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5 Common Pests That Homeowners Deal With
Here is a sobering statistic: each year in the United States, termites cause over $5 billion worth of property damage. Not only that, but they are also to blame for another $30 billion in damage to infrastructure and crops.
It's clear that you want to keep a sharp eye out for signs of a termite infestation. However, they aren't the only critter that can pose a threat to your home and your health. Read on to learn about 5 common pests that could be cohabitating with your family!
These are some of the ickiest pests around -- so much so that "roach-infested" has become a familiar term used to describe run-down, dirty, unsafe buildings. Not only are cockroaches infamous for their indestructibility, but they also reproduce like crazy. One single roach can spawn thousands of offspring each year.
Roaches can carry intestinal diseases like dysentery, diarrhea, typhoid fever, and cholera. They can also be responsible for food poisoning and asthma.
Ants aren't just pests at picnics. They're happy to come home with you, too. And once they're there, they do a remarkable job at finding food. Dirty dishes, uncovered food, spills, even the crumbs under your kitchen table are all attractive to ants.
There are over 15,000 species of ants in the world, with some 1,000 native to North America. Of those, most homes are infested by either house ants or carpenter ants. The house variety might eat your food, but it's the carpenter ants that do real damage. Like termites, they feed on wood and can cause damage to doors, windows, and even structural framing.
Between their annoying buzzing and the creepy-crawly feeling you get when they land on your skin, houseflies are certainly pesky. However, they also bring danger into your home in the form of serious diseases. Some of the over 65 types of disease they can transmit include cholera, poliomyelitis, anthrax, tularemia, leprosy and tuberculosis.
A 2017 study revealed that flies carry even more bacteria than previously thought, so do your level best to keep them off your food and out of your home. That's especially true if you live in a city, as urban flies are more dangerous than their country cousins.
Forget about the murder hornets; there's a dangerous stinging insect that's much more likely to pose a problem to you. Wasp stings are painful, and can even be deadly if you get stung by enough of these flying pests.
Your house is also vulnerable to damage from wasps. They can chew through building materials and gain entry, or cause structural weakness. What's more, their nests can even lead to holes in your roof or ceiling instability.
5. Bed Bugs
In recent years, there's been an uptick in bed bug infestations. While these horrible housemates don't transmit disease, their bites can be itchy, irritating, and prone to infection. Moreover, the fact that they very literally sleep with us means that we don't get decent shut-eye -- and that can lead to a whole host of health problems.
Does Your Home Harbor Common Pests?
Like it or not, insects and other pests are part and parcel of owning a home. Keep a vigilant eye out for signs of an infestation. If you see any, act fast to rid your residence of these common pests before they become a major problem.
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