Every New Year, we reflect on how we can accomplish our goals and raise our personal standards. Protecting our homes and families by ensuring safety and happiness is a top priority for many of us, and can be achieved in a multitude of ways. One that often goes overlooked is pest management. While it may be easy to pass off, nothing is worse than the feeling you get when you hear scratching in your walls, find bite marks from bed bugs, or realize your home is facing structural damage due to infestations that are out of control.

A routine pest control service is something that everyone should consider in their 2018 New Year’s resolutions. Here’s why:

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1.) It can prevent damage to your home before it’s too late:

The number one pest that causes damage to homes is termites. Many people don’t realize that there are termites in the upper Midwest, but subterranean termites are found in every state in the country! Termites are responsible for roughly $5 billion worth of structural damage annually across the United States. Termites can destroy floor and ceiling supports, structural timbers, drywall, carpet and furniture. Other pests that cause damage to your home are rodents, such as mice and squirrels, which can chew through walls, drywall, electrical wiring and are known to nest in insulation.

Homeowners insurance doesn’t typically cover damage from pests – as home maintenance and protection is considered the homeowner’s responsibility.

2.) Protection from pests is protection of your health:

Many kinds of pests you encounter in your home are harmful to your health. Rodents can transmit serious viruses. One such virus is hantavirus, which you can contract when you encounter fecal matter. Cockroaches, such as the German cockroach, are also known to cause asthmatic symptoms in children because of the pathogens they carry in their feces and dead skin cells. Even certain spiders, such as the brown recluse, can cause extreme skin irritation, even necrosis, due to their venomous bites.

3.) Pests are a problem all year round:

It is common to believe that pests only become an issue in the summer, especially in climates with four seasons. Year-round pest control won’t just protect you from dangerous insects like mosquitoes and wasps during the summer, but it will also protect you from fall and winter pests such as mice, spiders, and invasive species such as the Asian lady beetle and stink bugs.

4.) A professional can identify access points you may have overlooked:

Where it is true that you can buy all kinds of pest repellants online or in stores, they won’t help you get rid of the source of your problem. You can expect that most pests will come back if there is a way in, even if you killed off the last round. A pest professional will take a good look around your yard, garage, basement and your home’s exterior to find where pests might be entering. From here, they will come up with an effective plan to keep them out for good.

5.) You will save money in the long term:

Cheap treatment methods with store-bought products aren’t as effective at getting rid of pests. You will find yourself constantly going back for more because you aren’t actually solving the problem. For pests that cause home damage or health problems, you may be looking at unexpected expenses that could have been prevented in the long-run.

Wil-Kil Pest Control offers the perfect home pest control. If you are looking for a Wisconsin pest control provider, you are guaranteed to find a year-round service that fits the seasons with our total home protection program. Read more about it here or give us a call for more information!