Top 5 Places In The House, Pests Like To Hang Out In
You know how that feeling of hanging out somewhere after a long, hard day at school or work? It feels really great, doesn’t it? It’s like a weight’s been lifted off your shoulders and you can finally loosen up some muscle and relax. Well, pests like that feeling too – just that, their hangouts always happen to be somewhere in your home.
Pretty sweet – right? Err no, not really.
For pests, hangouts don’t just mean a quiet place where they can lounge around and chitchat. It means a place where they can “hide out” their entire clans. If you’re still thinking “Oh, they could be friendly neighbors” let me correct you about two things:
- “Friendly” is never going to happen.
- “Neighbors” isn’t the right word to describe their residency. Try “Freeloaders” or “Nuisance.”
Whatever the case may be, it is never a good idea to let bygones be bygones with pests. For all you know, they’ll repay your kindness with an infestation. And what would have been a nice gesture could backfire at you at any moment. Next thing you know, you’ll be the one who gets kicked out of your own darn home.
Anyhow, it would be best to stop infestations before the hype gets too hard to handle. The first thing you can do is to find their main hideout – and quick, before they decide to put up any branches.
The attic never gets old for pests. It’s dark, dirty, unorganized, and rarely visited by home owners – the perfect place for an indiscreet rendezvous. Attics also offer plenty of scrap material in which they can build nests from. It’s also a good place to hide scavenged food scraps. Common pests that hide out in attics are rats, mice, cockroaches, bees, wasps, and mosquitoes.
Like the attic, basements are also a pest favorite. It’s secluded and distanced from prying eyes so pests can, um, freely “do their business.” Kidding aside, basements are also generally moist, especially on rainy or snowy months – another factor that makes it all the more appealing to creepy crawlies.
If your floors are tiled or made with cement, then this probably won’t apply to you – so there is no need for you to hammer your floor open to check for infestations, please. Some pests may nest underneath vinyl covers or adhesive floor boards so if you’re using any of these in your home, be sure to check on them regularly. Same goes for cement floors with cracks. For all you know, ant or termite colonies may already be brewing some trouble.
You know that tiny space between the ceiling and the roof? Rats and mice like keeping their babies there – along with their brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, cousins, uncles, and the rest of their extended families. Well, what can I say? Rats like having big families. If you see a rat or two running around the house, there’s a good chance that an entire family is nesting somewhere – better have your ceilings checked.
Same with floors, walls that have cracks also look very inviting for pests – especially bees and wasps. This is a good place to hide their hives without having to compromise height. They are aerial insects, after all. Having nests near or on the ground is clearly a disadvantage.
Pests You Probably Don’t Know About Are Destroying Your Home
You get a red, itchy bite mark and immediately, you’d suspect mosquitoes or ants. You see something looking like it’s been chomped on by a tiny, uncivilized mouth then you become almost certain that the culprits are rats. Well, it is common to suspect the obvious. But if you’ve watched way too many mystery movies than chick flicks (like me), you’d suspect yourself of suspecting the obvious.
Because there’s a pretty good chance that the ones you don’t suspect are the one destroying the peace of your home.
Okay. That certainly sounded a bit cryptic. But really, if you think that rats, flies, termites, and wasps, are the creepiest and most destructive pests your humble abode houses, think again. The pest kingdom is so big. You’re probably nesting more kinds than one. Some of them are just really good at hiding.
So if you don’t mind, I’d like to introduce them to you – all in good faith, of course. More than giving you another reason to feel alarmed, I want to better inform you about how cunning and mischievous some members of the pest family can be. Remember, the first step in stopping the infestation is recognizing one – that means knowing who you’re up against too!
Here are some pests who attract less attention but may breed more trouble:
The Trouble With Fish That’s Out Of The Water
So, the old books you’ve tucked away in the attic look hardly readable now. What with all the punctures and bites marks plaguing the pages, no sane person would even pay a cent for these former treasures in a garage sale. The culprit? Probably silverfish.
If you’ve never heard of silverfish before, they literally look like silver fishes with legs and a liking for everything moist. The decomposing plant material that reeks out of paper products attracts them too much that they just munch on them whenever they get the chance.
