How to Identify and Deal with a Crawling Insect Infestation

If you think you have a crawling insect infestation in your home, there are many types of creature it could be. Some kinds of insect infestation are just irritating but others can carry or cause serious diseases.

Ants are one of the most harmless types of crawling insect you can get in your home. A few species can bite and sting but they don’t transmit diseases. Silverfish are similar – they feed on paper, carpets and fabrics, which can be annoying but they won’t harm you. Bed bugs also aren’t known to transmit disease but they do bite and feed on blood, which can be irritating and upsetting.

Other biting insects that are more dangerous include fleas and ticks. Both are usually carried into homes by animals and can transmit a range of bacterial diseases, including Lyme disease. Cockroaches are also dangerous as they produce particles and carry organisms like Salmonella that can lead to allergic reactions and disease. Mites are another pest that can typically cause illnesses like scabies and asthma.

Signs of a crawling insect infestation

Crawling insects tend to thrive where there’s exposed food and warm temperatures. If this sounds like your home, you might have some tiny intruders.

Unless you see them in action, it can be hard to tell what kind of crawling insect infestation you have. Most insects hide in small spaces close to the ground, so it’s worth having a look in cupboards and under furniture. You should also keep an eye out for small white eggs in dry areas like carpets and cupboards. This could be a sign that you might have bed bugs or cockroaches.

What’s the best way to get rid of a crawling insect infestation?

There is a couple of easy things you can do prevent or get rid of a crawling insect infestation:

  • Keep food contained
    Use airtight containers, wash up promptly, empty bins and clean up any spillages as soon as they happen
  • Keep your home as clean as you can
    This can be difficult if you have a busy lifestyle and isn’t guaranteed to get rid of crawling insects. But cleaning your carpets, washing sofa covers and mopping hard floors can help to remove insect food and eggs.

If these methods don’t get rid of your crawling insect infestation, it’s worth speaking to a pest control professional. They’ll be able to give you advice on the kind of insects you have and how to deal with them.

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Treatment time

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Depending on the scale of the infestation

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