Each year, homeowners, and business owners pay thousands of dollars to deal with significant pest infestations. Which pests are the most expensive to deal with? The Survey Says:
- Termites – These social insects cause a whopping $5 Billion annually in home damages. This figure includes the cost to repair damage and for extermination of the termites. Spring is an excellent time to inspect your home for signs of termites. They tend to swarm in the mid-spring following a few days of rain.
- Ground Squirrels – Whereas termites may cause some damage, a ground squirrel colony left unattended can bring down your entire home. Their excavations cause foundations to shift and as your home settles, the supports become damaged. They cause patios to cave in and can undermine the supports for decks and balconies. In terms of the cost of damages, these little squirrels can cause the most expensive damage in a short amount of time.
- Bats – Generally, bats are not an issue, except when they begin to roost the attic space of a home. The problem is their feces which is highly acidic and their urine. To clean up the piles of guano and urine can cost thousands of dollars. Bat are mammals and they can carry rabies. So, special precautions are needed both in removing roosting bats and in cleaning up the mess left behind.
The truth of the matter is that there are many pests that can cause significant damage to homes. A single raccoon can destroy a roof. A squirrel in your walls can cause sever electrical damage that can cause a fire. Mice and other rodents are also capable of causing severe damage to a home or business. While many of these pests cause physical damage, they also can make it difficult to sell a home, or may even impact the value of your home.
Other pests that are expensive include bed bugs, which can cost as much as $12,000 to exterminate. Generally, a bed bug infestation is not that expensive. Ants, especially carpenter ants can cause the same amount of damage as do termites. Carpenter bees are also destructive and they can ruin a deck, porch, eaves, and new fencing. Fire ants are another pest that does not cause damage to homes, but can reduce the value of your property. The list of pests that cause physical damage to homes is long.
While this blog discusses the damage that pests do, and we see this daily, our goal is always in prevention. Preventative pest control is affordable and manageable for homeowners, multifamily property managers, the real estate sellers and buyer, and for commercial applications too. Prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
To learn more about how to prevent pest infestation and damage, reach out to our team. We offer home and business owners throughout the Greater Austin Area affordable pest control services that are not only comprehensive, but safe and complete. We offer quality pest control services throughout the Greater Austin Area.
Do you need pest control? Don't wait. Call Robert's Pest Control now at (512) 444-0132.