Besides the fact that insects and other house pests are creepy and crawly, they often carry bacteria and diseases that are harmful to humans. Over time, if left undisturbed, many types of pests also cause serious damage to your home. If you suspect you have a pest problem, contact a professional immediately.
Termites are a type of insect that consumes wood. If your home is infested with this pest, the wood of your home is being consumed all day and night, every day of the week. This means that over time, the structure of your home may become compromised if the termites are not completely removed. Sometimes, termite infestations are not discovered until significant damage is already done to your home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) estimates that termites cause $5 billion each year in property damage.
Marching One by One
Just like the nursery rhyme, the ants do go marching one by one. Where there’s one ant, there are bound to be at least hundreds more nearby. Ants are a household pest that have various nesting and food requirements. The type of ant affects what damage is done to your home. For example, carpenter ants chew on wood and can damage structures over time, while Pharaoh ants are known to infest food and transmit diseases.
Rodent control is especially important because mice and rats are capable of squeezing into tight places and reproducing quickly. This proves to be a problem for homeowners since the mice and rats gnaw on wood and other materials. These rodents leave behind droppings, which can potentially cause health issues in humans. According to Jones Bros., a company that specializes in rodent control in Sacramento, mice and rats are also known to carry diseases and spread bacteria; contaminating surfaces in your home as they travel in search of food.
Bees are insects capable of flight that are either social or non-social. Some bees, like honey bees, are important to our environment for pollination. Despite this, their hives can damage structures and should be removed by professionals. Other bees, like wasps and hornets, are aggressive and also build their nests on household structures such as near gutters, pipes, under decks, behind shutters and in trees and shrubs surrounding your home. Some bees are known to consume surfaces such as drywall to build their nests.
Cockroaches spend most of their time hiding away in tight crevices. These moisture-loving pests leave behind saliva and droppings that 1 in 5 children are allergic to, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Cockroaches are also known to carry bacteria and diseases which can contaminate your food (they love starchy foods like cereal) and kitchen surfaces.
Insects and rodents are not welcome visitors in any home. These pests cause structural damage to your home and often carry diseases. If you see any sign of a pest infestation, from visually spotting a pest to seeing droppings or hearing crunching noises at night, immediately contact a trusted pest control professional.