How to prevent pests reducing the value of your property

Everyone would love to live in their home and not face any problems from pests such as rats and cockroaches running around unexpectedly – especially in front of guests. But an even bigger problem beyond embarrassment is a reduction of the value of your property due to damage pests may cause, or simply the presence of the infestation itself.

Spring is really the time these pests multiply in number, so most of the time AprilĀ is set apart as a month for managing and doing-away with them. If care is not taken during this period, there may be a negative impact on your property for the rest of the year.

These little pests and rodents can cause a serious devalue of your property by chewing through walls, floors and even electrical wires. It gets a whole lot harder to control theses pest once they find their way into your home. Statistics show that termites cost more than five billion dollars in property damage each year.

Rodents such as rats can cause serious damage and even cause house fires if they chew through electric cables or build their nest beside heat sources. They can be extremely difficult to keep out as they can crawl through spaces and holes as small as cent piece. To control a rodent infestation, seal up cracks and small holes in your home and ensure a proper drainage system at the foundation of your house.

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Home buyers can also be scared to purchase your property because of infestations of pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, cockroaches and stinging insects. These pests which carry diseases and have been known in extreme cases to send people to the emergency ward are a major factor homebuyers would consider before purchasing a house, especially if they have kids and pets which could get easily infected. If any indication of infestation from these kinds of pests exists, please make sure to call an exterminator or a pest professional to handle this issue before it gets out of hand.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests that homeowners follow these tips to prevent pest infestations:

  • Seal all cracks and small holes in windows, doors and along the foundation of the house.
  • Repair leaky pipes or fixtures and eliminate any source of standing water that can serve as a breeding ground for insects.
  • Trim trees and bushes close to your living space and cut any branches having direct contact with your house.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Always clean your yard and remove accumulated leaves and debris.
  • Keep your kitchen especially clean by wiping the counter tops, tables and always empty the trash. Always seal containers carrying food.
  • Keep indoor and outdoor garbage containers sealed and clean.
  • Put screens on your windows and doors.
  • Clean cluttered garages, sheds and storage areas where pests can build a nest or otherwise establish themselves.

If you have wooden floors and always, it is advisable to spray them with insect repellant from time to time.

Applying these preventive methods can help you save both the value of your house and your health. This can stop an infestation even before it begins, and it is always easier to prevent a problem than solve it once it occurs.

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