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Pest Facts | Exterminating Unlimited, Inc. Termite and Pest Control

Why the urban environmental pest management industry is important:

  • Pests destroy frame homes and buildings; termites alone cause $1.5 billion in damages annually.
  • Pests can transmit as many as fifteen major disease-causing organisms including plague, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, hantavirus, and Lyme disease.
  • Each of the estimated 200 million rats in the U.S. can damage food and materials averaging up to $1,000 per year.

Most people tend to think of pest management in terms of residential problems (mice, termites, fleas, etc.). The importance of the industry to the nations as a whole is much broader.

  • Rats bite more than 45,000 people each year. Rats can cause fires by chewing wires and transmit disease organisms such as rat bite fever, salmonellosis, trichinosis, murine typhus, the plague and leptospirosis. In a study released in December of 2000, Johns Hopkins University researchers revealed that mouse allergens are a major cause of asthma, particularly among inner-city residents, and such reactions may trigger life-threatening or fatal reactions in people.
  • According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, more than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects, more than 500,000 enter hospital emergency rooms every year suffering from insect stings and between 40-150 people a year die as a result of allergic reactions to these stings.
  • In a recent consumer survey, 93 percent expressed concern over finding insects within their home. According to a survey cited by Army Community Service, insects and bugs rank as the public's third most common fear, behind public speaking and heights.
  • Seven to eight percent of the general population is allergic to cockroaches. Studies of inner city children in Atlanta with chronic wheezing, runny eyes and noses revealed that 44 percent of them were allergic to cockroaches.
  • Cockroach suppression and eradication is vital to health care facilities, homes and sites where food is prepared or served. Cockroaches contaminate food and carry filth on their feet. They commonly carry staphylococci, strep, coliform molds, and salmonella.
  • Innovations in pest management parallel an increase in life expectancy. A child born in 1940 had a life expectancy of 63 years. A child born in 1984 has a life expectancy of 74.7 years, an increase of more than 11 years.
  • In a consumer survey, renters and homeowners were asked about the problems they've had with their homes or apartments. The number one problem they cited was insects. In fact, nearly half (45%) of the complaints dealt with insects or rodents in the house.
  • It would be difficult to find any segment of the food industry that could comply with federal regulations for sanitation and health without an adequate pest management program.

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