Hard, Wooden Fixtures Don’t Feel As Hard Anymore
If there’s another pest that loves the taste of decaying plants, it would be termites. And more than just paper products, termites like to prey on bigger, more expensive wooden fixtures. Oftentimes, they get too fixated in overindulging themselves with all the wood in the house that it becomes dangerous. They’ll keep eating away at wood until floorboards, staircases, walls, and the foundations of the house start to corrode and crumble. Of all the pests, termites are one of the most dangerous. They can, after all, bring your house down – literally.
Never Underestimate Ants
Ants won’t really bring your house down, but they can at least do ample damage to your kitchen – discreetly, at that. I remember hiding a chocolate bar in one of my kitchen cupboards at home. I had no history of mice or roach infestations in the house so I thought it would be fine. If anything, my niece and nephews posed more danger to my chocolate bar. I forgot all about the chocolate for two weeks or so, until the time came that I craved for it. So I scavenged the kitchen cupboards to find my chocolate bar still in one piece – or so I thought. What was left was a little less than half of the bar – but there were no signs of real intrusion. That’s when I realized that the culprit – or should I say culprits – were small enough to go in and out of the bar’s folds without leaving noticeable signs of entry. Yep, I soon found a whole ant colony in one of the cracks of my kitchen wall. Sad story – isn’t it?
Pests For All Seasons – Complete Guide
Like fruits, some pests are seasonal.
Okay, comparing pests to fruits sounds wrong – but definitely original, wouldn’t you say? Cheap puns aside, what I’m trying to say is that not all pests will stick around your house like glue all year long. But new ones will definitely welcome themselves right under your nose if you aren’t careful enough!
The variety of pests change with the seasons but knowing that hardly solves anything at all. Simply saying “Oh, they’ll quiet down in a month or two” doesn’t mean there won’t be new ones to keep you busy. Before you know it, your home will feel like a migration site – with seasonal pests going in and out throughout the year’s cycle.
Learning about which pests breed the most during a particular season may not solve the problem, but it’ll definitely help you better prepare for what’s to come! In order to assist you with this peculiar mission, we especially made this short (but really awesome) guide to improve your knowledge about many types of pests that flaunt during different seasons.
Let’s start where summer ends – autumn! Nothing beats the old nostalgic season when it comes to starting lists:
When the leaves turn orangey-yellow and trees start to shed off the leaves off their trees, some pests begin their hunt. Autumn or fall is a season of ending for some but it certainly is the beginning for pests like stink bugs, bed bugs, and cockroaches. The next time autumn comes, best prepare a handy pest control kit with you at home.
Pests are relatively resilient to cold – but not all of them. Some pests are so allergic to frostbite that they’ll come looking for decent shelters to migrate to. Of course, human homes look like safe havens during these cold winter months so you can expect these little critters to knock – or sneak – on your doors. Ants, bees, wasps, and the like being the more common visitors. Ants need to scavenge food and they can’t do that in the open with all the snow lying around. Bees and wasps count on flowers and plants to collect sweet nectar. With all of the plants on hiatus for winter, they have to seek shelter and let the cold pass.
Spring, commonly dubbed as the season of rebirth and renewal, is a crowd favorite. It’s beautiful how everything that once stood still is coming back more alive than ever. But this also means that those who’ve hid themselves during the long winter, is coming back out to annoy more people in the world. Not to mention the fresh, young hatchlings they bring with them. Spring season is not only a time for new flora and fauna; it’s also the season for pests like ticks, flies, fire ants, and mosquitoes to come out of the shadows.
Cicadas and beetle bugs are insects summer won’t be complete without. But it is not all too often that they bring about large infestations with them. What you need to be wary of aren’t these creepy yet generally harmless creatures. You should look out more for pests like cockroaches, earwigs, termites, and flies. Summer time is game time for them – better ready your pest sprays!
3 Anti-Pest Animals You Might Want To Keep Around
The battle against pests has become fiercer in recent years. With urban society growing, these little critters are finding more and more places to build hideouts – your home and place of business not being an exception.
All these pests running rampant also ignited the resolve of several manufacturers to create better products to control and handle them. Pesticides, insecticides, and several other pest traps and poisons have been produced to counter their growing numbers. If it weren’t for this pest control products, pests will flood the earth in no time.
But wait. If pest control products are managing the number of pests in the world today, then what managed it back then? Aren’t pesticides a work of modern man? What was it that held back the numbers when man was still primitive?
