Your bedroom is your sanctuary; it’s where you go to sleep and relax. So it goes without saying that you don’t want it invaded by dirty, creepy and harmful pests. Here are a few pests that are common in Australian bedrooms, and how to keep them away!
Clothes moths – such as the casemaking clothes moth and the webbing clothes moth – like to have a good munch on your favourite garments! If you’ve ever gone to put on a t-shirt and found jagged holes in the fabric, then these little suckers are probably the culprits! These moths like to eat wool, silk, hair, fur, felt, cotton and other natural fibres. Make sure you dry clean any heavy woollen blankets or garments at the end of winter. Store them in airtight containers with mothballs to prevent these pests from making a meal out of them throughout summer. Try hanging little cloth bags of dried lavender in your wardrobe to ward off clothes moths all year round.
Rats and Mice
There are lots of little nooks and crannies that rats and mice like to hide in around your bedroom. If you’re susceptible to keeping a midnight snack in your bedside table, you could be in for a nightly visitor, too! So it’s best to keep food out of the bedroom, and dirty dishes in the kitchen. Make sure there are no cracks in your floorboards or skirting boards, as these are typical entry points for mice. Remember, mice can fit through tiny holes and are very flexible! Try to declutter your room as paraphernalia left lying about on the floor is a rodent playground. Check the back of your wardrobe for mice and rat droppings, and if there is any sign that they might be creeping about, consult a professional pest exterminator ASAP! There’s nothing worse than hearing that telltale scratching and squeaking when you’re trying to drift off to sleep at night.
Now you’ve probably heard the common theory that the average human swallows 3-8 spiders every year, in their sleep. While this figure is intensely creepy, it isn’t true. It is very unlikely that a spider would want to wander into your moist, breathing mouth, especially when there isn’t any promise of live food in there. Spiders tend to see sleeping humans as big rocks that they sometimes need to traverse to catch their prey. No, we’re not talking about your pinky toe, they’re looking for a big juicy fly or cockroach! Still, having a spider for a temporary bedfellow is no one’s idea of a peaceful night’s sleep. Especially if that spider is poisonous and you trigger it by waking up doing the quintessential “spider dance.” Deter spiders from your bedroom by reducing clutter for them to build safe webs in, and call in pest extermination professionals to get them out of your home for good!
Ants are like the glitter of the pest world. They get everywhere, are minuscule, and near impossible to eradicate entirely! Though they aren’t half as fun. Ants tend to beeline for dry areas when it’s about to rain, and this includes your lovely sheltered bedroom. Did you know that ants are also like the tour guide of your house? They leave chemical trails for other pests such as cockroaches and spiders to follow into your home. Watch out for ants around your windowsills, curtains and any cracks in your floorboards or walls. DIY ant eradication solutions will only work so well, and for a temporary time. If you want to get rid of ants for good, contact a pest extermination specialist to conduct long lasting ant control.
Keep an eye out for our next instalment in the Checking for Pests series, which will take you through how to deal with pests in every room of your house!