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This Is the Most Dangerous Household Pest, Experts Say

Best Life Logo By Sarah Crow of Best Life | Slide 1 of 5: Your home is supposed to be a place of refuge and somewhere you can unwind after a long day. However, for the millions of people living in spaces with pest infestations, home is anything but sweet. That said, when it comes to presenting actual danger, not all household pests are created equal, with some causing little more than annoyance while others cause serious damage.Despite their small size and the fact that they rarely bite humans, experts say that termites might just be the most dangerous pest out there."The damage they can do to a home when left unchecked and the associated cost of repairs and mitigation can be quite high," explains associate certified entomologist Michael Thome, technical services manager for Ehrlich Pest Control.According to the U.S. Forest Service, termites cause more than $2 billion in property damage in the United States alone each year—more than the average annual damages caused by windstorms and fire combined.Unfortunately, getting rid of these pests is no small feat. Pest control company Orkin reports that the average termite-infested home will require $3,000 worth of repairs to rectify damage caused by the wood-destroying bugs—damage which, in many cases, is not covered by homeowner's insurance.If left untreated, however, the result of termite damage can be catastrophic; in 2016, a house under construction in New Orleans' St. Roch neighborhood collapsed due to previously undetected termite damage. Unfortunately, termites aren't the only pest that could cause serious damage to your health and home. Read on to discover which nuisances experts deem the most dangerous. And if you're worried that a costly repair could be in your future, discover these 55 Ways You're Ruining Your Home and Don't Even Know It.Read the original article on Best Life.

This Is the Most Dangerous Household Pest, Experts Say

Your home is supposed to be a place of refuge and somewhere you can unwind after a long day. However, for the millions of people living in spaces with pest infestations, home is anything but sweet. That said, when it comes to presenting actual danger, not all household pests are created equal, with some causing little more than annoyance while others cause serious damage.

Despite their small size and the fact that they rarely bite humans, experts say that termites might just be the most dangerous pest out there.

"The damage they can do to a home when left unchecked and the associated cost of repairs and mitigation can be quite high," explains associate certified entomologist Michael Thome, technical services manager for Ehrlich Pest Control.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, termites cause more than $2 billion in property damage in the United States alone each year—more than the average annual damages caused by windstorms and fire combined.

Unfortunately, getting rid of these pests is no small feat. Pest control company Orkin reports that the average termite-infested home will require $3,000 worth of repairs to rectify damage caused by the wood-destroying bugs—damage which, in many cases, is not covered by homeowner's insurance.

If left untreated, however, the result of termite damage can be catastrophic; in 2016, a house under construction in New Orleans' St. Roch neighborhood collapsed due to previously undetected termite damage. Unfortunately, termites aren't the only pest that could cause serious damage to your health and home. Read on to discover which nuisances experts deem the most dangerous. And if you're worried that a costly repair could be in your future, discover these 55 Ways You're Ruining Your Home and Don't Even Know It.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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