When we see a bug in our home, we either kill it or call a pest control service. Many people just assume we do it because we are grossed out by the sight of bugs in our home. There is, after all, a bit of a reputation that comes with having insects indoors and we link it to “being filthy”. In most cases, it’s not us being filthy but us trying to coexist with our ecological system. Pests cause damage and can bring disease. Today we are looking at which pests we have to worry about and why it’s important to not ignore them.
Ants Can Wreak Havoc
If you live in Nashville, TN then you are fully aware of the carpenter ant problem that they face annually. Carpenter ants don’t do much initial damage, rather it’s accumulative. If you try to ignore it or assume that one ant isn’t a big deal, think again. They can slowly cause structural damage over many years and you may not be aware of how bad the problem is until it’s too late. An exterminator in Nashville would rather you call when you see just one carpenter ant because there are likely more hidden within the walls of your home.
Termites Work Faster
Carpenter ants are a problem but termites are even worse! Much like cockroaches, you may see one or two and not realize you have 50,000 in your home. That 50,000 can tear through one 12-inch piece of wood within 9 weeks. It doesn’t stop there. Queens live up to 25 years and can lay hundreds to thousands of eggs per day. As they mature and other workers die off, you can easily see that initial 50,000 double in a few years. A home could be completely destroyed in anywhere from 5-15 years depending on the severity of the infestation. That is why you need an exterminator and a plan to protect your home from termites.
Spiders Could Spell Trouble
Spiders are creepy crawly things that plenty of people fear. However, whether or not they are a sign of danger really depends on what kind of spider you have and the level of infestation. No matter what kind of spider that is in your home, if you can’t walk through the house without running into a web, you need an exterminator. They can help get rid them for you and teach you prevention tips. If you have one or two, most of them are harmless and you can just shoo them out the door. Really, you only need to be concerned with dangerous spiders like the widows, the recluses, and hobo spiders. They are poisonous and can easily bite you and your loved ones without you even realizing they are present.
As our population continues to expand, we are going to be in closer proximity to more of the world’s bugs and insects that push our “EW” button. Always talk to an exterminator to be sure that what you have is not dangerous and find out if they need to come and assess the problem.
If you buy a home and want to know the best ways to take preventative action, ask the professionals. You aren’t “filthy” because you have an infestation of any kind, you are just cohabitating with the Earth and all its inhabitants.