I'm moving to South Carolina. Do I really need pest control?

You’ve searched high and low and decided you’re moving to the great state of South Carolina. Whatever your reason, we’re happy you’ve chosen South Carolina. 

Along with our summer heat and humidity comes a plethora of pests you may not necessarily have had to worry about where you moved from. If you came from an area with harsh winters and deep freeze lines then pests like termites, mosquitoes, fire ants, and others insects common to South Carolina may be completely new threats to you. 

Below you’ll find some reasons why you might need to consider hiring a pest control company for your new home. 

Some pests pose health risks

All pests leave behind skin and fecal matter. Pests like rodents, cockroaches, ticks, and mosquitoes are known as vectors and may carry harmful infections or bacteria. Sometimes this bacteria can even become airborne. The bacteria may be transferred to food prep surfaces, or even onto food products themselves. Unfortunately, you may not learn about these bacteria or infections until it is too late and you or a family member are already infected. Cockroach infestations are known to cause asthma flair ups, especially in younger family members. Rats and mice can spread a multitude of diseases including, Hantavirus, rat-bite fever, Lyme disease, dysentery, salmonella, and typhus. Although we’re not living in the dark ages, rodents can still carry and transmit certain types of plagues as well. Transfer of these diseases may come through their saliva, droppings, and even their fur. Many times these pests may be lurking behind walls or in cabinets undetected and crawlspaces. This is why a good pest control maintenance plan is recommended to keep your household safe.                                              

Potential property damage

Besides the health risks, many pests can cause damage to property including building structures and many household items. Most of us know the damages that can be caused by termites if left unchecked. Termites can destroy the foundation of a home without ever being detected. Even carpenter bees can damage the structural integrity of wood decks. Other insects such as silverfish live off of organic matter, this can mean anything from grains to clothing, upholstery, or even paper. In large numbers they can ruin books, important files, clothes, and more. 

Can't I do it myself?

Although many of the products that professional pest control companies use can be purchased by the public it is not recommended. Remember every product has a specific use, and mixture rate on their labels that are considered legal offenses if not applied and mixed correctly.. There are places that some products are not safe to apply without the proper PPE, while others are perfectly safe to apply around children and pets. A quality pest control company will spend a lot of time and money on training and getting their technicians certified and licensed. They learn how to apply and mix all these products according to the labels and know what products can work in conjunction with one another. It is quite possible you could create unsafe conditions for family or pets if you aren’t careful. Most of the time you can hire a pest control company to take care of routine maintenance for less than you would pay to try and get the products we use. Remember you are only paying a small amount more for a professional’s expertise and your peace of mind. 

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