June 12, 2018
It is easy to look at the cost of a pest control program, no matter how inexpensive it is, and think of it as money lost. But a pest control program is actually one of the best investments any homeowner can make. Here are just a few of the many ways a pest control program can save you money in the long-term.
Subterranean termites are a billion dollar problem. Each year, U.S. property owners pay out more in property damage caused by these insects than all natural disasters combined! The reason they cost so much is that they are really sneaky. They can feed on a home for years without being detected. When a termite infestation finally rears its ugly head, there is usually a lot of damage to deal with. And the damage caused by subterranean termites can be difficult to correct because it is difficult to find. Worker termites feed inside the wood of a home. If your pest control program includes the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ you won't have to wonder if termites are destroying your property and eating away at your equity. Your pest management professional (PMP) will easily be able to tell when termites have taken the bait. Plus, Sentricon® with Always Active™ is always active. As soon as worker termites come to feed, the active ingredient begins to use those worker termites against the colony that sent them, often eliminating the colony without any need to increase the amount of active ingredient.
Another pest that damages homes over time is the carpenter ant. These nocturnal ants can feed on a wide range of food sources, many of which can be found outside your home. That means these pests can be tunneling in the wood of your home for years without ever eating a scrap of food from your pantry or kitchen. Your PMP is trained to inspect for conditions that attract carpenter ants and report them to you. They also know the signs of a carpenter ant infestation and can arrest infestations before the homewreckers weaken your support structures. When carpenter ants, termites, carpenter bees, wood-boring beetles and other destructive pests encroach on your property, your PMP will detect them during their routine visits and employ pest control measures to quickly deal with them.
There are many pests that can get into your home and damage your belongings. They feed on clothing, drapes, bedspreads, furniture, and more. If they feed on a treasured keepsake, there may be no way to repair the damage adequately. A wedding dress eaten by the larvae of clothes moths may be unrepairable. A book damaged by silverfish may have sections that are unreadable. While most damage caused by this type of pest isn't going to cost you a lot, the damage to precious keepsakes and antiques could be priceless.
Some pests bring illness into a home. While simple illnesses aren't going to cost you a lot of money, long-term illnesses can. A bite from the wrong tick could lead to Lyme disease, which is incurable in its later stages. This will lead to an increase in health care costs and continued suffering. Cockroaches can exacerbate asthma symptoms and increase the number of trips you'll make to the doctor. Some species of mosquitoes can spread Zika virus, which can cause microcephaly in unborn children at all stages of pregnancy and microcephaly is a disease that has lifelong medical implications. When you have ongoing pest control, the threat of illness can be significantly reduced.
Even nuisance pests can cost you more over the long-term. It is easier to prevent pest infestations than it is to exterminate pests. When bugs get inside your home, they get into wall voids, ceiling voids, and other hidden locations. Proactively dealing with pests is always cheaper than reactively dealing with them.
If you live in Greater Houston, connect with us. We would love the opportunity to explain our Modern Plus, Signature, and Signature Plus pest control programs to you. Each is designed to target specific pests with proactive pest control methods that will work to protect your home, your belongings, your family, and your pets from the negative impact of bugs and wildlife. Pest infestations create unexpected costs that can be mitigated with the implementation of a professional pest control plan. Life has enough unexpected costs. Reach out to us today and let us help you make sure pests aren't one of them.