Did you know that over half a million homes in the U.S. are affected by termite damage each year? These infestations cost homeowners an average of $5 billion annually to repair the damage and can reach up to $30 billion in nationwide damage to crops and structures. The best way to protect your home from pests like termites?
Protect your backyard! Mosquito and termite season officially begins at the end of March, so homeowners should be ready with quality pest control. If you’ve never worked with a pest control service before, here’s what you need to know:
Pest Control Costs
The average cost of pest control ranges from $109 to $284 for homeowners and can reach up to $3,000 for termite damage alone. However, there are ways for you to prevent attacks and infestations before calling the exterminator. Termites and carpenter ants tunnel and nest in wood, so be sure to keep logs, firewood, and especially rotted stumps at least 20 feet away from your home and at least five inches off of the ground. These pests are attracted by decay, so maintain at least six inches between soil and all structural wood.
Know Your Pests
For serious infestations of termites, ants, and roaches, residents and homeowners should rely on professional extermination and pest control. A female cockroach can produce 120 to 384 eggs in a single year. What’s more, a roach reaches maturity in 40 to 125 days, leading to a possible increase of almost 18,000 roaches per year.
Know Your Climate
Roaches mature much faster in warmer climates, so pest control in warm, humid states like Georgia and Florida is especially important. Exterminators are simply a must-have for homeowners to protect their homes and backyards against infestations and attack. Your home and backyard should be inspected and treated by a pest control service at least once a year.
Remember: quality insect control is responsible for both extermination and prevention, severely reducing the amount of infestations in homes and backyards.
Pests: More Than Insects
Pest control isn’t just for insects such as roaches, ants, and termites; homeowners must also be wary of mice. A single female can give birth to 5 to 10 litters a year, producing up to 60 mice a year. These young mice can give birth in as little as 30 days, leading to a possible exponential increase of 300 to 720 mice per year! Don’t fall victim to a mouse problem in your home.
No matter where you live, pest control is the smart solution for residents and homeowners looking to protect their homes and families against infestation.
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