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The first impression is deceptive: the appearance of which insects in the house is really dangerous and how to deal with them

Some insects, spiders and other small multi-legged creatures are a disaster if found inside a home. This means that you probably have an infection. Some of them sting, bite, and even damage property. But others are helpful or mostly harmless, even if they look creepy. Edition Lifehacker talked about 10 bugs, the appearance of which is possible in your house, and the degree of their danger.

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Bad: cockroaches

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The appearance of one cockroach in your house means that you most likely have it not alone, but along with its fellows. These insects can carry disease-causing microbes, exacerbate asthma and allergies. They smell if there are a lot of them. Do not try to deal with them yourself - call professionals who will help you effectively get rid of parasites.

Not so bad: centipedes

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Domestic centipedes are fast, they have too many legs, but not 100: adults have only 15 pairs. No matter how creepy they may seem, centipedes are not so scary in everyday life. These are predators that eat small insects and creatures living in your home. While they are technically poisonous, their venom is only dangerous to other bugs, not to you.

Not the most dangerous: ticks

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Ticks are terrible bugs, but you don't have to worry too much if you find one in your home. They do not settle indoors, so nothing needs to be cleaned or disinfected.

The tick itself is a sign that someone might have been bitten. Ticks are tiny and long-legged when hungry. They attach to your skin and suck blood until they look like plump little green or brown corn kernels.

To remove a tick from yourself (from a loved one or pet), use the TickKey, Tick Twister, or tweezers. Ask your doctor if you should get tested for tick-borne diseases or take antibiotics.

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If you find ticks in your home, make sure your pet is on flea and tick medication and use insect repellent spray when you go outside.

Bad but not terrible: silverfish

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They are tiny insects with tail appendages that make them look like tiny fish. They like wet places, hence the name.

Silverfish won't harm you, but they can gnaw holes in paper and books, and eat starchy foods. They are difficult to get rid of, but first you need to eliminate food sources and possibly use insecticides.

Not so bad: spiders

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What creature eats bugs, usually stays out of the way, and has slightly fewer paws than a centipede? That's right - a spider! Some of them can bite you quite hard, though most don't. Even those capable of harming a person are not aggressive and, as a rule, do not touch people.

They eat small pests and are considered useful for the home. To get rid of unwanted spiders, you'll have to eliminate their food sources, but honestly, the best way to get rid of the bugs they feed on is to keep a few spiders around.

Bad: termites

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Termites are bad, although they do not harm people. They eat the wood your house is made of. And you can see the damage when it's too late. However, often the only obvious sign of a termite colony in your home is a series of thin walkways near the ceiling. Inside your walls and floors, termites do to your home what they do to stumps or fallen trees in the forest: they basically eat them.

Dangerous: bees

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Bees will not bother you just like that. They have to make honey and feed it to their children, who, in turn, want the same for their children. The only real problem is that they can have many children.

If you find a swarm of bees, that's good news: bees travel in large, calm groups, and they don't tend to sting when swarming because they don't have a hive to defend. If you see a swarm and it's not moving, call your local bee club and there will be someone willing to happily adopt a bee colony.

But bees can settle in your walls, and then you will have problems. These workers will go about their business, and their hive will grow, hundreds of pounds of honey and wax will be formed in it. To completely remove the hive, you'll need a contractor and a beekeeper, according to the University of California. Working together, they will be able to open your walls and remove all bees and honeycombs. There is a cheaper option, but it is even worse: call an exterminator to poison the hive. But over time, heaps of bee corpses will begin to rot, and honey will absorb moisture and ferment, and all of the above will begin to seep through the walls.

Not Quite Bad: Ants

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Of course, no one needs ants in the house, but one of their representatives, as a rule, is not a sign of the presence of several more. Most ants that enter homes actually live outdoors and are only inside to find food. They will eat your food, but will not settle in the house.

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Of course, there are many types of ants, and some of them sometimes nest in houses. In this case, remove food sources and use insecticides.

Not exactly bad: wasps

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Wasp nests make us nervous, but if the nest is in a place where you won't disturb it (for example, on the wall of your house, away from doors or sidewalks), you don't have to do anything. Just wait until winter and the wasps will die out on their own. However, if the nest is in a high traffic area, its inhabitants will sting you if they think you are bothering them. In this case, you may have to remove the nest.

Use insecticide spray on open nests such as paper wasp nests and insecticide dust on nests in the ground.

Terrible: bed bugs

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They bite people, can cause rashes and irritation; even one bug means that you have a lot of them. They are incredibly difficult to get rid of. The only upside is that they are not known to spread any serious diseases. To destroy them, use the services of professionals.

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