Household pests can wreak havoc in any home at any moment. While most pests are only a nuisance, others can spread disease and cause severe damage to your house. Therefore, any indication of pest infestation must be addressed effectively and promptly.
Following are the most predominant pests you are bound to find in every household.
Termites are without a doubt the tiniest yet most destructive wood-eating insects on the Earth. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites are responsible for causing over $5 billion in property damage across the United States each year.
The dry wood termites are one of the most destructive species in the termite family. They often consume wood from inside and make grooves and channels in your home’s walls, floors, and other surfaces. These grooves can cause severe damage to the wood and significantly reduce the structural integrity of the building.
Rodents can chew up your furniture, feast on your pantry, and contaminate your entire house with their excrement and urine. If you have any gaps or holes in the walls or roofs of your homes, rodents will squeeze their way in and start seeking nesting material to construct a home for their young ones.
Even the most minor rodent infestation can lead to many diseases, including dysentery, salmonella, and gastroenteritis. Rodents can also introduce other pests into your home through their droppings and cause significant damage to homes by nesting in insulation and ventilation systems, costing thousands of dollars in hefty repairs.
Bed bugs mainly feed on human blood, and their bites can cause itchy skin rashes and severe allergic reactions. During the day, bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices of walls and floors, emerging at night to feast on their sleeping preys. Bed bugs are found in almost every public place and can make their way into any home by crawling onto people’s clothing, luggage, and other personal items.
Mosquitoes, despite their diminutive size, should not be overlooked. These insects like to breed in the dark, damp environments and deposit their eggs in water-filled containers. Mosquitoes are not only irritating but also spread dangerous diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. They are also responsible for transmitting the West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the Zika virus in the United States.
Wasps are primarily drawn to nectar, sweets, proteins, and honeydew. Their stings are quite unpleasant, and the venom they inject into humans is toxic enough to cause significant health issues. If you discover a tiny nest near your garden or in your yard, it might be an indication of a massive wasp infestation nearby.
Ants are the most prevalent household pests. It is estimated that there are around one quadrillion ants on our planet. To put that in context, it means that there are roughly 150,000 ants for every person on the Earth. Ants dwell in large colonies and invade our homes, searching for food, water, and shelter. They make their nests underground, in walls, under cabinets, and other difficult-to-reach locations where people cannot readily get to them. Ants can quickly migrate from one place to another due to their small size and agility, making the eradication process even more demanding.
Cockroaches are the most challenging pests to exterminate. They can devour almost anything and are unfazed by the pesticides. Cockroaches’ ability to squeeze through confined spaces and crevices makes it easy for them to invade any household, resulting in frustration and anguish for the owners. Cockroaches are detrimental as they can cause several severe diseases to humans like leprosy, dysentery, giardia, and cholera.
There are around 35,000 species of spiders worldwide; roughly 3,000 of them live in North America. Spiders weave their precarious webs beneath the staircase or near the entrance of your home and only bite when they are attacked or disturbed. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are amongst the worst offenders in the USA as they both carry venom that is poisonous enough to cause major health problems in humans and pets.
No one wants to live in a house full of fleas. They are built to be tough, and it doesn’t take them long to take over your entire home once they’ve entered. In addition to the agony and discomfort they cause, fleas are infamous for transmitting diseases like bubonic plague and murine typhus. Fleas can also cause allergic responses in humans and animals, making them a serious health concern for the entire household.
Santee Pest Control is Here to Help!
Our battle against ants, rodents, spiders, and other annoying household pests is never going to end. One can try to plummet the number of these tiny creatures, but they tend to survive and return. However, there is no need to worry as Santee Pest Control is here to help. Our team of competent professionals is trained in implementing the most efficient pest control plans to exterminate these household pests and keep your living space clean and healthy.