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.

Cover image: Roach House Burn; The San Francisco Globe, 2017

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.

Homeowners Pests Guide to Prepare for the Summer

A lot has been written about home and garden pests on Antworks Pest Control blog, and with new Spring and Summer season ahead, it is time to refresh our knowledge and keep our home and garden pest free (as much as possible).

Here are some of our tips and tricks on how to keep ants and other pests away. Hope you will find them useful! 🙂

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Pest Invasion in your garden can be very stressing and disgusting especially when they start eating the leaves of your trees and destroy the image of your garden. Learn how to fight pests with Reliable Pest Control Methods You Can Use.

If you are one of those who prefers Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Methods, try reading this blog post – How to DIY Pest Extermination at Home.

Ant Exterminator Services – The Things to Consider.

Here are also some interesting facts about bugs and their new role in our culture:

Insect-eating has become popular worldwide and if you are interested in learning more, you can find out here – Bug Eaters of the World Unite.

If you’re one of the 6% of Americans who suffers from acute insectophobia, then do not read this postThe Ubiquitous Bug.

Humanity considers ants to be pests, and some nasty ones at that. And sure, ants are not good in the home of any person, but they can be extremely useful in nature. The question is –  Are ants dangerous or should we protect them?

Signs of Pests in Your House

Pests at home and work: See the signs, take precautions!

By understanding why pests come into your living space you can take necessary steps to prevent infestation.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR PESTS AROUND YOUR HOME

Cellar Temptations: Dark, damp, cardboard and other material, vents to the outside world.

Silverfish Signs and Symptoms: Holes in wallpaper or cardboard boxes, chewed clothing, and visible.

Spiders Signs and Symptoms: Webs, egg sacs, and sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Ants

Fleas

Rodents

1st floor kitchen Temptations: Warm and cluttered; garbage, food, water, people, pets.

Cockroaches Signs and Symptoms: Droppings, carcasses, egg cases, musty type of smell, sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Silverfish

Ants

Fleas

Stinkbugs

Spiders 

1st floor lounge Temptations: Warm, with people, pets.

Ants Signs and Symptoms: Small mounds of earth and holes at the foot of external walls, ant trails, and visible. Sounds of scuttling in wall cavities and activity around rotten wood.

Other pests:

Fleas

Stinkbugs

Spiders

2nd floor bedroom Temptations: Warm, with people, pets …and a bed!

Bedbugs Signs and Symptoms: Rows of itchy lumps on your shoulders and arms, tiny blood stains on sheets and mattresses, sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Fleas

Spiders

2nd floor bathroom Temptations: Warm, damp, vents to the outside world, people, pets.

Fleas Signs and Symptoms: Itchy bites or rashes on your feet and legs, pets scratching more than usual resulting in red skin under the fur, sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Silverfish

Spiders

Wall cavity Temptations: Dark, warm, woody, pulpy, vents to the outside world.

Termites Signs and Symptoms: Swarms in springtime, hollow-sounding wood walls, unexplained structural damage, mud tubes on external walls and piles of discarded wings.

Other pests:

Ants

Spiders

Attic Temptations: Dark, warm, woody, pulpy, vents to the outside world.

Rodents Signs and Symptoms: Scratching in walls or ceiling under the attic, ammonia type of smell, visible droppings, gnawed furniture and insulation.

Other pests:

Spiders

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