Pests in Your Home are More Than Just Annoying

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It’s not uncommon to find an occasional ant or hear a noise in the walls from a pest getting into your home. The problem is that many pests, whether it’s a mouse or the common house fly, can wreak havoc on your home’s structure or promote an unsanitary environment for you and your family. Luckily, there are ways to remove pests from your home through specialized pest control services equipped to deal with everything from a budding colony of bees to a full-blown rodent infestation, and everything in between.

Mice

That seemingly harmless creature that roams your kitchen at night seeking food and water is a carrier of many diseases. If you reach under the sink or into a drawer and happen to startle the little fella, you may end up getting bit. Mice can carry a variety of diseases and deadly bacteria like Lyme, Salmonella, and Typhus, and one bite can have serious health consequences. They also leave behind droppings wherever they go and this can lead to your family getting the Hantavirus from eating out of pots and pans exposed. If that wasn’t enough, they also like to take up residence in your walls and drawers. And, in order to make it a comfortable habitat, they chew into the wood of your cabinets, drawers, and walls. As a result, they can also end up damaging your home’s insulation and electrical wiring.

House Fly

As the warm air rolls in and you open your windows to let the fresh air inside, you’re also letting in the common house fly. Most people simply view them as an annoyance as they always seem to hover around the kitchen table. However, this little pest is more than just an inconvenience that you swat away to keep at bay. It can carry over 100 pathogens and spread multiple viruses and bacteria throughout the home. If they land on your plate, they leave behind polluted saliva, derived from their previous collected food source. This can include a rotting animal carcass and animal feces.

What You Can’t See Can Be Costly

Other pests, like the termite or silverfish, can go undetected for a few months or even a year. When they finally surface and you discover them, the damage to your home’s structure can be quite extensive. Since their sole purpose is to turn wood into cellulose for consumption, your home’s structure is at risk. They move slowly, so early detection can prevent the need for spending thousands to repair your home.

What You Can Do To Prevent Pests

No one can eliminate all pests from entering their home. However, you can take steps to ensure that your dwelling does not become a host to many species. Clearing debris away from the foundation, cutting back tree limbs away from the home, moving trash cans 50 feet away from the home and cutting off all sources of water are helpful outdoors.

Inside, it’s important to maintain a sanitary environment. Doing things like securing all food sources in plastic containers, wiping down counters and cleaning floors regularly are all positive measures you can take. You should also have the plumbing checked annually to make sure there are no leaks in places like your basement and underneath sinks and repair any holes in your window screens.

Pests are ugly, dirty and uninvited. Unfortunately, they can also cause you or a family member to become sick. And, once they get into your home it can be difficult to remove them. It’s important for every homeowner to have an inspection done once a year by a professional pest control service to do a diagnostic check of what may be present and then take steps based on the findings to make your home a safe and secure place for you and your family.

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