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Homeowner's Guide to Pest Control

Many homeowner's don't look into preventive pest control services until it is too late, and end up paying thousands of dollars to get rid of pests and repair their homes. Hiring a preventive pest control company to perform routine pest control service at your home can save you thousands of dollars in damage and tons of unwanted headaches. Every year pests cause more that $5 billion in damage to houses in just the United States alone. Not only can pests such as termites cause expensive damage to your home, but various pests such as bed bugs and cockroaches can cause damage to your health.

Choosing an Exterminator

ShoutWire makes it easy to find an affordable, dependable exterminator that you can rely on. Whether you are looking for preventive pest control service, or you need an exterminator to come out to your home ASAP to take care of an emergency, ShoutWire can help. We research local exterminators and partner with the ones who have proven themselves to offer great rates and dependable service. You won't get an unlicensed or uninsured exterminator when you use With our quote compare tool you can compare rates from a few of the top local exterminators in your area in just a few minutes, ensuring that you get the lowest rates every time. You can also just call an exterminator directly if you'd like to get a quote over the phone.

Pest Control FAQ

Homeowner's typically have a ton of questions about pest control, here are just a few of the most common questions asked:

How Much Does Pest Control Cost?

Pest control costs depend on a variety of factors, which is why there is a large range in prices. Preventive pest control costs around $250 - $350 depending on the types of pests you are protecting against as well as other factors such as the size of your home. Preventive pest control is is a smart investment as the small up front cost can save you thousands of dollars of possible damages that pests and insects can cause to your home. Termite damage alone typically costs upwards of $1,500 and can go much higher if there is structural damage to your home. The bottom line is that when it comes to pest control, you shouldn't take a risk and a few hundred dollars is a small price to pay to keep your home protected.

What Types of Pests Can Be Removed?

Pest control service and wildlife removal can get rid of a ton of different pests, insects and animals. Here are a few of the most popular types of insects and animals that require an exterminator or wildlife removal expert:

  • Ants
  • Bats
  • Bats
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Birds
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Dust Mites
  • Fleas
  • Gophers
  • Lice
  • Mice
  • Racoons
  • Rats
  • Rodents
  • Spiders
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • Wasps
  • Weevils

Does My Home Need to be Tented?

Your home will most likely not need to be tented, but in the rare case that you have a very serious termite or pest problem house fumigation may be required. This process can take anywhere from 6 hours to a full week.

How Do I Know if I Need Pest Prevention Service?

Nearly every home needs some type of preventive pest control service. Contact your local pest control company and they will often do a free consultation at your home to break down the specific risks, costs and needs of your home. Some exterminators will charge a small fee for an in-person consultation, while others may be able to give you a quote over the phone. You should know the approximate square footage of your home if you are looking to obtain a quote over the phone or through email.

What Are Common Health Risks of Pests?

Pests, insects and animals carry bacteria, diseases and a variety of different germs. Living with pests can cause serious health problems, here are a few of the most popular:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Dermatitis
  • Food Poisoning
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaria
  • Salmonella
  • Severe Allergic Reactions / Anaphylactic Shock

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