Dec262014

"Interesting Pest Facts"

Pest Control in your home is not just about getting rid of nasty bugs and rodents. Listed below are some interesting, “need to know” facts about bugs, rodents and insects that can invade your home.

Pest control professionals report an increase of 71% of pest management professionals receiving bed bug calls since 2001.

Bed bugs can live for a year or more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room every year.

More than 2 million people in the U.S. are allergic to insect stings and as many as 100 people die as a result of bee and wasp stings each year.

Termites cause up to $5 billion in damage to homes each year.

Termites, which can have up to 2 million members in a single colony, have hard, saw-toothed jaws that work and feed 24 hours a day, often undermining the structural stability of a home.

Mice can contaminate food and kitchen sources with their feces, which can spread Salmonella and Hantavirus.

Mice have the potential to breed up to a dozen babies every three weeks, allowing them to quickly develop into a major infestation.

Known to gnaw through electrical wiring, mice can cause house fires and various electrical malfunctions.

With more than 700 ant species, ants are the #1 nuisance pest in the U.S.

The most common home invading species include odorous and non-odorous house ants, which will eat almost anything and can contaminate food sources that they infest.

Cockroaches spread 22 different kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms and 7 other kinds of human pathogens.

Cockroach allergens accumulate from their droppings and shed skins, which can trigger asthma attacks, especially in children.