In the US today, there are numerous types of pests that can quickly overrun a home or business. They can appear anywhere, and at any time. Properties do not have to be dirty or substandard to be infested by pests. Some are obvious, such as the infuriating buzz of mosquitoes or the itchy bites caused by bed bugs. But not all pests are so noticeable.
Awareness of the potential threat to health and property is a good reason for taking sensible preventive measures. If ignored, some pests go unnoticed until it is too late and the damage is already done. This is often the case with termites, ants, and wasps.
In homes and businesses, the cost of controlling or eradicating an infestation can be high. These costs are not just monetary as health and social status can also suffer. Even the cleanest of dwellings can be infested if the conditions are right.
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The pest situation and the methods of controlling them are changing countrywide. Well-known pests are becoming resistant to certain pesticides. Newer pests, like Turkestan cockroaches, are spreading at an alarmingly fast rate. Different treatments are now available, while some older ones are restricted by legislation.
Everyone at risk from pests should be able to go to one source for up-to-date, accurate information to make informed decisions. Pest Helpers is designed to do just that. These pages contain valuable background and identification information, as well as treatment advice for the pest types shown below.
Except for Alaska, termites are found in every US state and can be extremely destructive. They attack over 600,000 homes a year, at a huge cost to the owners. The Formosan termite alone is blamed for up to $2 billion a year in damage and repair costs.
Most termites prefer a warmer climate, but certain species threaten properties in the north of the country. Some attacks are immediately obvious but others can remain undetected for months or years, by which time the damage can be extensive. Termite species often differ in their habits, so pest control activities have to be tailored to the species and location.