When Do I need an Exterminator?
Like any homeowner, you will want to protect your investment from the damage that nature can cause. In addition to weather extremes, your home can be damaged by pests, potentially lowering its value and resulting in expensive costs to repair the damage. There is also the risk of harm that many pests can cause to your family and pets. How do you know if the presence of unwanted critters is just a normal appearance or an infestation that requires the help of an extermination service? The following tips are a few of the things to watch for.
With billions of insects sharing the planet with us, it’s perfectly normal to get an occasional bug in the house, plus many more in your yard. A great deal of them are beneficial to your garden, while others are merely harmless nuisances. However, some insects, such as termites and ants, can cause damage to your home or become a major annoyance. Wasps and hornets may set up their homes in or around yours and create a dangerous situation. If you notice an unusual number of these pests near your home or inside it, it may be time to call an exterminator. Termite infestations are trickier to spot, since these insects tend to stay hidden. Signs of a termite infestation include tiny holes in your exterior walls and dried mud “plugs” around these holes. If in doubt, call a professional.
Many types of rodents pose a health risk due to disease. Mice and rats damage your home by chewing the walls and wires. They will also take any opportunity to get into your food and contaminate it. However, they are shy creatures and often the only evidence you have an infestation are their droppings and chewed food packages. Sometimes you will see one scurrying along the edge of your wall. Rats and mice reproduce quickly, so it is important to get an exterminator over to deal with the problem.
Other rodents and small creatures in your yard may cause damage to your plants. Gophers and rabbits can devastate an entire yard with their voracious vegetarian appetites. Moles only eat live prey such as worms and insects, but their tunnels and burrows can damage the aesthetic look of your garden.
In some cases, you may be able to handle mild infestations by yourself. Sometimes a mousetrap or ant poison is enough to do the trick. However, in a majority of cases, once you start to see signs of an infestation, the presence of these creatures is already well established. A professional exterminator has the knowledge to get rid of these pests for good. For more information on extermination services in El Cajon, visit this site.
David has over 10 years of experience dealing with Pest Control situations. You can find his thoughts at Weebly blog.
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