In June of 2017, three of the largest pest management associations on the planet came together to declare June 6th as World Pest Day, in an international effort to raise awareness about the importance of pest management on a global scale. Regardless of where you’re from, pest control plays a vital role in protecting our modern way of life and is a critical part of public health. For these reasons, World Pest Day is an occasion to educate the general public about all the work pest management professionals put in on a daily basis to keep us all safe. This article will highlight a few of the many problems the folks at 855Bugs contend with on a daily basis and how by doing so make Central Texas a safer place for all of us.

Let’s start with defining what pest control means. Pests come in many shapes and sizes, and basically any wildlife that can be considered undesirable or hazardous to the health and safety of humans falls under the umbrella of the word “pest.” Controlling these pests means keeping them out of places where they cause harm and reducing their numbers in an effort to prevent them from becoming a problem in our daily lives. Pests typically cause problems in one of three areas: health, food storage, and property damage.

Pest Control and Human Health

Many common pests we deal with on a daily basis have a knack for carrying and transmitting bacteria and diseases that threaten our health. One pest that any Texan can claim familiarity with is the mosquito. These flying insects are notorious vectors for disease, spreading viruses such as Zika and West Nile in recent years. Pest control specialists have protocols for reducing the number of mosquitos in the areas we inhabit, and the professionals at 855Bugs have cutting edge resources that can help make sure you can safely enjoy your yard and property all summer – without swatting or worrying about these bloodsuckers. Fleas and ticks are another well-known adversary here in Texas and have the capacity to spread many diseases. We recently covered how to protect your home and pets from these pests and encourage you to read up on what you can do to help prevent them from taking hold on your property. Another insect that spreads bacteria and diseases is the dreaded cockroach, and, without pest control experts like those at 855Bugs, we’d likely be sharing much more of our homes than we’d like to with these pervasive insects. Rodents are another concern that pest management professionals help keep from becoming a big problem in our lives, as they spread diseases of their own – but their greatest threat is to our food supply, which we’ll cover shortly. Whether it’s any of the bugs we’ve discussed or other native insects like wasps, ants, termites, and spiders, the team at 855Bugs stands ready to help keep them from becoming a problem for your family.

Pest Control and Food

Did you know that rodents are responsible for contaminating upwards of 20% of the world’s food supply each year? These furry little creatures are a nuisance in our homes and to our own cupboards, but, when left unchecked, these critters can ruin literally tons of food we depend on to survive. They spread zoonotic diseases with the urine and droppings they leave behind and threaten spoilage by gnawing through packaging materials. Without the nearly 20,000 pest control companies across the U.S., our food supply would be quickly compromised by mice and rats. Cockroaches also threaten food storage in our homes and in commercial areas, and you can sleep better knowing that companies like 855Bugs are working each day to keep them from spreading foodborne illness and contaminating not only the food we eat but the places we prepare and make our food. Exterminating these pests from areas where we eat and live is of utmost importance in regard to our health and our ability to trust that our food is safe to eat. Flies are another nuisance pest that we may not consider a threat, but these insects spread disease and threaten contamination across the country. There’s a reason that pest management is considered a necessity in food manufacturing and storage facilities, and we should be thankful that advances in methods and the experience of pest control professionals helps us keep our food supply safe and plentiful.

Pests and Property

For many of us, our home is our sanctuary; a place we can feel safe, a place we love and work to take care of. There’s a range of pests that can take away the peace of mind our favorite places bring us, and the folks at 855Bugs work each day to make sure that our space is ours, and that we don’t have to worry about sharing it with pests that compromise the safety and security our homes bring us. Termites are the first danger that comes to mind in relation to our homes, and they can do damage with little to no awareness of the homeowner. It’s important to keep this in mind, as prevention always costs much less in both dollars and time than the work it takes to repair and replace the damage these little pests can do. The experts at 855Bugs can help you protect your home, whether it’s under construction or longstanding. While they may not decimate the structure of your home in quite the same way as termites, carpenter ants are also a threat, and a well-rounded pest management strategy can help prevent any wood destroying insects from eating away at your home. Bugs like silverfish and carpet beetles can ruin anything fibrous in your home, and they are no exception when it comes to a good pest control protocol. Bed bugs are another threat; not to the structure of your home but to your ability to live in it. These pests multiply quickly and can make a home uninhabitable in a matter of weeks. In the United States, we have seen a resurgence in bed bug infestations over the last 20 years, and it takes a professional approach to remove them from a home once they’ve made their way in. All of these examples speak to the importance of enlisting a professional pest management company when it comes to protecting your home.

While far from exhaustive, this article should give you a good idea of why pest control is such an essential service in today’s world. If you have any questions or are looking for help in preventing pests from wreaking havoc in your life, don’t hesitate to contact the folks at 855Bugs. You can schedule a FREE inspection, learn about how we can help protect your home and family with hassle free programs like our Don’t Bug Me Plan, and find out why thousands of families across Central Texas have chosen the 855Bugs team to protect them from pests year-round.

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