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Most probably, you’re annoyed by some sort of pest or wildlife in or around your home. These tiny home intruders not only look creepy but also pose some serious threat to our home and health.

If you’re having wild creatures and creepy crawlies in your home, it may result in expensive repair bills. Moreover, some critters not only damage your property but are also dangerous for your family. For instance, termites and carpenter ants can wreak havoc in your home by attacking the wooden fixtures. Moths, on the other hand, are difficult to control and can do different types of damages such as targeting food supplies or eating away fabric. Apart from these, there are cockroaches, wasps, carpet beetles, squirrels, rats, and bed bugs that can severely harm your home, as well as health.

Dealing with insects and rodents is a daunting task but keeping their numbers under control is even more troublesome. Ignoring these little creatures and letting them run rampant in your home means exposing yourself to diseases and increasing your repair bills. So, if pests and insects have invaded your home, it’s imperative to get rid of these creepy bugs as soon as possible.

Here are some of the hidden dangers pests pose to your home and well-being.

Cause Diseases

Pests have negative effects on our health as cockroaches, rats and mosquitoes carry infectious diseases. Common household insects and rodents may cause salmonella, malaria, dengue fever and more. For instance, deadly viruses like the West Nile virus or the Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes. Likewise, rodents are responsible for transmitting Hantavirus and other dangerous diseases. Not just this, the poisonous venom of some insects may have lethal consequences and the sting of wasps, hornets, and bees may cause an allergic reaction.

Carry Allergens

Pests can carry allergens into the home which can cause problems to people with sensitive medical conditions. These creatures also contaminate the air we breathe in by shedding their skin and dropping their feces that may cause allergic reactions. Dust mite dander not only pollutes the indoor air but also spread bacteria. These pests also contaminate the food sources which can cause serious health problems.

Damage Your Home’s Exterior

Wildlife and rodents can also cause structural damage to your home. They may severely damage your rooftops by chewing the caps, vents, and covers. The little squirrels, raccoons, and skunks have sharp enough teeth and paws to easily chew plastic and other materials to get inside the house. In some cases, raccoons have even ripped away the soffits and eavestroughs of the houses. They have sharp teeth to scrape a hole through wooden panels beneath the shingles. Pests and insects like ants and termites, on the other hand, target the exposed wood and enter your home through gaps in window and doors frames.

Ruin Your Interiors

The insects attack the wood structure while mice and other rodents may chew on electrical wires, causing a short circuit. Ignoring these pesky bugs may result in paying high costs for repairs. These pests usually enter from the attic and chew their way down into the walls and wooden framing. When this happens, you not only have to deal with these pests but also need to protect your home from rain, snow, and wind that can now get in through the entry holes. If left untreated, this may rot the structure of your home.