If you have ever rented or owned a house, you are probably familiar with the nuisance of bug infestations. These little critters can get everywhere and into everything and can cause havoc to your property. You must try to handle the problem as soon as possible.
Here is our guide to getting rid of a bug or roach infestation in a mobile home.
Do you have a pest problem?
Cockroaches are one of the most prevalent culprits in home infestations. But they aren’t the only ones to be concerned about.
Other common household bugs are ants, crickets, and spiders.
With so many threats, it’s crucial to check for these signs of a bug or roach infestation in a mobile home:
- Unusual smells or odors
- Shed skins
- Tapping, scratching, or cricket noises
- Unexplained damage to walls, fabric, floors, ceilings, or furniture
- Dead bugs
Best ways to deal with a bug or roach infestation in mobile home:
Kill any bugs you see
Start by killing any bugs that you see. Try not to let any escape. In this type of challenge, every little bit that you do can help. And this can prevent a small problem from becoming a huge one.
Both mechanical and chemical solutions can work for this.
Overall, it’s better if you can identify what type of critter you are facing. If you know this, you can target your strategies on this species.
There are a variety of chemical products that are easily accessible on the market. Most of the time, the manufacturers produce them for specific pests. Two of the common categories are aerosol sprays for crawling vs. flying bugs.
On the other hand, powdered repellents are very handy for controlling pests that live in colonies – such as ants.
Natural bug repellent
However, not everyone feels comfortable using chemical substances in their homes. In this case, you might want to investigate natural and DIY repellents.
Essential oils from herbs like sage, thyme, basil, rosemary, mint, rue, and lavender can repel a range of pests. To use them, fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of oil. Use as you would other aerosols.
Generally, solutions of one part dishwashing liquid and one part water are also useful.
But we all know how hardy some critters like roaches can be.
One way to get rid of them is to combine 2 cups borax, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup chopped onion, two tablespoons cornstarch, and two tablespoons water in a bowl. Roll it into small balls and place a few into a sandwich bag at the problem area.
Be careful. The balls are poisonous, so place them out of the reach of kids and pets.
Clean and declutter
Keeping the exterior and interior of your house clean is an integral part of dealing with any pest infestation. Doing this can get rid of food sources, nests, eggs, and colonies.
Therefore you should focus on:
- Trash cans
- Dark corners
- Sinks and drains
- Stacks of newspapers, magazines, or boxes
- Garden debris
- Compost heaps, firewood, storage sheds
- Kitchen floor and counters
- Cabinets, closets, drawers, and pantries
Hire an expert
But what should you do if the situation is out of hand?
Luckily, there are professionals you can call to help you deal with the problem once and for all. They have resources that you won’t have access too, like stronger chemicals and fumigating equipment.
One situation where you might be better off calling a pro is if the pest is dangerous at all – for example, poisonous spiders. Secondly, this is one of the few surefire ways to get rid of extensive infestations, especially with bugs like termites.
Otherwise, first try a few of the DIY solutions. And if they don’t work, you know where to go.
Repair damage to your mobile home
Another critical step is getting rid of any hiding places. Gaps in the ceiling, floor, walls, trim, siding, cupboards, counters, and skirting are all potential spots for nests. These are all likely breeding grounds.
Therefore, if you see any signs in one of these locations, first use natural or chemical repellents to kill any living critters.
Afterward, vacuum it to remove any debris.
Finally, you should seal the gap to prevent problems from developing here again.
Get rid of damp
Bugs aren’t only looking for food and shelter. They are also looking for a source of water. Many of the common household pests prefer to live in damp spots. So you should clear up any unwanted moisture in your mobile home.
To do this, you should:
- Fix leaky pipes, faucets or drains.
- Run a dehumidifier in damp areas.
- Regularly clean and inspect appliances like washing machines.
Once you have gotten rid of the pesky critters, your focus should be on prevention. In some cases, it can take months of effort to deal with the infestation and its aftermath. The project can also be quite expensive. No one wants to deal with it a second time.
Here are three steps you can take to help prevent future bug or roach infestations in a mobile home:
- Check new items thoroughly: Unfortunately, your fancy sofa might be hiding intruders. Inspect everything you bring home and deal with it appropriately.
- Keep the home clean and clutter-free.
- Create a barrier or perimeter.
Remember that these are also useful in getting rid of an existing problem or at least hampering its spread.
Your home is your sanctuary
A bug or roach infestation in a mobile home can make it much more challenging to feel comfortable. No one wants to feel that their space is being intruded on. If you want your house to remain your sanctuary, check out this fantastic cleaning routine and our guide to fixing holes in your walls.