The greater Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area has garnered plenty of positive attention over the years for ranking high on lists detailing the best cities in America to live, work, and raise a family in. The hometown pride is certainly well-deserved!
However, there are a couple pest-related lists that DFW isn’t too happy to be a part of… DFW ranks high on the worst cities in America for issues with termite damage, mosquitoes, and bed bugs (shudder).
Having a regularly scheduled pest control service is always a good idea, but in an area highly prone to pest issues…it’s a necessity! Pests can cause harm to both your home and your health, and the best way to kick the creepies and crawlies to the curb is to bring in the experts.
A pest control service can significantly lower your risk of pest-related home damage and health issues. Follow along to learn some of the most essential benefits of hiring a pest control company in a pest-prone area like DFW.
Avoid damage to your home or building.
Pests can inflict a remarkable amount of damage to homes and buildings. In this case, the statistics speak for themselves…termites alone cause over $5 billion in property damage every year. Another shocking fact is that it is estimated that around 20% of fires with “unknown causes” are actually due to rodents chewing electrical wiring and gas lines.
Termites are one of the worst damage-causing pests, and residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth area (DFW) have reason to be concerned about termite damage. DFW continually makes the list of the top ten worst cities in America for termite damage. One of the main reasons for the extreme termite activity in DFW is the year-round high temperatures.
A wide variety of pests can damage your home and property. The sad truth is that pests are directly responsible for causing billions of dollars worth of damage annually.
Unfortunately, termites and other damage-causing pests prefer to make their homes in the dark, damp, hidden areas of our homes. This means that trying to spot them or check for the damage they cause is extremely difficult without professional assistance.
It often takes an expert eye to recognize the signs of pests hiding in walls, ventilation systems, and other hidden areas in our homes. Hiring a professional pest control company to protect your home from costly pest damage is especially important in an area prone to pest damage like DFW.
A mature termite colony can eat through nearly 22 linear feet of wood from a 2×4 per year, so don’t wait to act! Hire a professional pest control service today and protect yourself from expensive pest issues tomorrow.
Keep diseases spread by pests OUT of your home.
Thanks to widespread media coverage, people are generally aware of the dangers of disease-spreading mosquitoes. Most folks know to take protective measures when outdoors to protect themselves from Zika or West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes due to this knowledge.
However, what is less commonly discussed is the plethora of other pests that can easily transmit diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, Lyme disease, encephalitis, and more.
Generally, most Americans have experienced the disgust of finding a cockroach inside their homes. While we very much agree on the “ew!” factor of seeing a roach inside, it’s important to note that cockroaches can actually be both gross and dangerous.
Cockroaches are known to spread over 30 kinds of bacteria, such as E. Coli and Salmonella. Cockroaches also contribute to spreading pathogens, allergens, and parasitic worms that are all harmful to humans.
Rodents are another example of gross yet dangerous pests. Rodent problems are much more widespread than many people realize. In fact, nearly 30% of American homeowners have had a rodent issue in their home. Rats transmit many disease organisms such as hantavirus, salmonella, trichinosis, murine typhus, and leptospirosis.
There are absolutely loads of pests that pose a serious risk to humans. And, unfortunately, they are very talented at sneaking into our homes. Yes, pests are truly awful harbingers of illness and filth.
However, it is possible to significantly lower your risk of contracting diseases and illnesses transmitted by pests. The most effective way to protect your family from this risk is to hire a pest control company for regular treatments and monitoring.
Stop your family from suffering from unnecessary allergies and itching.
If your family is suffering from even minor allergies, pest control may be more important than you realize. Allergies related to pests can induce symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and more.
More people are affected by pest-related allergens than you may think. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), “63% of American homes contain allergens from the saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches. 82% of American homes contain allergens from mice droppings.”
It is imperative to maintain a regular pest control routine if anyone in your home suffers from asthma. Cockroaches contain allergens that trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.
According to the NPMA, “1 in 5 American children have severe sensitivity to cockroach allergens.”
Although allergens from roaches are particularly concerning, many biting and stinging pests can also wreak havoc in homes unprotected by pest control services. Millions of people in America are allergic to stinging insects, and around 60 people die annually due to insect stings.
Other biting pests such as bed bugs can leave behind itchy, red welts. And if you think there’s no way bed bugs can affect you, take this statistic in…1 in 5 Americans has had or knows someone who has had a bed bug infestation in their home or a hotel.
Insects and rodents can fit through shockingly small cracks and openings to enter your home. Without the watchful eye of a pest control service, your family is at a higher risk of pest-related allergens and health issues.
Regular pest control service will help to avoid the high costs of fixing major pest infestations.
One of the worst things a homeowner can do is wait to hire a pest control company until they see a problem. So much pest damage happens out our sight. If you wait till the damage is visible, there is usually a significant amount of long-term damage occurring out of sight.
When pest activity is allowed to continue in a structure for a long time, the cost of repairing the subsequent damage can be extremely costly. Cutting corners on regular pest control treatments can both compromise your home’s stability and cost much more in the long run.
To the untrained eye, it is nearly impossible to detect the presence of termites or wood-boring insects in the walls or hidden areas of your home. Repairing pest and termite damage to homes and buildings can cost thousands of dollars, but this cost can be avoided by employing a regularly scheduled pest control service.
Enjoy peace of mind with Gecko Green’s guaranteed pest control service.
We appreciate that choosing a pest control service to protect your home and family is a difficult choice. However, you’re already off to a great start simply by choosing to hire a professional pest control service at all!
Not only can a pest control company provide the best resources and most effective products, but the experts will also educate you on how best to have a pest-free home.
Gecko Green is a family-owned expert lawn care and pest control company that’s been caring for the DFW area for over 20 years. At Gecko Green, our pest control experts are certified with the Texas Department of Agriculture in Structural Pest Control with certifications in pest control and termite control.
Our Preventative Pest Control Program covers all your needs and ensures that you won’t ever need to worry about pest-related illnesses or structure damage.