Pest Control: How to Keep Your Home Safe

Controlling common household vermin is an important step toward ensuring that your home retains its value. Common pests can lead to damage to your home or business, and some can even lead to damage to your health. That’s why it’s important to take steps to make sure that your home or office is able to acquire adequate pest control services.

  • Termites

Termites are insidious little pests that can quite literally eat your house from under your feet. They feast on wood, and most houses have plenty of wood framing. Additionally, most floor joists and sub-flooring are made out of wood. A termite infestation can leave you with some serious repair bills, and lenders will require an inspection for termites before you can sell your home to a prospective buyer. Getting an exterminator to take care of termites before they become a major problem is a must.

  • Bed Bugs

Proper cleaning is important for your home, but bed bugs can infest the homes of the rich and the poor. They don’t need filth to survive. All they need is warm blood to feast upon, and humans are a perfect source for what they need. Bed bugs can catch a ride on your luggage during a plane or train ride. They can crawl into your purse during a hotel stay or a visit to a friend’s house. Once they get established, they can quickly start to multiply and bite any people or pets in the household. If you find that you have bed bugs, you’ll want to ensure that you call for treatment as soon as you notice them. Extreme heat works well, and leading exterminators frequently have the equipment necessary to eradicate them from your home.

  • Roaches

Proper cleaning will usually prevent an infestation of cockroaches. However, those who live in multi-family housing could still get hit with these critters. They can wander over from a neighbor and get into your home. Roaches have been known to carry diseases, and their droppings can cause respiratory problems. Therefore, you’ll want to take care of any problems you have with roaches as soon as possible.

  • Small Rodents

Rats and mice can crawl through very tiny openings and get into your home. They’ll eat many of the same foods people will, and if they find a snack, they are likely to return frequently. Many people have a fear of rodents, and they want them gone because of a feeling of dread. Others might find mice cute. Few will say the same thing about rats. However, the droppings from small rodents can cause many diseases. Hantavirus is one such disease, and it can cause severe illness and even death. Calling a pest control expert can help you deal with a problem with rats or mice. A technician can find the nooks and crannies where they might gain access to your home and help you seal them off to protect your home from future infestations.

  • Larger Mammals

Moles, groundhogs, raccoons and skunks are mammals that are common throughout much of North America. While they might not get into your home as easily as rats or mice, they can definitely cause problems for your lawn. In the case of skunks, they can also cause a major stench on your property. While you won’t want to have these pests exterminated, you might want to call animal control experts to trap them and remove them from your property to a place that’s far away from your family.

  • Other Insects

Ants, wasps and hornets can also cause problems for your property. Carpenter ants can cause major damage to any wood that you have in your home because they will chew through the wood to create nests. Fire ants can lead to serious pain in a literal sense. They are stinging insects that can give very painful bites. If you find a nest on your property, you’ll want to get help from a professional.

Wasps and hornets are common flying insects that can leave painful stings when they get agitated. Some people have severe allergic reactions when they get a sting, so you’ll want assistance in ridding them from your home or yard if you find a nest.

Cleaning out your home can prevent some common infestations. However, a clean home will not deter other vermin from setting up shop in your living quarters. We’ll come to your property, assess the situation and give you treatment options that can solve your infestation problem. When you have a problem with a common household pest, be sure to give us a call. We look forward to serving you.