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What kind of pests are invading your home? Identify them here and learn how Terminix can help you treat them with a safe, effective pest control plan.

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Simple steps to a pest-free home

  • Empty trash regularly and be sure outdoor trashcans have tight-fitting, secure lids.
  • Eliminate excess moisture from kitchens and bathrooms. Most pests are drawn to water, so leaks and spills should be cleaned up quickly.
  • Cover air vents with a mesh screen. This keeps larger pests like rodents from invading your home.
  • Put food away and wipe down counters, stoves and sweep floors every night.
  • Keep food products in sealed plastic or glass containers.
  • Close openings around windows and doors. Cockroaches need only 1/8 of an inch to enter.
  • Seal cracks around bathtubs, showers and sinks with 100% silicone caulk.
  • Fill holes where pipes enter with steel wool, then seal the hole with joint compound.
  • Reduce clutter and vacuum regularly.
  • Use baits and traps for temporary relief.

These tips will help, but pests can find their way into even the cleanest homes. If you’re facing an infestation of bed bugs, termites, rodents, cockroaches or other pests, call 1-877-959-5912 for a professional pest control plan from the experts at Terminix.

The high cost of ignoring a pest problem

Did you know pests can cause more damage to homes than many natural disasters? They also carry a wide range of dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. Why risk your home and health when you can let the experts at Terminix provide you with the best pest control plans in the industry? Terminix solutions attack up to 27 different types of pests – even the most menacing, like bed bugs, termites, wasps and rodents. And with a 100% money-back guarantee, you can be sure your Terminix pest control plan will get rid of pests for good. There are hundreds of household pests that can invade your personal space and threaten your home and health. Here are a few ways pests leave an unwanted lasting impression.

How pests threaten your home

Foundation – Termites are the primary culprit behind foundation damage, mainly due to the unsightly mud tubes they build on foundation walls as they tunnel from the ground into your home. Their burrowing may also cause damage to pipe and electrical openings in your foundation if they continue to use the same entry points.

Wood Structures/Floors/Furniture – Termites again are the biggest concern. They can hollow out floors, walls, wooden support beams, ceiling beams and more. But so can two other pests – carpenter ants and wood-boring beetles. Both species can live comfortably within the wood of your home for years before being detected. But by that time, they can destroy your entire home. Both are notoriously difficult to locate and remove, so prevention is the key.

Eaves, Decks and Siding – The telltale signs of summer may include sunny days, warmer temperatures and outdoor fun, but may also include giant holes in outdoor wood structures like porches, decks and eaves. These are caused by the carpenter bee. The holes serve as the doorway to the colony home, and aside from their unattractiveness, they can significantly weaken these structures.

Carpeting and Upholstery – Holes in carpeting and fabric-covered furniture may not be caused by moths, as most people suspect.  Carpet beetles are another threat to the softer parts of your home. If you have carpeting throughout your home, carpet beetles can live for years without detection.  Carpet beetles cause significant damage during the larval stage while living under floors and furniture and inside hidden crevices like air ducts.

Clothing – If your closet has ever been invaded by clothes moths, you know the damage they can cause. Like carpet beetles, the adults cause little to no damage. It’s the larvae that create Swiss cheese out of your clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, upholstery and more. You can treat a moth problem on your own, but a quarterly pest control plan is more effective.

How pests threaten your health

Pests can carry everything from Salmonella to E. coli and Streptococcus bacteria. And mosquitoes are responsible for the rise in West Nile Virus cases across the U.S.  Here’s a brief list of the diseases and health problems caused by pests. But don’t wait until your family’s health is at risk – call 1-877-959-5912 today to learn more about preventative pest control plans from Terminix.

  • E. coli- A normal intestinal bacterium in humans and animals. One strain can cause severe illness with symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and fatigue.
  • Salmonella- An intestinal bacterium found in humans and animals. It causes diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps.
  • Streptococcus- A bacterium often found on the skin and in the throat of humans. Mild cases cause strep throat or impetigo. Severe cases lead to potentially-life threatening GAS disease. Severe cases can cause necrotizing fasciitis: Severe damage to skin, muscle and fat tissues; Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome: sudden drop in blood pressure and organ failure.
  • Staphylococcus aureus- A bacterium found in the human respiratory tract and on the skin. Can cause a range of illnesses, including mild to severe skin infections, respiratory disease and food poisoning.
  • Lyme Disease- Neurological inflammatory disease: rash, headache, fever, chills, arthritis and neurological and cardiac illness.
  • Encephalitis- Brain inflammation, confusion, fever, headache, stiff neck.
  • West Nile Virus- Viral infection, Encephalitis, fever, chills, body aches, nausea, fatigue.
  • Hantavirus- Viral infection, Hemorrhagic Fever with fever, hemorrhaging and shock; or Pulmonary Syndrome with sudden shortness of breath, fever, cough, headache and lethargy.