As property owners, we put a lot of time, energy and thought into one of our biggest investments- our home. There is always more to do with our homes before we are eventually satisfied that it has reached its maximum potential. Pests are capable of undermining the longevity of our homes more than we realise. There are several ways in which a house is vulnerable to pests. Protect the equity and integrity of these areas of your home by stopping the very real threat of pests in its tracks by following these tips:
After installing a deck, you will be definitely looking forward to parties, barbeques and lazy evenings. Just like humans, a deck is an attractive place for pests. Rodents, termites, carpenter ants, bees are all potential enemies to your deck. The carpenter ants will probably make your deck look like a Swiss cake. The termites cause significant structural damage because they eat through all the wood in the deck.
Precaution: Ensure that you build a deck with pre-treated lumber to deter pests. Do not leave raw wood exposed. Remember to refinish the deck periodically.
Rodents pose a risk to homes that extends beyond the pantry shelves. It is no secret that they chew on everything. Rodents can cause some serious damage when they come in contact with electrical panels and junction boxes. The four-legged vermin has been the reason for many house fires.
Precaution: Seal the cracks and gaps through which the rodents trespass. If there are any gaps, identify and repair them. Provide protective insulation because without it the electrical wirings can spark a home fire.
Stove pipes are an exit for smoke. But you sure do not want them to become an entrance for pests. Bees, ants and stink bugs can invade your home through such exterior openings.
Precaution: Install a chimney cap to keep out the little intruders. The chimney cap lets the dangerous by-products of combustion escape without letting the pests in. Patch the cracks around the chimney if any.
You most probably have replaced or repaired the old gutters and got the work done right. But have you gone near the gutter ever since? If not, then you are unwittingly providing the perfect refuge for pests. The gutters certainly clog if leaves and debris are not cleared. It is only a matter of time before the gutters become a breeding ground for insects and mosquitoes. Some of these do real harm to homes. The birds and rodents use roofing materials in their nests. Some of the insects may even crawl under the roofing materials to eat away the substrate that increases the risk of leaks.
Precaution: Gutter covers greatly reduce the risk of infestation. Look for covers with small openings that discourage most pests but do not block the natural water flow.
Does the history of pest infestation affect the market value of a home?
A record of pest infestation can reduce the resale value of a home particularly if it has been treated more than once. To soften this problem, the house should be inspected once again prior to putting it on the market to ensure that it is clear of all infestations. The report will show a diagram of the structure along with all the locations of past treatments. The buyers will definitely want to know if the treatment warranties are transferable to them and the duration of the treatments. Given the property’s history and how long the selling process takes, you may have to pay for a re-inspection. Undoubtedly, you should not hide the problem.
An earlier infestation does not necessarily increase the chances of a future one. This particularly holds true if you have taken all the preventive measures and installed barriers to protect your home. An interested home buyer will, however, use the history of pest infestation as a bargaining chip. So, why go through all this trouble when with just some precautions you can avoid a pest infestation altogether!