PEST FACTS FROM OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS.
After more than 85 years fighting termites and pests, no one knows the enemy like we do. With tips, facts and more below, find helpful and need-to-know information on whatever pest you’re researching.
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BED BUG PEST FACTS.
Bed bugs are year-round pests, but an increase in travel during warm-weather months means greater visibility of these irritating critters.
Our famous “Top 15 Most Infested Cities” is released each year at the start of summer travel season to warn travelers about bed bug infestations and offer tips for prevention.
BED BUG PREVENTION TIPS FOR TRAVELERS
Check headboards, mattresses and box springs for bed bugs and the dark blood spots they leave behind.
Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.
Avoid unpacking clothing and storing them in the hotel’s furniture drawers.
Don’t allow your baggage to sit on the floor. Store it on a luggage rack as far from the bed as possible.
If you notice evidence of bed bugs, request another room or change hotels.
When returning home, leave luggage in the garage or basement until your are able to thoroughly inspect it for bed bugs.
Vacuum suitcases when returning from trips and immediately wash clothing in hot water.
RODENT PEST FACTS.
Each year, rodents invade more than 21 million American homes. In addition to eating the contents of homeowners’ kitchens, these pests are considered fire hazards for their habit of gnawing on electrical wiring. Rodents are also known to carry diseases.
BOX ELDER BUG PEST FACTS.
Box elder bugs seek warm shelter during the winter inside homes’ walls. Often, they wander around and end up inside homes where they can be a nuisance to homeowners.
STINK BUG PEST FACTS.
Stink bugs seek warm spaces to survive winter and, once inside, tend to stay. Stink bugs are known for their noxious odor, often released when homeowners try to vacuum them away.
ANT PEST FACTS.
Ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States. They have numerous ways of gaining entry to homes, including crawling through small exterior openings or by scaling vegetation next to exterior walls.
COCKROACH PEST FACTS.
Cockroaches can gain entry into homes many ways, including being carried in on groceries or crawling through small exterior cracks. Cockroaches spread disease and bacteria and are a serious threat to human health.
MOSQUITO PEST FACTS.
Mosquitoes are annoying for most, but can mean deadly diseases for some. We offer mosquito control service as well as products to prevent mosquitoes from ruining outdoor activities throughout the spring and summer.
TERMITE PEST FACTS.
Termites are year-round pests that swarm in the spring. Terminix advises homeowners to have a professional termite inspection annually.
Termites infest 1 in 22 homes each year.1 The average cost per home for treatments and damage repairs is $8,184 and homeowners’ insurance rarely covers the damage.2
TERMITE PREVENTION TIPS FROM TERMINIX.
Repair any roof or plumbing leaks as soon as possible. These leaks can allow termites to survive above ground in a house.
Eliminate any wood-to-soil contact around your foundation and remove wood debris near your home.
Prevent mulch and soil from touching the siding of your home. They make it easier for termites to enter.
Store firewood away from your home.
Use mesh screens on all windows and doors as well as in ventilation openings for attics and crawl spaces.
Seal nail holes and cracks in exposed wood to help prevent easy access by drywood termites.
Contract with a professional pest company to regularly inspect your home. This will help detect termite activity and allow for prompt and proper treatment.