4 Severe Pest Infestations That Made Headlines

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Homeowners are not worrying unnecessarily when it comes to pests; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that pests can cause and carry numerous diseases and infections, including the plague and heartworms, as well as trigger allergic reactions and asthmatic attacks in some individuals. Unfortunately, some homeowners and business managers fail to contact a pest control company in a timely manner, so the infestation becomes severe. Here are four examples of folks who waited way too long to tackle a serious pest problem.

A House Filled With Spiders

A Missouri couple was horrified to discover that their home was infested with spiders. The infestation was severe, and experts estimated there were as many as 6,000 spiders lurking in the home during the winter. One of the homeowners stated that spiders were "bleeding out of the walls" and eventually moved out of the home with her family because they were unsuccessful at eradicating the insects.

The previous homeowners didn't warn the couple about the infestation, so they sued and were awarded a $472,000 judgment. Unfortunately, the former owners filed bankruptcy shortly after the lawsuit, so the couple was unable to actually collect any of the money from the judgment.

Spider bites can be dangerous and cause swelling, breathing difficulties, headaches, and nausea. Some spiders are poisonous, and a bite from one of these can kill a human or pet. If you have spiders in your own home, even if you don't have nearly as many as the Missouri couple referenced above, seek help from a reputable pest control expert ASAP.

Wasps in a Homeowner's Bedroom

Wasps flew in through an open window in a UK home and quietly built a massive nest for 3 months before a resident of the home noticed there was an issue. The room was on the second floor, in a spare bedroom that was rarely used. Experts estimated that there were approximately 5,000 wasps in the room, many of which were living in the room's bedding.

The exterminator who tackled the infestation said the wasps had created the largest nest he had seen in 40 years. It took him several hours to spray and kill all of the wasps.

Wasps can sting family members and pets. These stings are often very painful and may even trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. If you suspect a wasp infestation inside or outside of your home, contact a wasp removal specialist for pest control services.

The Bayou Home That Attracted Snakes

After a local bayou flooded, a single mother with two daughters attempted to fend off the pests on her own by covering open portions of her kitchen door with tape. Unfortunately, the slithering serpents were already inside of the family's home. They found the home appealing because it was already infested with roaches and mice, so there was plenty of food for the serpents inside.

The mother couldn't afford to move, so she contacted the media. Animal Control came and removed several large snakes from the home, and a local pest management business spent hours installing traps and bait to kill the remaining pests.

If you have snakes near your own residence, you may worry about them entering your home. Not all snakes are venomous, but it's difficult to identify which ones are dangerous if you aren't familiar with the different types of serpents in your area. Play it safe and contact a company that regularly handles pest control about your concerns.

Roast Infestation at a Chinese Restaurant

Yangming, a popular Chinese restaurant in Pennsylvania, was once considered the number-one Chinese restaurant in the country. College students and local families flocked to the restaurant for mouthwatering Asian cuisine, but in the summer of 2015, the restaurant developed a major roach infestation. Some customers even reported seeing roaches in their food.

The restaurant was forced to close after the health department found evidence of the infestation, but the owners of Yangming stated that they plan to reopen the eatery in the future. As of September 2015, the restaurant remains closed.

Roaches are more than just an unsightly nuisance. Roach infestations have been linked to severe asthma, and some individuals also experience an allergic reaction to roaches.

Don't wait until a pest infestation jeopardizes your business or the health of your family to contact a pest control company like E & R Exterminating Company, Inc. Many professional treatments are fast, simple, and affordable, so you can be pest-free in just a few hours. Pest control services help with a number of issues, whether you're battling bedbugs, tackling termite control, or swatting away spiders. Regain control of your home or business with help from a pest control company.