Understanding The Risks Of Pests Inside The Home

Pests are everywhere, and while you can't fully eliminate them, you can prevent and eliminate pest infestations inside the home. Pests aren't just gross and annoying, but they can also be harmful. If you would like to know more about pests and the risks associated with pest infestations, keep reading.

What Attracts Pests?

Pests are attracted to:

  • Shelter
  • Food sources
  • Water sources
  • Easy accessibility

Having exposed food: human or pet, increases the risk of pests sneaking inside to take advantage of that free food. Similarly, water sources like leaking pipes attract pests too because they need both food and water to survive. Your home itself is a great shelter, and pests are more likely to get inside if your home is easy to access. Your home may be easy to access by pests if you have:

  • Holes and gaps in the home's exterior
  • Damaged attic vents
  • Damaged/constantly open windows
  • Branches that hang over or come in contact with the house
  • Foliage directly outside the home's exterior
  • Debris, especially wood, leaning against the home's exterior.

What Do Pests Do Inside Your Home?

Once inside your home, pests can cause a whole host of problems. They may interfere with the electrical wiring if they build nests or gnaw on wires. They may also urinate and defecate on the wires or electrical equipment. This can also increase the risk of an electrical wire.

Some pests may cause direct damage to the home's structure by burrowing into wood or chewing through drywall. While this probably won't affect the structural integrity of your home, it can make the home look dirty and unkempt. Similarly, dead pests and droppings can also make the house look dirty.

Pests may also cause irritation. Bites can cause itching, and some people develop allergic reactions to cockroaches. More importantly, however, pests can carry many diseases, which may spread to your pets or family.

How Do You Stop Pests?

Start by making changes to make your home less attractive to pests. Seal gaps in the home's exterior and remove debris/plants that are too close to the house. Don't forget to remove or limit any food and/or water sources.

Pest control experts can set up barriers to help detour pests from your home. If you do get an infestation, they can find the nests and eliminate all the pests once and for all.

If you are sick of dealing with pests, it's time to act. Pests can harm your family and damage your home. If you would like to know more, about pest control and extermination, contact a pest control expert today. For more information, contact a company like Paffy's Pest Control.