Beltsville Pest Control
There’s nothing worse than discovering evidence of a pest infestation in your home. If left unchecked, common invaders such as termites, bedbugs and rodents can cause structural damage and pose a threat to health. Dealing with an established infestation requires professional help to restore peace and comfort to your home.
The Trouble with Termites
Termites eat anything made of wood including walls, floors, supports and furniture. A big enough infestation can compromise the underlying structure of your entire home. Signs of termites range from tracks in furniture to sagging ceilings and buckling floors.
Homes where wood isn’t the primary material may still fall victim to termite infestations. These pests can chew through anything that’s not harder than their mandibles. Drywall, plastics, vinyl and even thin metal pose no barrier to hungry termites. Tiny cracks in concrete or brick may be widened when termites build the tunnels they use to travel. It doesn’t take more than a hairline crack to start an invasion in your home.
Getting rid of a termite infestation can be a challenge. Even if you find what seems to be the source of the problem, chances are it’s much more widespread than it looks.
Dealing with Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs can hitch a ride into your home on luggage, clothing, old furniture, infested bedding and more. You might not even know they’re present until you wake up one morning with itchy spots. Bed bugs emerge while you’re sleeping and will bite any exposed skin they can find, resulting in an uncomfortable scenario night after night.
In addition to being irritating, bedbugs leave behind messes including eggs, feces and shed skin. They aren’t generally considered to be a health hazard, but some people are allergic to the bites and can have a severe reaction. If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, you may find evidence of molting or rust-colored spots on sheets and detect a sweet, musty smell in your bedroom.
Risks of Rodent Infestation
Rodents including mice and rats are notorious for carrying diseases that can cause serious illness in humans. When rodents hunker down in your home, they spread droppings that often contain bacteria. People may become infected through contact with feces or by breathing in contaminants released into the air. Rodents that become trapped and die inside the walls release an unpleasant odor that may also be accompanied by unhealthy contaminants.
Food contamination is another major concern since mice and rats will chew through bags and boxes in the kitchen or the pantry. Improperly stored food is an invitation for rodents to make themselves at home. Once established, these pests may reproduce, creating a cycle of infestation that becomes hard to break.
In rare cases, rodents will bite humans. Such an encounter with an uninfected animal is merely painful, but if the mouse or rat is harboring a disease, the results could be unpleasant.
Signs of infestation from any of these pests could signal much bigger problems to come. Don’t let bed bugs, termites or rodents take over your home and threaten your health. Call Capitol Pest for a free quote on pest control. Our residential and commercial services not only get rid of current infestations but also take measures to ensure that they don’t recur. You can rely on Capitol Pest to keep your home and family safe.