This Is What Happens When You Ignore Pest Problems
Don’t do what these homeowners did. If you find signs of pests, deal with them immediately—before they can wreak havoc on your home.
The house with 3,000 mice
Ready for your skin to practically crawl off of your body? Exterminator John Kane witnessed an extreme mouse infestation at a home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2009. He said the critters had bored holes in the walls, frayed wires in the ceiling, and left behind so much mouse feces, the white floor appeared black, according to Realtor.com. Before the extermination, the owners had dealt with mice in their bed each night!
It’s raining roaches
It took a pest control crew in Sevierville, Tennessee, about six hours to tackle a German cockroach infestation that was so severe, the department of health was called in, too. “The cockroaches were raining from the ceiling,” exterminator Ray Johnson reported to Angie’s List. When traditional crack-and-crevice treatment wasn’t enough, the professionals resorted to fogging machines to kill these hearty creatures.
A blind woman in Gulfport, Florida, visited the doctor complaining of a rash all over her body, according to Realtor.com. But this was no simple case of eczema. It wasn’t even bed bugs. Exterminator Jeff McChesney broke the news of what was really happening to this unsuspecting senior: She was being bitten each night by a colony of fire ants that had built a nest inside her bed! She hadn’t felt it, McChesney said, because she had already been prescribed pain medicine for another ailment. Find out how to get rid of ants on your own.
Buried in bat poop
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Someone should have sent out the bat signal, because this family in Ontario, Canada, was in desperate need of help when their attic became a full-time residence for a colony of bats that deposited droppings up to 2 feet deep in some areas, said bat specialist Stephane Boucher. According to CTV News, one of the homeowners had spotted a bat so big, he referred to it as a “mini pterodactyl.” But all’s well that ends well: The family’s insurance company eventually agreed to pay for the house to be knocked down and rebuilt.
Bed bugs climbing the walls
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Exterminator Bill Swan thought the wall was covered in a polka dot pattern, perhaps wallpaper, when he was called to perform a routine treatment in a new client’s home. When he got closer, he realized those dots were actually bed bugs covering almost the entire surface of the wall—even the homeowner’s face was covered in bites, according to Gothamist. When alerted to the infestation, the homeowner initially refused treatment, as killing bugs was against his religion. Here are 16 secrets bedbugs don’t want you to know.
If you see this trailer rocking … it’s probably a wasps’ nest!
A Reddit user reports calling an exterminator after finding wasps flying in from the vents of the trailer—but being turned away when the pest control pro got one look at the giant nest living behind the siding. So the owners decided to take matters into their own hands, emptying three cans of bug spray into the nest and sealing it up again. “The entire trailer was humming and shaking—it was like being inside a horror movie,” the user said. Though not advisable, the trick seems to have worked. “It was so nice not to wake up with wasps on my pillow.” These are the 10 most dangerous bugs that you need to avoid.
When it’s roaches vs. bedbugs, no one wins
It was the food chain from hell at a senior living facility in San Diego when exterminator Jorge Sandoval discovered an infestation of both bed bugs and German cockroaches. The roaches were snacking on the bedbugs, he said, while the bed bugs were munching on the residents. It took two weeks of treatments to get the home fully pest-free, according to Realtor.com.
Imagine looking up and seeing a translucent ceiling pattern suddenly go dark—only the sun is still shining. That’s what happened to a New York City resident when a pest control pro was paying a visit to his upstairs neighbor, according to a CityLab article. It turns out the darkness was a mass exodus of roaches fleeing the exterminator. Be very afraid!
The reluctant bee keepers
If you’re the type to squeal when a bee buzzes around your picnic blanket, behold the story of a Decatur, Georgia, house that had a whopping 120,000 bees living in a beehive inside the living room ceiling. The homeowners were living in ignorant bliss, as they hadn’t heard or seen anything besides a few bees that were buzzing around outside and wouldn’t seem to leave. A bee removal pro eventually pulled a 6-foot honeycomb from the ceiling, says CBS News.
Sleeping in the snake pit
Though many people apparently knew, no one told a pregnant couple in Rexburg, Idaho, that their new, five-bedroom home came with some very slithery roommates: hundreds of garter snakes crawling through the walls, beneath the house’s siding, and even inside the house, according to CBS News. In fact, they had even killed 42 in one day before professionals took over. They eventually filed bankruptcy, foreclosed on the house, and moved their newborn daughter to a reptile-free residence. These are 5 frightening ways snakes can get into your home.