Top 4 Self-Storage Pests
- Termites have been around for more than 120 million years.
- There are 3,000 species worldwide, with about 50 of them found in the United States.
- Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage.
- They eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are called the silent destroyers.
- They live in colonies with as many as 2 million members.
- A cockroach can survive a week without its head and in freezing temperatures.
- Cockroaches spread 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and salmonella, six parasitic worms, and more than seven other types of human pathogens.
- The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms.
- Approximately 70 species of cockroach are found in the United States, with the German cockroach being the most common.
- Cockroaches spend approximately 75 percent of their time in their preferred hiding spots such as cracks and crevices.
- Bed bugs are not found only in beds.
- Nearly 100 percent of pest professionals have treated for bed bugs in the past year.
- They can live for several months without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees.
- 76 percent of pest professionals say bed bugs are the most difficult pest to treat.
- Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day, or an average of 540 eggs in a lifetime.
- Mice and rats spread salmonella and carry disease-causing pests such as ticks, fleas and lice.
- Rodents can chew through wood and electrical wires, increasing risk of fires.
- A female mouse can lay as many as 12 young every three weeks.
- Rats can squeeze through openings the size of a quarter; mice the size of a dime.
- Mice urinate constantly and are capable of dropping up to 25,000 fecal pellets each year—that’s an estimated 70 times each day for one mouse!
Source: National Pest Management Association