Noticing Bed Bugs Signs
Nobody wants to see bed bugs. Nobody even wants to talk about them, let alone hear that they’re in their home! However, it is not easy to be able to differentiate bed bugs signs from signs of other pests in the home. Contrary to their name, they are not restricted to living in a bed. They can live anywhere in the house, and very often they actually sleep at night, having adapted themselves to the sleep and awake patterns of the humans that live there. They bite by inserting a beak-like stinger into the host (animal or human) and sucking the blood. A person may not even realize that they have been bitten by a bed bug because it is difficult to determine the difference between a bed bug bite and a mosquito bite.
The best way to control these pests is to prevent their invasion in the first place. Once bed bugs signs are seen, and their presence is confirmed, they will be extremely difficult to get rid of. Over the counter pest sprays have proven to be ineffective in destroying them; therefore, the only successful way to deal with them is to hire a professional home exterminator.
Bed bugs can also thrive in other locations besides homes. They can live and flourish anyplace where humans live. Hotels and motels have their share of these unwanted little residents, as do apartments and condos. Even restaurants are employing pest management services to rid their establishments of bed bugs. The cost of hiring an exterminator depends upon the type of problem the customer needs addressed. It can run between $109 and $284. The most straightforward of bed bugs signs is simply being able to see that they are there. There is a myth that says these pests are too small to be seen, but this isn’t true. Adult bed bugs are about the size and color of the seed of an apple, and are very visible.
Termites are at the top of the homeowner’s list of “public enemy number one”. They have caused millions upon millions of dollars’ worth of damage to homes, as well as crops, in a single year. An average of $3000.00 is spent by homeowners on repairs to their homes as a result of termite damage.
Statistics show that, as with bed bugs, the key to protecting any home from termite infestation is prevention. Bringing in a good house exterminator before a problem is even found is the way to go. These contractors are not only educated in the how to’s of ridding a structure of pests, they also know how to prevent them from invading in the first place. Termite prevention can run approximately $1500.00 which is a small price to pay when considering the alternative.
Other Unwelcome Houseguests
Rodents such as rats and mice are guests that are high on the “scream” list. More than just a few people have run screaming into the night after seeing one of these four-legged whisker-twitchers running across the kitchen floor. Rats and mice are notorious for living inside the walls of a house and finding, or creating, their own entrances and exits into the home. They build their homes, or nests, within the walls of the house and only wander within a fixed number of feet from where they live. A rat won’t venture more than 150 feet in any direction from its nest, and a mouse won’t go more than 30 feet away. They eat away at wires within the walls and statistics have shown that 25% of home fires labeled as started by “unknown causes” have been a result of rodents chewing on wires connected to electricity and/or gas lines.
Expected revenues of pest control services are expected to reach up to 12.29 billion dollars by the end of 2016. Millions are spent on preventing and controlling the presence of unwanted pests in and around the home every year. Whether the problem is bed bugs, rodents, termites, fleas, ticks, or any of the other thousands of species of bugs, an educated, professional pest control service is the homeowner’s best friend.