and wash them all.
When you’re done cleaning your clothes, treat all rugs with boric acid, diatomaceous earth or an insecticide to destroy any remaining larvae.
As ugly and ominous as they look, believe it or not, centipedes are actually a good guy in the bug world. Centipedes won’t contaminate the pantry or destroy carpets and fabrics. Instead, they are predators that feast on the bad guys such as moths, roaches and termites.
However, if you’re not interested in living a life of coexistence with these grotesque-looking creatures, you can either trap them or spray indoor insecticide around doors, windows, and baseboards. To help prevent any infestations in the future, remove debris and brush from your home’s perimeter and seal crevices and cracks outside your house where centipedes like to enter.
Also, keep in mind that centipedes enjoy damp environments. Investing in a dehumidifier will help keep them at bay.
4. Drain Flies
These creatures thrive in an area that you wouldn’t expect bugs with wings would live. They’re right inside your gunky, sticky drains. They live here because they lay eggs and feed on all the gunk that’s decomposing inside clogged or slow drains.
When you see a drain fly or two buzzing around your shower or sink, there is a remedy. To begin, figure out which of your drains they’re coming out of. There’s a good chance that the drain is clogged or draining very slowly. You’ll have to get that drain cleared up before you can get rid of the drain flies.
Use a pipe brush or snake to drive away the slime that’s been building up. After this, open up the P-trap under your sink and remove what’s left of the drain clog. After that’s done, close up your drain system and pour an enzyme cleaner down. This helps to remove what remains of the residue and rids your drain of any drain fly eggs that linger.
Getting Rid of the Bugs You Didn’t Know About
Although it’s no fun living with these four types of insects, now you know how you can get rid of them. It’s time to clear up the infestations you didn’t even know about.