Call the kids immediately! Tell them that this Easter, they could find up to 400 carefully-hidden eggs in the house…just not the chocolate, white speckled type, wrapped in gold tinfoil.
Flea eggs, bedbug eggs and termite eggs are some of the most common eggs found in houses.
These eggs, once hatched, also bite (and some even jump to bite you).
We tackle how to eradicate flea eggs, bedbug eggs and termite eggs one by one, thereby keeping the joy in the Easter Egg hunt
For flea eggs, your treatment approach should be two-pronged: the pets and the house.
Treat all the pets in the home with pet-friendly flea control products (never use insecticides). The pets’ bedding should be thrown away or sent for a thorough cleaning.
Because there are often more fleas living on carpets, furniture and bedding than on pets, it is important to clean these areas thoroughly.
In fact, flea larvae feed on organic matter, so high levels of cleanliness can slow down the life-cycle of the flea.
Start by decluttering the house, then vacuum the floors, carpets, rugs and couches. Throw the vacuum bag away.
Your home is now ready for insecticide treatment. People and pets should stay away from the area for two hours or so and the house shouldn’t be cleaned for a day or two.
Some fleas, housed in cocoons, may not be instantly killed however.
But once they break through, the residue from the initial treatment should eradicate them.
Remember to keep up the flea control regimen on the pets.
A bedbug’s namesake is derived from their favourite living place: mattresses and box springs. They also cunningly conceal themselves in cracks and crevices and are known to burrow through walls and into your neighbour’s house (gone is the “Good Fences make Good Neighbours” truism).
Bedbugs and their eggs are very difficult to eradicate.
Therefore high levels of hygiene need to be maintained. This involves deep cleaning.
It may be necessary to launder, fumigate or treat clothes to ensure they are safe from the clutches of this very pesky pest.
Should these initial steps fail, you’ll need to contact a professional pest control provider.
Treating a bedbug and bedbug egg manifestation is complex and specialised treatment may be needed should you still find bedbugs lurking in your home. A pest control specialist is the best go to for this.
Any wood that has contact with the ground is a fine breeding ground for termites. Because these insects are such hard workers, they are known to burrow through minute cracks in wood even if the wood has been treated chemically.
These determined pests can destroy wood and timber structures, potentially bringing the building down
The good news is, termite infestations can be managed.
Compost and firewood piles should be kept away from a building. Termites love to feast on mulch and wood, so minimise and manage features with those materials.
Cut away dense bushes, shrubs, vines and trellises from the foundations and walls of a building. Termites love these conditions and would easily make an entry point from here.
Pest control specialists advise sloping the soil away from the building, allowing for proper drainage to avoid a termite infestation.
It’s also important to make sure that your home’s foundation has been treated for termites.
This process involves the poisoning of the soil in the vicinity of the property, and must be done by a reputable company in order to ensure that it’s been applied according to health and safety best practice.
Look for water leaks in your home.
Water enables a termite to live above ground even when it has no soil contact.
Water leaking onto roof timbers causes the wood to decay, which in turn attracts the termites. Houses with flat roofs, or with low pitches, are particularly vulnerable.
If you’re unfortunate enough to find flea eggs, bedbug eggs or termite eggs, contact The Specialists, who’ll be able to advise you on to the best course of treatment.
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