We live in times when our awareness of environmental issues is at an all-time high: we are aware of the endangered, vulnerable and threatened animals; we know that the polar ice caps are melting at a rate of knots. Yet, when it comes to insects, our environmental credentials fly out of the window: we detest them, and so it seems with good reason.

Every year termites cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage to the structures of buildings. Lenders increasingly require written statements from licensed contractors to confirm whether infestations were cosmetic or structural – they want to ensure that their loans are risk-free – this is a problem with potentially far-reaching serious implications for everyone.

Termites

The United States spends around $2 billion dollars per year trying to eradicate their homes and businesses from the problem of pests. As most of our homes are primarily built from wood, and the blighters only need the width of a credit card to gain entry, the chances are high that you may have them already. They feed on joists, cabinets, floorboards – anything that is made from wood or cellulose. Unfortunately, an infestation is not usually identified until serious damage has been caused, that’s why it is imperative that you take preventative action.

The eastern subterranean termite is the most common species of termite in the U.S., and the only type naturally found in New England. This termite causes more structural damage than any other species in America; if you do think that you have an infestation, or require a preventative program, it is important to contact a pest control in Massachusetts to prevent escalation and to identify the critters you may have for suitable extermination tools.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been making a rather unwelcome and irritating return over the past 10 years, this may partly be due to people traveling more frequently and returning home with unexpected guests. The fact that they multiply so quickly means that a rapid decision must be made to call out pest control. There are no effective over the counter solutions – and real estate agents have a state legislated obligation to disclose to buyers previous infestations.

Ants

While ants may not be high up on your list of pests to get rid of, they can do serious damage to your home. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, and so you may consider them less of a threat to termites; however, they use narrow, protected voids for their nests and use their mandibles to shave off wood which damages and weakens structures. You need to call in pest control to confirm whether your ants are regular ones or the carpenter type, and to treat accordingly. They are also reportable on real estate transactions and can seriously affect the resale value of your house.

You do not want the value of your real estate to be diminished any more than the regional economic variations of a buoyant market. You need to protect your asset. You can do general things to keep the pests at bay, but you need to consider investing in professional advice and attention to avoid long-term damage.