America’s Home Pest Statistics Downright Scary

Hell hath no fury like the damage pests inflict on American homes and their families.

Most home owners have stories of the headaches and nuisances pests have inflicted on their American Dream. A recent consumer survey found 93 percent of Americans have concerns over finding insects in their homes. Their worry is well founded.

Each year, according to the National Pest Management Association, pests further ramp up the severity of the damage, harm and health threats they inflict on home owners and their families. From chewing up property to stealing food to transmitting potentially deadly diseases, pests unleash a fury of pain so costly it’s hard to digest.

It’s all the more reason to call a trusted pest control company before your home pest problem because a dangerous and costly infestation.

Here’s an alarming statistical rundown of the big hurt these home invaders put on home owners and their property each year. Statistics courtesy of the NPMA except where noted:

  • 1: Ants’ rank on the list of the top nuisance pests in the U.S., according to Pest World.org
  • 56%: The number of American home owners who reported having problems with ants within the last year, according to Pest Services.com
  • 32%: The amount of American homes experiencing an ant problem who call a pest control expect.
  • 24/7: How often termites eat, according to Pest World.org.
  • $5 billion: The damage termites cause annually to homes and their contents. Even Donald Trump can’t afford this price tag.
  • 500,000: Insect stings and bites send a half million Americans to the emergency room each year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Between 40-150 Americans will die from insect stings. More than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects.
  • 20 percent: The amount of the world’s food supply consumed or contaminated by rodents (who carry mites, ticks and fleas) each year. We haven’t even counted up the number of fires rodents start by chewing up wires and spilling flammables. Plus, more than 40,000 people fall victims to rat bites each year, leading them to develop diseases like leptospirosis, trichinosis, the plague, salmonella and rat bite fever.
  • $7.213 billion: They just don’t spoil a good night’s rest. That’s the bill bed bugs leave Americans each year, according to Speciality Product Consultants, LLC.
  • 3: Cockroach allergens are the No. 3 contributor to children’s asthma.
  • 20%: How fast the pest control industry is growing each year in a rush to keep up with the damage pests are inflicting annually on American homes, businesses, schools and government agencies.
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