No matter the time of year, pests can invade your home, garage, storage sheds, and gardens to find food and water and set up nests and colonies in your yard. The good news is that while pests may be causing problems in your home, you have options to remove and prevent them from returning.
Types of Pests in Charlotte
Like other cities in the United States, Charlotte is no stranger to a variety of pests. Some of the most common pests include several species of cockroaches, termites, spiders, ants, fleas, bed bugs, and rodents. In Charlotte, weevils, mosquitos, grubs, cankerworms, and aphids are also part of the most common list. Each of these pests can create problems ranging from health issues for humans to structural damage to the home.
Damage Caused by Pests
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Indoor pests such as cockroaches, rodents, and bed bugs are known for their potential to cause health issues. Cockroaches are germ and bacteria carriers that can lead to intestinal diseases, including cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). If the bacteria carried by cockroaches comes into contact with food, it can result in streptococcus, salmonella, staphylococcus, and allergic reactions for some individuals.
A mosquito can also create health issues for humans. Diseases resulting from a bite by an infected mosquito include malaria, Chikungunya virus, dengue, West Nile virus, and Zika virus.
While ants are generally considered more of a nuisance, depending on the species, ants can do serious damage to structures. When ants infest a yard to tunnel underground to create a network for ants to traverse and create nesting areas, the result is ant mounds dotting your yard.
One of the most destructive pests, when left unchecked, is termites. A thriving termite colony can do extensive damage to the structural integrity of your home. This can include weakening ceilings and floors, buckling wood, and ceilings and floors that appear swollen. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), termites are responsible for structural damage costing billions of dollars every year.
Getting Rid of Pests Professionally
With the threat of health and structural damage present whenever an infestation by specific pests is left unchecked, it is a good idea to consider a plan of action putting pest control Charlotte services into action. A local company with an experienced staff, up-to-date equipment, and usage of current techniques and treatments can inspect your property, identify the pest, find the source of entry into your home, and create a customized plan of action to eliminate the infestation. You will also have the option of treatments on a one-time basis to remove the problem or have ongoing coverage provided throughout the year. Either way, professional pest technicians are experts in their field.
When hiring a professional team of pest control specialists, think of it as an investment in the future of your home. With pests eliminated and kept in check, not only is your home safer, but it is also a healthier place to live.