Home maintenance costs are inevitable; however, pests increase home repair costs exponentially. Regular pest control services should be part of every homeowner’s home maintenance plan. A study performed by North Carolina State University proved that only .01% of our homes might not have traces of insect activity. The study checked 554 rooms which totaled 50 houses. Only 5 rooms had no pest activity (Merchant, 2016)((Merchant, M., Ten top pests that can hurt your home – Insects in the City. (2016, January 23). Retrieved from https://citybugs.tamu.edu/2016/01/22/ten-top-pests-that-can-hurt-your-home)).
The study also identified pests such as arthropods are responsible for over e$5 billion dollars of property damage per year (NPMA, 2019)((NPMA., National Pest Management Association. (2019, September 19). Retrieved from https://my.npmapestworld.org/home)). Arthropods care defined as the following: “Spiders, termites, centipedes, mites, ticks, roaches, scorpions and more” (“All About Arthropods”, 2018)((All About Arthropods. (2018, September 17). Retrieved from https://www.kidzone.ws/animals/arthropod1.htm)). Some common pests that homeowners should worry about are:
- Carpenter ants
- German cockroaches
- Bed bugs
- Fire ants
- Rats and mice
Besides, homeowner’s insurance policies typically do not cover damage caused by termites. “That’s because termite infestations [as well as insect damage] can be prevented [..]” (Esurance, 2019)((Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Termite Damage? | Esurance. (2019, September 19). Retrieved from https://www.esurance.com/info/homeowners/does-homeowners-insurance-cover-termite-damage [)). By the way, homeowners are responsible for routine home maintenance.
San Antonio is also home to several different types of rodent spices according to Pro Defense Pest Control (2019)((Preventative Mice and Rat Control • Pro Defense Pest Control. (2018, January 19). Retrieved from https://prodefensepestcontrol.com/preventative-mice-and-rat-control)). Having baits set on the exterior of your home can also prevent them from entering the house.
Therefore, having a good pest control company is crucial in reducing home repair costs. The money spent on regular pest control services can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars of future home repair costs.