Can Knowledge Of Your Local Pests Protect Your Household?

Pests are a problem in homes all around the country, but they are more common in households with structural issues and water leaks. Structural issues, including broken windows and sagging roofs, are major concerns for some households. They often contribute to pest infestations. 

In the United States, there are around 124 million occupied homes. Records indicate that about 14 million of those reported seeing roaches in their houses in the previous year. Furthermore, nearly 14.8 million said they saw mice and rats. 

Pests & Your Health

Whether or not you notice them, pests can pose several distinct health hazards when inside your house. Among these risks are allergic reactions, the effects of poisonous bites, or even illnesses brought on by exposure to droppings. Pests are notorious for polluting objects and dispersing diseases, some of which are deadly. Numerous pre-existing medical issues might become worse.

Although it may sound strange, pests can even have a negative impact on mental health. Some people have anxiety following a pest infestation long after the issue is resolved, and those with pest phobias can experience severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

Understanding Your Risks

Every infestation carries different threats; therefore, relying solely on one method of control or removal to eradicate your issues is frequently insufficient. Therefore, experts warn that understanding your local pest population better can help prepare adequate preventive and reactive measures. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the most common pests in your state, please take a look at the following infographic. It shows the most common searched pests per state across the USA over the years. The infographic makes it easy to understand the local pest threats you face and provides a basis for preventing pest protection for your household. 

Infographic designed by Pest Search

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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