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Pest infestations in the US continue to grow year on year. Terminix recently reported that nearly 6 out of 10 homeowners were aware of some type of pest in their home. Every state is affected, but the threats can differ in each location.

With a diverse geography and climate in the US, it can be hard to know which pest poses a threat and how to counter it. Detailed information is provided on Pest Helpers about the following pest types:

The cost of pest problems

Solving the problem inevitably results in expense. This includes costs incurred to control the pests and, where necessary, repairs to any damage caused by them. Also, a victim may suffer health issues, physical and emotional.

It’s not only homeowners that are affected. A Rentokil survey in 2015 showed that businesses in the US spent $6.8 million on controlling pests. Infestations resulted in the loss of another $13.2 million in revenue. Of the 200 businesses surveyed, 90 percent had experienced at least one pest infection during the previous five years. Added to the direct costs is the damage their reputation suffered.

Preparing for changes

No one is immune and the threat risk is constantly changing. New pests are arriving. Those already present are influenced by constantly shifting weather patterns.

Pests which used to have their activities restricted by seasonal cold are, in many places, now extending their range and the length of time they remain active due to warmer winters. Termites are an example of this phenomenon. With higher rainfall experienced in some regions, the numbers of mosquitoes there are growing.

These changes also bring new health risks. There is a greater awareness of diseases like Zika and Nile River virus as they spread and get reported on in the press. Fortunately, these diseases are still relatively uncommon. But mosquitoes can still be a serious nuisance simply through their itchy bites and the sleep disturbance they cause.

Homeowners increasingly encounter problems for which they have no experience in tackling. But the situation does not have to be bleak. Forewarned is forearmed.

Informed Decisions

That is the objective of Pest Helpers - to give the facts needed to make informed decisions regarding pest control. Pest Helpers provide countrywide information. Regardless of location, home and business owners will find details of the different type of pests, along with ways to eradicate them.

One problem facing those affected is that of choice. There are so many options available that it can be daunting to know which solution to pick in a particular situation or location. For example, when is it safe for the homeowner to deal with the problem and when should a professional pest control company be called? And where can a reliable one be found? This site will supply the relevant information.

Flexible solutions to suit each location

The pest types covered in Pest Helpers are those found throughout the US. Certain locations come under threat from different pests. This means the best way to eradicate them can also vary from place to place, with climate and terrain affecting the treatments used. States differ in their legislation on pesticides. Many of the most effective types are only available to qualified pest exterminators.

In almost every case, the cost of prevention is less than the cost of eradication or damage repair. Not to mention the health benefits. It makes sense to prevent an infestation in a home or business before it’s too late.

Organic options and services

With growing concern about the impact of pesticides on the environment, many people are looking for other methods of pest solutions. In response, an increasing number of pest controllers are now offering green or organic pest control as an alternative to pesticides. A few companies even specialize in environmentally safe options that use no chemicals or pesticides.

Green pest control is a broad topic and not all the solutions on offer have been thoroughly tested. Some take longer to work than chemicals and may not be effective against heavy pest infestations. However, green options that are proven can provide peace of mind for families with young children and pets. In every case, it is wise to use a qualified pest controller who knows the best method for your problem.

Do it yourself pest control

Not every pest invasion requires a professional pest exterminator. The range of do-it-yourself solutions available at home depots and on the Internet is growing fast. Some are invaluable in a homeowner’s fight against pests, while others are little more than gimmicks. Before buying or using any DIY pest control product, its effectiveness should be confirmed.

For many common pests, small numbers can be safely managed with over-the-counter sprays and traps. The cost of these is typically much lower than employing a professional. Read the instructions carefully as some chemicals can be dangerous when misused, creating risks to the user and those nearby.

Certain pest threats, such as wasp nests, pose special risks and any homeowner attempting their removal needs to understand the potential danger.

All DIY pest control requires careful monitoring to determine its success. If not done correctly, the pests can multiply out of sight and become a greater nuisance. This may result in higher costs if a professional is then needed.

Do-it-yourself pest control is a useful tool for any homeowner and, when used wisely, can eradicate pests cheaply and quickly.