It is much easier, faster cheaper to get rid of any pest by catching it before it has had time to reproduce. Unfortunately, by the time you’ve seen the first one, it’s usually too late for that.
Once any insect has had time to lay its eggs, form colonies, grow, it will have become a serious problem. Some people accept that insects will be seen from time to time don’t take any steps at the first sight. They don’t call an exterminator until after it has become a serious problem. This is the most expensive way to handle it gives the pests more than enough time to do serious damage.
How many pests do you have? Probably more than you realize. Here are the reproduction rates of two of the most common pests you will encounter, mice roaches:
A single female rat produces 5 to 10 litters per year. These litters consist of 5 to 6 young which are able to reproduce after a mere 30 days. So one month after giving birth, that 5 to 6 mice can become 2 to 70 mice. Now multiply that by one year you get 100 to 1000 mice!
A female cockroach can produce 4 to 8 egg capsules in her lifetime. Each capsule can have 20 to 78 eggs in it for a reproduction rate of 120 to 384 eggs in a typical life span of 1 year. A roach reaches maturity in 30 to 225 days depending on temperature so in a little over a month you might see an increase of almost 3,500 roaches, or 10,000 in a year!
Regular visits from your exterminator are a must. The program for this is one of control maintenance because total removal is a near-impossibility.
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You might think that you are saving money by not hiring a professional to take care of your pest or insect problem. In one sense you are. After all, the cost of one can of bug spray or a few mousetraps is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of an exterminator.
But the problem with insects which is often overlooked is the damage they do inside your home the cost of repairing that damage. Insects can eat through your clothing, lay their eggs throughout your home in the case of termites, cause structural damage to your house. They often spread germs bacteria that can make you or your family sick. In the long run it is generally less expensive to take care of the insect problem as soon as possible than to wait fix the damage later on.
The more common pests what kind of damage they can do if left to their own devices:
Mice – Mice can cause untold amounts of damage to your food. As well as eating it, their fecal material often finds its way into your grains cereals. Like rats, mice leave a urine scent-trail everywhere they go. Many diseases are brought in by mice rats such as salmonella, rabies, foot-and-mouth, Hantavirus. They contaminate everything by leaving hairs as well as bodily waste, and where you have mice rats, you have fleas. Mice also chew the insulation off of your electrical wiring. It is believed that 25% of all fires with an unknown origin were caused by mice rats chewing on electrical insulation. The damage can range from a few dollars to replace your contaminated food to hundreds of thousands of dollars as your house burns, taking your worldly possessions with it.
Carpenter ants leave damage that the untrained eye can easily mistake for termites. To tell the difference, look at the tunnels, or “galleries”. A carpenter ant will leave a smooth, almost sanded appearance, while a termite’s gallery will be packed with mud-like substances and will be rough. Carpenter ants do not necessarily “eat” the wood, but they will carve away at damp wood will grow farm molds other fungus for food. These galleries can significantly weaken the structure they are bored into. Once the structure has been weakened, a heavy snowfall, high winds, or other outside stress can cause the structure to collapse. These small insects can do thousands of dollars of damage, usually in the $2,000.00 to $17,000.00 range.
Unlike carpenter ants, termites actually eat the wood. Like carpenter ants, termites can cause catastrophic amounts of damage. Termites cause an estimated $5 billion of damage each year. Keep your eyes open in early Spring for termite swarms. If you see them on your property, call an exterminator quickly. Otherwise you could be paying up to tens of thousands of dollars for repairs.