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When you think of settling into your new home, surely the last thing that enters your mind would be to hire pest control services. Settling in properly and inviting your friends and family to enjoy your residence are some of the top priorities people focus on. When the food crumbs have settled, owners never realize that this invites unwanted guests into their home, namely, pests. These pesky creatures can come in the form of rodents (mice and rats) or insects (termites, ants, cockroaches).
As the cycle of fun in the home continues, the undetected pest infestation grows much larger. Then, one fine day is ruined when a rat/mouse is seen scampering away from the kitchen after gnawing away on a container of foods; termites have eaten through a wooden chair leg; or ants are causing problems with their bites. Only then do homeowners they have a pest control problem in their hands, and a very big one at that.
As mentioned above, a pest problem may grow unnoticed. In order to keep these pesky critters at bay (and your home safe), here are 6 reasons you need to have your house regularly checked for pests.
Brown rats can have as many as 2,000 descendants in a year. A group of 6 mice multiply to as much as 60 in 3 months. Annually, that means they can number as much as 240! Getting your place checked for pests regularly eliminates these threats to your household health and safety (we’ll get to that in a moment).
During cold and hot seasons, ants are known to move from their ground nests to look for a place with food and shelter. When they see a house nearby, that’s their go-to place, especially when they can sense food crumbs or pastries lying around. Ants can either nest in your house through wall cracks, or treat your place as their new “food source”, coming and going just to get food for their colony.
“Termites and ants,” according to eHow contributor Jason Chavis, “work with a hive mentality. This means that workers spread out to look for food sources. When they do, they inform one another, and every ant does their part to get as much provisions for their colony.” Observe where the ants pass through. If you find that they still have a colony in the ground, you can exterminate them, ending the source of your pest problems.
“For some species of termites,” say the science whizzes on Ask.com, “once their food source (wood) is depleted, they will begin looking for another wooden structure to reside and eat.” So once you flush out the termites eating through a piece of wooden furniture in your home, the risk of danger is reduced.
Some of the diseases rodents bring with them directly and indirectly are:
Ants may pass through areas where rodents have shed skin, peed, or left droppings. They become indirect sources of these sicknesses when they crawl over you. If they pass through uncovered food, it may also be contaminated with the viruses they carry with them.
If you are unlucky enough to attract fire ants to your home, take extra precautions. Their bites are very painful and cause different reactions, especially to those with allergies.
Rats’ front teeth can grow from 4½ inches to 5½ in a year. In order to maintain a normal length, they have to chew through a number of substances such as wood, brick, cement, lead pipes, and even other small animals. Carpenter ants and termites eat through wood. Pests can cause serious property damage and injury to those unfortunate enough to use items weakened by them.
There’s nothing like having zero worries about broken furniture or unwanted intruders stealing food or bringing diseases into your home. Imagine having a happy, healthy, and clean house. This is the biggest take home (pun intended) you can get from regular pest inspection.