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Consider Pests When Considering Homes
We totally get it; you're more concerned about the square footage and amenities. However, understanding the nuances of pest control in new construction or homes on the market will save you a lot of headaches, not to mention a lot of money down the line.
Home inspectors aren’t required to determine the presence of pests. Therefore, we recommend having your home pre-treated for local pests by an experienced pest management professional.
PEST CONTROL TIPS
New Homeowner Checklist
Because there’s so much to consider, we’ve compiled a checklist of pest control tips you should carefully follow during your home maintenance property tour.
Open House Opportunity
Inspecting a Potential Property
Unused chimneys can become homes for wasps, hornets, birds, bats, raccoons and squirrels.
Don’t neglect the attic! Shredded cardboard, paper, insulation or rodent droppings signal a pest presence in the attic.
Look for tiny brown stains littering the wallpaper, baseboards, or around electrical sockets, particularly in the bedroom. This could be a telltale sign of bed bugs.
Cockroaches love moisture, so be wary of leaky pipes or warped flooring.
Have you tapped the walls and heard hollowed-out wood? Termites or wood-boring beetles may have already moved in.
Check for cracks and gaps within the building’s foundation or siding since rodent and insect pests need only a ½ inch or less gap to get inside. Also, look for holes located in the ground alongside concrete slabs or the foundation, which mean rabbits, groundhogs or some other animal has constructed a subterranean den under the house.
Dark and moist basement? That’s a favorite for rodents, cockroaches, and spiders that like to nest in corners.
Is the lawn pristine? Great! However, if your neighbors' lawn is overgrown, that could mean potential pest problems for you both.
They say good fences make good neighbors, but termites and wood-boring beetles can make homes in wood fences and wood mulch that is too thick for good drainage. Also, avoid exclusively thick mulch next to the home’s foundation.
Pool? Make sure the water is circulated, clean and drained during the seasons when the pool is unused. Debris and containers that hold water make favorable conditions for breeding mosquitos.
Ensure any wooden porches or decks don’t have signs of buckling wood — it could be an early sign of a termite or a wood fungus infestation.
Love the flora and fauna? Beware, overgrown vegetation is a favorite hiding spot for ticks.
Have your inspector make sure any excess wood (including stumps) are removed from your property before taking ownership.
Starting off right
Already Moved In
If you've already moved in, don't worry. You can retroactively protect yourself against pests even after you've signed the papers and unrolled the welcome mat. However, don’t wait too long before checking these cautionary measures off your “to do” list.
Move wood mulch away from the house
Check for plumbing leaks
Seal gaps around pipes
Cover vent openings with wire mesh
Clear and clean the attic
Trim low hanging trees
Remove piles of leaves and tree limbs, which create habitat for ticks and other pests.
Install door sweeps
Position gutter downspouts to direct water away from your foundation
Dispose of empty cardboard boxes
A Welcome Home For You, Not Pests
In the busy days of moving in and unpacking, it's easy to forget things like setting up a recurring inspections. Let Orkin worry about the pests while you create your new space. It’s easier to evict unwelcome pests before they’ve rolled out the red carpet and made your new house their permanent home.
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