This Is Why Pest Control Is Important


Are rats invading your property and destroying a part of your home? Maybe there is a wasp or hornet problem in your neighborhood, and you see a new nest every week on your porch putting you or one of your family members at risk of being stung. If you are not experiencing either of these or are not having any pest problem whatsoever, you may ask why pest control is so important?

Pest control is essential because there are situations that can lead to health issues. Any pests can carry particular diseases that can cause a long-term effect on you and the people living in your home. Pests on your property can also cost you many expenses if your home is ruined by an excessive amount of bugs or animals in one specific area.

As you continue to read this article, it will go more in-depth on why pest control is important, while also providing a couple of examples on what to do in those situations. Keep reading to find out all the information there is to know!

Why Is Pest Control So Important?

As previously stated, pest control should be important to just about everyone. There are plenty of examples that can and will apply to everyone. Unfortunately, there are many things that we do not think about until they become a significant issue in our lives.

One of those things is household pests. Whether it is rats, mice, or other rodents to spiders, cockroaches, or termites, any of these can lead to damages to your home and can cause life-threatening health issues.

It is always easier and much quicker to call a professional pest control agent to come to your home and let them do their job than it is for you to try and do it yourself. While doing it yourself strategies may have varying success, this is mainly depending on the severity of the issue. With that being said, let us get into some examples and scenarios to show you why pest control is essential.


Let us start with an easy one. As we begin with rats, there are numerous reasons why you do not want these guys infesting your home or property. Firstly, rats are riddled with easily transferred diseases to you and your family or pets without you even knowing.

Many diseases from these pests are transferred through urine and fecal matter that you can consume or come in contact with without even knowing. On top of this, rats can carry fleas and ticks that can also contain harmful diseases.

Borreliosis, or Lyme disease, is easily transferred by ticks that are on rats, which can cause a nasty rash and even flu-like symptoms. Not to mention Leptospirosis, which will cause you to have a terrible fever, and vomit while also having the chance of making you develop kidney and liver damage, if not adequately treated, can eventually lead to death.

If just those 2 of the numerous diseases that can come with a rat infestation were not enough, the property damage could be quite costly. Rats are notorious for chewing through walls and other materials like furniture and the insulation in your walls. Rats are also known to chew through wires that can eventually lead to a fire in your home, putting your livelihood and your family’s life in danger.

Keep in mind that mice are in the same category with rats and share a lot of the same issues that they come with. 

There are many kinds of rodents that all come with their slew of issues that they can cause. From weasels and squirrels to minks and chipmunks, these animals can all be dealt with do-it-yourself methods if the problem is caught early. 


There are an absolute ton of insects that can cause damage to your home and your health. These can be exterminated via proper methods if caught early and with professional help, if the need arises.

Wasps & Hornets

There are over 2 million Americans that are allergic to insects that sting. While the honey bee population is on a steady decline, they are non-hostile and only sting in defense of their hive. On the other hand, we have wasps and hornets. These buggers are much more aggressive and can stir their swarm at a moment’s notice if you come too close to their hive, making them much more dangerous. 

Wasps and hornets follow the same pattern, and if you catch it early enough, you can handle the issue yourself with little to no problem. However, if you happen to miss the massive hive that has been building behind your shed for months, it is time to call a professional. 

The only time that wasps and hornets can cause any form of property damage is when their hive finds the perfect little hole that leads into space in between your walls and ceilings. The damage mostly comes from the exterminator that you’ll call in these situations. The professional will have to cut into your wall or ceiling to get rid of the hives that are built there.

Bed Bugs

Another horrible pest to let rot in your home is the infamous bed bugs. These tiny blood-sucking pests are not as dangerous as some of the others on this list. At most, bed bugs will give you a pretty bad itchy sensation after they have bitten you. But more than anything else, they are annoying to deal with.

These guys are hitchhikers and can get into your home in the most ridiculous of ways. You just bought a couch or chair that happened to be unlucky enough to have 1 or 2 of these guys on it. Perhaps you take the train or bus to work and sit next to someone who does not know they have bed bugs, and they happen to have one on their coat today that crawled over into your pocket. Now you unknowingly got the bugs.

The worst thing about bed bugs is that you will not know they are there unless you are lucky enough to see them very early on in their infestation. Normally if you see a bed bug in your home crawling around on your furniture or the floor. It is too late; they have most likely infested your home in one way or another. 

Bed Bugs are VERY hard to get rid of yourself and can be very expensive to get rid of. The main ways to get rid of these pests are through an exterminator, pesticides, or a DIY heat treatment.


Every year, termites cost the United States billions of dollars in damage. They eat wood, but they also eat paper, books, insulation, and even pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can harm live trees and shrubs, although they are more commonly a secondary invader of declining woody plants.

Termites can infest structures at any time, but they are essential when purchasing or selling a house since a termite inspection report is typically a condition of sale. Thousands of winged termites emerging within one’s home, aside from the economic effect, is an emotionally draining event, not to mention the notion of termites silently eating on your most significant investment.

When winged termites are discovered indoors, it nearly usually means an infestation has to be addressed. Because swarmers are drawn to light, they are frequently found around windows and doors. Winged termites are commonly confused for ants, which swarm at the same time of year.

Termites have straight antennae, a waist that is evenly enlarged, and wings that are all the same size. On the other hand, ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists, and longer forewings than hind wings.


There are two main types of cockroaches:

  • The German cockroach, which is small and has two black stripes running horizontally down the length of their bodies behind their heads.
  • The American cockroach is quite giant. Both males and females have a unique yellowish-colored pattern behind their heads, and both are potent flyers.

Furthermore, these cockroaches are known as palmetto bugs because they are frequently seen lurking beneath palm tree leaves.

Cockroaches frequently enter homes, companies, and other structures independently as they search for food supplies. They enter through cracks and fissures in foundations and external walls, areas beneath doors and around windows, open windows and doors, and drains and vents. On the other hand, cockroaches are frequently introduced into houses by mistakes, such as through deliveries and old furniture or equipment.

The worst thing about cockroaches is their ability to contaminate areas with their saliva and waste. Some illnesses carried both by the German and American cockroaches are:

  • Dysentery
  • Salmonellosis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • E. Coli

Furthermore, their excrement, saliva, and shed skins, especially in children, can provoke allergies and asthma episodes.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, pest control is an essential duty that everyone has to do. The examples provided above are just a few of the numerous situations where you will need pest control. With all of the examples provided in this article, hopefully, it has portrayed the importance of practicing pest control in your daily life.

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Hubert Miles

I've been conducting home inspections for 17 years. I'm a licensed Home Inspector, Certified Master Inspector (CMI), and FHA 203k Consultant. I started to help people better understand the home inspection process and answer questions about homeownership and home maintenance.
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