Infestations are many things. They are gross, they are invasive, and they are stressful. It is normal to worry about the cost and wonder if it is better to avoid calling pest control altogether. Calling pest control may not be as fun as buying new stuff, but especially when it comes to destructive pests like termites and ants, taking down the infestation once and for all is the one and only good choice. In dry areas like Newport Beach, the odds of an ant or termite infestation are too high to ignore, and the problem is best solved before the pests decide to move in. By acting early, homeowners can actually save money on would-be home repairs and animal control calls and invest in something more fun.
1. One untreated infestation may follow another.
The dangers of letting a home infestation persist are not always obvious. One of the problems that does not get talked about much is the risk of the current infestation attracting another one.
Take rodents for instance. Rodents around the house attract small predators such as snakes and birds, which in turn bring large predators like coyotes and mountain lions to your front yard. The result is unsavory. Predators which risk entering neighborhoods grow accustomed to humans and have to be put down by animal control.
Another example of an infestation branching out to more problems is a fly infestation. Flies sometimes come into houses through open windows and drain pipes and spread because they have no predators inside. This honeymoon phase does not last for long. After the fly population spins out of control, predators such as spiders often move in as well, turning the house into a jungle. No, letting an infestation go unhindered is not the answer, but let’s look at a few more reasons why.
2. Infestations do not go away on their own.
Procrastination is the bane of every life. To-do lists stack up and stress festers, making it harder and harder to act, but infestations are one thing that absolutely must be handled. There are certain things that pests rely on which, when taken away, can cause the infestation to dwindle. Without food, without shelter, without a place to mate, infestations do die off. However, cutting off the current supply does not always do the trick. Sometimes the infestation finds a new supply and keeps on growing. The fact is that infestations will keep on infesting until they are stopped, and there is no telling if hiding the food, closing a vent, or waiting for winter will ever be enough.
3. Most of the damage is out of sight.
Sometimes it seems easier to live with an infestation than to deal with it. The pests may not seem to be stirring up too much trouble, and after all, sharing is caring. What some do not realize is that the true harm is tucked politely out of sight. It may seem like the worst a rat has to offer is a bad odor and rustling noises at night, but rats can bite through concrete and will do so for no perceptible reason. Ants and termites may seem to keep their own space and only pop in every once in a while, but their true home may be under the house working their way through the support beams. Every infestation has subtle effects that may go unnoticed for weeks or even months or longer. It is time to clear the infestation away quickly and decisively.
An infestation may not seem like a big deal to every person. Some may prefer to wait it out or even live with the pests, but the infestation has other plans. When it comes to a pest that can damage the house or even endanger the people living inside, the best choice is to solve the problem once and for all. If a do-it-yourself solution does not eradicate every single pest, then halfway done is not enough. Only when the infestation is gone and never to return is everything set right.