The answer’s simple, really. We just neglect to see it because we’re all so busy eating grocery products and browsing our newsfeeds. The only thing that kept everything at bay before was the natural law of the food chain – food web, if we’re talking on the macro level.
So, I was thinking, wouldn’t it be a treat if we can go back to dealing with pests naturally? Why not implore the principles of the food chain to help guard our homes and establishments from unwanted visitors? Store-bought pesticides are good at getting the job done but they inevitably have side-effects – to be frank, anything man-made always has some sort of side effect. For a change, wouldn’t you entertain the idea of having nature do the work for you? Pests for pets, is what I’d like to call it!
If this idea intrigues you, here are a couple of animals you definitely need to have on board:
Cats Slay – Literally
Cats are a classic – don’t you think? When you think of cats, you instantly associate them with rats and mice. You have the Tom & Jerry Show to thank for that preconscious conditioning. Cats are natural predators of birds, fishes, and rodents. They are, after all, part of the feline family in spite of their seemingly cute and cuddly physique. If you’re a cat person, you might enjoy the idea of keeping one as a pet – and pest guard.
Owls Don’t Have Googly Eyes For Nothing
Another predator of the night, owls are as swift and vicious as any other land predator. A big advantage they have is their mechanism of flight. They can swoop over those little scurries like a thief in the night. Owls aren’t really ideal to keep as indoor pets. Still, you can have the next best thing. By creating an inviting environment for them to visit or live in somewhere in your garden, they should help you keep the pesky intruders out.
Say Goodbye To Pests Without BAT-ting An Eye
Okay. So that’s probably the lamest subheading I could’ve come up with. But really, bats are also great aerial predators. And they sure love their rats and roaches served extra fresh! Bats may be associated with a lot of creepy occult stuff like vampires and such. However, the only real danger with bats is rabies – so you might want to keep an eye out for their bites. Other than that, they are highly intelligent creatures who might as well rid you of your pest problems. Plant plenty of fruit trees in your garden. They should come around.
A good sign that it is almost time for summer is when your surroundings in nature turning more lush and colorful. But along with summer, unwanted guests can be expected to enter your house. The warmth of the sun during summer turns many insects overactive. These insects who until now were breeding inside the cracks come out in open. Thus, all of a sudden people can find more insects thronging around inside the houses.
So, which insects thrive during the summer? Listed below are the specific insects that can be found hovering around or in your house during the summer.
Boxelder bugs are known to make an appearance during the summer. Throughout the winter, they breed inside the trees. They are known by this name as they feed on Boxelder trees amidst other plants and trees. Boxelder bugs are not harmful to a humans health. They are not known to bite, but can leave stains on curtains and other fabrics.
Boxelder bugs are dark grey in color consisting of red stripes all over the body. These flies enter the houses during winter, breed and come out in open during summer. Filling the cracks and gaps in the exterior and interior of the house is important. Ensure to seal the dents, which receive direct rays of the sun.
Larder beetles are known to enter houses due to cold, winter conditions in search of warmth. They enter homes to search for food to eat. Larder beetles are known to feed on meat, dead insects, and pet food. It is immensely important to seal all the food air tight to prevent this insect from entering. Also, double check that no food is left open for an extended period of time to avoid Larder beetles nuisance.
Cluster flies are bigger in size in comparison to other house flies. The distinguishing feature of this type of fly is the golden yellow colored hair around the thorax. Cluster flies can become a major annoyance for home dwellers during the winter. Cluster flies hibernate inside cracks in the walls and other gaps. They are also known as Attic flies as they tend to breed inside the gaps in the attic.
Cluster flies feed on earthworms and food that has been left open. It is important to fill cracks, replace the broken tiles and to keep all food properly sealed. Another thing that will aid in the prevention of Cluster flies is adding screens to the window.
Kudzu bugs are seen around the window sills of a house. Kudzu bugs are commonly found in plants like Kudzu, Soybeans, and Wisteria. Kudzu bugs are known to enter the house through cracks due to cold winter conditions seeking for shelter and warmth. During the start of summer, these bugs turn more active, searching for food and seeking to procreate.
