Kill The Household Mafias

Kill The Household Mafias

Below is an infographic with the “Household Mafias” and the attack techniques you will need to defeat them!

  1. Termites
    1. Termites have been around since the time of the dinosaurs
    1. Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    1. Termites cause up to $5 billion in damage per year
    1. How to Kill
      1. Use liquid termite treatment sprayed inside the house
      1. Termite baits, placed around your home will gradually kill all the termites
      1. Use borate termite treatment on the wood at the time of construction of the house
  2. Bed Bugs
    1. Bed bugs are found n beds and small cracks and crevices
    1. Bed bugs feed on the blood of any warm-blooded animal
    1. Do not spread disease but their bites can become red, itchy welts
    1. How to kill
      1. Kill bed bugs fast if you have located their hiding spots and have a vacuum handy
      1. Use a heat treatment, such as raising the temperature of the room to 200F (90C)
      1. Use EPA approved bed bug insecticide such as Steri-Fab
  3. Wasps
    1. There are 4,000 different types of wasps in the USA
    1. Bald faced hornets eat nectar and fruit juices
    1. Their stings carry venom that cause pain, itching, and welts for up to 24 hours
    1. How to Kill
      1. Wasp killer spray is most accepted method for killing wasps
      1. Use a wasp trap. This is a slower method for killing wasps, but for those who don’t want to use chemical it is a useful alternative.
  4. Cockroaches
    1. A cockroach can live for up to a week without its head
    1. Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes
    1. Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour
    1. How to Kill
      1. Applying boric acid is an ideal solution to eradicate all types of cockroaches
      1. Ammonia is a known irritant to cockroaches and makes them vacate their zone from your house
      1. Make some very simply cockroach traps at home. One such trap is a water jar
  5. Ants
    1. Ants are known to be the smartest species of insects, with about 250,000 brain cells and have an average lifespan of 45 – 60 days.
    1. There are over 10,000 known species of ants
    1. Ants can lift and carry more than three times their own weight
    1. How to kill
      1. Prepare a pot of boiling water and slowly pour into the ant colony. The idea here is to ‘scald” and kill most of the colony
      1. Mix Windex and liquid soap into a 50/50 mixture and pour into the ant colony
      1. When you see a trail of ants in your home, sprinkle them immediately with baby powder
  6. Rats
    1. Prefer eating fruits, berries, vegetables, cereal, pet food, nuts, grains, slugs, snails, and rotten food
    1. They can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old
    1. An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter
    1. How to Kill
      1. Use snap traps to trap rats
      1. Get rat killing poison
  7. Carpet Beetles
    1. Carpet beetles are dark and some species have colored marks on their backs
    1. Carpet beetle larvae may damage carpeting, clothing, hair, fur, and animal hides
    1. Carpet beetles need a lot of light and also need to eat nectar or pollen from flowers
    1. How to Kill
      1. Wash fabric in hot water
      1. Use a vacuum cleaning to get rid of the carpet beetles
      1. Use boric acid to get rid of carpet beetles
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