Night Crawlers: When You Sleep, They Come Out to Play

Just because you can't see them, doesn’t mean they are not there.

Do you ever get the creepy feeling that you are not alone? Your home should be a place where you feel safe and secure, but that does not necessarily mean you do not have little intruders invading your home. During this time and season, different pests like beetles, mosquitoes and centipedes are out in full force ensuring that they have their time to play… especially during the night when you are asleep.

Bed Bugs

You might have heard the expression, “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Well it’s no joke anymore! Bed bugs are a real thing and we want to make sure they are not here to stay. Bed bugs will hitch a ride in luggage, backpacks, secondhand furniture, on clothing or in shoes to travel far and wide. These troublesome biters are most active at night whenever you are asleep in your bed; this is prime time for them to feast on any warm bodied they may encounter.

Beetles

There are over 12,000 different kinds of beetles in the United States, but one the most common beetles to sneak up on you during the night are carabid beetles, also known as ground beetles. These types of beetles love moisture and can be a huge nuisance indoors. The reason they are drawn to your home is because they love lights! Some of these lights include lamps and outdoor lighting. This can be very infuriating to homeowners, especially when this intruder travels in a group. While this group of beetles can be annoying to you, they are completely harmless.

Centipedes

You have probably seen this 100-legged insect crawling across the bathroom floor at one time or another, but you might not notice this pest considering they travel up to 16 inches per second. These nocturnal arthropods are most active during the night time because they are scavenging for food or looking for another damp place to live in. Even though this insect can bite you (mostly from self-defense), this critter is a harmless common household pest.

Mosquitoes

Have you ever woken up to find several bite marks or bumps on your skin? This could potentially be from blood sucking mosquitoes. Everyone knows what a mosquito is, especially during the warmer months when it becomes damper and more humid, but do you know where you can find them indoors now? Some of the most common places to find mosquitoes in your home are under the sink, in closets, under furniture and even in your laundry room. You definitely do not want this pest in your house because of the fact it can carry diseases including West Nile virus, yellow fever and so much more.

Be Prepared

One of the best practices to keep these small intruders out of your home is preparing to keep them out! Fixing gaps and cracks in screens of the windows, doors and crevices of your home can help tremendously. Vacuuming regularly is also another great way to reduce any mess or pick up any unwanted guests that may be staying in your home.

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