It is easy to spot Kudzu bugs , they are dark brown and similar to the size of Lady bugs. Kudzu bugs produce a foul odor and are known to stain the curtains. Sealing cracks and adding screens to windows can prevent these insects from entering the house.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Similar to other insects, Brown Marmorated Stink bugs are spotted during the spring. These bugs have a characteristic brown shield and produce a foul odor which gives them their unique name. As the temperature rises, these bugs come out in search of food. Brown Marmorated Stink bugs can be seen feeding on debris around the house, cleaning debris and replacing broken windows can prove to be effective.
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles
Multicolored Asian Lady beetles have an uncanny similarity with North American Lady beetles. They enter the places in search of warmth and turn active with the onset of summer. Multicolored Asian Lady beetles can be seen crawling across the furniture or climbing up the windows. These beetles leave a trail of yellow liquid which produces a very foul smell.
Hiring a pest control service provider before spring comes can help prevent the evasion of these different types of bugs.
The weather you find in Indianapolis can be very unpredictable. Maybe the winter is ending in a few weeks or maybe it will take a few more months. Either way, we know that the weather is going to warm up soon. When it rains a lot, the soil will become moist and the termite population will start to grow. The indication of a termite infestation is when you see a lot of flying pests hanging around. The humid summer is the ideal weather when termites come out of hibernation.
You didn’t think all the pests that fly were flies, did you? You may not even have known that termites could fly. Many termites are not meant to fly, but there are some that can fly. They do not fly all the time. The flying termite develops wings when they mature and fly off with the purpose of starting new colonies elsewhere.
After they start on their journey, flying termites quickly find and pair with another termite mate, then they find a place to settle down and form a new colony. Then they shed their wings and start reproducing. Once the wings are shed, they do not fly again. Their offspring go through the same cycle again in the later stages of their life and the cycle goes on. This life cycle takes about 3 years.
How To Identify A Termite
Most people mistake termites to be ants. In their alates state, they look like flying ants. They have tan or light brown bodies. Termites have wings that are whitish in color and their bodies do not have any operations. Flying ants, on the other hand, have separation in their bodies and wings that are closer in color to the ant body. If you see what looks like flying ants with white wings, get in contact with a professional pest control agency in Indianapolis. They will be able to assess how bad the infestation is.
What To Do When Flying Termites Are In Your Home And Yard
If you see flying termite swarms in your backyard, then there is a good chance you have an infestation in other places in or around your home. Termite alates don’t go very far from their nests so chances are the original infestation area is close. The best way to prevent a termite infestation is to keep your yard free of debris and making sure that damp leaves are not close to your home. Keeping areas around your home dry is a great way to prevent an infestation of flying termites. If the infestation has already set in the best thing you can do is call for a pest control service.
The pest control company will be able to help you completely eliminate the pests and prevent them from recurring again. When contacted, the agency will come and make an initial assessment of the infestation. The next step is applying a pesticide that will kill all insects around and in your home. The pest control company will probably also do followups to make sure the pests are completely eliminated. This is something that can be done every few months to ensure that the termites never ruin your home, furniture or any other structure.
Nobody likes to be surrounded by cockroaches around in their house. These creepy insects can turn their house into an unsanitary mess. Cockroaches are often seen to hide inside places which provide them warmth and crawl around during the night when it is dark. While researching ways to get rid of these pesky insects, some people try DIY techniques. DIY techniques are hardly ever useful and not a good long term alternative. The best way to eliminate any pests including cockroaches is to hire a pest control company to come spray pesticides in and around the home where the insect invasion is occurring.
There are known to be more than 4,500 species of cockroaches. Among the different species of cockroaches, the ones infesting houses include Oriental, American, German and Smoky Brown cockroaches. Each is known to find different hideouts throughout the house, which only a professional pest control expert knows how to identify.
The following is a list of reasons why people should shy away from attempting DIY methods to properly eliminate cockroaches:
1. Handling Pesticides With Care
Pesticides are harmful, even deadly for insects, including cockroaches. Pesticides are equally dangerous for humans as well. Apart from tips given about DIY methods, there are also thorough instructions listed on the pesticide labels. One needs to be immensely careful while applying these pesticides. Improper application of pesticides can lead to ineffectiveness. It can be dangerous for health as well as cause other problems. Therefore, taking the assistance of pest control professionals can prove to be a lucrative way to get rid of roaches. Pest control experts are trained to handle pesticides carefully and properly. In addition, they know the correct method of application and the quantity of pesticide to spray.
