Unless you live in Greenland, where there are no ants, you are going to encounter ants quite often throughout your life. For the most part, ants are pretty harmless as long as they are outside where they belong. However, once they take a liking to something in your house, whether that is your sugar bowl or your potted lavender plant, they can very quickly try your patience. The warm, moist soil in your houseplants' pot provides ants with the ideal nesting location.
No matter what your personal taste in books, a nearby termite colony will be more than happy to help you devour them. The only problem is—termites will literally devour your collection, even those sturdy hardbacks. Your bookcase or shelf is also history, unless it is made of teak or cedar, which contains a chemical that termites would rather not eat. It might come as a shock to you to find that termites eat books but you should know that determined termites will chew through electrical wiring, carpet, wallpaper, and even gold if necessary.
Mice can find their way into your home in a number of ways. And because they are nocturnal and extremely stealthy, you may never know that they were there. That is until they pay a visit to your houseplants. While many potted houseplants are toxic to mice, such as the split-leaf philodendron and the azalea plant (rhododendrons), mice may nibble on the leaves of some of the less toxic varieties. However, what usually interests mice about houseplants is not the leaves but the location.
Have you ever seen a lemon hanging from a lemon tree with its rind completely removed and the fruit within completely intact? Though it does sound peculiar, this does actually happen. If you own a lemon tree, you may even have come across this phenomenon before. It can be quite distressing to go outside to pick a lemon only to find that someone—or something—has taken the liberty of peeling them for you.
When you move into a cockroach infested housing complex, it won't be long before the neighbours pay you a visit. However, they probably won't be the human kind. Once cockroaches invade a block of flats, no flat is safe—unless a strict cleanliness regime is adhered to. One infestation in a block of public housing flats in South Melbourne became so serious that residents petitioned the Victorian Government to do something about it.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day, one that should set you up for several hours of active, busy life. Nothing turns a breakfast bad like picking up your coffee mug, or a plate, and having a critter skitter out from underneath! Ants, cockroaches and more do their best to work their way into our homes, where they aren't welcome and don't belong. Sometimes ant traps and insect bait are enough, but if you ignore the problem it can quickly escalate to where you'll need professional pest control to get rid of your unwanted guests. Professional pest control can provide a wide range of rates and service, and are worth calling.