Our home is the one place where we should feel safe. Unfortunately, there are instances that can make us question this, which can make our home feel like less of a safe haven.
There’s a lot you can do to keep your family home secure from burglars, but that isn’t the only threat you have to look out for. There are other intruders that can get inside and threaten the well-being of your family. Find out more about these intruders and how you can keep them out of your home.
Destructive, Dirty Pests
There are millions of insect species, but not all of them are a threat to your home. The experts at Moxie Services remind homeowners that the problem is local. Their technicians note that each environment is unique, which means certain pests will be a problem. Seasonality also makes a difference. This is why, for example, if you live in Oklahoma you’ll be better off using a local qualifier in your search for help. Type in “pest control OKC” instead of just “pest control” to ensure you get the right results.
At the same time, there are a number of insects that just about all homeowners should worry about. They include:
Termites – These wood-chewing pests can do serious structural damage to a home, which can lead to unsafe living conditions.
Mosquitoes – Few people realize that mosquitos are considered the most dangerous animal on Earth. They are known to spread diseases that kill approximately 725,000 people every year. Most of those deaths occur outside of the U.S., but there are still cases of West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue reported.
Bees – Bees are extremely important for the health of the ecosystem, but they aren’t great to have around your home. For starters, they are extremely dangerous if anyone in the home has an allergy to insect stings. Carpenter bees can also get inside the walls of your home and bore into the wood.
Cockroaches – Roaches aren’t just nasty critters that look for crumbs. Did you know cockroaches can cause allergies? A cockroach’s feces, shed body parts, and saliva can trigger asthma and cause allergic reactions.
It’s important to properly maintain your home and keep it clean to prevent a pest infestation. You may also want to set up quarterly pest control treatments to take care of problems before they get out of hand.
If you’ve ever seen a house fire, then you know why people say it’s like a living thing. A small fire can quickly grow and spread throughout the whole house as if it has a life of its own. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are around 350,000-370,000 house fires annually.
The thought of a house fire is terrifying, but you don’t have to be a victim. The first thing every family should do is create a fire escape plan and practice getting out in the event of a fire at least a few times a year. You also need to install smoke alarms around your home if you haven’t already.
Preach fire safety to your kids, especially in the kitchen. This is where most house fires originate. Keep a small Class K fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink and make sure everyone knows how to use it.
Faulty electrical components and wiring are another top cause of house fires. Make sure your home is up to code, avoid overloading outlets, and never use electrical equipment that is damaged.
Allergens and Toxins
Cockroaches aren’t the only source of allergies in your home. There are a number of things that can contribute to poor air quality that affects your family’s health. Many people are surprised to learn that studies have shown the air quality indoors is actually far worse than outdoors (in most cases).
What can you do to improve the air quality and your family’s health? Take steps to limit allergens and toxins.
- Open the windows and doors when possible to let fresh air circulate in.
- Choose natural cleaners.
- Use low or no-VOC paints and stains.
- Use a humidifier to purify the air and keep moisture balanced.
- Make the inside a no smoking zone.
- Use a carbon monoxide detector if gas is used in the home.
We’re beginning to learn more and more about off-gassing and how it releases toxins into the air. The more natural your home is the better your air quality will be.
We all want our homes to be a safe, secure place for our entire family, but that doesn’t happen on its own. You have to take precautions to protect against intruders so you can rest easy in the place you call home.