5 Ways Pest Problems Can Cost You Money

When it comes to pest infestations in the home or at work contracting a trained professional early on means you won’t be forced to spend countless dollars further down the line.

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Question: what’s more likely to make a dent in your day? Knowing you have a pest infestation or knowing that pest has caused hundreds of grands’ worth of damage to your property or business? Read on and you’ll get a taste of what can happen if you don’t act fast at the first signs of trouble and how finding a worthwhile exterminator in Vancouver, Washington will save you a big headache.

1 Businesses and economy

The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported back in 2015 that pest issues in all US industry sectors were responsible for an increase in $52 million of operating costs and $10.2 billion in lost revenue. The latter was made up of damage to reputation and compensation while the increase came from, “Maintenance and repair costs, costs of replacing damaged finished goods, and the impact on staff morale due to pest infestation.”

2 Agriculture

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Farming has always been adversely affected by pests such as rodents and insects. Generally speaking the major impact is to crop output. Economists agree that insects consume or destroy around 10% of arable farm produce every year in the USA. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service vertebrate pests alone are responsible for an estimated $944 million in crop damage annually.

3 The home

A report by the University of Georgia in 2004 makes for interesting reading in relation to how inadequate pest control and home defense can weigh heavy on homeowner’s and tenants. All across the States, homeowners spend a fortune repairing damage caused by pests and much of it is avoidable.

According to termite.com each year termites and similar pests cause an estimated $5 billion in damage to man-made structures across the nation and warn that, “A significant portion of homes in Vancouver WA will suffer a severe termite infestation.”

4 Personal sickness

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Another big pay-out annually for people who come into contact with insects and rodents comes in the shape of medical fees. The financial impact to the individual is unknown but probably significant. And as well as paying out for such things as treatment for wasp and bee stings, bed bug and flea bites or allergies associated with rodents, the loss of income from days away from work only adds to the problem.

5 Morale and psychology

Physical effects are not everything. A young woman from South Vancouver who suffered a bed bug infestation admitted to it, “seriously affecting her work and her emotions.” And some people develop debilitating phobias which can lead to therapy even after the extermination of the pests. Similarly, on the effects of pest infestation at work CEBR found that, “The most common channel in which impacts were felt by businesses concerns staff morale”.

With summer upon us and a rise in insect numbers expected in Washington State it is essential your home defense and workplace contingencies are up to speed and current for the types of pest around. Delay calling upon your reputable Vancouver exterminator and the consequences are all too apparent.

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