2. Pile Up Expenses
DIY methods can surely be useful in some cases. DIY methods will help save a lot of money which would otherwise be spent on a pest control company. However, relying on DIY only, can result to be ineffective and will only lead to piling up of expenses. Incorrect application of pesticides can lead to an increase in the population of cockroaches, leading to even more frustration. Getting the same done by pest control professionals will save time and will help get rid of cockroaches much quicker.
This would prevent further infestation of cockroaches along with saving time spent on trying to eliminate them completely.
3. No Permanent Solution
DIY methods such as using home remedies such as leaving spraying lemon juice on the floor can be effective for a short time. DIY methods are unlikely to reach into every little crack in the house that cockroaches are invading in from. Cockroaches like small, dark spaces. DIY methods just cause the cockroaches to move away into further places within the holes and crack of the house.
4. Different Species Of Roaches
Cockroaches come in a variety of different forms. It is tricky to identify which breed of cockroach they have in their house. Each species has requires a different method for appropriately dealing with them. Home remedies may seem effective for a while, but over time it will be easy to notice the cockroaches making occurring appearances inside the house. If one is unable to identify the correct type of cockroach that is invading their home, they may fail to control the problem.
5. Safety Issues
Eliminating cockroaches properly on your own can often prove to be unsuccessful. Misapplication of pesticide can lead to health problems. It is always better to seek the help of pest control experts to do the job. Pest control experts know which pesticide is strongest and know the best areas to spray pesticides. Having a pest control expert do the job will produce an outcome with much more positive results than DIY methods.
Avoid letting the DIY methods you try turn into a permanent treatment for a cockroach invasion, seek professional help from a licensed pest control company to get rid of cockroaches permanently!
Termites are insects that are a huge nuisance to have anywhere around the vicinity of your house. It will scare you to know how termites live, work, and reproduce. Termites follow a continuous eating, sleeping and procreating schedule. Termites truly are annoying pests no matter where you encounter them. They will eat tunnels through anything, and stop only when they are starting to reproduce.
When termites reproduce, there are certain sights that will help you identify the infestations. There are some things that can help you identify if termites are living in your walls or any furniture made out of wood. Although the best way to diagnose an infestation is to call a pest control organization, you can still spot the early signs of an infestation. The earlier you catch it the more you can prevent future damage.
Termite Caste Systems
Just like the bees the termites also have different type of termites made for different purposes. There are mainly three castes, the soldier, the worker and the reproductive member. Along with each of these specific purposes, each kind of termite has different physical properties as well. In the very beginning of a termites life, they start growing as larvae forms, then hatch from eggs. Then the termites develop into nymphs before separating into specific castes.
The termites then molt and develop into one of the three forms of termite. A soldier tends to have larger heads and larger mandibles. The soldiers defend the colony. They have larger upper bodies, which make it difficult for them to feed. The worker termites actually feed the soldier termites.
If there is a shortage of particular caste numbers, the termites may even change their physical structure and change castes. The soldiers can become workers and workers become a reproductive member.
Termite Reproductive Caste
The reproductive class of the termites develops wings once matured. They also develop functioning eyes to seek for mates once they leave their colonies. These termites develop hard exoskeletons that allow them to withstand the harsh outer conditions. They swarm together outside their original nest and mate with other reproductive caste and form their own colonies. Once mated, they lose their wings and they become the king and queen of their own colony. The queens can live for as long as 10 years if conditions are ideal. Workers and soldiers on the other hand only survive for a year or two.
Termite Wings Shedding
The termite wings that shed from the mature mated termites are the only external indication of an infestation. If you see the wings scattered at certain places, you know you have an infestation. The termite wings are usually near windowsills or other openings to the house from the outside.
The termite wings that have shed, look a little like the scales of a fish and the colors usually range from whitish to brownish yellow or brown in color.
If you spot termite wings, better call an exterminator immediately. A pest control expert can help you wipe out the infestation before it starts to spread to the other areas of the house.
Some other common signs of a termite infestation are:
Sometimes termite’s wings that have shed may not be seen but that does not mean there are no termites in your house. There are some byproducts to a termite infestation. When the termites chew up the wood in your home they leave behind some termite waste. It can look like soil, dirt and is usually dark in color. The dirt can be found near the house foundation, around cracks on walls, at weak spots in the floor, at a holey wooden door frame, etc. Unless you get rid of the termite infestation, you cannot stop the damage from happening to inside your walls and/or furniture made out of wood.
