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3 Reasons the World Needs Pest Control

3 Reasons the World Needs Pest Control

Posted January 16, 2020

You might think pest control is a bunch of scary traps and dangerous chemicals. That could have been true in the past, but reputable pest control products and treatment methods have become safer and more effective over time.

So how is pest control beneficial? Let’s take a look at what could happen if all pest control efforts stopped today.

1. Property Damage

According to the National Pest Management Association, NPMA, Termites alone account for $5 billion dollars in property damage every year.

If we stopped controlling their population in houses and businesses, think of the catastrophe!

Carpenter ants also cause millions of dollars in property damage each year.

Many property owners have no idea their home or business is slowly deteriorating because of these wood-destroying pests. Termites and carpenter ants can go undetected for months or years in almost any building with a wooden structure or wooden components.

The main objective of pest control is to protect you, your family, and your property. It is never our goal to harm the environment, but to be helpful to it! We don’t want to eliminate termites from their natural habitat because of their ability to get rid of decomposing wood. Some of the world’s denser forests would be in serious trouble without the help of termites.

2. Crop Destruction

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, herbivorous insects damage or destroy ⅕ of the world’s annual crop production.

Who knows how much more damage insects could do if we did not use products to protect our crops. Insects will eat fruit, grains, vegetables, and even meat products. Without pest control, food shortages and the related economic fallout could impact countries around the world.

3. Disease

Mosquitoes, rodents, cockroaches, ticks, and fleas are some of the most notorious and dangerous vectors of many diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC.

Rodents are considered to be the original spreaders of the plague, which fortunately has been virtually eradicated in the developed world. However, rodents are not usually direct carriers of the disease. More often the fleas and ticks on rodents can come in contact with humans and start an outbreak.

Tick-borne diseases include:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Anaplasmosis/Ehrlichiosis
  • Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Tularemia
  • Powassan Virus

Lyme disease continues to be a serious problem throughout much of the United States, especially in the Northwest and Northeast Coasts.

Mosquitos are the most dangerous vector species on earth. The diseases they can carry cause millions of deaths each year. Some of these diseases include:

  • Zika Virus
  • West Nile Virus
  • Chikungunya Virus
  • Dengue
  • Malaria

Proper sanitation and pest control efforts have almost entirely eradicated malaria from the United States, but the risk of contracting other mosquito-borne diseases still exists.

Leave it to Fox Pest Control

It is overwhelming to think of all the problems pests could cause if we didn’t take control and responsibly prevent them from causing damage to our property, our crops, and ourselves.

If you’re afraid you might have an infestation of any pest or have been unsuccessful in dealing with one on your own, call Fox Pest Control today.

Our environmentally responsible, EPA-approved products are family safe, pet-friendly, and ready to take down the pests that invade your life.

Next time you think pest control, think Fox Pest Control. No Bugs. Simply Better.

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