General

Importance of Regular Pest Control

Rodents and insects are the most common types of pests that we can find today. It is important that these pests are controlled so that we are able to protect our food resources and also improve health. The pest control industry is very vast and has almost 18,155 companies that have over 145,000 personnel that are all collectively responsible for the control of pests in various areas. Here are the different reasons why it is important that proper pest control is carried out in homes as well as other areas that can harbor pests.

Health

This is one of the most important reasons for termites control , rodents are one of the prime carriers of pests such as fleas, mites, and ticks. These insects are highly dangerous as they can cause various diseases that can be transmitted to both animals as well as humans. One of the most common examples of this is the Black Plague that was caused due to fleas from rats. Along with this fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks can also cause a whole range of other diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, and more recently chikungunya. Along with being a host for the insects, rats and other rodents can also cause their own damage to human health. Nearly 50000 people are bitten by rats every year and these bites can result in diseases such as rat bite fever, trichinosis, leptospirosis and also salmonella poisoning. There are also more than 500000 people who have to be admitted to hospitals every year due to bites and stings from various insects. There are many people who are highly allergic to these stings and need immediate hospitalization. Cases of insects stings that cause severe allergy can also result in death if the proper precautions were not taken. Cockroaches and flies are among the dirtiest pests that can be found. Cockroaches can carry allergens that almost 7% of the worlds population can be allergic to. Most of the cases of asthma in children are caused due to allergens that are found on roaches. Cockroaches and flies also carry with them millions of different pathogens and viruses that can cause a host of diseases in humans.

Safety

Rodents are one of the leading causes of fires and the deaths that are a result of these fires. Thus it is very important that rodents in the building are controlled.

Food and Resources

Studies have shown that almost 20% of the worlds food supply is consumed by rodents. If they are not properly controlled then this number can rise to almost 50%. It is also very important to have regular pest control in agricultural fields and farms as pests can damage most of the crops in the field if the growth of these pests is not deterred. Without pest control, it will become very difficult to maintain food sanitation, regulation or even health regulations.

Avoid Structural Damage

Termites are the number one cause of structural damage to most of the homes that are made of wood. America alone spends a massive $5 Billion every year for just repair to the damage that is done by termites. These pests get into the foundation structure of the homes and can also cause the structure to become very weak which can be dangerous to the people living there. Hence it is very important that proper termite control practices are regularly carried out in homes. Although the presence of bed bugs has been a rare sight before, the number of cases seen has drastically increased in recent years. Pest control personnel are working towards reducing this number again.