The world’s biggest sporting event is back again. With phrases such as “who’s the best?” and “who will be triumphant?” on everyone’s mind, we at Rentokil thought it would be a great time to introduce a new tournament: The Pest Invasion World Cup. This is a tournament like no other, where the most resilient and cunning pests come together to duel it out. The victor in this tournament is the pest that has the best skills and wit when invading your home.
We will be looking at various pests and sizing up all the skills they have in their arsenal. We’ll let you be the judge and decide who is the best, or – in this case – worst, pest to have invade your home.
Rattus Rattus: Pest Acrobat Extraordinaire
Our first contestant is the infamous black rat (Rattus rattus: a name so chilling it had to be said twice). The Jackie Chan of the animal kingdom, black rats are incredibly agile and are very good climbers, so it’s no surprise that they are are also known as ‘roof rats’. When it comes to invading your home, rats often use their wit, first familiarising themselves with the environment like a thief casing their mark.
Stealthy creatures, rats often move at night. With their hearing extending into ultrasonic range, they have an upper hand at reacting to danger. As skilled acrobats and climbers, they regularly make their way into your house by leaping from nearby trees and onto your roof. Talented contortionist can also be added to the pest’s resume, as they can fit into the smallest cracks and gaps: like underneath your garage door, crawl space openings or roof vents. Keeping this tenacious rodent out of your house once it targets you takes great skill and preparation.
Cockroaches: Infestation experts
We now turn to cockroaches, the kings of infestation. With the focus being home invasion we will look at the various skills they utilize when they invade your home. If you’ve read our blog on the secret lives of cockroaches you’ll know that these critters have been around for more than 300 million years perfecting their craft. A cockroach’s top trump card would read “can run at speeds of 80 cm per second, detects threats through movements in the air currents using the fine hairs on its cerci, and can hold its breath underwater longer than the world record time held by German free diver Tom Sietas (a time of 30 minutes)”.
Nocturnal pests, they constantly seek water and food, elements that exist in your home. The resilient machiavellians use a variety of ways to enter your home. More often than not we bring them into our home with us. Cockroaches are known to hitch a ride with us from work, easily slipping into our bags. Other ways they invade are through their their love of wriggling through tight spaces. They can fit through cracks no thicker than a R5 coin. Therefore, they can easily stride through gaps under your doors and dance through your drains to victory. Keeping these pests out is a hard task that needs great insight.
Flies: Ever present, how do they do it!?
They just fly in… (I know you’re probably expecting more, but they genuinely invade by just flying in)
Termites: An Army of Hidden Invaders
The last pest we’ll be looking at are termites. Unlike the other pests we mentioned which were more cunning in their approach or blessed with the gift of flight (though termites are known to fly during swarming period, flight has been mastered by flies), termites are relentless hard workers. They enter your home through sheer effort: mining is their craft. They dig through the underground, homing in on any source of wood in your property.
Properties built mainly from brick or stone are still susceptible to a termite invasion because structural supports are generally made of wood. A Termite invasion is one of the hardest pest invasions to spot because they don’t boast about their accomplishment like flies and other pests. More often than not we spot the damage to our homes before we spot the pest itself. They damage your home in secret by eating away at the wood from the inside, and by the time you notice, it may be too late.
These pests are some of the most skilled critters when it comes to home invasion. With years of experience under their belt tormenting our homes its time to see who comes out top in the end. The winner of the cup is unique to each home. Have cockroaches or rats invaded your home and made the title theirs? Or would you like to fortify your home with DIY Tips or expert prevention measures to make the competition harder for them?
Have you decided on a victor? Comment below and let us know who you think the best home invaders are.