Cockroaches, cockroaches, and more cockroaches! And they don’t come alone! For many, summer is not synonymous with beach, sun, and sand, but with the arrival of annoying and ugly vermin that appear in our homes, offices and even in the kids’ camp.
And it is that the heat creates the conditions for the reproduction of these beings that – apart from being unpleasant – in many cases, they transmit diseases and become authentic film villains that ruin our holidays.
From Rentokil Initial we have prepared this ranking of “Villains of the summer” with all those bugs that make our lives miserable on these dates. Join us to discover them:
Position 8: Ants.
These tireless workers love warm climates and the sun. They have an enviable organization system that makes – as if it were an army – invade in record time every crack in your home or business in search of food. The ants do not usually spread disease so that we placed in the lowest level of dangerousness.
Position 7: Termites
They are spread throughout Spain and feed on the pulp present in wood and paper, so it is difficult to ignore them.
Termites usually eat wood from the inside out, so if you touch a wall, a door frame or a wooden object and hear a hollow sound, be prepared because you may have the enemy at home hidden behind the skirting boards.
Neither do you neglect to leave your collection comics in the basement or storage room because you could go back and find … dust.
Position 6: Bed bugs.
Have you noticed small bites in your neck, hands, arms or legs that are accompanied by redness and swelling and that usually appears when you get out of bed? Watch out! It could be a bed bug infestation.
These parasites that feed on human blood usually stay in mattresses, pillows, carpets, walls, and furniture and can even be placed in your luggage and travel with you in a first-class plane directly to your home. What a guest!
These small insects of dark red color and oval and flattened bodies are usually very irritating and very difficult to eliminate due to their easy reproduction. It is impossible to control bed bugs at home and you should always have a duly certified professional to end them.
Position 5: The wasps
How many times have you not entered a pool of crystal clear water with the idea of relaxing and refreshing yourself and then realize that you have a few corpses of wasps drowned around you?
These blackish-yellowish insects feel a special attraction for humid environments and often build their hornets outdoors under the roof tiles or in sheltered areas. It is very likely that a wasp nest contains thousands of them, so eliminating them is dangerous. They usually bite in groups if they feel threatened, causing severe and acute pain, and sometimes their venom can become deadly.
Position 4: The flies
Flying insects that reproduce especially in the summer and that can even bite. They are present throughout Spain, so surely you have already seen them fly over parks and approach your food. Disgust!
There are more than 120,000 species of flies in the world and are carriers of diseases such as salmonella and E.coli. If we take into account that a female can lay between 400 and 600 eggs in 30 days and that these eggs mature in just 7 days, the dish is served so that a plague of flies arrives directly at your table. Take advantage!
Position 3: Rats and mice
Humans have disliked rodents since time immemorial, perhaps because they were the great transmitters of the Black Death in the fourteenth century that killed 50 million Europeans. What fabric!
And although Disney has tried to do an image wash with the whole Mickey and Minnie roll, the truth is that its characteristic sound is more than enough to bristle the skin of the bravest.
Cities like New York, for example, are full of rats all year long. They enter homes, offices and even the Metro. However, it is in summer where these wild animals reproduce more easily – giving birth between 4 and 12 offspring at each birth – and can cause diseases such as leptospirosis when urinating on beverage cans, salmonellosis, Weil’s disease, E. coli, and tuberculosis. Ugh …!
The mice also damage the insulation of houses, walls, electrical wires and floors to the crack, and can destroy the embankments to make their lairs, to the time that contaminate food and everything they touch.
Position 2: Mosquitoes
We have all seen them and felt their bites at some time, as well as the annoying sharp ringing they make in our ears late at night. In the parks, they take advantage of your skirts or shorts to sting your legs without compassion, although where they are most often found is in areas near rivers or water sources.
They are transmitters of large numbers of viruses and diseases, ranging from yellow fever to dengue or Zika. Its most common variants are the trumpeter mosquito and the tiger mosquito, also known in the Americas as “white-footed mosquito”.
It is estimated that mosquitoes are responsible for the annual death of 700 thousand people in the world, so it is worth it this summer to use repellent.
Position 1: Cockroaches
Here we must make a confession. We do not know if we have put cockroaches in the first place because of their degree of danger or because of the disgust they generate. There are all colors, albinos, browns, blacks, gliders, similar to beetles and almost all nationalities, German cockroaches, oriental cockroaches, American per planet, Madagascar cockroaches …
Although your floor is not like that of Joe’s movie The Cuchitril, it is likely that these crawling insects use sewers and ducts or take advantage of a moment of carelessness when opening the door to the garden to enter your home, seeking refuge and food.
Cockroaches must be controlled immediately, as they reproduce easily and tend to be very resistant to treatments. They are carriers of bacteria and transmit diseases such as salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and dysentery, in addition to causing a bad impression between your visits, and even more if they appear in your business and you dedicate yourself to the hospitality industry. Rest assured that your customers will not return.