If you're a homeowner for the first time, you may wonder if it's really necessary to have regular pest control treatments. You may hate to add one more expense to your budget, but if you skip pest treatments, you might end up paying more to repair pest damage. Here's a look at why you need pest control services and when you should call a professional.
Why Pest Control Treatments Are Necessary
Regular treatments by a pest control company are like preventative maintenance on your car. By having work done on schedule, you prevent problems that are expensive to repair. When it comes to pests, there is the potential for damage to your house if you have an infestation of pests like carpenter ants or termites. If you have silverfish or moths, the belongings in your house could be destroyed. A rodent infestation could cause damage to wiring that leads to a house fire.
Besides damage to your home, you also have to be concerned about the health hazards pests pose. Insects and rodents might crawl in your home after they've been crawling through a sewer, over dead animals, or through rotten food. Bugs and rodents spread diseases, germs, and parasites, and some of the diseases can be serious. You want your home to be a safe haven where your family can live free of dangers from pests. Plus, pests can irritate allergies and give your home a bad odor, so you don't want them around.
When To Call A Pest Control Company
A good time to get a pest control company involved in pest management is before you have an infestation. By having quarterly treatments, or treatments as often as recommended by the company, you might prevent a roach or rat problem from ever developing. However, if you start to see roaches or rats in your house, you'll want to call an exterminator because there are probably more of the pests that you haven't seen.
If you tackle a pest problem on your own and the pests keep coming back, it's time to call in a professional to get to the cause of the problem. An exterminator can look at your house and let you know things you need to change so you stop attracting bugs. This might be drying out your basement or plugging up gaps around your windows.
Also, if you have bugs you can't identify, especially bugs that are known to be dangerous sometimes, like spiders, you may want a pest control company to come out and identify the pest so you know if your family is in danger.