It will soon be spring, and you’re probably looking forward to finally being able to spend some more time outside. Still, as much as you might want to get out of the house, there might be some unwanted guests who will begin to look for a way inside, too. Yes, we’re talking about pests, and the threat they pose to any household is no joke.
As the weather warms, the insect population will again begin to boom. Though small and inconvenient, these vermin can easily cause significant property damage and health hazards if you don’t control them. That could lead to astronomical repair bills. What can you do, instead, to control pests?
Pest Control in Your Home
There are any number of small bugs that might try to get into your home at any time: Flies, mosquitoes, bed bugs, termites, squirrels, rats, birds and bats to name a few. During the spring, they will begin to flourish, and they might find their way inside your house.
These little pests might seem harmless, but don’t let looks fool you. If any type of pest gets into your home, they can do significant damage, not to mention make the space unsanitary. One of the simplest examples is how termites or rodents might eat through woodwork or insulation. This could damage your home’s structure. Mice could gnaw through wires, which could create a significant fire risk. The list goes on and on.
All homeowners should take proactive steps to keep their pest risks low:
- Employ a pest removal service to spray around the home. These sprays create a barrier that will help keep out creepy-crawlies.
- Keep a supply of killers and traps in the home. You can often find non-lethal or humane traps to use if you have concerns.
- Clean your home regularly. Accumulation of dirt or debris might create a breeding ground for pests. Remove trash from the home regularly.
- Look around the property for signs of pest damage. This might include holes in the walls or ceilings, or uneven or creaking floors.
- Repair areas that might allow easy access for pests. For example, foundation damage or holes in the roof create doorways. All in all, keep the home sealed as tightly as possible.
- Have a termite inspection. To the naked eye, termites are often hard to detect. A professional can often assess and isolate damages.
- Ensure that doors and windows have tight seals. Install protective screens on these entryways for extra protection.
Pest damage is often easy to minimize and prevent, which is why standard homeowners insurance generally won’t cover it. They will generally only cover extreme, unexpected animal damage that you could not have otherwise prevented. Talk to your agent about conditions that might qualify for coverage. But, never let that stop you from taking safety precautions.
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