Unfortunately, there are times when someone will wake up to an odd bite, or find a pesky spot on their arm that they cannot identify that itches. Bites of any kind are unpleasant, no matter when they may be discovered. When they are discovered first thing in the morning, the first thought that may cross a person’s mind is that it was caused by a possible bed bug. This is a common thought which may lead a person to contact a pest control expert to be sure the problem is taken care of properly. The truth of the matter is there are often a number of different pests that could cause an unknown bite to appear.
Often times someone calls pest control thinking they have bed bugs, but it actually ends up being fleas. This is most commonly the case when there is a pet who lives in the home, and especially if they sleep in the same bedroom as the person with the bite. Fleas can often bite a person multiple times in a general location, leaving behind a rash or welt on the skin. When the bites are close to one another, it often misleads people into thinking that the bites were mistakenly caused by bed bugs.
In the night, a person is possibly bitten by a spider when it gets trapped in the bedding. A pest control expert may inspect the bed and not find any evidence of bed bugs, however, they may find spider webs surrounding the bed or even under the bed. When this is the case, it can be assumed that the cause of the bites is contributed to spiders and not bed bugs. These pests also need to be controlled in order to prevent future danger and discomfort from occurring.
These pests are significantly less of a problem than fleas or spiders, however, they still can cause a rash or hives to appear on a person’s skin. Carpet beetles do not bite a person like the other pests do. Instead, it is the hair on the outside of the pest’s larvae that create an allergic reaction to occur on a person’s skin. If they irritate the skin while the person is sleeping, it is possible for the person to mistaken them for bed bug bites.
Call a Professional
While it is possible for bed bugs to be the cause of some people’s unknown bites they discover in the morning, there are still a number of other pests that need to be taken into consideration. By having a professional pest control expert come in to assess the situation, it is possible for the pest causing the bites or reaction to be properly identified. Once identified, the situation can be remedied. It will eliminate the number of bites a person may experience, resulting in a comfortable night’s sleep, and eliminating reactions and rashes on the skin caused by bites.
No matter how clean or careful a home might be, there will likely be a time in which it is faced with the common household pest, ants. While many may think that there is a common ant that affects people’s households, there is actually more than one type of ant that could affect a home. It is important to know the difference between these different types of ants in order to be able to properly rid a home of these pests.
Odorous House Ants
The most common type of household ant is the odorous house ant. They commonly feed on any human food, especially sweet food. These ants get their name from the fact that they leave behind an odor when they are killed. It is also why they have acquired the nickname of “stink ant” as they are commonly referred to. These ants can often be difficult to get rid of because they often have more than one nest, which have multiple queen ants that can produce multiple ants. The odorous house ant is also very resilient and able to adjust to a number of different environments, which is why they often find their way into homes in a number of different climates. Odorous ants will seek out warmer locations in the home and may come into a house looking for warmer or drier conditions. These ants are so resilient that they can continue to go about their day as normal even after they have sustained an injury. The queen ant also can go up to eight weeks with no water or food.
Destructive Carpenter Ants
Many people think that carpenter ants primarily reside outdoors, however, they commonly find their way into a household and can cause a significant amount of destruction to the wood structures in a home. They often nest in the frames surrounding windows and doors, especially in areas where the wood may become moist, like a window sill. Some may think that carpenter ants are the same as termites, but these pests are actually completely different types. Despite their name, carpenter ants actually do not eat the wood of a home, as they are not physically capable of digesting the cellulose in the wood. Carpenter ants actually forge at night for food to eat, which primarily consists of dead bugs. The damage they cause to wooden structures is a result of tunneling as they build their nests.
Save Money on Pest Control
Contrary to what many people may think, the majority of household pest control products designed to rid homes of odorous ants and carpenter ants are the best course of action for getting rid of them in the home. However, the majority of these products are only designed to kill about 10% of the ants in a nest. As a result, the majority of ants still remain in the home and can repopulate and continue to create havoc in the home. Instead, it is better to contact a professional pest control expert to assess the situation and make a recommendation for the best course of action for ridding the home entirely of the pest so they cannot continue to cause a problem in the home.