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According to Leona Davidson of Acme Pest & Termite Control in Arlington, TX, pest control is often a cyclical problem. "[Infestations] don't always happen year round," she says. "Sometimes they're bad, sometimes they're not." This year, however, is already shaping up to be a doozy. In addition to the usual suspects, which include fleas, ants, termites, and spiders, Acme Pest & Termite Control has had their hands full with mice, rats, and possums, as well. "It's been a weird year," admits Davidson. Regardless of why homeowners seek out pest control, however, one thing is clear: there's never a shortage of pests to go around.
The Numbers Don't Lie
If you have any doubts that household pests don't pay attention to larger trends in the home improvement industry, all you've got to do is look at the numbers. According to data compiled by the online contractor referral service HomeAdvisor.com, pest control is one of the few areas in the home improvement business where demand continues to grow despite a troubled economy. Here are some numbers that are worth mentioning.
Pests are No Laughing Matter
For some homeowners these stats are enough to garner a closer look at what's behind the skyrocketing numbers. For others, they're cause enough to break out a fresh can of Raid and shake out the blankets every night before bed. That said, Leona Davidson says it doesn't matter where you sit on the spectruma bona-fide pest infestation is not something you should take for granted. Besides noting that infestations are troubling when it comes to hygiene and comfort, Davidson also points out that "small children can be bit and get sick," a problem that can be especially dangerous with fleas, mosquitoes, and spiders. According to pest control giant Orkin, the list doesn't end there. Drawn from Orkin's own Guide to Dangerous Pests, here's a lineup of the most dangerous pests found in North American homes, and why you need to take action if you find them in your residence:
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The truth of the matter is that pest infestations aren't just inconvenient, they can be downright dangerous. Furthermore, pests in your home aren't jumping ship just because the Dow is down a few points. Unlike major remodeling projects like bathrooms and kitchens that can be put on the back burner until the economic outlook improves, if you've got a serious pest problem, you owe it to yourself and others under your roof to do what's necessary to make your home safe again.