What are the downsides of not controlling pests?

Pests can be a nuisance for your home or business. They can lead to health issues, property damage, and more if left uncatered. There are several reasons you should look for effective solutions for pest control. It is essential to solve this issue before it becomes a bigger problem than they already is. 

Potential property damage.

Pests can cause significant property damage. They can destroy crops and gardens, damage electrical equipment and furniture, start fires, and more. These situations aren’t just costly to fix; they’re potentially hazardous. For example:

  • Termites can cause extensive structural damage to homes or other buildings if left untreated over time. In addition to eating away at wood framing and structure, they go behind dangerous chemicals harmful to humans and pets once they die inside walls or ceilings (or anywhere else in the home).
  • Rodents like rats live in dark areas where people don’t see them often. They tend to eat through wires and insulation. Homeowners need to keep an eye out for signs of infestation. So, repairs can be made before there are more significant problems on their hands, such as fires caused by gnawed wires sparking up into flames.
  • Bees are another example of insects that pose risks when not controlled correctly, primarily because of how much honey could potentially be produced if left unchecked.

Health risks.

Pests carry diseases. Some of the most common pests and their associated conditions include:

  • Cockroaches – Salmonella, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus (staph infections)
  • Fleas – Bartonella henselae (cat scratch disease) and Yersinia pestis (bubonic plague)
  • Mosquitoes – West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever

Poor equipment functionality.

Not controlling pests can have serious consequences. Pests can damage equipment, cause fires and injuries, and cause property damage and illness. For example:

  • A rodent chewing on wires or burrowing into insulation can create an electrical fire.
  • Rodents also carry diseases that spread through contact with their droppings or saliva, such as salmonella and hantavirus. They’re also known to have the plague. And not to forget the fleas they bring with them. Those pesky little bugs can transmit typhus fever from rodents and cats to humans.
  • Pests affect humans more profoundly than just destroying property and equipment. They’re responsible for killing more than 40% of food crops worldwide each year due to contamination by mites and other pests, according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). This could potentially cause famine, as was reported through recent attacks of locusts in the South-Asian subcontinent.

Increases in allergy and asthma symptoms.

If you have a pest problem, you may be allergic to one of the pests. It’s also possible that your body reacts to an allergen carried into your home by a pest, a phenomenon known as second-hand allergies. Common allergens include dust mites, cockroaches, mice, rats (such as bat guano), and animal dander from dogs/cats and other pets like horses or birds.

Pests are expendable beings.

Many issues are associated with pests in or around your home or business. Pests can cause property damage, spread disease and allergens, affect equipment functionality, and be a nuisance and safety hazard.

Additionally, if your home has a pest infestation that becomes severe enough for you to call an exterminator, there may be additional charges for removal. If you have pets in the home, it is important to note that some pesticides used by exterminators also harm them.


Investing in a complete treatment through a reputed service for pest control is necessary for your home or business. The longer you wait, the more destructive the problem will get and the more difficult it will be to resolve on your own.