You are walking down the hallway, and you realize a rat dodging through the next available exit and voila, you cannot spot it again. So you decide to carry on with whatever it is you were doing hoping the rat never appears again.
Then a day later, you realize droppings or funny smell coming from some spot in your home. You tell yourself, “Well, I have to find a solution for this.” But end up not doing anything for the next two weeks. And that goes on for a while before you decide it’s time to call Boise pest control because the infestation is widespread, you can’t ignore.
If you can relate, then you are not alone. Many people often postpone the pest problem and only decide to act when it gets out of hand. In this article, we will discuss some of the reasons why you need to handle the pest problem as soon as you notice it.
Pests multiply pretty fast
Unlike other animals like cats, dogs, cows, and so on, pests multiply at an alarming rate. After a week of the invasion, they would already have started to form colonies. Unfortunately, pests are good at hiding, and the moment you spot them, it could mean that they already have infested your home. So, when you postpone getting rid of them, you are only giving them more time to reproduce and take over your entire home. That’s not the only problem. When the infestation gets out of hand, it becomes difficult to eliminate them. This translates to more treatment, more hours into the work, and more money spent. It would be easier and cheaper if you started the process as soon as you noticed the first activity.
Pests are disease vectors
Pests aren’t just a nuisance or eyesore; they also carry disease-causing pathogens. When they invade your home, they increase your chances of contracting different kinds of infections. Mosquitoes, for instance, are known to spread malaria, West Nile Virus, Ross River Fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, among other life-threatening diseases. Cockroaches carry organisms that cause leprosy, typhoid fever, salmonellosis, plague, dysentery, cholera, gastroenteritis, etc. Rodents, on the other hand, spread salmonella, plague, LCMV, Hantavirus, rat-bite fever, and tularemia. And these are just a few examples. Eliminating the pests as soon as you notice them is a great way to ensure they don’t end up infecting you, your loved ones or the pets.
Pests cause property damage
As if diseases weren’t enough, pests can also cause damages worth thousands of dollars. Mice and rats can cause structural damage to apartments, offices, homes, and any other type of building through defecation, nest-building, gnawing. Rodents will chew on insulation wires, upholstered furniture, and any other chewable item stored in the basement, attic, closet, and garage. They will also build nests in large electrical appliances and chew on or through wiring and insulation. Termites and their teamwork cause more than $5 billion in damage in the US every year. If not caught or eliminated in time, they will cause cosmetic damage, as well as eat into the very structure of your property – posts, floor joists, support beams, wall studs, and ceiling posts.