Pest Control Professionals Improve Our Lives
Much like other public health professionals, pest control professionals improve our quality of life. They provide protection to our families, homes, businesses, food supply and our health. Although these factors are not often immediately apparent, the presence of a pest infestation commonly brings them to light.
Protection of personal property is most commonly thought of as protection of the structure of our home or business. Termites cause roughly $5 billion in damage each year; however, there are other pests such as carpenter ants and many species of wood boring beetles that are capable of causing damage to personal property as well.
Personally, people benefit not only from the general peace of mind that pest control professionals provide, they also benefit health wise. Pests such as cockroaches, mosquitoes and flies are known carriers of diseases and pathogens that pose a risk to our health. In addition, cockroaches pose an allergen and asthma trigger risk to thousands of individuals every year. Stinging insects pose a risk of allergic reaction, anaphylactic shock and even death in some cases. Pest infestations have also been known to cause lack of sleep, anxiety and moderate to severe phobia responses for many individuals.
Our food supply is not only at risk during the growing process by agricultural pests, it is at risk to cockroaches, ants, rodents, stored product pests and many other species of pests during and after production. This is true not only of the food in our homes, but food in restaurants, grocery stores, storage warehouses and even during transportation from one location to the next in the production to consumption process. Various types of pest control are utilized in the protection of our food supply including fumigants, insecticides, baits and rodenticides.
For business owners, a pest infestation can result in poor public image, health risks to employees and customers, loss of business and even fines and/or closure due to failed inspections by health code officials.
If you suspect or are aware that you have a pest infestation, make the first step in resolving the infestation by contacting a quality, licensed pest control professional.