When it comes to pest infestations many homeowners are worried about the effects on theirs and their family’s health and do not stop to consider the threat insects and rodents pose to their homes. Infestations of carpenter ants and rodents among other pests can lead to structural damages, material damage, and even fire hazards. The pest control pros at Plunkett’s would like to share the ways in which some pests can threaten your home. Carpenter Ants Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood like termites however they can cause significant damage for another purpose. Using their mouth pieces to carve through moist, decaying wood, carpenter ants create galleries for nesting. Unfortunately carpenter ants will infest homes if the opportunity arises and may establish colonies inside walls and other areas where significant structural damage can occur over time. Rodents Both mice and rats are notorious for leaving a path of destruction when they get inside of homes. Not only are dangerous to your health through their lack of cleanliness and ability to spread harmful pathogens but they are also bad news for homes. Some rodents are found chewing through personal belongings, and parts of the structure. They’ve also been know to create fire hazards by gnawing on electrical wires and may contaminate insulation with rodent droppings and urine. And as you may already know, getting rid of rodents can be tricky as these pests are prolific breeders. No matter what pest is threatening the health of your Midwest home it is important to contact Plunkett’s Pest Control for our effective home pest control solutions. Plunkett’s has a large service area including the Quad Cities; Alexandria and Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; and Omaha, NE.