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3 Worldwide Benefits of Pest Control

3 Worldwide Benefits of Pest Control

Posted January 28, 2020

You might be surprised to learn how much better pest control is now than it was fifty years ago. Professional pest control services get a bad reputation now because of poor control practices throughout the last century. But you'll be glad to learn that most pest control today is closely monitored by rigorous certification, environmental safety, and licensing requirements.

Responsible pest control today has more benefits to the world now than ever, and the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) requirements for certification are stricter than before, so you are spared the use of harmful chemicals around your home in Albany. Here are a few EPA guidelines to help you choose responsible pest control like Fox.

That might make you wonder what the benefits of pest control actually are. Here are a few things pest control does to improve our lives, mitigate pest problems, and the time and money required to fix problems caused by these pests.

1. Less Property Damage

The National Pest Management Association, NPMA, has published numerous articles about pests, including property-damaging termites. Termites are responsible for $5 billion of property damage every year.

Carpenter ants and powder post beetles are other types of wood-destroying insects that also cause damage. Carpenter ants don't eat the wood like termites do, but they enjoy creating tunnels and galleries inside your walls.

Pest control isn't a general spray for every kind of insect anymore. Now, treatments are much more prescriptive, which means every spray targets something specific. What will work for termites may not work on ants or cockroaches.

Efforts to control termites and keep them out of your home or business are protecting your assets. Because termites can go over a decade before a homeowner even notices their presence, hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage can occur before anything can be done about it. Imagine what it would be like to find a nest of termites inside the walls of your home or workplace, and then consider the cost of repairs. Suddenly, pest control might seem like a worthy enterprise.

Responsible pest control companies don't seek termites in their natural habitat and get rid of them. Outside of a home or business property, termites are very beneficial to forests by speeding up the decomposition of fallen trees and other wood.

2. Fewer Crops Destroyed

The Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, which is associated with the United Nations, says insects and other arthropods that damage crops can consume or destroy 1/5 of the world's crop production every year. And that's with responsible pest control and crop dusting!

The crops we eat and try to protect would be more vulnerable without pest control. Plenty of pests eat vegetables, fruit, grains, and even meat and dairy products (although those last two aren't technically crops). Locusts and grasshoppers are the most infamous culprits, but cockroaches and beetles eat them as well.

Imagine what could happen without pest control to protect our crops worldwide! Who knows what effect insects could have on global hunger without pest control!

3. More Diseases Controlled

Plenty of pests out there carry and spread diseases, and the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, has a list of a few of the main culprits. Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, rodents, and cockroaches are vectors of numerous health risks.

Rodents are attributed to be the original vectors of the plague. Fortunately, we don't have to worry about that in the United States, though there are a few countries still suffering from it. Fleas and ticks on the rats are directly responsible for the spread of the plague when they come in direct contact with humans.

The mosquito carries diseases and is the major vector for a number of illnesses, including:

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

Proper sanitation, improved health care, and pest control efforts, malaria is almost extinct in the United States. How easily could it return without pest control?

Ticks are another carrier for numerous diseases, including:

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

Lyme disease especially is a problem in many areas of the United States, including the Northwest and Northeast, where ticks are especially prevalent.

Call Fox Pest Control to Get Rid of Pests

Don't let the risks that pests pose scare you. Responsible pest control out there really does protect you, and none do it quite like Fox Pest Control. Fox Pest Pros are certain to ensure the safety of your home and family, and get rid of pest infestation for the long term, no matter the type of pest, even the formidable bed bug infestation.

Maybe you've been dealing with an infestation, or maybe you're afraid you've got termites or ants hiding in the walls of your home or business. Our friendly and knowledgeable Service Coordinators can provide a free quote over the phone and schedule your initial service.

Don't worry about your family, children, or pets. Our environmentally responsible, family-safe products are EPA-approved and ready for pest takedown.

Our Fox Pest Pro Technicians are thoroughly background-checked and rigorously trained and certified, so you never have to worry. And the same pest control technician will always be assigned to your residence or business, so you'll never wonder who's coming to your door. And your Pest Pro can talk through the treatments and help you feel comfortable.

So when you think you might need pest control next time, think Fox Pest Control because no bugs is simply better.

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