American Housing Survey finds one
in 10 housing units reported signs of the
By: McDuffie Pest Control
NC. - Signs of cockroaches and mice are the
top two home deficiencies according to the
2013 American Housing Survey.
About one in 10 occupants surveyed have seen
mice in their homes.
Also troubling are the other top home
deficiencies listed, including open cracks
or holes and exposed wiring, which can lead
to or be exacerbated by pest infestations.
The National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) warns homeowners that as pests are
likelier to enter homes in fall and winter,
it's important to take preventative steps to
reduce chances of an infestation.
Cockroach and rodent infestations can
cause health and economic consequences.
Cockroaches have been reported to spread at
least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of
parasitic worms and at least seven other
kinds of human pathogens. Mice can bring
fleas, mites, ticks and lice into a home.
Additionally, mice are capable of causing
structural damage by chewing through
electrical wires, putting homes at risk for
mice infestations are a public health
hazard," said Dana McDuffie, with McDuffie
Pest Control. Both of these pests also
contain potent allergen proteins that can
trigger reactions and symptoms in asthma and
According to a 2014
survey by the Asthma and
Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more
than nine out of ten allergists believe a
pest-free home is an important step in
preventing asthma and allergy symptoms.
According to AAFA, 63 percent of homes in
the U.S. contain cockroaches and their
particles, including saliva, droppings and
decomposing body parts. NPMA also found that
nearly 30 percent of American homeowners
have had a rodent problem in their home.
To prevent pests from entering the home,
seal all cracks and crevices, eliminate food
and moisture sources and practice good
sanitation, especially in the kitchen.
licensed pest professional
in case of a suspected infestation.
McDuffie Pest Control, a family owned
local company has been in business for over
50 years. Our goal is to provide
quality, professional pest control services.
For more information visit McDuffiePest.com.