Can pests cause damage to my home or property? 

Imagine termites gnawing away at your foundation. Or ants weakening your walls. Or rats chewing on your roof and support beams. This is what pests do to homes and businesses across the country, including here in our rainy and wooded city of Portland. Keeping your home and property protected with regular pest inspections and extermination treatments can help prevent these pests from damaging your house or business. Pests can also cause health problems that make living on your property uncomfortable, unsafe or even deadly. From vector-borne diseases like rabies and West Nile virus to allergies, asthma and other diseases from microbial contamination, pests are dangerous. 

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If pests aren’t controlled, they can quickly destroy your home or business and cause serious financial damage. Depending on the type of pest and the amount of damage, standard homeowner insurance policies often do not cover the cost of extermination and repairs. 

In addition to physical damage, pests can also impact a property’s resale value. For example, a termite infestation or a rat infestation can lower a property’s value significantly, especially in older neighborhoods where many homes are built from wood and other materials susceptible to pest damage. Keeping your property protected with pest control services can help protect your investment by keeping your home or business safe and hygienic. 

The most common pests that affect residential and commercial properties include rodents, cockroaches, ants, bees, mosquitoes, spiders, flies, fruit flies and termites. All of these pests can carry and transmit a variety of illnesses to humans, making them dangerous and annoying. 

Rodents and cockroaches infest homes, buildings, stores and restaurants and can carry and spread cholera, leptospirosis, dysentery and typhoid fever. Insects, such as flies and mosquitoes, can be carriers of disease as well as harmful microbes that cause diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. 

Pests such as ants, bees, flies, fruit flies, fleas and bed bugs infest homes and businesses and can lead to food contamination, sanitary conditions and a decline in the value of the property. In addition, roaches, bees and flies can carry diseases such as giardiasis, anemia, typhoid fever and cholera. 

While it’s easy to dismiss the annoyance of one or two pests, it is important to note that pests are generally in large numbers and may not be visible to the naked eye. For example, a termite problem that is not treated in time can cause significant damage to the structure of your home and can have devastating consequences for your family’s health. 

Taking the time to fix broken windows, screens and vent covers will help keep pests out of your home. In addition, doors that do not close properly should be fixed to ensure they are pest-proof. These simple steps can greatly reduce the number of pests that infest your home or business and can save you a lot of money on extermination and repair costs.