Anywhere you turn, whether you’re in a home, an apartment or a hotel, chances are good that you’ll run into bugs of some kind. The top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are apartments (95 percent), single-family homes (93 percent) and hotels/motels (75 percent).
When the numbers are added up, the amount of bugs around is staggering.
- An estimated one million spiders live on one acre of land and the number might actually be closer to three million in the tropics. In fact, it is estimated that a human is never more than 10 feet away from a spider.
- There are approximately 38,000 known species of spiders and scientists believe there are many more to be discovered.
- There are actually 45 different species of termites in the United States alone and there are more than 2,300 species of termites worldwide.
- There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide.
With so many bugs around, that isn’t necessarily good news for those afraid of bugs, but the high amounts of bugs call importance to the need for an exterminator.
If you’re having pest control issues at home, a good rule of thumb is ‘the sooner the better’ when it comes to dealing with the problem. Here are three reasons why you need an exterminator to help rid your home of bed bugs, termites and other pests.
- Disease Control: Not only can all the creepy crawlies in your home make your skin tingle, but they can also pose health problems. It’s important to identify as early as possible what type of problem you have and deal with it. Pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches and ticks carry diseases that can adversely effect you, your family or your pets. Even cockroaches can cause asthma in children. Depending on what kind of pests are flying or crawling around the house, you could be exposing yourself to malaria and the plague among other diseases.
- Better sleep: Even if you don’t have a phobia toward bugs, an exterminator can help you get a better night’s sleep. The last thing you want to think about while getting some shut-eye is spiders or bed bugs crawling around in your bed. An exterminator can identify the problem, rid your house pests and get you sleeping more soundly.
- Fixing the Problem: There are all sorts of sprays, traps and pest control aids available in any store. But some of them can range in their effectiveness and you may not know how exactly to best attack the problem. If you have small children, using a pest control spray at home could unintentionally expose them to harmful chemicals. The same goes for traps where young children might be inclined to pick them up or play with them, not knowing the risks. The best solution is to hire an exterminator and leave the problem to professionals. Doing this will save you time, money and plenty of hassle.
Finding the right pest control service can rid your home of problem pests and the EPA offers several tips for finding a good pest control service.
Angie’s List can also help you find a reliable exterminator in your area.