Which Pests Cause the Most Property Damage in the US?

Pests are a real nuisance no matter where you live, and many pests cause severe property damage. Let’s take a look at which pests cause the most property damage in the U.S. 


According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause over $5 billion of damage to property in the U.S. yearly. Many homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage. This means that people have to pay out of pocket in the case of the termite issue. Thankfully, termite control has improved over the last several years and if you call a pest professional, they will get rid of the termites altogether. 

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are most common in the Northwest U.S., but also can be in southern parts of the country as well. While they do not eat wood, they do live inside of it, and that is why they chew their way through walls, insulation and furniture. They are a real nuisance when they make their homes inside of your home, and once they are established they continue to chew through wood to make their space bigger. If you have a carpenter ant problem in your home, call a pest professional right away. 

Rats and Mice

Rodents are some of the most unhealthy and damaging pests in existence. Both mice and rats are known for urinating on anything they step foot on, which can cause severe damage to your property. Their urine contains bacteria and viruses, and if they are in your home it will end up in your kitchen, contaminating items you use to eat. Mice and rats also chew through expensive electrical equipment and insulation. If you have a rodent problem in your home, you should not hesitate to call a pest professional. 

Do You Have a Pest Control Problem? Contact Dayton’s Pest Control Today!

At Dayton’s Pest Control, we know how to bring a pest problem to a halt. We specialize in pest control, termite control, radon mitigation systems and crawl space encapsulation.

We know how to get rid of rodents, ants, bedbugs and all those pesky critters that wreak havoc on your homes. Our team of pest control experts are ready to work with you to end your pest control problems. Contact us or give us a call at 865-622-8001. We look forward to hearing from you.