The Most Destructive Pests and How to Protect Your Property

As a pest control expert, I have witnessed the havoc that various pests can wreak on properties every year. According to the National Pest Control Association, termites are the most damaging pest, and unfortunately, their destruction is not typically covered by homeowners insurance. This is why it is crucial to take termite control seriously and not treat it as a hobby. While termites may be the most destructive, ants are an incredibly common household pest that should not be underestimated.

These tiny insects may seem harmless, but where there is one, there are undoubtedly many more. There are also several types of ants, each with their own annoying characteristics. Carpenter ants, for example, can bite through wooden structures to create nests, causing significant damage.

Fire ants

and sugar ants can also be a nuisance in different ways.

Cockroaches are another common offender that can cause serious damage to your property. While you may only see one cockroach at a time, they are experts at hiding and can quickly multiply into an infestation. These insects can contaminate food, destroy fabric and paper, and even leave stains on surfaces. Traditional insect sprays may not be effective in the long-term, but traps can help control an infestation.

Rodents come in all shapes and sizes, but the ones you're most likely to encounter in your home include mice, rats, and squirrels. These pests are not only destructive but also pose a health risk as they can transmit numerous diseases to humans. They are also notorious for chewing on various materials in your home, making them an expensive pest to treat. Catching rodents can be challenging due to their size and agility, but a professional pest control expert will have the knowledge and tools to solve the problem quickly.

Honey bees may be a crucial part of the environment and produce delicious honey, but if they enter your house without your knowledge, they can also be a costly pest to treat.


, on the other hand, are attracted to light and can cause significant damage to fabrics if they enter your home. The best way to repel moths is with old anti-naphthaline balls, but be cautious as they can react with certain types of plastic. If you're looking for a more natural solution, dried lavender is said to repel moths effectively.

Termites are considered by many to be the most destructive of all household pests. These tiny insects can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a house's wooden structural system before they are even discovered. To get rid of termites, it is best to call a professional exterminator. However, you can reduce the damage caused by termites by watching for signs of their presence, such as mud tubes on the outside of foundations and small piles of sawdust-like excrement on the floor near walls.

Powder beetles may not be as harmful as termites, but they are a close second. These insects chew on wood, especially unpainted or unsealed wood. To prevent these wood-boring beetles from causing damage, apply a borate-containing wood treatment product to bare wood. If you have ever been bitten by fire ants, you know how painful it can be.

But did you know that these biting pests can also cause damage to the electrical components in your home? They are attracted to electric fields and can often be found in electrical outlets and boxes. To eliminate them, spread diatomaceous earth around the base of your home's foundation and inside electrical boxes. Unfortunately, because these pests can cause so much structural damage, professional pest control is the best way to combat them. If you are dealing with a pest infestation, do not hesitate to contact Hero Pest Control.

Our team of experts can help protect your family and home from these damaging pests.

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