3 Pests You Should Not Try to Handle Yourself

As a homeowner, you're bound to encounter many different types of pests throughout your lifetime. While it can be tempting to try and handle the situation on your own, this isn't always the best approach. If you find yourself dealing with an infestation involving any of the pests listed below, you'd do better to leave it in the hands of professionals. Read on to learn why.

Termites

If you've noticed odd clicking sounds coming from the walls, it's time to call the exterminator ASAP. There's a good chance you're playing host to a colony of termites, insects that are able to break down the cellulose found in wood and use it for an energy source. As termite damage isn't covered by most insurance policies, it's important to treat the problem early. Schedule an inspection to find out whether your home is infested with termites or something less destructive. Once the termites are taken care of, you should have your home examined by home inspectors to check the safety of the structure of your home.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches make housemates that survive a lifetime, who are exceptionally unpleasant, and omnipresent. It only takes 35 days for cockroaches to mature into adults capable of laying 110 eggs per capsule. What's worse, the insects are omnivorous, meaning they'll bite humans if given the chance. As cockroaches are also nocturnal, you may not spot them during the day, but large infestations can produce a strong musty odor that worsens if the problem is left untreated. Fortunately, most exterminators offer services at a one-time fee for consultation and treatment. To find out which ones offer the best price in your area, check in with a search engine or the local phone book.

Rats

Most homeowners have dealt with the occasional mouse or two, but rats pose a more immediate hazard. Because they're larger than mice, they're bound to cause more structural damage. They can also spread disease through biting or human contact with their bodily waste. One of the most common is HPS or Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. That's why it's important not to attempt to deal with these infestations yourself, particularly if there are small children in the home. If you've spotted droppings that are too large to belong to mice or have heard loud scurrying noises from the attic or the walls, it's a good idea to contact an exterminator for a consultation.

It can be overwhelming to deal with pest control situations. Fortunately, a trained professional will have the tools to safely rid you of the problem. All you have to do is know when to ask for help.

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