Pest infestations are not only a nuisance, so types of infestations can cause damage to property, physical harm, and/or transmit diseases. Below are our top 5 pests we love to hate for a few very worthy reasons.
- Termites are noted for causing over 5 billion dollars in property damage each year. Their destruction/damage of structures often goes unnoticed for an extended period of time. Termites feed on cellulose/wood-based products. Extensive damage is often discovered during remodeling processes. Termites and their damage are typically not covered by homeowner’s insurance policies, leaving homeowners to pay for the cost of treatment and necessary repairs.
- Although bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit any diseases, they are a significant pest problem around the world. Bed bugs are easily transferrable, and it is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans have encountered or know someone who has dealt with a bed bug infestation. Due to their size and hiding habits, bed bugs are elusive and can hide nearly anywhere. Vigilance during travels and with guests is key in avoiding bed bug infestations.
- Cockroaches pose significant health risks including the spread of bacteria and pathogens along with causing allergen and asthma triggers. They are notorious for contaminating food and surfaces not only in homes but in restaurants and other businesses as well. Cockroaches are extremely adaptable and may become resistant to many insecticides. They are cannibalistic and will feed on nearly anything including paper and cardboard. Sanitation is a major factor in resolving a cockroach infestation.
- House flies are known to spread more than 100 different kinds of disease-causing organisms on the Silla of their bodies. During the summer months, they are notorious nuisance pests that seemingly appear out of nowhere as an unwelcomed guest in our homes. Contamination of food and other surfaces is common with house fly activity. Proper sanitation and exclusion may help decrease activity.
- Mosquitoes are one of the quickest ways to ruin the fun of outdoor activities during summertime. Not only do they leave red, itchy welts when they feed, but they are also known for transmission of serious, even fatal diseases such as West Nile virus and parasitic infections such as heartworm. Removal of standing water and application of insect repellant are important factors in keeping mosquitoes at bay.