How to Know When to Hire a Pest Professional
When pests find their way indoors, homeowners are often tempted to try and control the problem on their own, but the truth is that most pests are better left to the professionals. Pest professionals have the tools and training to safely and properly eliminate pest infestations.
Homeowners attempting to treat a pest problem on their own are often treating the “tip of the iceberg”, and not the root cause of the problem. The pests you see might be eliminated, but a larger infestation can continue to grow out of sight. These infestations can pose significant health risks to your family and cause damage to your property.
There are several pest scenarios that should always be handled by a professional.
Termites and other wood-boring insects can damage important support beams in your home, resulting in expensive repairs that are not typically covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. Termites alone cause approximately $5 billion in property damage every year and are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper, silently and undetected, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Bed bugs are notoriously elusive, hiding out in hard to detect places. In addition they are very hardy pests, having been known to live for several months without blood meal, and withstanding a wide range of temperatures, from nearly freezing to 122 degrees. Bed bugs are the most difficult pest to treat-more difficult than cockroaches, termites and ants. Even when working with a professional, it can take several treatments before the bugs are completely eliminated.
No matter the type of pest, if you have an infestation that keeps coming back, it’s time to contact a professional. More likely than not, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed before the problem can really be resolved. A trained professional will be able to inspect your home, identify the infestation and determine a plan to treat the problem most effectively.