If you’ve been reading our Truly Nolen blog posts then you’ll know that we regularly provide you with information about dangerous pests and how to remove them. Sometimes we share details about residential pest control warning signs and in other articles, we discuss pest proofing.
Would you be surprised if we told you that your home might never be completely pest-free? That no matter how careful you are proofing your home and how much information you digest, pests may still have a huge population inside your home? You probably would be. We’re going to discuss why that might not be such a bad thing after all.
You Home May Never Be Truly Pest Free
At Truly Nolen, we take care of all sorts of pests. We’ve discussed plenty of them with you in the past. Termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, and rodents. Wasps stink bugs, dust mites and more; you name it, we’ve got it covered. But crazy as it sounds, there’s a whole range of pests that we can’t take care of. Nobody can, quite frankly.
Scientists have recently discovered that there could be around 1,000 insects living in your home at any given time. The trouble is, you won’t be able to see them. And that counts for their whole life cycle. After birth, they’ll mature, live, reproduce and die, all without you ever seeing a sign of them.
Entomologists (people that study insects) have theorized for years that a truly pest-free home simply isn’t possible. Turns out they’re right. During the experiment, scientists gathered samples from more than 500 North Carolina homes. In every single room except for 5, there was some form of insect discovered.
What Type of Pests Are We Talking Here?
Don’t panic! Sure, that’s an awful lot of insects to find, but do you really need to be concerned?
The average home tested as part of the survey was providing shelter for more than 93 different species of insects. Flies, spiders, even beetles were all common discoveries. But many of these species were so small and so harmless, that you won’t even notice that they’re there.
Take booklice, for example. Ever heard of a booklice crisis? Neither have we. These microscopic creatures consume mold and tend to live on starchy substances like paper. Gall midges are another tiny, harmless critter. The “big” ones get up to around 2mm long, but they aren’t supposed to be in your home anyway and will quickly die. Gall midges are part of a wider group of insects that drift into your home called ‘air plankton’.
Turns out our homes are unique environments and all sorts of creatures can be found there. There aren’t too many places in the world where hot, steaming showers are found next to calm, automated pools of water. Where super-clean surfaces are just inches away from food spillages, and warm humid rooms are just upstairs from cold, perfectly dry spaces. Many different and tiny species can thrive in these varying conditions.
And thankfully, almost all of these ‘air plankton’ species aren’t considered destructive pests. Since you’ll never see them or the effect they can have inside your home, you’ve nothing to worry about.
Work with Truly Nolen to Help Unwanted Pests Away
So your home may never be truly pest-free, it’s really not as bad as it sounds, is it? That being said, if you come across any destructive pests, get in touch with the residential pest control experts: Truly Nolen. We know which pests really are bad news, and we’ll take care of them for you.