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Pests Can Turn a Home From Sanctuary To Nightmare

Your home is your sanctuary, a place of refuge and relaxation that allows you to escape from the stresses of life. It’s where you eat your meals, where you rest your head at night, and where you raise children. You’ve made your home an ideal living space for you and your family. Unfortunately, you’re not alone; various pests, from termites to rats, think your home is an ideal environment for their families as well, and they’re not waiting for an invitation to move in.

It’s simply a reality -- no matter how clean, well-kept, or modern your home is, pests will find a way to infiltrate and infest your home, turning your private sanctuary into a home-owner’s worst nightmare. To stop pests from ruining the peace in your home, be on the lookout for common varieties and be sure to choose a pest control service that fits your needs and unique situation.

Common Pests

There are many pests which may be trying to get in. Expect at some point to see attempts by the following pests to find their way in your home: 

  • Ants - A common sight in kitchens, ants are a bothersome pest that can infest cupboards and pantries, making the food supplies they infiltrate unsafe for human consumption. However, the garden variety kitchen ant poses the least amount of danger of any of the ant family. Carpenter ants, which burrow into and through wood, can cause nearly as much structural damage as termites, costing thousands in home repairs. More worrisome still, fire ants, which are found in the more southern regions of the U.S., can colonize yards or homes and cause painful wounds to pets, children and adults with their venomous bite.
  • Cockroaches - Although roaches don’t bite or sting, they are easily one of the most hated pests that can invade the home. They are capable of carrying a number of diseases, including salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever and cholera, that can be spread to humans as roaches scurry across your countertops and throughout your kitchen. They can pose a significant threat to the health and well-being of your family.
  • Termites - As a pest that literally attacks the wooden foundations upon which your home is built, termites can cause devastating structural damage to buildings when allowed to exist unchecked. Severe termite infestations can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage to floors, walls, and support beams that may not be covered under insurance.
  • Mice & Rats - Destructive and disgusting, these disease-carrying rodents are a home or business-owner's worst nightmare. Not only do mice and rats destroy insulation and chew baseboards, storage boxes, and furniture, they can also chew electrical wires, leading to shorts and even fires in severe situations. Prolific breeders, mice and rats can also carry any of 35 different harmful diseases, including leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonella, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), and may even infect homeowners with hantaviruses found in their feces.

Choosing a Pest Control Company

Ultimately, choosing the right pest control company to protect your home or business is dependent on expertise and customer service. While many companies claim to quickly and effectively eliminate pests, elimination is only one part of a comprehensive pest control plan. Ideally, the pest control service you choose to keep your family safe from pests should operate via an integrated pest management system that utilizes a wide array of biological, physical, and chemical methods to mitigate pests.

Expert pest management technicians commit their considerable knowledge to pinpointing which pest is giving you problems, and then use that pests unique biology, habitat requirements, and behavior patterns to employ the most effective traps. Once eliminated, seasoned pest control personnel should then block access further access to the home and remove any food, water or housing sources that might attract more pests, thereby discouraging further infestations. Without this commitment to knowledgeable and specialized removal, pests are much more likely to find their way right back into your comfy home.

Integrated pest management aside, the best pest control companies are those that are accessible, prompt, and reliable. When you first identify your pest problem, contact your local pest control services -- if they are difficult to get in touch with, delay scheduling, or don’t show up promptly for their scheduled services, they aren’t the right pest control company for your home and family.